2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Midsize 4-passenger convertible
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Soft top or retractable hardtop
  • Suspension revised for a "responsive, lively driving experience," according to Chrysler
  • Three new exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, and Cashmere Pearl Coat

Introduction

The Chrysler 200 Convertible is a 4-passenger, 2-door midsize car and the only convertible based on an automaker's mainstream midsize sedan. It is also one of very few 4-passenger, front-wheel-drive convertibles. It is offered with 4- or 6-cylinder power and comes with a soft top or retractable hardtop.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible has no direct competition, but its closest rivals are the Chevrolet Camaro convertible, Ford Mustang convertible, and Volkswagen Eos.

Exterior Features

The Chrysler 200 Convertible shares the 200 Sedan's 108.9-inch wheelbase, but it is 3.1 inches longer and weighs almost 600 pounds more. It comes standard with a power-folding cloth top, and a retractable hardtop is offered as an option. The base model rides on 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, while the other models get 18s. The Limited and S trim levels also add fog lights, and the S model features black-tinted trim.

Interior Features

The Chrysler 200 Convertible seats four, with a 2-passenger rear seat. Standard interior equipment includes cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, interior air filter, tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, 6-way power-adjustable front seats, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD stereo, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, outside-temperature display, theft-deterrent system, trip computer, universal garage door opener, and compass.

With the top up, the trunk has 13.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Putting the top down reduces that to 7.0 cubic feet.

Optional Features

Over and above the base Touring model's features, the Limited adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, music hard drive, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote engine starting, windblocker, fog lights, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The S model, which has been made an option package for the 200 Sedan, features a Boston Acoustics sound system, black-finish fog lamp bezels and grille, black-tinted headlights, fog lights, body color door handles and exterior mirrors, and unique polished and painted 18-inch wheels.

Other notable options include a navigation system with a music hard drive and the retractable hardtop.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is offered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V-6. The 2.4, offered only in the base model, delivers 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque. The other models have the V-6, which can run on E85 ethanol and produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The lone transmission is a 6-speed automatic with Chrysler's AutoStick manual shift capability.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible are:

200 Convertible with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
200 Convertible with 3.6-liter V-6 engine: 19/29/22 mpg

Safety

The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible comes standard with dual front air bags, front side air bags, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes with emergency brake assist, traction control, anti-skid system, tire-pressure monitor, and front-seat active head restraints.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash test program. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, it received a "Good" rating (the Institute's best rating) in the moderate front overlap, side impact, side overlap, and rear crash protection tests. It was not subjected to the roof strength or small overall front crash tests.

Technology

The Chrysler 200 Convertible comes with a choice of three audio/entertainment systems. The base system can play CDs and MP3 files and comes with an auxiliary input jack. Media Center 430, which is standard in the Limited and S models, can also play DVDs, and it adds a 6.5-inch touch screen and a 40-gigabyte hard drive with 28 GB of music file storage. It also features Gracenotes Music ID tagging. The optional Media Center 730N comes with a navigation system, voice commands, Bluetooth streaming audio, USB port, and one year of Sirius/XM Travel Link with real-time traffic information.