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

  • 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible
  • Year:
    2013
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    173
  • MPG(Cty):
    18
  • MPG(Hwy):
    27
  • Torque @ RPM:
    166
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    117 mph (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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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):

Wheelbase 108.9 (2765)
Track, Front 61.7 (1567)
Track, Rear 62.7 (1594)
Overall Length 194.8 (4947)
Overall Width 72.5 (1842.6) w/o side mirror / 82.3 (2089.3) with side mirrors
Overall Height w/Cloth Convertible Top 57.9 (1470) with 225/55R17
Overall Height w/Retractable Hard Top 57.8 (1469) with 225/55R17
Cd 0.342

Exterior Features

Features 200 Touring 200 Limited 200 S
Convertible Top
Power cloth soft top Standard Standard Standard
Power retractable hard top - Optional Optional
Defroster — electric, rear window Standard Standard Standard
Lamps
Bi-function halogen projector headlamp Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Headlamp off-time delay Standard Standard Standard
Front fog lamps Standard Standard Standard
Mirrors
Dual, power, heated, body color - Standard -
Dual, power, heated, bright Standard - Standard
Remote start (included with Cold Weather Group) Standard Standard
Trunk lid release — power Standard Standard Standard

Interior

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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/R 2/2
EPA Total Interior Passenger Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) 88.4 (2.50)
Front
Head Room w/Cloth Convertible Top 38.7 (984)
Head Room w/Retractable Hard Top 39.0 (992)
Legroom 42.4 (1077)
Shoulder Room 56.4 (1432)
Hip Room 52.7 (1339)
Seat Travel 10.2 (260)
EPA Front Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) 53.6 (1.52)
Rear
Head Room w/Cloth Convertible Top 37.0 (939)
Head Room w/Retractable Hard Top 36.3 (921)
Legroom 33.5 (850)
Shoulder Room 47.1 (1197.4)
Hip Room 44.2 (1123)
EPA Rear Compartment Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m) 34.8 (0.99)
Cargo
Trunk Lift-over Height 31.2 (792)
EPA Total Trunk Volume – Top Up 13.3 (0.38)
EPA Total Trunk Volume – Top Down 7.0 (0.2)

Interior Features

Features 200 Touring 200 Limited 200 S
Console
Center console with FORE/AFT sliding armrest Standard Standard Standard
Soft center console armrest Standard Standard Standard
Door Handles (Interior)
Color keyed Standard - Standard
Bright - Standard -
Door Locks — power Standard Standard Standard
Floor Mats — premium
Front and rear, carpeted Standard Standard Standard
Instrument Panel
Analog clock in instrument panel Standard Standard Standard
LED instrument cluster with tachometer Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer and tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) display Standard Standard Standard
Outside temperature display in instrument cluster Standard Standard Standard
Bright Chrome I/P, gauge cluster rings Standard Standard Standard
Quick Silver steering wheel and door trim bezels Standard Standard Standard
Soft-touch, reverse in-mold graining Standard Standard Standard
Incandescent map/reading lights for front seats Standard - -
LED interior map/reading lights for front seats - Standard Standard
Mirror
Day/night manual rearview Standard - -
Automatic-dimming rearview mirror with microphone - Standard Standard
Power Outlets — two, battery- and ignition-fed Standard Standard Standard
Seats
Premium cloth Standard - -
Premium leather-trimmed seats - Standard -
Premium leather-trimmed seats with ‘S” suede inserts - - Standard
Heated front seat (included with Cold Weather Group) - Standard Standard
Six-way power driver and passenger Standard Standard Standard
Driver-adjustable lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Shifter
Leather shift knob Standard Standard Standard
Sound Systems
AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 play capability Standard - -
Media Center 430 CD/DVD/MP3/HDD Optional Standard Standard
Media Center 730N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV - Optional Optional
Six speakers Standard Standard -
Boston Acoustics speaker system - Optional Standard
SiriusXM Radio Standard Standard Standard
Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth Optional Standard Standard
Speed control Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel
Tilt and telescoping Standard Standard Standard
Leather-wrapped Standard Standard -
Leather-wrapped, performance tu-tone - - Standard
Audio controls Standard Standard Standard
Sun visors Standard Standard Standard
Lighted Visor mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Trunk
Lid release — power with internal emergency release Standard Standard Standard
Trunk mat Standard Standard Standard

Drivetrain

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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

Model 200 Touring 200 S and Limited
Engine 2.4-LITER, GASOLINE, DOHC, 16-VALVE, VVT, SMPI I-4 3.6-LITER, GASOLINE, DOHC, 24-VALVE, SMPI V-6
Type and Description Four-cylinder inline, tuned intake manifold with electronic active charge motion control valves with dual counter-rotating balance shafts 60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, three-plenum intake manifold with electronically controlled manifold tuning valve and short-runner valves
Displacement 2,360 cc 3,605 cc
Bore x Stroke 3.46 x 3.82 in. 3.78 x 3.28 in.
Construction High-pressure die-cast aluminum block with dry iron liners, cast-aluminum cylinder heads, cast-aluminum ladder frame, forged-steel crankshaft High-pressure die-cast A380 aluminum block with iron liners and semi-permanent mold A319 aluminum heads
Compression 10.5:1 10.2:1
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 rpm 260 lb.-ft. (353 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 rpm (electronically limited) 6,800 rpm (electronically limited)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Hwy) 18/27 19/29

Suspension

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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.

Trim All 200 Convertible Models
Front Independent MacPherson strut, coil spring over gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
Rear Multi-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, gas-charged shock absorbers and isolated rear suspension cradle

Pricing

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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

Model Engine MSRP
200 Touring Convertible 2.4L DOHC I4 $24,325
200 Limited Convertible 3.6L Pentastar V-6 $32,320
200S Convertible 3.6L 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

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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

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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. Ultimately, 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.

  • Leave it
    • * Too bulky
    • * Better models for your money
    • * Those front seats are really hard
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