By Paula MacPherson
Jim isn’t smitten with the appearance of the new Chrysler 200 convertible. I, on the other hand, along with others who saw it for the first time, think it’s nice looking.
It’s also nice to drive. Getting comfortable is easy, thanks to the wide range of adjustments offered by the power driver’s seat and the manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Still, shorter drivers will notice their knees are close to the lower portion of the instrument panel and the large outside mirror, which partially makes up for the small back window, can block the view at intersections.
The trunk is large. With the divider out of the way, there is ample room for groceries that would last several weeks for most families. Opening the trunk lid at the rear, however, takes some muscle. Part of the power top mechanism, the trunk lid is large and heavy.
This is the first review car we’ve had that automatically turned the headlights on about 10 seconds after the wipers were turned on and I thoroughly enjoyed the premium audio system from Boston Acoustics. It distinguished itself by delivering premium sound at the non-premium price of $475.
I’m not a convertible person, but if we keep getting retractable hardtop models like this one, I might become a convert.