Consumer Reviews Summary
35 of 42 (83%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Chrysler 200 Overview
The 2012 Chrysler 200 is offered in a sedan and convertible models, two engine types, and wide selection of trim levels.
The based model 200 LX comes with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission. The 200 Touring, Limited, and Touring Convertible upgrade the transmission to a six-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick, giving the driver the ability to manually shift gears. The 200 S, Limited Convertible and S Convertible upgrade the engine to a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. All models have front-wheel drive and can run on regular gasoline.
The four-speed 200 LX gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the six-speed four-cylinder sedans get 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. All V-6 models are rated at 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, and the 200 Touring Convertible, with four-cylinder engine, is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
The 200 sedan seats five, and the convertible seats four. Manually adjustable cloth seats with lumbar support are a base offering, and graduate to eight-way power driver’s seats in the sedan and six-way power driver and front passenger seat in the convertible. Leather upholstery, suede detail and heated front seats are available. The sedan comes with a 60/40-split folding backseat, and 13.6 cubic feet of trunk space, while the convertible model has 13.3 cubic feet available with the top up. The tilt/telescoping steering column is standard in all models, and leather wrapping for the steering wheel is available. Manual air conditioning is included in the base model and upgraded trims include automatic temperature control. Keyless entry is a standard offering and a remote start system is available.
The base audio system includes an auxiliary audio jack and steering wheel controls. Audio voice-command with Bluetooth, USB port, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with a one-year subscription, are available upgrades. The premium audio system includes the base options and throws in a 40GM hard drive and touch screen. The 200 can also be used as a mobile hotspot with the available UConnect Web system, providing 3G broadband for any WiFi-enabled device. The optional navigation and travel link systems provide turn-by-turn voice guidance and visual display, travel and weather information, local fuel price comparisons, and other entertainment and information features.
The 200 exterior expands on predecessor Sebring’s design with a sleeker body and new taillights and accents. The sculpted front fascia features halogen projector headlights with LED accents that slope into the chrome grille, topped with a redesigned Chrysler wing badge. The 200 Convertible offers choice of soft cloth top or retractable hardtop, automatically raised and lowered with a button on the instrument panel or key fob. The rear features chrome tipped duel exhaust and LED taillights. Seventeen-inch steel wheels come standard and can be upgraded to 17- or 18-inch aluminum or polished aluminum wheels.
The steel frame of the 200 features front and rear crumple zones for passenger safety. Active headrests for the driver and front passenger protect against head injury in the event of a rear-end collision. Driver and front passenger airbags, and supplemental side airbags for front and rear passengers are standard safety offerings. The 200 is also equipped with antilock brakes and brake assist, electronic stability and traction control systems for safety behind the wheel and in braking.
The 200 offers much in overall value and comfort, but has room for improvement in rear passenger and trunk space. The choice between soft and hard top, automatic transmission offered standard, and high-tech interior options make the 2012 Chrysler 200 a top consideration.