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2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

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On: Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 4:38PM | By: Peter C Sessler

2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible

I have always felt that the current 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible, known previously as the Sebring, was a bit of a dud. All you have to do is to look at the car; the rear end is so jacked-up, it’s like driving a car that resembles a cat in heat. I guess that most cars these days have an accent line that accentuates the rear, but Chrysler, in my opinion, has gone overboard. Who wants to be seen in that?

The previous Sebring (built from 1996-2007) was built on the same body that had varied front end treatments through the years. It received its share of negative feedback, yet it was popular, and you still see many of them today. The 2008 model still carried the Sebring name with the new body style, but the 200 name is new on the 2011-up model.

Like with the sedan version, the 2012 200 Convertible gets a new hood, rear decklid and exterior mirrors, projector headlamps and fog lamps, LED taillights, and an LED center high-mounted stop light. The roof folding mechanism is placed behind the rear seats, and with the hard-top, it takes practically all of the trunk space.

As for the interior, there is a new instrument panel, upgraded leather/cloth seats with a new design, new “soft touch” door trim panels, new “soft touch” armrests and dash, and new heating and cooling outlets in the instrument panel.

The base version is powered by a 2.4 liter I-4 World Gas engine that produces 173hp and 166 ft.-lb. torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional is the Pentastar V-6 engine which produces 283 hp with 260 ft.-lb. torque and is mated to the same six-speed automatic. Mileage with the Pentastar V-6 is 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Despite its general and unappealing look, the 200 Convertible might actually be a successful model, and that’s only because it is pretty difficult finding a competitor in the same class. They said the same thing with the previous Sebring Convertible—and there isn’t another convertible that can be used as a rental car either.

Of course, there are always a models like the Volvo C70 or even the Infiniti G37 Convertible and Mercedes-Benz SLK, but those you will have to pay a little bit more.

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Stephy21 | 9:19AM (Fri, Nov 11, 2011)

I would have to agree with this article, the previous Sebrings did look a little jacked up. But this 2012 model looks a lot better.

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