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2014 Chrysler 200 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Chrysler 200 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.3

Critics praise the powerful V6 engine that now comes standard with the 2014 Chrysler 200. An available four-cylinder engine is sufficient, they say, but the V6 is the clear winner. Test drivers also think the 200 has sharp handling and responsive steering. However, it has some of the worst fuel economy ratings among affordable midsize cars

  • "Both versions of the Chrysler 200 are notable for their smooth ride and composed handling." -- Edmunds
  • "… the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 shines, delivering a healthy amount of pep." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "From the point of view of a driving enthusiast, the 2013 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan might be the biggest surprise of the year. Its 3.6-liter V6 has impressive power reserves that allow the 200 to rocket from zero to 60 mph in just over six seconds, and to merge and pass with supreme confidence. And, despite its front-drive platform, we detected only minimal torque steer, even when launched hard from a standing stop." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "At least the V6 sounds pretty good when pushed and its six-speed automatic always seemed to be in the correct gear." -- Left Lane News (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 283 horsepower. A 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on the Touring trim. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. The base 200 convertible comes with the four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission, while higher trims have the V6. The base 200 sedan gets an EPA-estimated 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is one of the lowest ratings in the class.

Reviewers praise the 200’s standard V6 engine for its energetic performance and peppy acceleration. The four-cylinder engine delivers adequate power, they say. The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth, reviewers report, though a few say it’s occasionally slow to downshift.

  • "Acceleration is no more than adequate with the Chrysler 200's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and fuel economy is well below average for this class. Life is much more enjoyable with the 3.6-liter V6. It's  one of the more energetic engines in the segment, offering robust acceleration without a significant fuel economy penalty. The six-speed automatic transmission can be slow to downshift at times, but it goes about its business smoothly and quietly." -- Edmunds
  • "Easily the most memorable aspect of the driving experience, though, is the hearty thrust from the … V6, which transforms the 200 into a pretty swift car." -- AutoTrader
  • "[The V6] delivers impressive acceleration, getting from rest to 60 mph in just over six seconds. Merging with freeways or passing slower traffic is not a problem." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Test drivers praise the 2014 Chrysler 200 for its comfortable, steady ride. Steering is precise, they say, and while the 200 isn’t exactly sporty, it handles predictably around curves.

  • "Although the 2014 Chrysler 200 is one of the older models in the midsize-car class, the sedan and convertible offer composed, comfortable rides. Handling is above average, too. These aren't meant to be sporty cars, but they steer precisely and feel steady around turns." -- Edmunds
  • "As mentioned earlier, the Chrysler 200 suspension engineers have done their work quite well, and the 200 provides a smooth, compliant and entirely comfortable ride yet, when the pavement hits the twists and turns, it settles in and responds to the curves with admirable precision. The steering offers ease in tight spots with noteworthy directional stability on long interstate stretches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 200 is no excitement machine, but Chrysler has improved the car quite a bit for 2013. New suspension bushings and revised tuning makes the car feel more dynamic. Steering response is much improved. You can really feel what's happening, especially when quick changes of direction are needed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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