2012 Chrysler 200 FL

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The 2012 Chrysler 200 offers a lot for an affordable midsize car. Redesigned and introduced as a 2011 model, the Chrysler 200 comes in sedan and convertible versions, with a choice between two excellent engines, each with a sweet 6-speed manual-automatic transmission. Because the Chrysler 200 was new for 2011, there are no mechanical, exterior or interior changes for 2012. However,there is a new model.  A new 2012 Chrysler 200 S joins the LX, Touring and Limited models. Essentially a loaded Chrysler 200 Limited, the Chrysler 200 S comes standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6.  The V6, optional for the Chrysler 200 Touring and Limited models, standard in the 200 S, makes 283 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque.  The Chrysler 200 LX, Touring and Limited models come standard with a 2.4-liter engine that is rated at 173 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque at 4400 rpm, it's a double-overhead-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that gives it good power at both low and high rpm.  The 6-speed manual automatic transmission that comes on Touring, Limited and S models is seamless and not over-programmed.  A 4-speed automatic comes on the base LX model.2012 Chrysler 200 For Sale FL

Driving Impressions of the '12 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 is put together well. Low road noise contributed a lot to this conclusion, with quiet-running Michelin tires and a retuned exhaust system.  Same with the steering and ride: smooth and solid, even the convertible. The Chrysler 200 corners really well, with little body roll.  The standard powerplant for the Chrysler 200 is the 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter World engine that Chrysler shares with Mitsubishi and Hyundai. With dual variable valve timing, the power is good at both low and high rpm, and its 166 foot-pounds of torque are sufficient for the demands of its owners.  The V6 makes a 283 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque, coupled to a 6-speed manual automatic.                                      

Interior Impressions of the '12 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 cabin is nice, with seat coverings and trim that feel soft and luxurious. The seats feel supportive and should be comfortable for long periods behind the wheel. The instrument panel contains the usual three round gauges, with gray-on-gray graphics that are pleasing to the eye, while its white accent lighting is wonderful at night. The three-spoke steering wheel has a thick leather-wrapped rim and padded hub with controls for the sound system and cruise setting. Armrests are soft, and door pockets roomy. Some models have two USB ports, handy for phone and laptop charging. Safety equipment on all models includes advanced multistage front driver and passenger air bags, supplemental front-seat mounted air bags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and electronic traction control, and tire pressure monitor on all models but the LX. 

Exterior Features of the '12 Chrysler 200

2012 Chrysler 200 For Sale FLThe Chrysler 200 front air dam is clean: low, thin, and horizontal. Its halogen headlights appear small from head-on, but flow around the front corners into the bulging fenders, creating a line that widens to the rear of the car.  The rear deck lid looks chopped, with a chrome strip between LED taillamps and another chrome bar between the exhaust outlets that widens the look of the car. It bears a wing logo in brushed metal and blue, replacing the old traditional wing logo, to signify the rebirth of Chrysler. 



Model Lineup

The 2012 Chrysler 200 LX comes with the 2.4-liter engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, acoustic laminated glass windshield and front windows, halogen headlights, heated folding sideview mirrors, illuminated keyless entry, power door locks and windows, manual driver's seat adjustment with lumbar, 130-watt sound system with CD/MP3 radio, steering wheel controls, adjustable steering wheel, ambient LED lighting, 60/40 folding rear seat, 17-inch steel wheels.

Chrysler 200 Touring upgrades to the 6-speed automatic transmission, automatic temperature control, eight-way power driver's seat, Electronic Vehicle Information Center and trip computer, satellite radio, six speakers, automatic headlights, premium headliner, universal garage door opener, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob with chrome accent, 17-inch aluminum wheels. The 3.6-liter V6 is optional and comes with an upgraded alternator, engine oil cooler, and dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips.

Chrysler 200 Limited upgrades to leather upholstery, heated front seats, upgraded interior trim, remote start, touch-screen display, compass, outside temperature reading, 430-watt sound system Media Center CD/DVD with 40-gig hard drive, iPod input, Bluetooth, U-Connect hands-free phone, fog lamps, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. The V6 is optional. Navigation is optional and comes with Sirius Real Time Traffic and Sirius Travel Link.

Chrysler 200 S comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, Boston Acoustics sound system, leather, special front seats with suede inserts, heated front seats, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels with black trim, body color mirrors and door handles, and special trim: black-barred grille, headlights with black background, unique foglight bezels, and a black-inlayed winged Chrysler badge. Navigation is optional.

The Chrysler 200 convertible comes similarly equipped in Touring, Limited and S models.

Mopar, Chrysler's performance brand, offers sports suspension, special induction and exhaust pieces and other parts to improve handling and performance.2012 Chrysler 200 For Sale FL


The Chrysler 200 is an affordable midsize car that offers exceptional value. Available in sedan and convertible versions, it's smooth and quiet and feels solid. Two excellent engines coupled to the sweet 6-speed AutoStick automatic both get good gas mileage.  For more on the 2012 Chrysler 200, click here.

Some of the information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com

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