• (4.2) 88 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,859–$15,127
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-24
  • Engine: 173-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2013 Chrysler 200

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Chrysler 200

What We Don't Like

  • Brakes
  • Dated multimedia interface and controls
  • Small trunk
  • Undersized backseat
  • Four-cylinder power
  • No backup camera

Notable Features

  • Sedan or convertible
  • Convertible gets retuned suspension
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Convertible offers powered hardtop or soft-top
  • Standard automatic transmission

2013 Chrysler 200 Reviews

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Due to their body style, convertibles have an inherent Achilles' heel — or in this case, roof.  Structural rigidity is typically sacrificed so the top can go down, which can make for a lumpy ride and sloppy handling.   

A much-needed suspension update gives the soft-top version of the 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible a more solid ride and less sloppy handling, though some of these classic shortcomings linger.

And there's a catch: While the 200 convertible comes in both soft-top and retractable-hardtop versions, only the soft-top gets the major update. The hardtop carries over virtually unchanged for 2013, as does the sedan. (The Chrysler 200 is the only non-luxury midsize car available as both a sedan and a convertible.) Click here to read my review of the 2012 hardtop convertible, and here to see the model years and body styles compared. 

Grazie, Italy
For the suspension retune, we have Italy to thank — specifically Fiat. Last summer, Chrysler's parent imported the 200 convertible to Europe under the upscale Lancia brand and rebadged it the Flavia.

We know what you're thinking: The 200 as a luxury car at a premium price? It could only work if some serious issues were addressed, and tops on the list was retuning the convertible's suspension.   

For 2013, engineers updated a laundry list of components, including firmer springs and stabilizer bars, revised shock damping, and additional rebound springs and jounce bumpers. There were some minor suspension upgrades to the hardtop as well, but they’re not as extensive.

All that looks good on paper, but how does it feel?
Improvements
The ride is noticeably improved, but the previous model years had set the bar pretty low: Composure was a major problem in the 2012 version we tested; even the smallest pavement imperfections unsettled it. The 2013 soft-top has improved road-holding skills. It feels more stable and exhibits more body control.  

There's still some floatiness at highway speeds, but the car feels more planted. Bump absorption is better, but not great. Body flex is still a consistent unwanted passenger, and too much of the road continues to find its way into the car. Most bumps quiver through the cabin, and larger ones still induce some bounding and thumping motions. Overall, the feel is still on the lumpy side.

Handling is where the updates are most noticeable: The 200 feels more confident and responsive, especially in turns. Corners are flatter, and there isn't as much body lean, making for tighter, tidier maneuvers. This ups the fun-factor, too. Slinging it around turns was surprisingly pleasant.
Carryovers
The soft-top weighs about 100 pounds less than the hardtop, but that doesn't noticeably affect powertrain performance. The 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 isn't exactly exciting, but it never feels slow. Power builds steadily thanks to a cooperative six-speed automatic. We have yet to test the 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, but we don't have high hopes because of the car's weight.  

The cabin again stands out thanks to materials, with a quality look and feel. Design-wise, however, the interior could use some spice. Our test car was dressed in a tan and black leather palette — bland compared with the black-and-white pattern worn by last year's hardtop. The seats started off feeling cushy and supportive, but morphed into unsupportive mush after one editor's several-hundred-mile trip.   

The soft-top's passenger room is a mixed bag. Front occupants lose a touch of headroom compared with hardtop versions (38.7 versus 39 inches). On the flip side, the soft-top offers nearly an extra inch of headroom in the back.

When closing the trunk, the soft-top feels just as clunky as the hardtop, and your luggage won't notice a difference either: It'll be just as smashed into the trunk, especially when the top is down. There's just 7.0 cubic feet of trunk space with the top stowed, the same amount you'll get in the hardtop. Top up, space is decent in both. The trunk has 13.3 cubic feet of room, only slightly less than the sedan (13.6 cubic feet).
Safety
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the convertible earned the institute's top rating, Good, in front-, side- and rear-impact tests; roof-strength tests have not been performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tested only the 200 sedan. Convertibles don't share the crash characteristics of their coupe and sedan siblings.  

The 200 convertible comes standard with front and side airbags up front. There are no side-impact or curtain airbags for the rear seats. Again for 2013, a backup camera isn't available, with or without the optional touch-screen navigation system. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Visibility could be better. It's OK to the rear corners, but the small back window narrows the view. Forward, the windshield is shorter than normal because of the convertible top, which also compromises the view.
200 in the Market
The changes may seem minor, but they make the 200 more competent and compelling. The price increase is minor, too. The 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible starts at $28,095, including a $995 destination charge. That's just under $300 more than the 2012 model.

Shoppers looking for an affordable midsize convertible don't have many choices. Competitors include the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Volkswagen Eos, so small changes like those in the 200 make a big impact in this class.

Chrysler's improvements for 2013 make this a better car, but it's disappointing that the changes took so long and affect only one version.

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Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 88 reviews

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This car is comfortable to drive.

by Octavo from Bristow on November 10, 2017

I enjoy driving this vehicle, decent gas mileage with good horse power. It has a marvelous sound system, and I quite enjoy that. ;)

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6 Trims Available

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2013 Chrysler 200 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chrysler 200 LX

Front
A
Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Chrysler 200 LX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Front

Overall evaluation
A

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chrysler 200 LX

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Chrysler 200 LX

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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