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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?
The 200's headlamps are smaller than the Sebring's and feature LED running lights.
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.
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.
The broad strokes of the Sebring are still evident--this is a refresh, not an overhaul.
In the cabin, the 200 struggles to convey that it is worth its $20,000 price tag.
Cheap glossy plastics and a hollow-seeming dashboard give the 200 an economy-car feel.
The very basic instrument cluster features a small monochromatic display beneath the fuel tank gauge on the left.
Using steering wheel controls, the driver can cycle between a digital compass, trip computer information, and very basic settings.
Cruise controls are also located on the steering wheel, but there's no voice command button.
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.
Out back, the 200 features a redesigned tail with reshaped taillights and a chrome bar that ties them together.
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.