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Quick Spin: 2013 Chrysler 200 V6 Convertible 20
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chrysler, Chrysler 200 Convertible, convertible, Test Drives on 12 20th, 2012

For 2013, Chrysler continues to keep their prided 200 convertible moving forward with slight improvements. For the 2013 model year, the new Chrysler 200 Convertible remains the same except for much-needed suspension system improvement for the V6 soft-top model.

Having driven the new Chrysler 200 Convertible earlier this year, it was evident of Chrysler’s goal to provide the masses with an affordable option when the need arises to literally let the top down and your hair blow in the wind. With much of the success of Chrysler’s two door Sebring convertible being the gateway to the new 200 convertible, Chrysler kept things simple but expanded the new fresh styling of the 200 sedan and new technology with an excellent powertrain.

Powered by the new 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine, the new Chrysler 200 Limited convertible has ample power and proves to provide quite the relaxing drive, as one would expect from a convertible. Though, the underwhelming interior fit and finish along with the hefty weight of the new 200 convertible remains to be somewhat of a disconnect for enthusiasts. However, being that the 200 convertible’s demographic will not want much more than what they expect from a convertible rental car, the 200 convertible does just fine with its consumer base.

The new 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible is available in a base Touring trim with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 173 horsepower and a Limited trim featuring the 283 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 found in my test vehicle. For 2013, either trim can be optioned with an S package featuring sporty accent such as a darkened grill, sporty darkened alloy wheels and perforated sued-like leather seat inserts with the S embroidering.

Power output from the beefy 3.6-liter V6 engine is delightful but delivered in an inconstant manor due somewhat hard shifts by the new 6-speed automatic transmission in my test vehicle. I do not remember the 2012 200 Convertible S that I reviewed earlier this year shifting so abruptly. Possibly, the transmission programming has been adjusted for the 2013 model. Either way, the 6-speed auto transmission still quickly shifts but not without some unnecessary feedback at times. Fuel economy for the V6 model is estimated at 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, which were easily attainable numbers during my time with the V6 200 Convertible.

To address previous issues of the 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible’s hefty weight, the suspension system for the V6 soft-top convertible has been revamped. The spring rates are now higher, by over 20%, with some additional damping and a thicker front anti-roll bar. The setup may have been a bit too harsh for the hard-top convertible model, but all 200 convertibles get a revamped steering rack and rear toe-link for a better road-feedback and ease of drivability. The new setup seems to keep the car more balanced with only a minimal amount of added stiffness to the ride going across bumps when compared to last year’s model. Still, the over-weight issue (4,058 pounds) is noticeable when the 200 convertible is pushed near its limits in turns. And it is not hard to find those limits. In a nutshell, the new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible with its revamped suspension system eliminates its preconceived clumsy handing traits.

Exterior and interior styling remains the same for 2013. Chrysler’s Uconnect system still integrates nicely while the typical dashboard controls reintroduce the familiarity of a properly attired rental car.  Some will find it hard to quickly obtain a comfortable driver’s seating position even with the power seat. Moreover, the front seats fail to have enough bolstering to keep you in place even during a Sunday drive.

The new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible still remains to be a big improvement over the Sebring convertible. Over-all, the fresh exterior styling and over-all demeanor attempts to shake off being the epitome of a convertible rental car.

Chrysler possibly bets on the 200 Convertible’s loyal following, which only adds to the prided 200 Sedan’s excellent design. At a starting price of $27,100 for the base Touring 4-cylinder 200 Convertible and reaching a base of $29,890 for the V6, Chrysler’s convertible is in a competitive spot for those in the drop-top market. There are much more thrilling rides in the price category of the new 200 Convertible, sans a usable back seat. ie: You can actually fit 4 adults in the Chrysler 200 Convertible but may have issues with something like a new Camaro convertible. With the new 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible, buyers will enjoy its open-air practicality with 4 usable seats and an economical but powerful drivetrain.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Chrysler 200 Touring Convertible $29,890 / As-Tested 200 Limited Convertible V6 $35,510
  • Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V6 283 hp @ 6400 rpm / 260 lb-ft torque @ 4400 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 108.9in.
  • Total length: 194.8in.
  • Total width: 72.5in.
  • Total height: 54.9in.
  • Track: f/r-61.7/62.7in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.7/37.0in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/33.5in.
  • EPA total interior passenger volume: 101.3cu.ft.
  • Cargo capacity: 13.0cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 37.7ft.
  • 0-60mph: 6.8 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,058 lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg/city, 29 mpg/highway


2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible Review & Test Drive 8
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible, convertible, featured, Test Drives on 06 8th, 2012

The all-new Chrysler 200 Convertible builds upon the outgoing Chrysler Sebring Convertible’s long-standing affordable contribution to the convertible coupe segment. As a completely new design, the Chrysler 200 Convertible proves to be an impressively styled vehicle available in a soft-top and hardtop convertible coupe configuration.

My Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 powered 2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible has rather appealing looks and enough room for 4 adult passengers. The V6 engine produces a healthy 283 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 260 ft. lbs. of torque at 4800 rpm. On paper, the horsepower rating is competitive within the 200 Convertible’s range of competition. Unfortunately, the new 2012 200 S Convertible’s performance staggers and is somewhat left behind by its competition due to its hefty weight. With almost 500 pounds added to the curb weight over the sedan, it diminishes any likelihood of the 200 S Convertible performing up to the expectations of a V6-powered coupe. In my judgment, the 200 Convertible, even with a 283 horsepower V6, has lackluster performance followed up with clunky handling attributes.

With a curb weight of 4,000 pounds (3,898 lbs. for the 200 Touring trim soft-top convertible model), it makes me wonder what type of extra rigidity and aluminum roof reinforcements where used in the new Chrysler 200 S Convertible. Proving to be relatively quiet for a convertible on the road and virtually rattle free, the Chrysler 200 S Convertible exhibits a rigid body structure. The suspension seems to be on the soft side with a bit of an unwanted float and bounce when cruising over bumpy roads. Over-all, the body remains manageable through turns provided you are not pushing the 200 S Convertible to the limit. The V6 engine seems to produce an adequate amount of power especially with the adept 6-speed automatic transmission finding the optimal gear without too much hunting.

The new 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible, among the most affordable hard-top convertible vehicles currently available, appeals to a wide audience. For those who are able to get past the Chrysler 200 Convertible’s shortcomings, it begs to offer the consumer an improved and much more matured vehicle when compared to the Sebring Convertible predecessor.

Interior space in the new Chrysler 200 Convertible is modest and provides all occupants with a solitary cabin when the top is up. The dashboard is virtually the same as found in the 200 Sedan. The power-folding hardtop, proving to fold smoothly, takes its time to fully retract or completely close at the touch and hold of a single button.

The seats in my new 2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible proved to be comfy but seriously lacking lateral support. The front perforated cloth inserts and leather trimmed front seating surfaces add a value aesthetic to the interior while the commonplace Chrysler uConnect LCD touch-screen interface, for audio and GPS navigation controls, feels somewhat dated. The operation of the front seats for rear seat entry/exit can be a bit cumbersome where the release latch does not allow the seat to move forward without separately operating the power seat control.

The new 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible is available in three different trim levels, a Touring trim with a standard 173 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and power-folding cloth top, a Limited trim adding the efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and power-folding hard top, and the S trim adds dark exterior trim, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Boston Acoustics sound system.

Fuel economy is somewhat consistent across the board when comparing the Chrysler 200 Convertible’s 4-cylinder engine against the beefy V6, with both getting around 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. It is definitely worth considering the Limited or S trim levels for the V6 power.

In the good old days of the Sebring Convertible being epitome of what you expect to get at your local rental car company when asking for a Convertible, the new Chrysler 200 Convertible attempts to shake off that old conception. With its midsized dimensions and new stylish looks, the new Chrysler 200 Convertible is now the best bargain you can find in the midsized Convertible segment. Not to mention, you get the choice of a powerful V6 and power-folding hardtop to boot.

When it comes to value, Chrysler has done an exceptional job in offering fresh new products appealing to the masses. For the Convertible segment, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible is an excellent value with a solid drivetrain. Aside from the Chrysler 200 Convertible’s minor shortcoming with its diminished performance attributes, due to an unforeseen weight issue, it beckons to be the best bang for the buck. With a price of admission at $26,955 plus destination putting you in a new 2012 200 Touring 4-cylinder Convertible, Chrysler has positioned themselves at the top of the midsized convertible food chain. My loaded up 2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible has an as-tested price of $35,510.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Chrysler 200 Touring Convertible $29,995 / As-Tested 200 S Convertible V6 $35,510
  • Wheelbase: 108.9in.
  • Total length: 194.8in.
  • Total width: 72.5in.
  • Total height: 54.9in.
  • Track: f/r-61.7/62.7in.
  • Headroom: f/r-38.7/37.0in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/33.5in.
  • EPA total interior passenger volume: 101.3cu.ft.
  • Cargo capacity: 13.0cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 37.7ft.
  • 0-60mph: 7.7 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons
  • Curb weight: 4,000 lbs.
  • EPA mileage: 19 mpg/city, 29 mpg/highway


Chrysler Rolls Out 200 Convertible For Chicago 8
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible, News on 02 8th, 2011

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible. Image: Chrysler Group, LLC

If you’re at the Chicago Auto Show this week, chances are good you’re not driving a convertible (at least not with the top down). The cold weather isn’t stopping Chrysler, who plans to unveil the new 200 Convertible in Chicago. Chrysler wants us to know the 200 is no Sebring drop top, and their press release emphasizes the changes. The 200, we’re told, is “redesigned, re-engineered, re-packaged and re-priced for 2011”. In other words, throw out any preconceived notions you may have had about Chrysler convertibles based on past experience.

One of the areas stressed by Chrysler is the new car’s “elegant craftsmanship” and “refined driving experience”. The improvements in handling come largely from a suspension that has been thoroughly redesigned, retaining only six suspension bushings (of 28) from the old Sebring. Engine choices are new for 2011, and include either the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 or the 2.4 liter World Gas I4. On the inside, the cars get a redesigned interior, complete with an available media center, voice command infotainment system, Sirius Travel Link and a 30 Gb hard drive for storing images, music or movies.

Prices start at $27,195 for a base Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring, and go up to $31,990 for a well equipped Limited version. Chrysler also has a sport version in the works, called the 200 Convertible S, but didn’t provide details on pricing. Expect Touring and Limited versions to hit dealer showrooms early in the second quarter, with S model convertibles following later in the year.

Source: Chrysler Group, LLC







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