Available at Chrysler's authorized car dealerships in Indianapolis such as Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, the all-new 2015 200 series sedan is something that even Chrysler CEO Al Gardner couldn't help but be smitten with. David Undercoffler of the L.A. Times notes in his article:
It's been a long time since Chrysler has built a car worth smiling about.
But on a recent visit to Los Angeles, Chrysler CEO Al Gardner couldn't stop grinning as he leaned against the company's all-new 200 sedan. After a week of testing several versions of the car, which starts at $22,695, it's clear the 50-year-old Brit has a lot to smile about.
"It's fantastic," Gardner said of releasing the 2015 model after years of building sub-par cars. "We're finally getting to do what we've always wanted to do."
Now, what exactly does Gardner have to smile about?
For one, the car recently aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)'s safety tests, earning this year's Top Safety Pick+ award. If you're on the lookout for a car worth every dollar you pay in terms of safety features, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is a great pick.
The car received the topmost "good" rating in the small overlap front crash test, which replicates the conditions when the car's front corner strikes another object. According to the findings of the IIHS testers, the driver's space was maintained well and that the dummy registered low risks of fatal injuries should the crash happen in real life. Aside from this, the car also earned "good" ratings for side impact, moderate overlap frontal, and set and roof strength tests.
Another reason for Chrysler fans to smile is that the 2015 version vastly outclasses the previous one, wherein the 2014 model didn't exactly fare well against its competition last year. While not all that bad, the 2014 200's mid 90s-inspired make didn't set it apart from the more modern units of Chrysler's competitors.
The 2015 200 has been hailed for offering good value for money as it is loaded with features such as an all-wheel-drive and cutting edge electronics including an 8.4-inch touch screen-all for under $35,000. Available in four trim levels (LX, Limited, S, and C), the car sports a standard 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder engine with a 184-horsepower output across all four trim levels.
However, words can only do so much. What's best is to visit a nearby Chrysler dealer in Indianapolis, get behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200, and take it out for a spin-and maybe even share the admiration and confidence that Chrysler CEO Al Gardner has for the sedan.
(Source: Chrysler roars back with all-new 200, Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2014)