This is a very early review as far as ownership is concerned, but I'm 100% pleased with my purchase. I've owned this 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD for 10 days. Many of the reviews are accurate depictions of ...
This is a very early review as far as ownership is concerned, but I'm 100% pleased with my purchase. I've owned this 2015 Chrysler 200C AWD for 10 days. Many of the reviews are accurate depictions of what you can expect from this car. And as other sources have remarked, the 200 IS the "poor man's Lexus (or Cadillac, etc.)." But that's just fine with me.
It's a great value for the budget-conscious individual that wants as much of a luxury experience as they can get for their money. The features (in a fully loaded 200C, for example), rival that of a number of high-end midsize sedans that have a much heftier price tag; and it never fails to compete aesthetically. In Lunar White Tri-Coat Pearl, complete with chrome accents, premium lighting, and 19 inch aluminum wheels, my 200C always turns heads.
Yes, it's described as a "family sedan," but as a single, 32 year old male with no children, I find the car is ideal for a young professional that wants to upgrade to something a bit more "serious" than the sportier, louder options that I've selected in my 20's. Calling the 200 "a stretched Dodge Dart," is not insulting, and is actually just the move I want to make. Working at a local bank in a very "affluent" community, I now own a car that I can confidently park next my manager's and clients' Mercedes Benzes, and Lexuses. As a matter of fact, some of those other sedans don't even come in AWD.
The Chrysler 200C is fun to drive. It has a ton of power, yet maintains a very smooth ride. The sport mode, generates noticeable difference, but not major enough for me to use it regularly. It feels solid on the road, and handles most twists and turns securely. Sudden or sharper turns are not as stable, but those aren't a normal occurrence for me. Its interior is much quieter than its predecessor, but overall, not THAT quiet in comparison to some of its competitors.
You'll sacrifice some fuel efficiency with the V6, vs. the 4 cylinder. I tend to drive more aggressively, so I can't say that I'm getting the best economy. I suspect that with some changes to my driving habits, fuel consumption will improve.
When fully operating, the SafetyTech features are a godsend and tend to inspire confidence and security on the road. However, I am experiencing a malfunction with the Forward Collision Warning and the Adaptive Cruise Control; each designed for crash avoidance. This is troubling, since the car is new, but I have no doubt that the dealership will be able to fix it. I hope that it's not and ongoing issue.
I don't care for the gear shift being a dial; it seems awkward to me and takes some getting used to. Personally, I would have preferred the traditional knob, but with all-wheel drive, leather, Nav, UConnect, SiriusXM, heated and ventilated seating, a heated steering wheel, remote and push start, keyless entry, more than adequate storage space, rain sensing wipers, park assist, proximity sensors, a top safety rating and a suite of other benefits, this is hands-down, the best vehicle purchase I've ever made; including the older 2011 model Chrysler 200 Limited. The styling is timeless and makes for a vehicle worth holding on to beyond my 2 year average for trading in.
Other quirks, aside from the gear shifter are the absence of lighting in the footwells while driving, and the missing self-diagnostics tool. The footwell is pitch black at night, and is only lit while the doors are open. Yet there's ambient lighting in the door bins and housing spaces for the door handle. The previous 200 models allowed you to run a self-check at the touch of a button, and displayed the status of each system monitored without you having to scroll through different screens on your own. In fact, I think the diagnostic info should update wirelessly and be visible via the Concierge app, the Owners website and in an email summary. This would be more congruent with all of the tech that's currently available in this year's model.
I'm 6'3", and the rearview mirror seems to be and obstruction compared to my 2011 model. I think the seats may have gone lower in that model. The door frame also interferes with my line of sight, as I need to hunch down to view certain things; a house number/address for instance. It seems bulkier.
Overall, this car is still a definite "GO." And spring for the fully loaded C trim. It's worth every penny! Get one and have fun!!!