It's surprisingly good looking, for a Chrysler at least... Yes, it looks better in person
It has got a little Maserati in it too (from a distance)...
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On a trip to D.C. recently, I rented a 200 S sedan from Enterprise and was shocked how good this car was!
Maybe I expected a sheetcan but there was not much to complain about. The trans hunted a bit, the ride over huge bumps was a bit jarring but that's about it. I did a watch timed 0-60 time of less than 7 seconds. The car was very quiet and rode great. Of course you're not going to set an auto-x records in it but with a better set of tires it wouldn't be bad at all. The sound system sounded very good, I just plugged my thumb drive in and instant tunes! Other than the aforementioned c-piller awkwardness, the styling was just fine.
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Agreed. When they first showed photos, I thought it was terrible, but it's far better in person.
Considering what they had to work with, I think Chrysler/Fiat did one hell of a good job with the 200. A huge improvement in terms of quality, style, and image. Of course it isn't perfect — they still had to work with the existing Sebring — but I was very impressed.
Just got a new convertible in the local enterprise fleet. Its looks pretty good, especially in black. Its still the rental spec 4 cylinder, but its MUCH improved over the Sebring in almost every way. They worked the exaust system a little bit, KINDA sounds a little like a Volvo 5 cylinder now. Not bad for a base 4 cylinder, and way better then the agricultural sound it made before.
They must have been reading my posts on here because the main thing they fixed on the outside was lowering the bumper to hide that unsightly silvery thing protecting the gas tank. Obviously this , albeit successful, facelift is just a stop gap measure, much like the last Focus, until they make a ground up replacement for it.
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Folowed one in traffic the other day. I was impressed with how little they had to change to make it a completely modern mid-size sedan. Not the best out there, but not the worst anymore, either, and nothing that would really alienate the average buyer, other than the badge.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
The convertible looks the best of the two... Personally I think it looks very well done/expensive from the back. From the side (the convertible is again better, because they could change the roofline) the 200 still has the Sebring's horrible greenhouse.
The greenhouse was impossible to change. Considering all new interior, engine/transmission, styling, suspension etc... it's a very good, if not great facelift. They are an elegant looking car from the front and back... shame about the side.