Certified Pre-Owned 2012 Chrysler200 Touring 2.4 Sedan

  • VIN: 1C3CCBBB9CN129638
  • Stock: 11827NG
New Arrival
to Ramsey Corp.
Location Details
Chrysler 200
  • Certified
        
  
 
Odometer
104,691 miles
Fuel Economy
20.0/31.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
White
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
Sedan/5 seats
Drivetrain
front-wheel
Engine
2.4L I4 F DOHC 16V / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Chrysler 200

Highlighted Features

  • Automatic temperature control
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Security system
Odometer
104,691 miles
Fuel Economy
20.0/31.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
White
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
Sedan/5 seats
Drivetrain
front-wheel
Engine
2.4L I4 F DOHC 16V / FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF AUTO LOAN SPECIALIST ! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

Xenon Headlamps 
2012 CHRYSLER 200 TOURING
1C3CCBBB9CN129638
SEDAN 4 DR 2.4L I4 F DOHC 16V
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
2012 Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 has the distinction of being the only non-luxury midsize car available as both sedan and convertible, but that’s where its distinctiveness ends.

A solid V-6 and an upscale interior make the four-door version an adequate player in a competitive segment, but it’s still outclassed by many competitors and it loses even more luster when the top is dropped. Also, the 200 convertible’s lovely interior can’t disguise major ride and handling issues.

The mission of any convertible is to provide open-air motoring fun, but the 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible misses the mark due to poor ride composure, cramped quarters and sloppy brakes.

Changes are minor for 2012, just some new interior and exterior colors. (See the two model years compared here.) The convertible can be had with V-6 or four-cylinder power, and, along with the two-seat Mazda MX-5 Miata, it’s the only convertible with a choice of two types of tops: a standard power cloth top or an optional body-colored power-retractable hardtop. The latter adds weight and cost. It also changes the headroom a touch, adding a bit more for the front seat and taking some away from the back. I tested a hardtop V-6. Click here for our review of the sedan.

The 2012 Chrysler 200 convertible starts at $27,805, well above the 200 sedan’s $19,845 base price. (Prices include an $850 destination charge.) The midlevel Limited model I drove starts at $32,800. Upgrading to a power-retractable hardtop adds $1,995.

Its closest competitor in size and price is the Ford Mustang soft-top convertible, though that car’s sporty character and robust powertrains put it in a whole other class. Second-closest is Volvo’s pricier, but more refined, C70 hardtop. See all three compared here.

Shake, Rattle & Roll


Driving this convertible is a lot like sailing a bowl of Jell-O through rough seas, or so I would imagine. Composure is a major problem; even the smallest pavement imperfections unsettle this car. You’ll want to pack some Dramamine if the road isn’t pristine. Body lean is pronounced, and the car is prone to bounding and floating motions on the highway. After a 300-plus-mile trip, I was ready for some shore time.

Stopping is a lurching affair. The brakes initially feel mushy — too soft when you start to brake — but are pulse-jarring at the end. The overall feeling is unsettling. Plan your braking well in advance.

With the car’s retractable hardtop raised, wind noise was also annoying. Such noise is a given in a convertible, but the C70 hardtop convertible has less wind noise. It was so bad in the 200 I kept checking to see if one of the windows had been left down a smidge. The engine, however, is fairly muted at all times.

Though there’s nothing exciting about the 200’s V-6, it gets the job done. The hardtop convertible weighs 424 pounds more than the sedan (and 102 pounds more than the soft-top), and while you can feel it when accelerating, it’s never slow. The 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter engine isn’t exactly quick, but it’s competent on the highway, and power builds steadily on demand. Shifts from the six-speed automatic are smooth and well-timed.

Fuel economy is decent. Both the hardtop and the soft-top are EPA-rated at 19/29 mpg city/highway with the V-6, and those numbers proved pretty accurate. During a 362-mile trip, I averaged 25.9 mpg of mostly highway driving. An automatic V-6 Mustang is rated 19/30 mpg, and Volvo’s C70 five-cylinder is estimated at 18/28 mpg.

Skip the four-cylinder 200. The added weight will likely make this already-poky engine sluggish, and you’ll take a 1-mpg mileage hit anyway: The 2.4-liter is EPA-rated at 18/29 city/highway.

A Small But Lovely Interior


With the roof lowered, you’ll look good driving this car. Though the back end has some junk in its trunk, a sleek profile and LED-accented headlights, paired with a fetching interior, garnered some stares from passers-by. The well-crafted, attractively designed cabin is a true bright spot in the 200. High-gloss black plastic and chrome trim give it a slick look, and the materials feel good, too. There’s plenty of soft-touch padded plastic in key places, like the door armrests. It wears its handsome black-and-white pattern well, especially on the seats. Though some editors thought they were a bit firm, I found them plenty cushiony and long-ride comfy.

Visibility in every direction is an issue. Forward, the windshield surround gets in the way. So too does the area where the roof meets the windshield: It’s lower than normal because of the convertible top. I like to raise my seat for a clear view of the road, which in the 200 meant looking at too much sun visor and not enough glass. This is also a problem in the C70, but it’s not as bad there because that car’s windshield frame isn’t as thick. In back, a narrow rear window and thick pillars also obstruct your view. Small side mirrors don’t improve matters. A backup camera isn’t available, with or without the optional touch-screen navigation system.

The hardtop convertible loses more than an inch of front headroom (at 39.0 inches) compared with the sedan (40.1 inches), but front legroom is a roomy 42.4 inches in both versions. As an average-size female, I had enough of both with the top up; so did my 6-foot-3 front passenger, though his seat was set all the way back. The smaller Mustang has the same amount of legroom and slightly less headroom (38.8 inches). Volvo’s C70 is also smaller, offering less headroom (38.2 inches) but about the same amount of front legroom (42.3 inches).

Although the 200 sedan will hold a family of four just fine, it’s a tight fit in the convertible — doable, but not comfortable. Backseat legroom is in short supply. The convertible offers just 33.5 inches of rear legroom — much less than the sedan’s 36.2 inches but far better than the Mustang’s 29.8 inches. Rear headroom is an issue, too, thanks to the convertible’s lower, sloped roofline. There’s 36.3 inches of rear headroom in the hardtop convertible and 38.4 inches in the sedan. (Rear headroom is comparable in the C70 and the Mustang, but the Volvo’s legroom is tighter, at just 33.9 inches.) A backseat nicety in the 200 are two large cupholders molded into the side panels. Passengers may not be comfy, but they won’t go thirsty.

The 200’s navigation and multimedia system isn’t bad, but Chrysler can do much better. In fact, it is doing much better in several vehicles, including the larger 300 sedan and the new-for-2013 Dodge Dart sedan, where the interface and the large 8-inch touch-screen system are wonderful by comparison. The convertible’s screen is much smaller, the graphics look dated, and it has a more complicated menu structure.

Cargo Surprises


Convertibles aren’t known for their cavernous storage spaces, so I set the bar low while loading it up for a camping trip. Surprisingly, it was able to hold two days’ worth of gear for three adults and a toddler. Some of our stuff had to go into the interior, but we squeezed all of it — and us — in. Top up, the trunk has 13.3 cubic feet of room, only slightly less than the sedan (13.6 cubic feet) and much more than the Mustang (9.6 cubic feet). Things get pretty tight when the top is lowered, however.

Dropping the top is a drama-free maneuver done via a button on the console, or with the key fob; it takes about 30 seconds each way, and the button needs to be held down the entire time. Though I had no trouble with it during my test, it sounded clunky. One editor reported getting dripped on twice by the closed roof the morning after a night’s rain.

With the trunk divider in place, as is required for the top to open, there’s just 7.0 cubic feet of trunk space, beating the C70 by an inch. The divider itself is spring-loaded, so moving it up and down is easy, but locking it in place on the sides of the trunk is irritating: It’s cumbersome, and the plastic knobs that secure it scratch the trunk sides every time. Opening and closing the trunk is also a struggle; it’s quite heavy.

Features & Pricing


Touring, Limited and S models are available. The base Touring trim is already well-equipped, and the Limited model adds features like leather seats, a touch-screen media center with a 40-gigabyte hard drive and iPod port, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote convertible operation and remote start. The optional navigation system, hardtop and upgraded Boston Acoustics speakers brought our 200 Limited’s total to $36,815.

It looks like this is one pricey 200, but if you’re looking for a four-seat midsize convertible, it’s a good value. Base versions of the Mustang start at $28,105, including a $795 destination charge; an automatic transmission adds $1,195. The C70 starts at $41,325, including an $875 destination charge.

Safety


The 200 convertible earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s top rating, Good, in front- and side-impact tests; roof strength and rear-impact tests have not been performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only tested the 200 sedan. Convertibles don’t share the crash characteristics of their coupe and sedan siblings.

The 200 convertible comes standard with front and side airbags up front. There are no side-impact or curtain airbags for the rear seats. As is required of all 2012 models, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Two child-safety seats will fit in the backseat, but parents should think twice about installing a forward-facing one. The top tether anchor’s placement was one of the most inconvenient I’ve come across, severely complicating the process. For some types of forward convertibles, it just won’t work. Click here for the full Car Seat Check.

200 in the Market


For the most part, the attributes that improved the 200 when it replaced the Sebring for 2011 still apply. But a well-matched powertrain and good-looking cabin can only go so far. Some people, however, will go to great lengths for fun in the sun, trading ride quality for open-air adventures. The 200 convertible is one of the most affordable ways to get you there.

Detailed Specifications

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.2Out of 5
  • 2013 used Chrysler 200 is the best value!

    By MikeInTheD on Monday, March 31, 2014

    4.0
    I went from a Dodge Challenger to a 2013 Chrysler 200S because I wanted front-wheel drive for Michigan winters and four doors since I have 2 small children. I spent at least 30-40 hours researching just about every car on the market between $20,000 and $30,000 including new and used. I was between two vehicles - 2013 Chrysler 200S or 2013 VW Passet S. They were the exact same price and similar warranties. The difference was the 200 was loaded with every option possible and the Passet was base 4 cylinder with pleather seats, no sunroof, no remote start, no navigation, and expensive service/repairs. So here is my experience with the Chrysler 200S... It doesn't set the world on fire with it's gas mileage, looks, or technology, but it offers the best value on the market today if you do your research and shopping. Get one fully loaded because the price difference in the used market isn't that big and you'll appreciate it later believe me. Performace (8/10): The V6 offers great horsepower and it grips the road nicely (buy a 2013 or later model because the earlier ones faced handling and stability issues due to an unrefined suspension). I drive 2500 miles per month mostly highway and average 24-26mpg. It doesn't match a 4 cylinder Fusion or Camry but the added horsepower from the V6 make for a little extra fun compared to other midsize sedans. The 0-60 time is actual four-tenths of a second faster than my Dodge Challenger I traded in for this car! The brake feel is adequate - like most things with this car, not the best but not the worst I've experienced. Interior/Technology (7/10): The leather with cloth inserts in the 200S is nicer than previous Chrysler models and different than almost any other interior I've seen. I probably get the majority of the compliments related to the seats. The seats themselves are super supportive or comfortable for multiple hour drives but very few cars are that are any fun to drive. The touchscreen navigation unit with built-in hard drive is a pretty typical unit found in most $25-35 sedans. It's very simple to understand and use on a daily basis (unlike the Ford Sync system that gets terrible reviews). Most "professional" reviews on the 200 hate most everything about the car but all agree the U-Connect radio by Chrysler is about the best out there. The sound system is decent for a stock radio but I don't think "Boston Acoustic" provided anything other than the badges for the system because it doesn't sound very premium which is probably why it comes standard now. The heated seats, remote start, AC, power seats all work as they should. I find the interior size to be average and it works very well with four adults or two adults/two kids. Reviews made the backseat sound very small but I found that it was comparable to the Ford and Accord. Trunk space is larger than I expected from the outside appearance of the car. To recap - the look is somewhat dated but the car will age very well. In 3 years the 200 will still look decent when compared to the current offerings from Chrysler. Compare that to say a 2009 Fusion or 2011 Malibu that were trendsetters for style when they came out but look much older than their title states today. The technology package gives you everything short of being able to park itself or adaptive cruise control, but most people aren't opting for those things in a midsize sedan anyway without jacking the sticker price up to $35,000. They don't hold their value at all compared to the original MSRP - which is good and bad. If you buy one new and somehow didn't get $5000+ in rebates then you'll be upside down until the thing is paid off. But if you find a used current model year 200S with 7900 miles for $12,000 off MSRP then you are getting the best value for your dollar - you can stack up any competitor against that statement and the 200 will always be the choice if you're shopping based on value and not based on having the hottest model in all the car magazines. With the 200 you'll end up with a lower payment and a lot more technology when compared to other cars. I priced a Fusion and it was $9000 more with the same exact options. The Passet was the same price but not NO options and was a base rental car basically.
  • Why do the critics not like this car?!?

    By PAGirl on Sunday, March 23, 2014

    5.0
    I have had my '11 Chrysler 200 for 1 month. I have driven it over 1000 miles. So far, the only issue I have found was my brakes squeak occasionally, but new pads and rotors were put on just prior to me buying it. The noise has already lessoned considerably, they may have needed broken in. I found the turn radius to be good. I have no problem pulling into traffic on a busy highway, plenty of get up and go. The seats are comfortable, even on a 2 hour trip. Still adjusting to the way the headlights throw the light at night, but it's definitely a lot brighter than my previous car. I have gotten many compliments on my "new" used car. From my chiropractor, to a friend of a friend. I can't understand why the car critics are so critical, regular people seem to really like the look of the car. I am happy I chose this car based on looks and price, easy decision after the test drive. it has proven to be a great decision, so far!
  • Not a Camry but who cares?

    By RomanticoYcheapo on Friday, May 24, 2013

    5.0
    We rented a Chrysler 200 for 4 days while our Prius was being repaired. VERY nice interior, and I loved the front seats' firmness in the right places. Big trunk with a pass-through for skis or a 2x4. Absolutely silent interior - more quiet than our Prius! I tried a few hard turns,(just for grins) and the tires never squealed. This was the most "Japanese-feeling" Chrysler product I've ever driven. It did not feel or drive like a Chrysler. Great sound system, with real knobs for volume and tuning - hurrah! The car came with 3/8 tank of gas; we returned it 100 miles later with 1/4 tank. Not scientific, but mileage seemed pretty good. It had enough power with the 4 cylinder, but I'd want the V6. :)
 

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