2011 Chrysler 200
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
The first public presentation of the new line was at the Detroit Auto Show in 2009, where the car was initially designed as a smaller hybrid version of the Chrysler 300. Consumers will have to wait for this package, as all of the 2011 Chrysler 200 models will run on a traditional gasoline engine. This doesn’t make the car a gas guzzler, however, with an average of 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 30 on the highway. That number holds true for all three versions of the car that are currently being offered: the 200 LX, 200 Touring and 200 Limited.
The LX model starts at $19,245 and the Limited package starts at $23,745, with the Touring falling right in the middle of the price scale. Chrysler also offers a lease package starting at $199 for 36 months, with incentives such as 0% financing for three years or $750 cash back. Chrysler is currently redesigning all of its offerings, and wants to get their new products established in the market after emerging from bankruptcy and partnering with Fiat in 2009.
In keeping with its predecessor, a convertible version of the 2011 Chrysler 200 was unveiled in January and is expected to be available sometime in early Spring. The sedan has been on the market since December 2010, and initial sales appear to be strong. This is part of the larger comeback of American automakers, and Chrysler significantly boosted sales and interest in the 200 with an effective Super Bowl commercial which featured hip-hop star Eminem and the new slogan "Imported from Detroit."
Overall, the 2011 Chrysler 200 appears to have the potential to be a large part of Chrysler’s rehabilitation. Getting rid of the Sebring was a popular move, and the 200 upgrades the three main complaints of its predecessor: better luxury options, better powertrain and handling, and less noise and vibration while driving. Keep an eye out for the release of the convertible model as well as future iterations that might have hybrid options.