If you’re thinking about buying brand new from the Chrysler line, we’ve got the nuts and bolts you’ll need to pick the right ride for you.
1. Chrysler 200 LX: This Chrysler sedan keeps things simple and manages a retail price of $18,995. You may lose out on a few features with this basic package, but the price is one of the best around. With a $2,999 deposit, you can lease the car for $291 per month for 29 months. It is tempting to also include the Touring and Limited models in the 200 series, which have higher prices but are still great buys.
2. Chrysler 200 Convertible Touring: The 200 Convertible keeps the cost at a reasonable $26,955 while adding cute convertible style to the 200 model. MPG drops from 31 to 29, but this model looks undeniably great for its price. Leases start at $319 for 39 months.
3. Chrysler 300 C: At $38,670, the least expensive 300 model is a sharp jump from the 200 models. Blame technology – the 300 comes with a whole set of additional performance and media tech, leading to the high price and $379 per month lease option.
4. Chrysler Town & Country: The extra, extra seating and media entertainment features make this the priciest of the big four Chrysler models, with 2012 MSRPs starting at $39,650. But with its family-centric focus, the market for the TC is also on a different level than the other options, and Chrysler touts its affordable extra features compared to their competitors’ options.
1. Chrysler 200 Models: The 200 models consistently get 31 highway MPG, some of the highest efficiency ratings of any Chrysler model in the traditional gas field. The more speeds that automatic Chryslers have, the better they can adjust for gas savings, so the 6-speed Chrysler 200 tends to perform the best.
2. Chrysler PHEV models (300, etc): The only reason that the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle models did not make it to the number one spot on the list is because they do not technically exist yet. Chrysler has several groups of test models on the market, including hybrid 300s, rams, and minivans, but no releases for the general public yet. However, with trucks that can make it to 32 MPG and funding from government programs, Chrysler is well on the way to releasing these models within the next year or two.
3. Chrysler 300 8-spd: The Chrysler 300 has upgraded sedan feature compared to the 200 model, including a larger size, but gas use tends to fall as a result. The 8-speed version is the exception to the rule, with 200-like speeds of 31 MPG on the highway. MSRP starts at $28,670.
4. 2013 Ram: It isn’t one of the big Chrysler 4, but this Ram (no more Dodge prefix, folks) deserves a mention. The next version of the traditional gas Ram promises to be a truck gamechanger, with an 8-speed transmission and 20% better fuel economy than the models before it. This will lead to fuel economy better than 19 MPG combined city and highway driving.
Luxury Models and Features
1. Chrysler 300 C Luxury: This model, with an MSRP of $42,170, was designed with luxury options in mind. Fuel economy was improved for the 2012 model, and the interior sports Italian leather, a sanded wood finish, power-adjustable seating, and an 8.4 touchscreen control hub for in-car entertainment.
2. Chrysler 200 Convertible: The 200 Convertible line has always been designed for those who want the luxury of a convertible at a more reasonable price tag. With the S class started at $32,450, the price of this Chrysler model is within reach and features include extra leg room in the back, the Uconnect Media Center Radio, and a host of touch controls.
3. Chrysler Town & Country: Vans don’t usually make it on luxury lists, but Chrysler tried hard with the Town & Country, giving it standard leather trim and DVD functions (for less than Honda and Toyota competitors, the company is swift to point out). Rear-seat dual DVD systems and drop down screens for the second and third rows help make the TC a family entertainment center.
4. Chrysler 200 S: While it may be the cost-effective Chrysler model, the 200 S still has a classy black leather interior, black headliner, heated front seats, and Boston Acoustic stereo sound. At $26,790, the model is well worth a luxurious glance.
1. Chrysler 300: Chrysler models tend to be relatively similar in terms of performance, but the 300 series takes it up a notch with a 8-speed V6 that can create 292 horsepower and hit 60 in six seconds. All-wheel drive and and traction control are a couple of the driving enhancement features also included.
2. Chrysler 200 / 200 Convertible: These two models share second place for their nearly indistinguishable engines. While you may feel like you’re going faster in the Convertible, under the hood the Pentastar V6 is the same, with 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both types also have Electronic Stability Control which manages selective braking for you.
3. Chrysler Town & Country: The Town & Country comes in last because of its minivan status. The engine itself is a cousin to the 200 version, with 283 horsepower. The TC also comes with fuel economy optimizer mode for saving gas – the sort of performance that the family-minded are most interested in.
1. Chrysler 200 Limited: With an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) 2012 top safety pick in its pocket, the 200 Limited sedan comes in first with its protected crumple zones and active front head restraints.
2. Chrysler Town & Country: Chrysler piled on the safety technology for its minivan, including the SafetyTec package with a parking assistance system, blind spot monitoring, intelligent headlamps, rain-sensitive wipers…the list goes on. Side-curtain and seat-mounted airbags are also offered.
3. Chrysler 300: The 300 includes several of the TC tech features, such as Parksense and blind spot monitoring. Like the 200, it also has active head restraints.
4. Chrysler 200 Convertible: The Convertible falls into last place because…well, it is a convertible. However, front multistage and seat-mounted airbags do come standard. The theft deterrent system only allows the engine to start when a coded key is used.
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