Chrysler 200 Convertible review

Chrysler’s full-line extreme makeover has produced dramatic results for 2011, and the company literally did a number on its four-year-old Sebring sedan and convertible. The cars weren’t only thoroughly refreshed; they were also rechristened “200.” That shouldn’t fool anyone into thinking either 200 body style is all-new, as they retain the Sebring’s basic underpinnings, door skins, and roofline and convertible structure. But many people may be fooled nonetheless, since most everything else buyers see on the 200 replaces something that was uglier, cheaper, or both on the Sebring.

We provided a high-level overview of the convertible’s changes when Chrysler dropped official information and images recently. The one thing the press releases couldn’t tell us: How much better would the car be from behind the wheel? We were reasonably impressed with the 200 sedan after our first drive experience. Would the droptop take a similar leap toward decency? We took to the streets and sweeping mountain roads around San Diego, California, to find out.

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The Inside
Cabin materials are good, with padding all the way down to knee level and richer finishes than Chrysler has been known for. The automaker's new 8.4-inch UConnect touch-screen is a worthy centerpie ...

To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, push the RES (+) button and release. Resume can be used at any speed above 20 mph (32 km/h). ...

Ride, Handling & Braking
The Sebring rode softly, but had a tendency to bounce like a pogo stick after manhole covers and potholes. The 200's suspension has been overhauled, Chrysler says; indeed, the pogo-stick effect is ...