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2016 Chrysler 200S Test Drive Review

With organic lines and a luxurious interior the 2016 Chrysler 200S seeks to attract the attention of buyers looking for a well-appointed mid-size sedan that doesn’t strain the wallet. With 295-horsepower on tap, a 9-speed transmission and all-wheel drive, it treads lightly into sport sedan territory, while at the same time providing all-weather traction and room for five adults. This is a far cry from Chrysler 200’s of the past and a great leap forward for this brand.

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2016 Chrysler 200S Exterior:

While beautifully styled, Chrysler played it safe with the new 200S. The soft lines are in proportion with others in the class with mild design queues that try to set it apart. Clad in Billet Silver Metallic paint and wearing 19-inch split-spoke gunmetal alloys, the 200S gives off an aggressive first impression. The blacked out upper and lower grills along with the window trim are subtle, and the sculpted projector beam headlamps with LED surrounds flow nicely into the contours of the front fenders. Head aft and you’ll notice a rear deck lid with a bit of a lip to it and a satin black lower fascia that houses twin brushed chrome exhaust tips. All in all it’s quite a stylish package and one that received quite a few compliments in the week I spent with it.

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2016 Chrysler 200S Interior:

With a modern cabin the interior of the 200S greets occupants in a way that few cars in the class can match. Maybe it was the striking Ambassador Blue leather that adorned the sport seats and door panels, or perhaps it was the fact that a rotary dial replaced the center console shifter. Whatever the case though, I can tell you that the cabin you see here is one of the best in Chrysler’s fleet. Highly bolstered front seats offer good lateral and lumbar support, 6-way power adjustability, along with heat and ventilation. Rear seating can accommodate up to three adults and are contoured as such, but overall headroom is a bit lacking. And while there is still a fair mix of hard and soft plastics throughout the cabin, Chrysler designers have done a wonderful job of making them feel upscale in a car with a sticker price of just $35,315.00*.

From an electronics standpoint, the 2016 200S utilizes the fantastic Uconnect system with its 8.4-inch touchscreen. It’s one of the most intuitive systems on the market and gives you access to media, audio, settings and navigation functions. Trunk space is also liberal at 16-cubic feet and comes in almost two feet above the segment average.

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2016 Chrysler 200S Performance:

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood produces 295-hp and 262-pound feet of torque through a 9-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive system is completely seamless and provides excellent traction on a variety of surfaces. It also helps launch the 200S to 60-mph in just over 6-seconds. There’s also a Sport Mode that stiffens up the steering, adjusts throttle and transmission shift points and the electronic stability control. The transmission can also be shifted via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for when you’re feeling frisky.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying the 200S is a full-fledged sport sedan, however it is a great deal of fun to drive. Traction through the corners is great, the cabin is quiet and ride quality was much better than expected on both the highway and on back roads. Chrysler has also managed to give the 200S a pretty decent exhaust note, further adding to the car’s overall personality. Braking performance was met with a firm pedal and confidence inspiring stops. Mileage is EPA rated** at 29-mpg highway, 18-city and 22-mpg in combined driving.

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2016 Chrysler 200S Safety:

With features such as Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, a rearview backup camera, anti-lock brakes, eight airbags and Lane Departure Warning with Blind Spot Monitoring, the 2016 200S provides the latest in safety technology to keep you and your family safe.

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2016 Chrysler 200S Overall:

I’m generally not a fan of surprises, but in the case of the 200S it was welcome. This is a beautifully made domestic sedan that delivers great power and handling manners with utility and safety features that ensure a great driving experience. This one is definitely worth a look. Drop by your local AutoNation Chrysler dealership today to check one out!

 

*Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

**Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

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