A Close Look at the New 2016 Chrysler 200

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This is the second iteration of the Chrysler 200 since its debut in 2015, and while last year's version certainly earned kudos for its combination of style, performance and affordability, the 2016 Chrysler 200 features a few notable upgrades and improvements that bump it up even higher on the pecking order for those looking for a decent-sized, economical but refined sedan.

Available in four trims - LX, Limited, 200S and 200C - as well as a special 90th Anniversary Edition, the 2016 Chrysler 200sedan is fighting for space in the extremely competitive mid-size sedan segment, and it stylish look immediately sets it apart. Chrysler has given the front end of the 200 a slightly new look, with a smoother, rounder shape and a refined grille, which melds nicely with the long roof and tapered back end that are real eye-pleasers. These features give it more than a touch of elegance that can be found lacking in some of the Japanese and Korean cars it's going up against.

In terms of power it's hard to argue with what the V6 engine provides in the mid-size 200 sedan. The powertrain is one shared with Jeep and Dodge models from the manufacturer, and really makes the Chrysler 200 able to easily hold its own against any competitor in its class. The base model offers a 2.4L, 184 HP motor, with the option of moving to a 295 HP V6 in higher trims. Electric power steering and strut front/four-link rear end help it provide a tidy, pleasant and progressive driving experience.

Perhaps the biggest eye-opener in the 2016 Chrysler 200 is when you take a seat inside. As with the exterior, serious thought has been given to upping the elegance factor without sending the price point shooting upwards. First off you get all the expected functionalities such as the sliding cupholders, cubby bins, pass-through storage area in the centre console, rear flip-down armrest with built-in storage, etc. All trims also feature a 60/40-split back seat with oh-so-convenient trunk access. But the refinement is especially evident in the high-end materials and finishing touches adorning the dash and elsewhere in the cabin.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 is a top performer in IIHS and NHTSA crash tests, and its package of standard and available driver-assist features is second-to-none, including forward-collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and more.