Fresh off last year's redesign, the 2012 Chrysler 200 is a FWD mid-size car available in sedan and convertible trim levels. The base 200 is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. For increased performance customers can upgrade to the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, yielding 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options consist of a base 4-speed automatic and optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 19 mpg city to 31 mpg highway. Available features include power heated exterior mirrors, remote start system, premium sound system, remote USB port, leather heated seats, 18-inch wheels, 40 GB hard drive, 6.5-inch touch-screen display, and CD/DVD player. Safety is comprised of electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitoring, advanced airbag system, and tire pressure monitoring. The 200 is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Following its debut in 2011, the Chrysler 200 in both sedan and convertible guise is little changed for 2012.
Fuel economy; convertible availability; low price of entry; good V6 power
The 2012 Chrysler 200 offers much to like for buyers interested in a stylish, economical, and inexpensive mid-size sedan. Things like a 283-hp V6, a true 4-seat convertible, and still inexpensive prices mean that power- and luxury-seekers on a budget can have theirs, too. Entry price is below $19,000 and that buys plenty of car.