2015 Chrysler 200 arrives with American style, European roots
The “Imported from Detroit” 2015 Chrysler 200 takes its influences from another continent, yet remains a distinctly American midsize sedan.
Sharing much of what’s underneath its very attractive exterior with Italy’s Alfa Romeos, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed to be unabashedly American all the way down to the rubber mat in its center console with the silhouette of the Detroit skyline etched into it.
Inside, the 200 uses materials that are modern and high-tech, including French-stitched door panels and a rotary dial for shifting the transmission – a touch shared with Jaguars.
Leather and wood options come in the high-end 200C, and sporty 200S models provide a richer environment that feels like it ought to belong in a full-fledged luxury car.
Powering the 200 is either a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 295-horsepower V-6, providing ample get-up-and-go. Both engines are paired with a segment-exclusive, nine-speed automatic transmission, and optional all-wheel drive is available on V-6 models. The four-cylinder engine is rated at 23 mpg city/36 mpg highway, while V-6 models are 19 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
Starting at $22,695, the 200 can be optioned up into the mid-$30,000 range with lane-keep assist, active cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
“Consumers can select from many options on the Chrysler 200,” said Jeff Schroeder, Mercury Insurance senior product manager. “It’s best to check with your local Mercury Insurance agent before you purchase a car to see how certain options might save you money on your car insurance.”
Whether customers want a comfortable cruiser or a car with more curb appeal in the 200S, this Chrysler is easy to customize without spending too much money.
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Jacob Brown covers the automotive industry and has written for Motor Trend, Automotive.com and Automobile Magazine. When asked about how many cars he’s driven, he says that he lost count somewhere in the hundreds.