A similarly equipped Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or even Ford Fusion would run at least $4,000 more. Yes, those cars are undeniably better and more sophisticated, but for 4,000 clams, they had better be.
The other 200s available are the mid-level Touring model and the base LX. Skip the LX if you can; it comes with an ancient four-speed transmission and really only exists for rental-car fleets.
All 200 sedans were a 2011 top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and feature anti-lock brakes, front- and side-curtain air bags and traction and stability control as standard features.
And let's not forget the convertible version, the best looking of the 200s since it lacks the sedan's goofy roofline. The convertible starts at $27,195 for the four-cylinder Touring and goes up to $33,655 for the loaded V-6 Limited. A power-folding hardtop is a $1,995 option on either.
Chrysler and its stakeholder Fiat deserve a trunk-load of credit for turning the slag-heap that was the Sebring into the undeniably competent 200 in a short period of time. This car can now compete in its segment and will appeal best to those looking for budget luxury.
Yet there's a big difference between a much-improved car and a great car; unfortunately the 200 still remains at the lower end of the mid-size segment.
See you in 2013, Chrysler.