The first generation of the Chrysler 200 was a car that most people only drove when they flew into a city and rented a vehicle for a few days. The question now is whether the second generation of the car will face the same fate. So far Chrysler seems to be playing all the right cards, starting with a much more attractive design and much-improved materials.
Adding to the increasingly compelling list of reasons to take a look at the Chrysler 200 is the fact that the midsize sedan has aced the crash tests administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The car earned a “good” rating for the side impact, moderate overlap frontal, set and roof strength tests. Even more important is that the car passed the infamous small overlap frontal crash test with flying colors, even though that test has recently been the downfall of so many cars. The car was tested with the optional Full-speed Forward Collision Plus system installed, which is part of the Safety Tech Package.
The new Chrysler 200 is a completely different car for 2015, having been built on a new platform. Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to be conducted. If the results of IIHS testing is any indication, the government will be singing praises for the 2015 Chrysler 200 as well. That would be an improvement over the 2014 model, which scored a four star overall rating, and a cringe-worthy three star side impact score.