This sedan can be so much more than a rental.
Since production started on its second generation in May 2014, the Chrysler 200 has done a lot to step up its game. A greater sense of refinement in the car comes from the work of Cristian Farcas, who designed a completely revised interior. Not all owners flocked to the 200 simply for appearances, however. Starting at a base price of $21,995, the car also serves as a fantastic platform for further aftermarket appearance and performance modifications.
Mopar, for example, offers an interior lighting package that lets you choose eight different types of ambient lighting inside your vehicle. For $370, Mopar also offers an accent panel and rear fascia. This aftermarket parts manufacturer and K&N also make high-performance air intake systems for the car, while Magnaflow offers full aftermarket catback exhaust systems that can lead to respectable gains in horsepower. If you’re looking for bigger horsepower numbers, Kraftwerks sells a few superchargers for the car that range from about $2,000-$3,000. Single turbos are even more affordable, starting at $124 for a Spectra Premium unit. Cooling fans for the Chrysler 200 can be found for less than $60.
Install a Dorman sway bar yourself or upgrade to better brakes on Mopar’s website for better handling, and you’ve made a veritable performance machine with the already sleek and refined styling of the Chrysler 200. Sure, we still like the idea of a Chrysler 200 two-door, but that doesn't mean the contemporary sedan can't beat a lot of its segment competition in terms of performance and design. The current 200 was a formidable competitor against the Kia Optima in one of our Sedan Showdowns. We've also noted in the past how difficult it is to get in a deadly accident in the car, which can never be a bad thing.
For the 2016 model year, there's a vast array of options if you're looking into a Chrysler 200. If you want to step up from the previously mentioned base model, which is priced at $21,995, then you'll also be taking a step up from the 184 hp rating on the base LX trim level. The midsize sedan is a fuel sipper, too, pulling 23 mpg in the city and up to 36 on the highway. The top-of-the-line Chrysler 200 for the 2016 model year is $31,785. For the extra cash on this trim level, the C 3.6L AWD puts out 295 horses. The car's power plant can be either a 2.4L four pot or a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6. All new 2016 models come with a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.