Although it shares a platform and certain other components with its predecessor, the Sebring Convertible, Chrysler's 200 Convertible is vastly superior to that disappointing model thanks to a more refined interior, classier exterior styling and a powerful Pentastar V6. While far from a sports car, the 200 Convertible does excel as a comfortable open-air cruiser.
Chrysler also offers the 200 as a midsize sedan.
There are no notable changes to 200 for the latest model year, which will be the convertible's last on the market before it's replaced by an all-new offering.
Although it inherits slightly ungainly proportions from the old Sebring convertible, the 200 drop-top does feature pleasing stylistic touches like sleek headlights, tasteful wheels and minimalistic chrome trim. It is available with the choice of a retractable hardtop or a conventional soft top.
No longer a cacophony of cheap plastics and hard surfaces like the Sebring's interior, the cabin features a simple but coherent overall design with a number of soft-touch materials arranged in strategic locations. The switchgear and instruments carry over from the Sebring, but they now look at home in their ritzier surroundings.
The 200 convertible lacks Chrysler's latest Uconnect Access touchscreen interface for controlling the stereo, smartphone connectivity settings and optional navigation system. That's as shame, as the user-friendly system is arguably one of the best infotainment setups in the industry. Instead, the sedan uses an older version of Uconnect that feels several years behind the time in terms of graphics and feature content.
Unlike most drop-tops, the 200 convertible is fairly spacious inside - the back seats can accommodate adults with a reasonable degree of comfort, and the trunk is capable of swallowing a best-in-segment 13.3 cubic feet of cargo with the top up.
The 200 Convertible recently received a host of minor suspension tweaks geared towards improving both the ride and handling of the drop-top. While the changes add up to slightly more responsive dynamics, the 200 Convertible remains happiest when driven is a straight line.
Past and Present Coexist in the Engine Bay
The 200 Convertible's powertrain lineup is a mix of the new and outstanding as well the old and disappointing.
The optional motor is Chrysler's oft-lauded Pentaster V6, which makes a class-leading 283 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With the help of a six-speed automatic, it moves the 200 with authority while still returning decent 19/29 mpg city/highway ratings.
The entry-level engine is an outdated 2.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. It pairs up with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic, but acceleration is not neck-breaking and the fuel economy, at 18/29 mpg, is slightly worse than that of the powerful V6.
Trim Level Breakdown
The 200 Convertible comes in three trim levels: Touring, Limited and S.
The Touring comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control, a vehicle information center with a trip computer and compass and a AM/FM/CD stereo system with six speakers and an iPod jack.
Stepping up to the Limited nets leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, foglamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a Uconnect media system with voice command functionality and remote start.
The range-topping S trim features the V6 engine as standard while also adding black finish on the grille and foglamp bezels, black headlamp surrounds, dual bright exhaust pipes, suede trim on the interior door panels, special interior "S" badging and a 276-watt Boston Acoustics premium sound system.
Optional equipment includes a navigation system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect voice command and Bluetooth streaming audio.
Every Chrysler 200 Convertible model comes standard with dual front and side airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
The 200 Convertible is priced against drop-tops like the Ford Mustang Convertible, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, all of which offer more spirited performance but less interior space than the Chrysler.