Test Drive: The 2015 Chrysler 200
Chrysler takes another stab at their family sedan. Their previous Sebring model is worth forgetting and the first iteration of the Chrysler 200, which replaced the Sebring, felt as if they were regaining their confidence, unsure if they could compete in this segment. Now, however, they’ve returned with an all-new 200 that appears to be full of attitude and a little bit of swagger.
What I Liked
I drove the 200 Limited model, which is the second trim level that starts at $22,895. Adding a few extra amenities isn’t a big expense, though. The Comfort Group package, which includes dual zone climate controls, back-up camera and a heated steering wheels, is $795. And the upgraded UConnect system with larger screen is $800. That’s a great price for a well-equipped sedan.
The nine-speed automatic transmission is mated to a 2.4L engine capable of 184 HP. I spent most of my time driving in the city and this setup worked quite nicely. It wasn’t overbearing and responded adequately when I needed a little extra boost. It’s by no means the most engaging ride, but for its segment it does exactly what’s expected.
What I Didn’t Like
Although I know rotary dials to control the gear shifts are becoming a bigger trend these days, I’m still not sold on them. They save space and look cool, but I’m not a big fan on how they function. As I bemoaned when driving the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the muscle memory of quickly shifting from drive to reverse, and back again, has to be relearned using this dial. I’m not a big fan of relearning something that I’ve mastered—and that still works well. Perhaps I’m not changing with the times fast enough…