2013 Chrysler 200

2013 Chrysler 200Drove a Chrysler 200 over the weekend and liked it. I was surprised at the power from the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and the decent fuel economy (I got 32 miles per gallon on one stretch).

What I didn’t care for was the lack of a vent setting in the HVAC controls. In some cars, you can just open the vent to get cool air into the cabin. Not the 200. You have to turn the HVAC on to get any air movement. And when you interior is black but the outside temperature isn’t hot, you need to either open the windows or turn on the air since with no air, the heat is terrible.

With 173 horses on tap, you won’t win many drag races, but driving on the highway is easy and comfortable. The four-speed automatic made it seem like the engine was turning too fast sometimes but mileage didn’t seem to suffer because of it.

2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special EditionRide and handling were good at times, better once or twice and not so good on at least one occasion. Tuned for a soft, comfortable ride, rounding fast sweeping corners, like highway on ramps or connectors, and the 200 might bounce around a little, but never feels out of control. On faster, shorter corners, the 200 follows your line and feels confident and capable.

Starting at under $20,000 the 200 is a good car that will get you around in style and comfort.

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James E. Bryson

Cars make the world go 'round!

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