The 2016 Chrysler 200 gets several updates for the model year. The major one involves Uconnect. The advance infotainment system now comes with a Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and Do-Not Disturb functionality. Drag and Drop allows users to customize the Uconnect touchscreen with their favorite functions while Siri Eyes Free lets drivers use the iphone's popular personal assistant. Do Not Disturb sends incoming calls to voice mail. The feature can also be configured to suppress text messages or reply back with a customized reply.
The equipment lists of various models were also updated. New exterior colors Black Forest Green, Maximum Steel and Redline Tri-coat join the 200's already extensive pallet.
The 2016 Chrysler 200 competes in the hotly-contested mid-size family sedan market. Thus buyers have four distinct models to choose from. The base LX offers automated headlamps, eight standard airbags, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a sliding cupholder for the front passengers just to name a few.
At the other end of the spectrum is Chrysler 200C. This luxurious sedan comes with most of the amenities found in the lower trims. The list of standard features at this trim level is long: heated front row seats, premium Nappa leather upholstery, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and heated side rearview mirrors that fold back when the car is in park.
Available options for the 2016 Chrysler 200 are numerous. The LX can be equipped with a more advance version of Uconnect. All-wheel drive is available on the 200S and up equipped with the V-6 engine. Many of the 200's options are offered in bundles. The Convenience Group adds heated side mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Check the SafetyTec Group and buyers get adaptive cruise control and an automated self-parking system.
Powering the 2016 Chrysler 200 is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a segment-leading nine-speed automatic transmission. The standard engine of the lineup, this setup is rated at 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.
Optional on the Limited, 200S and 200C is a potent 3.6-liter V-6. It's also mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, the EPA estimates 200s equipped with this engine to get 19 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. These figures take a slight hit in 200s with all-wheel drive. It's worth considering, for as Edmunds notes: "…the V6 is the more desirable choice. It has plenty of power in any situation and never feels sluggish. It's also commendably quiet for normal highway cruising, yet has a snarly exhaust note when you really get on the gas."