Chrysler made some major headlines a few years ago when they debuted the 200 in a Super Bowl commercial back in 2011 featuring Eminem in one of the most legendary ads I’ve ever seen.  

This was the major publicity Chrysler needed, because the brand was struggling in remaking itself to really put themselves on the map as a serious player.

The car they debuted in that commercial, was the 2011 Chrysler 200.  While the car itself is (by car standards) a bit old now, the ad continued to air.  Chrysler injected their entire line up into those kind of emotional and dark commercials to really milk the concept, which worked.  Especially for us here in Detroit.

Unfortunately, the car itself wasn’t as powerful and intense as the ads suggested, and the 2017 Chrysler 200 is now getting the axe.  

After the huge hype and upbringing of the 200, it does seem sad that this is the way is goes out. The car didn’t sell as well as Chrysler hoped and didn’t gain much popularity when it was redesigned in 2014.  Even though the roofline is gorgeous and it is a sharp sedan, there were a number of factors that contributed to the downfall of the Chrysler 200.

It really wasn’t practical at all, had absolutely zero excitement factor, the visibility was awful and the blind spots could hide a train.  

The Exterior-2017 Chrysler 200:

2017 Chrysler 200 - front view

Even with its downfalls, the Chrysler 200 is a sharp looking car.  The LED running lights and quad fog lights look fantastic and the roofline is very coupe like and sexy.  It’s hard to complain about the outside of the vehicle.

I do, however, wish we saw a drop-top version of the second generation like we saw with the first, but what can we do now?

2017 Chrysler 200 - rear view

The overall design is very sloped and wavy, which all comes together very nicely. Unfortunately, the rear end of the 2017 Chrysler 200 isn’t as completed looking as the front.  The tail lights make it look very wide-eyed, and the overall look of the car looks like it should go on a bit of a diet. This is a shame since the front end is so sleek.

The overall look and stance of the 2017 Chrysler 200 is pretty stout, and I think the back end could’ve been worked to look more energetic, but again…Nothing we can do now.

The Interior:

2017 Chrysler 200 interior

To make the 2017 Chrysler 200 interior look good, you’d need to get it with a light leather and wood inserts with fully loaded features.  Otherwise, the interior is pretty…unimpressive.  

Chrysler has some of the smallest LCD screens I’ve seen.  It’s a touch screen, which does make it slightly worse when you’re driving and want to make some sort of selection on the screen without crashing and burning to a crisp.

If you have the deep pockets for the larger navigation screen, you’ll also be surprised at how much larger the competitors screens are.  

Also, the gauge cluster has an interesting glow to it, that can switch from blue and white which is cool I guess.

Now I’m going to talk about some pitfalls in the 2017 Chrysler 200.  And we’ll start with the backseat.  In the midsize sedan segment, you can’t really expect too much out of the room and clearance back there, but you do expect some sort of accommodation, right?

You’ll be a bit disappointed in the 2017 Chrysler 200.  I’m not tall by any means, and getting in and out of the Chrysler 200 meant me hitting my head constantly on the roof of the car; It hurt.

I laughed it off every time, but I really didn’t expect that to be an issue at all.  Once I got inside as well, the rear seat legroom wasn’t stellar either.  Try to avoid sitting in the back at all costs, everyone.  

On the 200S, you get seats that have way too much bolstering on the sides for a car that has 180 HP.  The side bolstering makes it difficult to get in and out of the front seats, which makes you look a little less dignified getting in and out of the 2017 Chrysler 200.

The Performance and Tech:

Before I get started, I want to talk about the exhaust note that comes from this car.  It is fantastic.  It is throaty and powerful sounding.  Unfortunately, the car sounds a lot faster than it actually is.

Now that we’re done with that, we can talk about the transmission in the 2017 Chrysler 200.  The car features a seven speed automatic with that joke of a sport-shifting mode.  

When you engage “sport” mode in a sport sedan, you expect the whole driving dynamic to change.  You expect the steering to be heavier, throttle response to be sharped, aggressive shifting to be in your control (especially when paddles are involved) and in some cases hardened suspension.

Shifting paddles are located behind the steering wheel (they look big, but they’re actually very small) that let you shift the transmission yourself, but only when the car lets you.  That’s right, you don’t really have power over the gears, even in “manual” or “Sport” mode.  

It will only let you shift down below 2,500 RPM, and if you let the revs go to the redline (like most cool people do) the car will shift up for you.  

On top of the car controlling your semi-manual shifting (ironic), the shifting speed from one gear to another is abysmal.  I want to go into more detail but it brings back bad memories…Same thing with the throttle response.  

The Specs-2017 Chrysler 200:

Vehicle Type: Midsize Sedan
Powertrain: 2.4 L I4 , 3.6 L V6
Gearbox: 7-speed automatic
Power: 184 – 295 HP
MPG: 36 Highway, 23City (est.)
Torque: 190 – 290 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 192 Inches (4.87 Meters) (est.)
Width: 74 Inches (1.87 Meters) (est.)
Height: 59 Inches (1.49 Meters) (est.)
Wheelbase: 108 Inches (2.74 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 119 MPH (191.5 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 9 Sec. – 5.7 Sec. (est.)
Base Price: $23,000 (est.)


Sum It Up:

It is a shame that the amazing comeback of Chrysler’s 200 has ended in a pretty sad way. I do believe though, that Chrysler will replace the 200 with an even better sedan.  The 2017 Chrysler 200 has been set to release within the first six months of 2017.



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