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2012 Chrysler 200 Review

While reviewers were impressed with its powerful V6 engine, the 2012 Chrysler 200 falls short with a cramped interior and small trunk.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior materials
  • Powerful V6
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Cramped interior
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.8
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2012 Chrysler 200 Overview

The 2012 Chrysler 200 comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, but test drivers preferred the V6 model, which they said delivers strong, smooth acceleration. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base Chrysler 200, while a six-speed automatic is available on four-cylinder models and standard on V6 models. The four-cylinder Chrysler 200 gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. The V6 model gets 19/29 mpg, which is about average for a V6-powered midsize car. Auto writers noted that the 200 has a smooth ride and absorbs bumps in the road well. The 2012 200 also earns praise for its responsive steering and composed handling.

The Chrysler 200 comes in sedan and convertible body styles, the latter of which is available with a soft top or a retractable hardtop. Critics praised the Chrysler 200’s upscale interior materials, comfortable padded armrests and attractive dashboard. However, other elements of the 200’s interior, like the cheap-feeling climate controls and sun visors, disappointed reviewers. They also wrote that the 200 sedan’s rear seats feel cramped, lack legroom and are too narrow to fit three adults comfortably. The 200’s 13.6-cubic-foot trunk is also small for the class. Standard features in the Chrysler 200 sedan include a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker audio system. Available features include automatic climate control, leather upholstery, navigation, an upgraded Boston Acoustics audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port.  

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Ford Fusion has one of the largest trunks in the class, and reviewers appreciated its top-notch interior materials. Test drivers also liked the power from the Fusion’s available V6, and noted that the Fusion offers sharper handling than many cars in the class.

The four-cylinder 2012 Chevrolet Malibu gets better fuel economy than the base Chrysler 200, and reviewers praised the Malibu’s balanced handling, responsive steering and strong brakes. Critics agreed that the Malibu’s interior is attractive and user-friendly, with spacious front seats and decent rear-seat legroom.

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