Why the 2015 Chrysler 200 Matters:
Chrysler has been working hard behind the scenes to make marked improvements on the 2015 Chrysler 200 both inside and out, giving it a fighting against mid-size sedan giants like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. With improved, fuel-efficient powertrains, up-to-date technology, elegant design and safety features that rival luxury brands, Chrysler has finally delivered a car that is worthy of the pride that its past “Made in Detroit” slogan promised.
What’s New for the 2015 Chrysler 200:
- Standard nine-speed automatic transmission, enabling fuel economy of 35 mpg
- Available all-wheel-drive system that is the first automatic full disconnecting rear axle when not needed
- Two engines – V-6 and I-4
- Segment-leading safety options
New 2015 Chrysler 200: Styling and Design
Probably the most compelling thing about the car is its sleek and stylish coupe-like design. Although the shape has been done before, Chrysler’s execution hits the mark with swooping hood lines pointed the way to the regal winged badge in front. That, along with a creased line connecting nicely to the well-rounded hind-quarters, may be just the thing to attract a customer looking for high style at a low price. The interior packs a dramatic impact on first look, even if the touch and feel lack a bit of softness and precision.
The technology inside the car inlcudes a 7-inch LED full-color instrument cluster that resembles the look and functionality of an iPhone. Chrysler’s Uconect 8.4-inch touchscreen has some tricky features including fuel prices and movie listings along with the more conventional navigation, hands-free voice command and voice-to-text that people have come to expect from this segment.
New 2015 Chrysler 200: What’s Under the Hood
Another high point is a nine-speed transmission, available as standard on both engine offerings, that improves gas mileage to an estimated combined 35 mpg. Of the two available engines, the V-6 packs the most punch, pushing 295 horsepower to the wheels and creating 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The gas mileage story is on the 2.4-liter I-4 engine that produces 184 horsepower and will reportedly get a combined mileage of 35 mpg.
New Year Make Model: Features and Technology
But the technology inside the car could make up for it with a 7-inch LED full-color instrument cluster that resembles the look and functionality of an iPhone. Chrysler’s Uconect 8.4-inch touchscreen has some tricky features including fuel prices and movie listings along with the more conventional navigation, handsfree voice command and voice-to-text that people have come to expect from this segment.
As for safety, Chrysler claims the 200 has more available safety features than any car competing in the mid-sized sedan segment. Something called adaptive cruise control-plus can bring the car to a full stop if necessary. And if you like your lane departure warnings subtle, the warning message comes through the steering wheel to your hands when correction is needed.
2015 Chrysler 200: What Autobytel Thinks
Chrysler's done a lot to make us forget the last Sebring-based 200 with this newly minted model. With pricingin starting in the low $20,000's and its great looks and features, the 2015 Chrysler 200 may find its way onto the short lists of mid-size sedan buyers when it arrives in dealerships later this year.
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