Chrysler 200C

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The 2016 Chrysler 200C is an ex­cel­lent value for fam­i­lies look­ing for a com­fort­able, safe and fuel-ef­fi­cient mid­size sedan that also im­parts class. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It gets good marks in all three ar­eas, mean­ing it would sat­isfy most of us.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is pretty in­side and out, with a well-crafted in­te­rior.

Body style/lay­out: The Chrysler 200 is a mid-size sedan with four side doors and tra­di­tional notch­back trunk. It is avail­able with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and is mar­keted in four trim lev­els — LX, Lim­ited, S and top-line C.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The Chrysler 200 comes stan­dard with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylin­der ga­so­line en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (184 horse­power, 173 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. A 295-horse­power ga­so­line V-6 is avail­able along with all-wheel drive.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo room with all seats in place is 16 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 15.8 gal­lons of ga­so­line. Flex fuel (85 per­cent ethanol, but hard to find) works, as does 89-oc­tane ga­so­line.

Mileage: I got 36 miles per gallon in high­way driv­ing.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes ven­ti­lated front and solid rear disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock brak­ing as­sis­tance; emer­gency brak­ing prepa­ra­tion and post­col­li­sion safety sys­tem; tire-pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; and side and head air bags.

Rec­om­mended op­tion: The Safety Tec ad­vanced elec­tronic safety suite ($1,295).

Pric­ing: The 2016 200C starts at $27,225. Es­ti­mated dealer’s in­voice price on the base model is $25,000. Price as tested is $33,195 in­clud­ing a to­tal $4,975 in op­tions and a $995 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. Es­ti­mated dealer’s price as tested is $31,000.

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