Full Size, 4 door, 5 passenger, Rear Wheel Drive, Air Conditioned, 5 bags storage:
The 2010 Chrysler Sebring was such a disaster, we named it one of the worst cars of the 2000s. More than a new name, what it needed was a complete redesign.
Instead, for 2011 the Sebring got the name “200,” some updated sheet metal, a new interior and a reworked chassis, but it remains at least one step behind the market’s best-selling family sedans.
The Sebring comes as a five-seat sedan or a four-seat convertible. Both layouts offer a four-cylinder or a V-6. Compare them here, or stack the 200 against the Sebring here. The related Dodge Avenger, which comes only as a sedan, boasts similar platformupdates. I drove a four-cylinder 200 sedan and a V-6 200 convertible.
Nicer, Not Bigger
Redesigned extensively, the 200’s interior ranks among its strengths. Chrysler needs to banish a few Sebring relics — including the clunky window controls and flimsy turn-signal and wiper stalks — but cabin materials are impressive for this class. Problem is, the Sebring’s small dimensions live on. Cabin volume in the 200 sedan is a modest 100.3 cubic feet — 2.2 cubic feet less than the Sebring and on the small side for this class. It shows: The front seats feel nine-tenths the size they ought to be. The seat cushions are too short for proper thigh support, and at 5-foot-11, I could have used another inch or so of driver-seat travel.
The backseat has adult-friendly headroom, but legroom trails its class, in some cases by more than an inch.