2013 Chrysler 200

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Chrysler 200. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    173-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 acceleration
  • Overall value
  • Cabin materials and design
  • Ride comfort

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Chrysler 200

  • 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 Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

There's a hole in Chrysler's lineup that the 200 midsize sedan just doesn't fill. It offers none of the family-friendly versatility of the accomplished Town & Country minivan and even less of the classy comfort that oozes from the roomy 300 sedan.

In a class brimming with likable cars, the 2013 Chrysler 200's polished looks and affordable price aren't enough to overcome its Sebring-esque shortcomings, which place it among the losers.

Competition in this class blows the Chrysler 200 away, offering better room, fuel economy and features; strong players include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. Compare them here.

For 2013, sedan and convertible body styles — hardtop and soft-top — return; I reviewed the 2013 convertible, which received some suspension upgrades this year, here. The sedan carries over unchanged from 2012.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Style, But No Class
During my week in the 
Chrysler 200, it got a lot of looks and I got a lot of comments; people think it's attractive. I doubt Accord owners hear that too often. My test car was a Touring model with the S Appearance Package — where S should stand for style. Additional chrome trim and polished aluminum, plus black 18-inch alloy wheels, add some bling; a blacked-out grille and darkened headlight and fog light bezels complete its smoky charm. Out back, LED taillights lend an elegant look that's cheerfully incongruous with its $24,000 sticker price.

Inside, the cabin ...

There's a hole in Chrysler's lineup that the 200 midsize sedan just doesn't fill. It offers none of the family-friendly versatility of the accomplished Town & Country minivan and even less of the classy comfort that oozes from the roomy 300 sedan.

In a class brimming with likable cars, the 2013 Chrysler 200's polished looks and affordable price aren't enough to overcome its Sebring-esque shortcomings, which place it among the losers.

Competition in this class blows the Chrysler 200 away, offering better room, fuel economy and features; strong players include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. Compare them here.

For 2013, sedan and convertible body styles — hardtop and soft-top — return; I reviewed the 2013 convertible, which received some suspension upgrades this year, here. The sedan carries over unchanged from 2012.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Style, But No Class
During my week in the 
Chrysler 200, it got a lot of looks and I got a lot of comments; people think it's attractive. I doubt Accord owners hear that too often. My test car was a Touring model with the S Appearance Package — where S should stand for style. Additional chrome trim and polished aluminum, plus black 18-inch alloy wheels, add some bling; a blacked-out grille and darkened headlight and fog light bezels complete its smoky charm. Out back, LED taillights lend an elegant look that's cheerfully incongruous with its $24,000 sticker price.

Inside, the cabin has finishes to match. No one will mistake this for a luxury car, but the interior is done well, and Chrysler's attention to detail is evident. The tasteful analog clock, along with glossy black surfaces and chrome trim, blend well with the textured and padded plastic throughout; lightly patterned seats are visually interesting and also look and feel upscale.

The sore thumb here is the optional touch-screen multimedia system. The buttons are clear and response time is prompt, but the Uconnect unit's 6.5-inch screen is small and dated compared with the competition, especially other Chrysler models. In the 300 and Dodge Dart, for example, the updated interface and larger 8.4-inch touch-screen are wonderful by comparison.

While the 200 looks and feels great standing still, the fondness fades after you put it in gear.

The Slow Lane
On the road, the 
Chrysler 200's bump absorption is good, as is noise isolation. Getting to where you want to go, however, will frustrate from start to stop. Driving the 200 is a lot like running under water; your legs are pumping, but you're not really going anywhere. The base 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder just isn't enough. Around town, acceleration was adequate with one occupant, but when the car was full (as it was during most of my test), the engine felt taxed from a stop and lethargic on the highway. Keeping up in the fast lane was exhausting, requiring constant pedal prodding - especially with any extra load, like running the air conditioning. The optional engine is a 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, which moved the convertible with much more oomph.

The 2.4-liter never lets you forget it's struggling, with a loud — not in a cool way — and near-constant buzzy whine. One of the main problems is that the engine and transmission need some couples counseling. The four-cylinder may be underpowered, but its complaints are valid: The six-speed is fussy and unpredictable. When it finally decides to downshift, it often clunks into gear. The shifts were so erratic that one editor thought a continuously variable automatic transmission might be to blame. An outmoded four-speed is the standard transmission, which we haven't tested; I shudder to think about its effects on the already dismal acceleration.

With moves like a tortoise, stellar fuel economy should be a consolation prize, right? Wrong. The four-cylinder/six-speed combo is EPA rated at 20/31/23 mpg city/highway/combined, and it gets worse with the four-speed: 21/29/24 mpg. During 213 mostly highway miles, I averaged 23.0 mpg. Lousy, especially compared with the Honda Accord four-cylinder's rating of 27/36 mpg city/highway; the Camry and Fusion also trounce it, with 25/35 mpg and 22/34 mpg, respectively.

The most troubling part isn't the going, but the stopping. Initially, the brakes furnish smooth and strong stopping muscle, but then finish with several jarring pulses. I suppose once you realize the car will actually stop, you'll get used to this quirk, but it does not inspire confidence.

Room & Comfort
The seats in front and back are comfortable, with ample cushioning and support. Most occupants won't feel cramped in the front, but those looking for a roomy feel in back should shop elsewhere. By the numbers, front headroom and legroom are ample and competitive with other mid-size sedans, but the backseat is one of the smallest in the group. With just 36.2 inches of rear legroom, the 200 lags the competition by about 2 inches.

 

2013 Chrysler 200 2013 Honda Accord 2013 Toyota Camry 2013 Ford Fusion

Front headroom, inches

40.1 39.1 38.8 39.2

Front legroom, inches

42.4 42.5 41.6 44.3

Rear headroom, inches

38.4 37.5 38.1 37.8

Rear legroom, inches

36.2 38.5 38.9 38.3
Source: Manufacturers

It's also short on cargo room. Although the trunk was able to swallow almost a week's worth of luggage for five people (after some Tetris-like choreography), there's just 13.6 cubic feet of space, much less than the Accord (15.8), Camry (15.4) and Fusion (16.0).

The trunk itself has a low liftover and a large mouth, great for loading bulky packages. The backseat folds easily in a 60/40 split for longer items, but the load floor isn't very flat. One nice bonus is the trunk pass-through, handy for accessing small items from the backseat or hauling long, slender cargo.

In terms of small item storage in the cabin, the two-tier center console is wide enough to be useful, and there's a couple of small cubbies throughout the front seat for coins and devices. One small gripe: There's no seatback pocket behind the front passenger seat, which is where I like to stash my toddler's books. We both missed this small convenience.

Pricing & Value
Skin-deep style aside, the 
Chrysler 200 sedan's only other strength — and it's a big one — is price. Base price for the base model starts at $20,690 (all prices cited include destination charges). That's for the four-speed automatic, however; add $200 for the must-have six-speed. Four-cylinder, manual-equipped versions of the 2013 Honda Accord start at $22,470 (add $800 for a continuously variable automatic transmission), and the base Fusion is just above it at $22,695. A base Toyota Camry starts a bit higher at $23,045, but a six-speed automatic is standard.

Options are also reasonably priced. For example, navigation is available on higher 200 trim levels for $795; it starts at $1,050 on the Camry. Leather-trimmed upholstery in the 200 is $545 on midline Touring models and standard on higher trims; it's part of a $1,599 package on most versions of the Camry.

Safety
In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the mid-size 2013 Chrysler 200 scored Good in roof strength and front-, side- and rear-impact tests. In the agency's tough new small overlap front crash test, the 200, along with the Ford Fusion, earned an Acceptable score — better than the 2013 Toyota Camry's Poor score in this test. The 2013 Honda Accord earned top scores across all areas of testing.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the Chrysler 200 earned an overall score of four out of five stars; the Fusion, Accord and Camry all got five stars.

The Chrysler 200's safety features list is as outdated as its multimedia system. Standard features include the required anti-lock brakes, airbags plus a driver-knee airbag, but you can't get a backup camera (inexcusable) or a blind spot monitoring system. The Honda Accord offers a standard backup camera across the lineup, and one is optional on some four-cylinder versions of the Camry and standard on certain V-6 models; a camera is standard on top-of-the-line versions of the Ford Fusion and optional on some others.

Click here for a full list of Chrysler 200 safety features, and see why parents may have trouble installing child-safety seats in the Car Seat Check.

200 in the Market
So, if the 
Chrysler 200 is such a dud, why are there so many on the road? It's the homecoming king of rental fleet popularity, but in terms of consumer sales, it's definitely not a member of the in crowd.

Through July 2013, Chrysler sold just 83,137 of the sedans, which is peanuts compared with the Camry (242,406) and Accord (218,367); the Fusion also pulled in a respectable 181,668 sales so far this year.

Cost aside, there's simply no compelling reason to choose the Chrysler 200 over just about anything else.

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Latest 2013 200 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Little attention from Chrysler makes this the best

by Honest_guy from Washingtond, DC on October 13, 2018

The car is well built but lacks the finishing touch. Rides good but always worried that it may break down at any moment. The car feels good but certain things such as the dull panels make it feel ... Read full review

(5.0)

Bought a 200

by Jerr from Anderson indiana on October 7, 2018

Car met all my needs love my car it was clean when i bought it and drove really good etc.. Love my car kids love my car comfy back seat Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Chrysler 200 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Chrysler 200 LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Overall evaluation
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chrysler
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles.

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    3 months/3,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    125-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 200 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

C

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker