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2017 Chrysler 200 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Chrysler 200 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.4

The base model 2017 Chrysler 200 is a bit of a bland performer. Acceleration, handling, and fuel economy are all about average, with no remarkable qualities that differentiate the 200 from the herd. Where the 200 does stand out is with its options and upper-trim levels. The V6 engine is one of the most satisfying power plants available in a midsize sedan. The performance-oriented 200S model delivers athletic handling, and the top-level 200C Platinum is remarkably smooth and quiet on the highway.

  • If you take the 2017 Chrysler 200 for a test drive, you might find its standard four-cylinder to be adequate enough for highway merging and passing maneuvers. However, should you take a competitor for a spin thereafter, you're likely to notice that the 200's four-cylinder is slower, louder and coarser in its operation. Its standard nine-speed automatic transmission can also aggravate with its slow responses and its propensity to be in the wrong gear at the wrong time. That's also the case when the nine-speed is connected to the optional 3.6-liter V6, but at least that has enough guts to make you momentarily forget. Truly, the 200's V6 is one of the stronger engine upgrades in the segment." -- Edmunds
  • Our time in the 2016 Chrysler 200C with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine left us with lukewarm feelings. The engine's 184 horsepower takes a long time to show up in full force, and there is a lack of refinement not experienced with other 4-cylinders in this segment, chiefly the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Thankfully, the 200 has a savior in the form of its available 3.6-liter V6 engine, one of the most powerful and efficient V6s offered in a family sedan. Teamed with Chrysler's new 9-speed automatic, the V6-powered 200 goes from mild-mannered 4-door to athletic touring sedan, especially when the transmission is placed in Sport mode." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Given the car's sleek looks, we were hoping for class-leading performance, and the 200 didn't disappoint. When it comes to tackling tight turns, the 200 is every bit the equal of the Kia Optima and Ford Fusion. The electric-assist power steering does feel a bit heavy at times but not enough to dilute this car's fun-to-drive quotient." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The standard engine for all 200 models is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. While this 184-horsepower engine is adequate for driving around town, test drivers say it can be unpleasantly raspy and isn't very energetic. Most prefer the quicker 3.6-liter V6 engine and its satisfying exhaust notes. This 295-horsepower engine is available in the Limited Platinum, 200S, and 200C Platinum models. The only transmission available with the 2017 Chrysler 200 is a nine-speed automatic. It’s a passable transmission in most situations, but it can have a difficult time hunting for the right gear when downshifting under acceleration (like when you are overtaking a slower vehicle).

Compared to other models in our midsize car rankings, fuel economy for the 200 is below average. The base engine is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. With the V6 engine, the 200 gets 19 mpg city/31 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

  • The four-cylinder version of the 2016 Chrysler 200 isn't the quickest, quietest or smoothest engine in this class, but most buyers will find it adequate enough for highway merging and passing maneuvers. Still, the V6 is the more desirable choice. It has plenty of power in any situation and never feels sluggish. It's also commendably quiet for normal highway cruising, yet has a snarly exhaust note when you really get on the gas." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • The four will be all most buyers need, and reportedly will be good for up to 35 mpg highway. Though obviously lacking some of the V6 grunt, the 2.4-liter FWD models we drove felt lighter on their feet in hard driving than the V6; that said, they couldn't touch the sound of the six-cylinder models which have been treated to a throaty exhaust tune that makes them sound remarkably like a Maserati Ghibli we recently drove." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • The V6 offers plenty of punch off the line, particularly with the optional AWD system that can send as much as 60 percent of the engine's power to the rear wheels. The nine-speed automatic shifts smoothly through the gears, but downshifts aren't handled as well. Due to the sheer volume of the gears on tap, we found that a quick stab of the gas pedal could result in the transmission 'hunting' through two or even three gears before finding the right one. You can take the computer's decision making out of the equation by springing for the 200's optional steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Chrysler 200 is one of the few models in the class that's available with all-wheel drive. This adds a boost to off-the-line acceleration, along with extra grip on slippery roads. The standard setup (which includes front-wheel drive) is about average in the handling department, with decent steering and brakes. You can opt for a sportier experience by picking the 200S – outfitted with larger brakes and a firmer suspension – or go for a more comfortable ride with the 200C Platinum and its Ride and Handling suspension setup.

  • "If you're hoping for the 200's sharp styling to be backed up with a similarly sharp driving experience, we recommend opting for the 200S trim level and its sport-tuned suspension. The setup gives the car a buttoned-down feel around tight turns and makes it one of the better-handling midsize sedans. The 200S' ride is noticeably firmer and not as comfortable, especially on the available 19-inch wheels, so many will prefer the standard suspension calibration or the 200C Platinum's 'ride and handling' suspension upgrade." -- Edmunds
  • In terms of ride and handling, the 200 also rates about par. It's always hard to judge based on a preview where we're driving different roads than we do during normal tests around the office, but nothing stood out as being either noticeably good or bad. However, there seemed to be a little more on-center 'slop' to the very light steering than is the norm, and the brakes also seemed to take more pressure than normal to bring the car to a stop, but both are something we got used to." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "On the exquisite, twisting ribbons of California's Highway 1 north of San Francisco the new Chrysler leapt around turns with only minor body roll, and the tires maintained their composure well into the margins of sane driving regardless of whether it was a front-drive I-4 or AWD V6 getting flogged. It's no Lotus, but for drivers accustomed to the flaccid steering of a Camry the new 200 will feel like a sports sedan." -- Autoweek (2015)

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