Changes for the 2014 Chrysler 200:
Chrysler eliminates the sporty 200 S Sedan model for 2014, transforming it into several option packages that can be added to the Touring and Limited models. The S trim level continues for the 200 Convertible lineup, which is unchanged.
For 2014, the Chrysler 200 is offered in Convertible and Sedan body styles. The 200 Convertible is offered in Touring, Limited, and S trim levels, while the 200 Sedan is sold in LX, Touring, and Limited trim levels.
Touring trim adds automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, a better stereo with a year of satellite radio service, upgraded interior trim and instrumentation, automatic headlights, and a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Limited includes leather seats, premium stereo speakers, shiny exterior trim, fog lights, and remote engine starting. Limited Convertible models also have a Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system and 18-inch polished wheels. The S Convertible adds unique leather trim, premium speakers, special wheels, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment for the LX and Touring models. A far more satisfying 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional for these versions of the 200, and is standard for the 200 Limited and S Convertible models. All 200 models have a standard automatic transmission. In the 200 LX Sedan, it is a 4-speed automatic. In all other models, a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Stick with the standard 4-cylinder engine, and the Chrysler 200 Sedan is rated to return 24 mpg in combined driving, regardless of trim level. This engine is not as fuel-efficient when installed in the Chrysler 200 Convertible, where it is rated to get 22 mpg in combined driving. Choose the available V-6 engine, and the Chrysler 200 is expected to get 22 mpg in combined driving, no matter which model you buy.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Chrysler 200 Sedan receives an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars. It is important to note that the NHTSA gives the 200 Sedan a 3-star frontal-impact rating for the front seat passenger, and a 3-star side-impact rating due to the car’s dismal 1-star side-impact with a pole test result.
These results stand in stark contrast to those published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS has tested the 200 Sedan in its difficult new small overlap frontal-impact crash test, and the car passed, earning it the highest possible rating of “Top Safety Pick Plus.”
The NHTSA has not tested the Chrysler 200 Convertible, but the IIHS has. Based on those results, the convertible model gets the top rating of “Good” for moderate offset frontal-impact protection, side-impact protection, and rear-impact injury prevention.
Chrysler offers Uconnect technology for the 2014 200 models, but the company’s impressive 8.4-inch touchscreen system is off the menu. Instead, the best system for the 200 models is a 6.5-inch touchscreen connected to a 40-gig hard-drive, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming.
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