Chrysler's small sedan returns with a new name, a new engine, and a new attitude. Does the 2011 Chrysler 200 Touring have what it takes to grow beyond its Sebring roots?
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The 200's headlamps are smaller than the Sebring's and feature LED running lights.
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Under the resculpted hood and powering our 200 Touring is an optional 3.6-liter Pentastar engine that's both more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing 3.5-liter engine.
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Power is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode before being transferred to the ground through the 200's front wheels.
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The broad strokes of the Sebring are still evident--this is a refresh, not an overhaul.
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In the cabin, the 200 struggles to convey that it is worth its $20,000 price tag.
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Cheap glossy plastics and a hollow-seeming dashboard give the 200 an economy-car feel.
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The very basic instrument cluster features a small monochromatic display beneath the fuel tank gauge on the left.
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Using steering wheel controls, the driver can cycle between a digital compass, trip computer information, and very basic settings.
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Cruise controls are also located on the steering wheel, but there's no voice command button.
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The basic stereo available on the Chrysler 200 features CD playback, satellite radio, and an auxiliary input. A hard-drive-based rig with audio storage is available, but this setup underwhelmed us.
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Out back, the 200 features a redesigned tail with reshaped taillights and a chrome bar that ties them together.
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As tested, our Chrysler 200 Touring with the Pentastar V-6 would set you back $23,495. To do things CNET-style, you'll want to step up to the more expensive Limited trim level with Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and the ability to specify navigation.
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