Chrysler hasn't been able to claim more than mid-pack status in the mid-size family sedan segment for the past 10 years, overshadowed by sales juggernauts like the Nissan Altima, the Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord. Even domestic rival Ford more than doubles Chrysler's performance with the Fusion. The time has come to make a splash, and the 2015 Chrysler 200 is intended as the cannonball that will clear the pool, so to speak.
Borrowing the same platform that underpins the compact Dart (amongst other Alfa Romeo-sourced models), wearing distinctly European styling, and featuring a long list of trims and features, the all-new Chrysler 200 is making a strong play to capture the hearts and minds of buyers who have passed it by for far too many years. Is it a successful metamorphosis? Has the re-imagined Chrysler 200 emerged a beautiful butterfly destined to decorate suburban driveways, or a scary moth hell-bent on banging its head into a single bare light bulb hanging in the front room of an empty shack? As might be expected, the answer isn't clear cut, and depends entirely on how much money you're willing to spend to get your Pentastar fix.