2011 Chrysler 200 Ft Lauderdale

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The all new Chrysler 200 replaces the outgoing Sebring for 2011. The front-wheel-drive Chrysler 200 seats five. Compared to the Sebring, Chrysler made the 200 look much bolder and sportier. The doors and center portion of the steel body have been retained to save costs, but the rest of the car has been restyled and improved inside, outside and underneath in a much more sporty and luxurious fashion. The 200 has a new grille, hood, front fenders, headlamps, driving lamps, bumper and air intakes up front, with new chrome mirrors and door handles, new LED taillamps, new 17- and 18-inch wheels, and new exhaust system outlets at the rear. The instrument panel, center stack, switches and controls have all been redone for the 2011 models. The handling of the 200 is also a huge improvement over the way the Sebring drove. The engineers widened the rear track one inch, and retuned nearly every piece, part and system in the front and rear suspensions. They revalved all the shock absorbers, stiffened the front springs by 15 percent, added a rear stabilizer bar where there was none on the previous model, and stiffened the front and rear subframe mounts by 400 and 70 percent, respectively, and the front subframe about 200 percent vertically. The tires have been upgraded to the new quiet-running Michelin Primacy and upsized from 215 to 225 size.

Driving the new Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 comes standard with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter double-overhead-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that gives it more flexibility in delivering low-rpm torque (160 foot-pounds) and high-rpm horsepower while delivering good fuel economy. A new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is optional, generating 283 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque, with two automatic transmission choices (and no manual transmission). Chrysler says the four-cylinder version will get 31 mpg on the highway, and the V6 is expected to get 29 mpg Highway. The V6 engine is optional for Touring and Limited models. Underneath, nearly everything has been stiffened, reinforced, or otherwise made stronger so that the four corner suspension systems can operate independently and accurately and provide a much better ride, quicker steering, and more responsive handling. There's a redone suspension and an improved braking system. With the four-cylinder, there is a new three-point engine mounting system that transmits far less vibration into the cabin. The 200 has much-improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) behavior, with a new acoustic windshield, laminated side glass, reshaped mirrors, and a retuned exhaust system.

2011 Chrysler 200 Design

The design of the Chrysler 200 is simliar to that of the Town & Country minivan, with many of the same visual cues in the grille, headlamps, air intakes and front bumper. The roof and doors of the Chrysler 200 came from the Sebring, but the entire nose, decklid, rear fascia, interior and chassis have been replaced with better and more modern stuff, the new car has very large, fully integrated halogen headlamp units that flow around the front corner into the fender, creating a line that goes up over the heavily bulging front fender like other Chryslers and then all the way to the rear of the car through the centerline of the body. All Chrysler models will have a new wing logo in brushed metal and blue paint to replace the old traditional wing logo and signify the birth of yet another version of Chrysler.

Inside the '11 Chrysler 200

Inside, the instrument panel contains the usual three-round-gauge package, and is much more pleasing to the eye after the 2011 redesign, with gray-on-gray graphics and white accent lighting that is brilliantly legible at night when the display remains gray on gray. The center portion of the instrument panel has also been modernized and treated to just enough chrome accents, as has the console and shifter portion lower down than before. On some models, it is possible to have two USB ports, which can be quite handy for phone and laptop charging. All the materials in the seats, door trim panels, headliner and instrument panel are softer, more luxurious and more pleasing to the eye, and the seats feel much more supportive and long-drive comfortable than before.

Chrysler 200 Lineup

The 2011 Chrysler 200 comes in LX, Touring, and Limited models. The Chrysler 200 LX is a base model with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, steel wheels, and cloth upholstery. There are no options.

The Chrysler 200 Touring upgrades with a 6-speed automatic, 17-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power seats, satellite radio, automatic temperature control, automatic headlights.

The Chrysler 200 Limited upgrades from the Touring content with heated leather seats, a new touch-control AM/FM/CD satellite radio with a 30-gigabyte hard drive for music storage and record/rewind/replay capability of up to 44 minutes of satellite radio programming, music tracking, UConnect Bluetooth connectivity, 18-inch wheels and tires, fog lights.


Safety equipment on the Chrysler 200 includes front, side and roof curtain air bags, and ABS disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, traction control, and electronic stability control, in addition to the mandated tire-pressure monitor. The 200 is a huge improvement over the Sebring. The new 200 is much prettier. The car is more refined than before throughout. It's much quieter underway. The cabin is more modern and the materials are more luxurious in appearance and to the touch. Performance from the V6 is excellent, and the handling is sharp. For anyone searching for a sporty and stylish sedan. the 2011 Chrysler 200 is worth a look. For more on this model visit the official Chrysler 200 website!

Some information for this review was obtained from NewCarTestDrive.com

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