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2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Times have changed in America, that much we can tell you.

Remember the day when mid-sized convertibles were as trendy as the mullet hairstyle? Those days are long gone, which is why it’s a little surprising that automakers are still producing these vehicles.

Consumers still love convertibles, but these days, it has to be of the sporty variety. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is not a sports car, but it does come with the capability of being a convertible. So you can say that the vehicle offers the best of both worlds, right? The sporty performance of a coupe and the open-air freedom of a convertible all wrapped in a midsized vehicle’s body.

To be fair, there are a number of positive attributes with the 200 Convertible. It’s been completely refreshed to make Chrysler forget about the forsaken Sebring. It also has an impressive powertrain configuration that does justice to its looks.

So there’s still hope for the 200 Convertible. But hope is fleeting, especially in the auto industry and ultimately, the midsized convertible is a dying breed.

Chrysler may have something with the 200 Convertible but for the most part, it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get people interested in this kind of car these days.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Exterior

Chrysler 200 Convertible

The promise of a clean and sleek midsized convertible isn’t lost on us. Give credit to Chrysler for putting in the work on providing the 200 Convertible with its redeeming qualities.

The front end looks clean, maybe even too clean that it hardly inspires anything more than an ambivalent reaction. The inclusion of LEDs on the projector lamps is a welcome sight, as is the streamlined quality that harkens back to those old bulky convertibles of yesteryear.

Speaking of its dimensions, the 200 Convertible is really long. Too long, at least, for our liking. The car’s decklid is a challenge to open, something that should have been expected for a car this size yet you would’ve hoped Chrysler had already addressed. Closing it isn’t a problem but you would’ve liked it to be the same for both ends.

You can’t talk about this model without discussing the folding hardtop, which may look good but is just too bulky and complicated to even use.

Dimensions in(cm):

Wheelbase108.9 (2765)
Track, Front61.7 (1567)
Track, Rear62.7 (1594)
Overall Length194.8 (4947)
Overall Width72.5 (1842.6) w/o side mirror / 82.3 (2089.3) with side mirrors
Overall Height w/Cloth Convertible Top57.9 (1470) with 225/55R17
Overall Height w/Retractable Hard Top57.8 (1469) with 225/55R17
Cd0.342

Exterior Features

Features200 Touring200 Limited200 S
Convertible Top
Power cloth soft topStandardStandardStandard
Power retractable hard top-OptionalOptional
Defroster — electric, rear windowStandardStandardStandard
Lamps
Bi-function halogen projector headlampStandardStandardStandard
AutomaticStandardStandardStandard
Headlamp off-time delayStandardStandardStandard
Front fog lampsStandardStandardStandard
Mirrors
Dual, power, heated, body color-Standard-
Dual, power, heated, brightStandard-Standard
Remote start (included with Cold Weather Group)StandardStandard
Trunk lid release — powerStandardStandardStandard

Interior

Chrysler 200 Convertible

The interior of the 2013 200 Convertible doesn’t do much in the way of making you feel like you’re in a cabin that inspires luxury. Spacing in the front is an issue that’s only exacerbated by stiff front seats that can get really uncomfortable on long drives. You can get away with improving the interior quality with all the additional options available, but it’s still a bummer knowing that Chrysler could have made some of these options, including its 8.4-inch UConnect screen, standard yet didn’t do so.

The rear does carry enough room for more than one passenger, although folks with longer appendages, comfortably fitting in the back can prove to be a real challenge.

So what’s good about the interior of the 200 Convertible? Not a whole lot, although the use of soft plastic throughout the cabin is more than what you’re going to get from other midsized convertibles, or whatever’s still being offered in the market these days.

Interior Dimensions

Seating Capacity - F/R2/2
EPA Total Interior Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)88.4 (2.50)
Front
Head Room w/Cloth Convertible Top38.7 (984)
Head Room w/Retractable Hard Top39.0 (992)
Legroom42.4 (1077)
Shoulder Room56.4 (1432)
Hip Room52.7 (1339)
Seat Travel10.2 (260)
EPA Front Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)53.6 (1.52)
Rear
Head Room w/Cloth Convertible Top37.0 (939)
Head Room w/Retractable Hard Top36.3 (921)
Legroom33.5 (850)
Shoulder Room47.1 (1197.4)
Hip Room44.2 (1123)
EPA Rear Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)34.8 (0.99)
Cargo
Trunk Lift-over Height31.2 (792)
EPA Total Trunk Volume – Top Up13.3 (0.38)
EPA Total Trunk Volume – Top Down7.0 (0.2)

Interior Features

Features200 Touring200 Limited200 S
Console
Center console with FORE/AFT sliding armrestStandardStandardStandard
Soft center console armrestStandardStandardStandard
Door Handles (Interior)
Color keyedStandard-Standard
Bright-Standard-
Door Locks — powerStandardStandardStandard
Floor Mats — premium
Front and rear, carpetedStandardStandardStandard
Instrument Panel
Analog clock in instrument panelStandardStandardStandard
LED instrument cluster with tachometerStandardStandardStandard
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer and tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) displayStandardStandardStandard
Outside temperature display in instrument clusterStandardStandardStandard
Bright Chrome I/P, gauge cluster ringsStandardStandardStandard
Quick Silver steering wheel and door trim bezelsStandardStandardStandard
Soft-touch, reverse in-mold grainingStandardStandardStandard
Incandescent map/reading lights for front seatsStandard--
LED interior map/reading lights for front seats-StandardStandard
Mirror
Day/night manual rearviewStandard--
Automatic-dimming rearview mirror with microphone-StandardStandard
Power Outlets — two, battery- and ignition-fedStandardStandardStandard
Seats
Premium clothStandard--
Premium leather-trimmed seats-Standard-
Premium leather-trimmed seats with ‘S” suede inserts--Standard
Heated front seat (included with Cold Weather Group)-StandardStandard
Six-way power driver and passengerStandardStandardStandard
Driver-adjustable lumbarStandardStandardStandard
Shifter
Leather shift knobStandardStandardStandard
Sound Systems
AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 play capabilityStandard--
Media Center 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDDOptionalStandardStandard
Media Center 730N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV-OptionalOptional
Six speakersStandardStandard-
Boston Acoustics speaker system-OptionalStandard
SiriusXM RadioStandardStandardStandard
Uconnect Voice Command w/BluetoothOptionalStandardStandard
Speed controlStandardStandardStandard
Steering Wheel
Tilt and telescopingStandardStandardStandard
Leather-wrappedStandardStandard-
Leather-wrapped, performance tu-tone--Standard
Audio controlsStandardStandardStandard
Sun visorsStandardStandardStandard
Lighted Visor mirrorsStandardStandardStandard
Trunk
Lid release — power with internal emergency releaseStandardStandardStandard
Trunk matStandardStandardStandard

Drivetrain

Chrysler 200 Convertible

Depending on what model you get, the Chrysler 200C is offered with a choice of two powertrains: a 2.4-liter in-line-four engine that develops around 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque or the automaker’s award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This engine, in particular, is pegged to hit 60 mph in 7.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of about 120 mph.

The in-line-four engine is offered as standard on the 200 Convertible Touring model while the latter V-6 comes as standard on the 200 Convertible Limited and S models.

Engine Specifications

Model200 Touring200 S and Limited
Engine2.4-LITER, GASOLINE, DOHC, 16-VALVE, VVT, SMPI I-43.6-LITER, GASOLINE, DOHC, 24-VALVE, SMPI V-6
Type and DescriptionFour-cylinder inline, tuned intake manifold with electronic active charge motion control valves with dual counter-rotating balance shafts60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, three-plenum intake manifold with electronically controlled manifold tuning valve and short-runner valves
Displacement2,360 cc3,605 cc
Bore x Stroke3.46 x 3.82 in.3.78 x 3.28 in.
ConstructionHigh-pressure die-cast aluminum block with dry iron liners, cast-aluminum cylinder heads, cast-aluminum ladder frame, forged-steel crankshaftHigh-pressure die-cast A380 aluminum block with iron liners and semi-permanent mold A319 aluminum heads
Compression10.5:110.2:1
Power (SAE net, estimated)173 bhp (129 kW) @ 6,000 rpm (71 bhp/liter)283 bhp (211 kW) @ 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net, estimated)166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm
Max. Engine Speed6,500 rpm (electronically limited)6,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy)18/2719/29

Suspension

Chrysler 200 Convertible

All Chrysler 200 Convertible models come with an independent MacPherson strut suspension in the front with a coil spring over gas-charged absorbers and stabilizer. On the back, the suspension setup features a multi-link independent suspension with coil springs, a link-type stabilizer bar, gas-charged shock absorbers and an isolated rear suspension cradle.

TrimAll 200 Convertible Models
FrontIndependent MacPherson strut, coil spring over gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
RearMulti-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, gas-charged shock absorbers and isolated rear suspension cradle

Pricing

Chrysler 200 Convertible

Chrysler promised that the 200 Convertible will come with an affordable sticker price with the base model coming in at $27,325. Depending on your definition of what "affordable" is, that MSRP is either comfortably priced or you’re better off getting the more impressive American muscle cars that include the Ford Mustang or the Chevrolet Camaro.

Should you opt for the 200 Convertible, you can at least find comfort knowing that the U.S. market will offer three different models: the Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring, the 200 Convertible Limited and the Chrysler 200 S model.

Pricing Details

ModelEngineMSRP
200 Touring Convertible2.4L DOHC I4$24,325
200 Limited Convertible3.6L Pentastar V-6$32,320
200S Convertible3.6L Pentastar V-6$32,820

Competition

The market is bare with direct competitors, which should give the 200 Convertible a leg-up, right? Well, not quite. One of its chief rivals, the Volkswagen Eos, has been discontinued.

Likewise, Ford and Chevrolet have pretty much taken themselves out of the midsized convertible game. In fact, you can make a case that the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible fits itself nicely as a competing model to the 200 Convertible.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

They’re both priced at around the $30,000 mark for respective base models and the 200 Convertible is kidding itself if it says that it can compete with the Camaro in terms of looks and overall sex appeal.

Even the Camaro’s base 323-horsepower output is significantly more than what the 200 Convertible is capable of producing. The only thing the Chrysler convertible has over its rival is the plethora of options you can give to it and the fact that roomier rear seats, which the Camaro probably doesn’t even care about.

Conclusion

Chrysler 200 Convertible

As much as we appreciate Chrysler for putting in the extra work to make the 200 Convertible more appealing than its Sebring predecessor, we can’t find the value in buying it, especially at its price where there are multiple other vehicles where you can get more value for your buck. Ultima Ultima tely, the 200 Convertible isn’t the kind of car you’d want to own; it’s the kind of car you’d want to borrow for the weekend.

LOVE IT
  • Convertibles are always cool
  • Powertrain options
LEAVE IT
  • Too bulky
  • Better models for your money
  • Those front seats are really hard


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