2011 Chrysler 200 review:

2011 Chrysler 200

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At the top of the center stack is this cheap-looking analog clock.

Although available as options at this trim level, Bluetooth connectivity and voice command didn't come with the system we tested. But if these features are not equipped, Chrysler doesn't bother deleting the buttons for them from the stereo's faceplate. So not only are you missing features that are standard on a Hyundai these days, but you have a pair of useless buttons to remind you every time you accidentally tap one. Save yourself the trouble and just pay for the Uconnect Bluetooth option.

The 2011 Chrysler 200 is an improvement on the Sebring, but there's still a long way for it to go.

Our 2011 Chrysler 200 Touring starts at $20,950, but quickly adds $1,795 to upgrade to the Pentastar V-6 engine--money well spent in our opinion. Add a $750 destination charge to reach our as-tested price of $23,495.

Stepping up to the Limited model nets you standard Bluetooth with Chyrsler's Uconnect voice command system and adds a touch-screen receiver for the audio rig that features a 30GB hard drive for ripping audio tracks and USB connectivity--these options can also be added a la carte to the Touring model, but if you're thinking of doing so, go ahead and step up to the Limited to unlock the navigation option and add standard leather trim and larger chrome wheels. If you're going to drive a dull car, you may as well roll comfortably.

In sum
So, should you buy the Chrysler 200? The answer depends on where on the option scale you're planning on getting in. If you're looking at the low end of the scale for a four-cylinder import from Detroit, perhaps you'd be more interested in the Ford Fusion (non-hybrid) which offers better economy and technology. If you're looking for a V-6 with all of the tech bells and gadget whistles (perhaps that 200 Limited we mentioned earlier), the Chrysler becomes more appealing, giving the Ford a run for its money by offering similar performance and nearly matching the Fusion's available cabin tech but at a much lower price.

Tech specs
Model 2011 Chrysler 200
Trim Touring
Power train optional 3.6-liter V-6
EPA fuel economy 19 city/29 highway mpg
Observed fuel economy 24.4 mpg
Navigation optional at Limited trim level
Bluetooth phone support optional, not equipped
Disc player single-disc CD/MP3
MP3 player support analog 3.5mm auxiliary input
Other digital audio standard Sirius satellite radio
Audio system 6-speaker
Driver aids n/a
Base price $20,950
Price as tested $23,495

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