My Weekend with the Chrysler 200

A few weeks ago I was given an opportunity to test drive the new 2015 Chrysler 200 for a few days.  It’s always fun to switch it up from what I usually drive and try something new, and the 200 did not disappoint! 

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This sedan definitely had all the bells and whistles- leather, heated/cooled seats, navigation, etc.  When I picked Isabella up from school in this, she immediately wanted to keep it.  She’s a sucker for a nice sunroof!  I’m a sucker for keyless entry and push-button start.  I LOVE that I didn’t have to dig for my keys in my purse with my hands full of groceries and a toddler on my hip to unlock the car.

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One of the first differences I noticed about this car was when I went to put it in drive.  The Chrysler 200 offers a nine-speed automatic transmission, that operates electronically rather than mechanically, using the Rotary E-shift.  It took some getting used to, but it was kind of fun after that.  It was really responsive and switched gears easily.

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Of course, as a Mom, one of my biggest concerns with the car I choose for my family is safety.  It won’t be long before we have a teen driver (oh my gosh, did I really just say that) so that adds in another layer of protection I’m looking for.  I really loved the safety features of this car, like the advanced accident avoidance features.  The Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Warning were really neat.  My husband enjoyed testing them, but I think they would also be a GREAT feature for teens just learning to drive.  We took the Chrysler for a little mini road trip to the other side of Dallas and were also able to take advantage of the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go functionality.

The touchscreen navigation and sound system were very user-friendly, which is something that I’ve taken issue with in other similar sedans.  I’m accustomed to a lot of storage space in my large SUV, so I was excited to see how much space the console of the Chrysler 200 offered.  There was even a little “hidden” spot underneath that was perfect to stash my purse while driving, which my husband appreciated it not being under his feet on the passenger side.

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All in all, I was very impressed!  I really only had one complaint – it was difficult for my seven year old to buckle herself in the backseat.  I don’t know if it was the angle due to her booster seat, but it was a struggle.  The trunk space was very generous and provided ample room for groceries and whatever else we needed to haul around.  The automatic parking assistance (parallel and perpendicular) was very impressive.  I can see why the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was named the “Mid-Size Car of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

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