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7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 8.5
Reliability:
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2013 Chrysler 200 Review

Aside from sporty handling and a handsome interior, you’ll get few advantages with a used 2013 Chrysler 200 compared with its higher-ranked rivals. 

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • High-quality interior
  • Lackluster fuel economy
  • Small trunk for the class (sedan)
  • Limited back-seat legroom

2013 Chrysler 200 Overview

Is the 2013 Chrysler 200 a Good Used Car?

Although it’s fun to drive and fast (with the available V6 engine), the 2013 Chrysler 200 has less to offer than almost every competitor. It has a below-average reliability rating, poor fuel economy estimates, limited standard and available features, and little cabin and trunk space.

Used 2013 Chrysler 200 Performance and Interior

Powering the front-wheel-drive 2013 Chrysler 200 is a four-cylinder engine that generates 173 horsepower – a typical horsepower rating for the class. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. For brisk acceleration from a stop and on the highway, there is an available 283-horsepower V6 engine mated to a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, the base Chrysler 200 earns some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class. The V6-powered 200 is even less efficient at 19/28 mpg city/highway. The Chrysler 200 is one of the sportier performers in the class, offering good steering feedback and agile handling through turns. Typically, powerful front-wheel-drive vehicles under hard acceleration don’t move in a straight line. That’s a phenomenon known as "torque steer." The 200 has little torque steer, which allows for better handling.

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Inside, the five-seat 2013 Chrysler 200 sedan’s materials, build quality, and styling look and feel more high-end than you might expect in a midsize car. A two-door, four-seat Chrysler 200 convertible is also available. Larger adults may feel cramped in the 200 sedan’s cabin, and its back seat provides little legroom. The seats could use more support all-around. Complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors are located in the sedan’s rear outboard seats, while the middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow a lower anchor from each of the other two seats. The 200 sedan’s trunk space is poor for the class, at just 13.6 cubic feet. In contrast, the 200 convertible’s 13.3-cubic-foot trunk is generous compared with rivals'.

The base 200 comes scantly equipped with an auxiliary input jack and a four-speaker stereo system. Some used models may come with a USB port, navigation, Bluetooth, remote start, satellite radio, a moonroof, Boston Acoustic speakers, or Chrysler’s user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system with an easy-to-read touch screen.

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Used 2013 Chrysler 200 Prices

Average pricing on a used 2013 Chrysler 200 ranges from about $7,900 for the base LX sedan up to about $9,800 for the Limited trim. Be mindful, however, that pricing can vary depending on the car’s location, condition, and mileage. Pricing on the Chrysler 200 convertible is not available.

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We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 33 Chrysler 200 reviews for this 2013 200 overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chrysler 200?

On its five-point rating scale, J.D. Power gave the 2013 Chrysler 200 a 2.5 for reliability. That is a below-average rating for the class and for the entire automotive market.

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How Safe Is the 200?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Chrysler 200 a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it the top rating of Good in four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). The 200 earned an Acceptable rating in the small overlap crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 200 four out of five stars for overall safety, as well as in its front and rollover crash tests. It received three stars in the side crash evaluation. No driver assistance safety features are available. In contrast, most rivals offer a rearview camera and more.

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Is the 2013 200 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Chrysler 200 is part of the car’s first generation, which spans the 2011 through 2014 model years. For 2013, the Chrysler 200 only saw updates to its suspension and steering. While 2011 and 2012 Chrysler 200 models have an older suspension system, they’re still worth considering, as they’re otherwise identical to the 2013 model and cost less on average.

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Which Used Chrysler 200 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan has three trims: LX, Touring, and Limited. The 200 convertible is available in Touring, Limited, and S trims. The 200 LX base model doesn’t come with much – just a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. The 200 Touring doesn’t add many standout features besides automatic climate control, satellite radio, and two additional speakers. Most shoppers should skip the two lower trims and choose the 200 Limited. It comes with a punchy V6 and some notable features, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote start, and a Boston Acoustics audio system. 

With the Chrysler 200’s below-average reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Chrysler vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Chrysler warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chrysler 200 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chrysler 200 or 2013 Nissan Altima?

If you like the Chrysler 200’s sporty performance, the Nissan Altima may be an even better choice for you. Its sharper steering and more composed handling make it more fun to drive around corners. The Altima also offers an attractive interior with adult-friendly space and a long list of standard features, including push-button start and Bluetooth.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chrysler 200 or 2013 Ford Fusion?

Between the two, the Ford Fusion is the one to buy. Its interior is more upscale, boasting comfortable seats and ample passenger space. The Fusion also has better fuel economy estimates, a roomier trunk, and more standard and available features than the 200. It’s one of the few midsize cars with available all-wheel drive. We named the Fusion our 2013 Best Midsize Car for the Money and 2013 Best Midsize Car for Families

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