2015 Chrysler 200

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2015 Chrysler 200
2015 Chrysler 200

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-6 acceleration
  • Overall value
  • Cabin materials and design
  • Ride comfort
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen control system

The bad:

  • Base and mid-level audio/ multimedia interface
  • Occasional missteps from automatic transmission
  • Advanced safety options limited to top trim level
  • Rear visibility

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2015 Chrysler 200 trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2015
  • Sedan only, convertible discontinued
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Standard nine-speed automatic
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Cabin storage

2015 Chrysler 200 review: Our expert's take

By Jennifer Geiger

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

With the 2015 Chrysler 200, the automaker finally has a legitimate contender in the midsize class.

You know that shocking, tear-filled moment at the end of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when the owners of a previously dilapidated house feast their eyes on their new masterpiece? That was me after spending a day behind the wheel of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan. (OK, there were no tears, but I was more than pleasantly surprised.)

Chrysler has transformed the dud of its lineup into a refined, stylish, comfortable and affordable sedan that should worry competitors. The 200 is a clean-sheet redesign that shares a platform and some components with the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee. It’s all new inside and out, with revised powertrains, a restyled cabin, and more convenience and safety features, like available all-wheel drive and park assist.

This year, the Chrysler 200 comes only as a sedan; the convertible has been discontinued. Compare the 2014 and 2015 model years here. The 200 goes head-to-head with some of the best-selling midsize cars on the market, including the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. Compare all four here.

Exterior
It’s no surprise that Chrysler’s ad campaign for the new 200 relies heavily on the familiar “Imported from Detroit” tagline — it’s made near the city and was designed in Chrysler’s Detroit studio. The irony is that the new 200 has a very European look, which it wears well.

One of the previous generation’s (only) strengths was its classy styling. The 2015 model builds on that with a more flowing, aerodynamic look. Sweeping lines coupled with a large, aggressive double grille and prominent winged Chrysler badge complement the dramatic and unmissable light-pipe headlight design. The sport-minded S model wears a unique lower grille, glossy black exterior trim and dual tailpipes. In back, a built-in decklid spoiler, sloping roofline and standard LED taillights help it stand out.

The overall look is modern and dynamic, but it errs on the side of classy rather than edgy. Parked alongside the bland Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, it practically oozes style.

How It Drives
Two engines are available, and I drove the V-6 first. That engine is a version of last year’s 3.6-liter but tuned to make 295 horsepower this year, up from 283 hp. Power is ample from a stop and builds steadily, but the big story is the nine-speed automatic transmission, which is controlled via a rotary dial instead of a traditional shifter; it’s new this year and standard across the lineup. Overall, it ticked off smooth, timely shifts, with little hunting. On occasion, however, I noticed an abrupt, rough shift upon deceleration at around-town speeds.

I was less enthused by the nine-speed’s performance with the four-cylinder. Power wasn’t an issue; the new 2.4-liter four-cylinder mustered enough gusto off the line and managed to handle merges and hill climbs without seeming overly taxed. It’s a big improvement over the outgoing four-cylinder — quicker, quieter and more refined. Shifts, however, often felt more erratic and harsher than they did with the V-6, especially at lower speeds. Chrysler said we tested pre-production models and that another transmission calibration is in the works.

Thanks to the new nine-speed, fuel economy will be up for 2015, but just how much is the question. EPA numbers aren’t in yet, but Chrysler expects the four-cylinder to get a 35 mpg highway rating; the equivalent 2014 model got 20/31 mpg city/highway. A 35 mpg highway rating would finally make the 200 competitive with the Accord (26/34 mpg), Fusion (22/34 mpg) and Camry (25/35 mpg).

Behind the wheel, the Chrysler 200 is a comfortable long-trip sedan with muted-sounding engines and impressive isolation from road and wind noise. Both V-6 and four-cylinder versions had nicely weighted, natural-feeling steering. The ride was compliant, and models with the 18-inch alloy wheels felt composed over road imperfections. Bumps were heard and felt more keenly with the available 19-inch wheels, however. The 200 remained tight in corners with little body lean, easily slicing through an onslaught of northern California’s coastal switchbacks.

Interior
The cabin’s design and materials echo the car’s elegant, tasteful exterior, with sweeping panels of painted plastic or — in the case of the uplevel C model — optional genuine wood trim in matte finish. It all feels good, too, with an abundance of padded surfaces and bolstered, supportive seats. Leather seats are optional on uplevel trims, but even the base interior with grained plastic panels and subtly patterned cloth upholstery looks upscale. I drove the base Accord and Camry back-to-back after my time in the 
Chrysler 200, and their as-tested interiors struck me as bland by design and cut-rate in terms of materials quality.

The backseat is adequately roomy for two adults. The outboard seats are lightly bolstered for a snug, comfy fit. The inboard seat should be avoided; a small floor hump will cramp the middle passenger’s legroom. By the numbers, backseat legroom is up slightly this year, to 37.6 inches, but the other sedans still offer around an inch more.

Overall length is up only slightly for 2014, but the 200’s interior dimensions haven’t changed much. Front headroom is down slightly, to 37.7 inches, but that still holds up pretty well against the Accord (39.1), Fusion (39.2) and Camry (38.8).

Ergonomics & Electronics
The wonderfully clear and simple Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen multimedia system finally joins the 
Chrysler 200’s cabin this year, but only in uplevel versions. The base LX model uses a generic-looking traditional radio interface, and the trims in between make do with a new 5-inch touch-screen unit, which has some of the larger Uconnect system’s functionality but is comically small. Too much plastic paneling surrounds the tiny screen, making it appear even smaller, like a toddler bundled up in a gigantic snow suit. Some of the icons on the screen are fingernail-sized and difficult to read and press with accuracy.

Both the large and small screen-based systems use a mixture of buttons and knobs in addition to the touch-screen itself for audio functions and some climate controls. Nearly all the climate functions can also be controlled via separate knobs and buttons under the screen; they’re large, well-marked and easy to reach.

A very easy-to-use navigation system with the larger touch-screen is optional on uplevel S and C models but unavailable on base LX and Limited trims. Bluetooth audio streaming with hands-free connectivity is standard on all models except the LX sedan, where it’s optional.

Cargo & Storage
Clever is the best way to describe the small storage spaces in the 200’s cabin. By switching from a traditional transmission shifter to a rotary dial, Chrysler opened up a large storage cubby underneath the dial. It’s conveniently close to the center console’s charging outlets and wide enough to hold a tablet.

There’s also a creative sliding cupholder setup; when the two cupholders aren’t in use, slide them under the center console to access another deep storage well. Backseat passengers are treated to two cupholders and a small storage box in the pop-down center armrest.

The bench seat folds in a standard 60/40 split, and a pass-through to the trunk is standard across the lineup. The trunk itself (16.0 cubic feet) is generously sized, with a wide opening. Intrusive hinges dip down and steal some luggage space, however. By the numbers, the trunk is about 2.5 cubic feet larger than the outgoing model’s, and it’s competitive compared with the Accord (15.8), Fusion (16.0) and Camry (15.4).

Safety
The 2015 Chrysler 200 has not yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The sloping roofline somewhat hinders visibility to the rear corners, but new this year is a backup camera, standard on the C trim level and optional on all but the base trim. In versions equipped with the 5-inch screen, however, the image is tiny and questionably useful.

Also new are a host of optional active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system, Rear Cross Path Detection, forward-collision warning and lane departure warning. Chrysler is also debuting a new park assist feature on the 200 that will assist in parallel or perpendicular parking maneuvers. It guides the car into the spot and automatically controls the steering-wheel angle, gear position, brake and accelerator. Unfortunately, with the exception of the blind spot monitor and cross path detection (which are optional on the S), the availability of these systems is limited to the highest trim, the C, where they’re bundled into a Safetytec option package.

Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
Value is a big consideration for many midsize sedan shoppers, and the 
Chrysler 200 delivers again with a low entry price — one that’s actually $95 less than the outgoing model. The 2015 Chrysler 200 starts at $22,695 (all prices include destination), which slightly undercuts the Accord, Fusion and Camry. If you want all-wheel drive, however, the base price jumps to $29,690 for an S model. Still, that’s less than an all-wheel-drive Ford Fusion, the only other sedan in this competitive set to offer all-wheel drive. There, it’s available only on the top-of-the-line Titanium trim level, which runs $33,425.

The 200 is a win for both Chrysler and shoppers looking for style, comfort, quality and value. It went from a car I’d never recommend to one I think should be on every midsize-sedan shopper’s list. An extreme makeover, indeed.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Safest car ever

I can't say too much about the car except I owned it for about 2 years. Brand new with only 14 miles. Drove it to Florida from KY a few times with no problem(except a flat tire from a pothole). Had a couple flaws I didn't like in the design; no spare tire at all and the lug/lugnut was all 1 piece. Weird to me really. Got totalled when a guy running from the police hit me head on doing about 80mph. Got out of the car without a single scratch on me. Really really shocked from that. If your looking for a safe car. THIS IS THE ONE YOU WANT!!!

5.0

One of the nicest cars ive owned.

For a 2015 it feels much more modern. Jay Passey set me up with it, and I couldn't be more pleased. I look forward to dealing with this dealership in the future

2.7

Warning...Void This Dealership

Warning......void this dealership!! Visited this dealer for a Full synthetic oil change, wheel alignment and transmission fluid flush Dec 28, 2020. After waiting almost for hours for vehicle to be serviced, the service advisor Eric informed me that only the oil change was done and that I would have to reschedule for the other work to be completed. Per the service order and technician no issues were found or noted. Once I reached home I just so happened looked at the service order and discovered that dealer put conventional oil in my vehicle (per paperwork) when I've only ran full synthetic. I contacted dealer same day to schedule appointment to have vehicle inspected, system flushed and serviced again. Vehicle was serviced the following day on Dec 29, 2020 at the dealer. Hendrick Automotive so called flushed the system by adding an additive to the oil with new oil change. Before leaving dealer I asked the service advisor if I could speak with technician who serviced my vehicle and view vehicle before leaving. While speaking to the service technician I voiced my concern of the oil mix up. Technician attempted to reassure me that the correct oil was inserted into vehicle; there were no issues and that addictive should flush out any old oil. While inspecting vehicle I noticed that the oil door cover was missing. When I questioned the technician he stated that the cover was missing when vehicle came in and that he couldn't tell me what the other technician that originally serviced my vehicle did with it and or placed it. I am positive it wasn't missing on initial visit. At that point I was beyond frustrated and didn't pursue the issue. On Jan 5, 2021 I took my vehicle into a certified transmission shop for a transmission flush. Once the technician removed the bottom belly protection shield he noticed that I had an oil leak and instructed me to take look. I was in disbelief due to the fact vehicle was just serviced. Technician advised that I take car back to dealer. I contacted dealer same day. I contacted dealer scheduled appointment for Jan 7, 2021. When I arrived at dealer advisor said she didn't see that I had an appointment even though I had a email confirmation and would need to reschedule. Fast forward, once vehicle was finally inspected for the oil leak it was discovered that the engine oil coolant housing was cracked and seal gaskets bad. To repair oil coolant it would cost almost $850. FYI I didn't have a oil leak when I took my car in for service and now 7 days later I have a cracked housing and oil leak. He is noted and common for that housing to crack and to start leaking if the oil filter cap is over torqued. I spoke Darrell the service manager about the damage the houskng that caused the leak. He asked if could follow with me in 24 hrs after he has had a chance to speak with the technician and investigate. After 72 hrs of no follow-up I begin calling the service department and what was obvious he had no intention on following up. I called 6 or more times before I was able to get Darrell on the phone. From his tone I knew dealership wasn't going to take accountability and responsibility. Service manager stated that "upon his investigation he founded that the dealership didn't cause damage to housing and that it is just wear and tear". I questioned what kind of investigation did be do without the vehicle and most importantly he wasn't there when tech serviced my vehicle. He didn't answer that question nor any of my others questions and began to get hostile. I requested that he escalate complaint to his leadership who is Todd Reed Manager of Operations. I left him multiple of messages without any follow-up as well. To be continued. *****Be aware of this dealership and thoroughly inspect your vehicle before leaving. After research this dealership (service department) has a history of poor communication, lack of integrity and no customer service*****

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chrysler
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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