The 2015 Chrysler 200 2.4 FWD is the marquee’s first foray into the mid-sized sedan market where it will seek to compete against Honda’s Accord and Mazda’s Mazda 6 sedans. To cut the story short, it does well in performing as an everyday driver and normal car but in terms of matching the Mazda’s zoom zoom driving fun, the 200 lacks in the fun department as it lacks the power and proper hardware to pull of such feats that the Mazda 6 has.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 2.4 FWD Falls Short on Impressing
The 2015 Chrysler 200 2.4 FWD looks sleek and simple on the outside, no flashy design cues just smooth flowing lines from the front grille that merges with the headlights and forms a typical mid-sized sedan silhouette. The Chrysler 200 comes equipped with 18 inch alloys as standard and wrapped in efficient Bridgestone Ecopia tyres. Under the hood is Fiat/Chrysler’s Tigershark 2.4-liter inline four cylinder.
On the inside, the sleek yet simple aesthetic continues; the inside is provides a contemporary atmosphere yet keeps everything minimal particularly with brightwork. The gear selector is a rotary dial on the center console along with the electric parking brake. The instrument panel is nice and legible with a multi information display in the center of the two dials. The 2.4 FWD 200 for this review is not equipped with Chrysler’s 8.4 inch Uconnect screen but instead features a 5 inch screen with limited features such as Bluetooth but lacks navigation. The creature comforts for our trim included power everything, backup camera, power mirrors with heat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and satellite radio.
Driving the 2015 200 2.4 FWD is just like any normal car, it won’t impress you with speed or provide an exciting drive, it’ll get you from point A to point B safely and economically; that’s what it’s designed to be like most cars in this segment. The 2.4 tigershark can handle the heavy 3488lb car but it gets noisy at speed especially with the 9-speed automatic constantly hunting for the right ratio as you power through the rpms. Seeing as this car is meant for practicality, safety, economy instead of performance, the 200 delivers 27mpg in mixed driving which is surprisingly 1mpg higher than the base 1.4 turbo on the Dodge Dart proving that smaller throttle openings to deliver power is always effective in fuel economy.
Practically speaking, the 2015 Chrysler 200 2.4 FWD is great and it has excellent fuel economy. The interior is comfortable with right amount of plushness and creature comforts. However, the sleek design of the exterior may be a bit too mainstream for some. Engine is a bit noisy. While the Chrysler 200 may be a fresh entry of Chrysler in this segment, it hits the important spots right and manages to perform competitively in this segment provided you’re looking for a point A to B car.