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- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Toyota SequoiaThe Toyota Sequoia is a full-size SUV with three rows of seating, with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It’s traditional in that it’s based on a pickup truck, in this case the Tundra; its structure is body-on-frame, in no way a crossover.
Sequoia was a star when it came out in 2007, but it’s been a decade with few changes, which makes the 2017 Sequoia very dated compared to the competition, namely the redesigned GM models: Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.
It’s the cabin where the Sequoia feels most behind the times, with leftover plastic materials and lack of features like pushbutton start and USB ports. However only the Sequoia has a power rear window in the liftgate, a nice convenience.
The Sequoia uses the Tundra platform, but its ride is smoother and handling a bit better. There is just one engine, the trusty GM 5.7-liter, here making 381 horsepower 401 pound-feet of torque, mated to an old-school six-speed automatic. The Sequoia doesn’t offer any rugged offroad equipment, because the Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser cover that so well, and also have three rows of seating available.
With fuel mileage of 15 miles per gallon combined (14 mpg with 4wd), the Sequoia lags even farther behind the times. Its six-speed automatic is fine for transmission duties, maybe even better than some high-tech trannies like the Ford 10-speed, however the main reason for more gears nowadays is fuel mileage. The Sequoia may be bombproof simple, but it pays at the pump. The EPA rates it 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway for 15 combined.
The 4WD Chevy Tahoe gets 18 mpg combined, and uses a fuel tank of the same size, 26 gallons, so its range is about 468 miles compared to the Sequoia’s 364 miles.
The Sequoia hasn’t been crash-tested by the feds or insurance people. However one good point is the many airbags: two-stage front bags, knee bags and side bags in front, and roll-sensing side curtains for all three rows. Rearview camera is standard, but auto emergency braking isn’t available.
The Sequoia can tow a big boat, but compared to the Toyota Highlander crossover, it’s less people friendly.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Mercedes-Benz E-ClassThe 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 sedan is all new. It’s bigger, better looking, more efficient and more substantial than before. It’s more technologically advanced than the flagship S-Class, with more infotainment and safety equipment. The E300 can practically drive itself.
Competitors like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS, Jaguar XF, and Cadillac CTS can’t do that, although the American Tesla Model S can.
The 2017 E300 sedan is the first of the all-new E-Class. It will be followed by an all-new 2017 E-Class Wagon. The E-Class coupe and convertible continue in the form of the previous generation. We have seat time in the new E300 in heavy traffic outside Lisbon, Portugal, and freeway traffic outside San Francisco.
The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan grows by 1.7 inches to 193.8 inches long, with a wheelbase that’s 2.6 inches longer, at 115.7 inches. It weighs about two tons, and would weigh more if it weren’t for the body’s aluminum panels and higher-strength steel.
For now, the new E-Class sedan has just one engine and transmission, the E300 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, 4MATIC all-wheel drive available.
The 2017 E300 is fairly quick, able to accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.2 seconds (on the way to 130 mph), but it’s also gruff. The outgoing silky V6 engine the four-cylinder turbo replaces will be missed.
Two suspensions are available for the E300, and the handling varies with them. There is a firm multi-link suspension with adaptive dampers in either base or sport (firmer) tune, or an air suspension with adaptive dampers. In addition to that, the wheel sizes range from 17 to 20 inches, mounted with different tires. It’s not your father’s E300.
Driving systems with modes are also available: economy, comfort, sport and sport plus, that alter the suspension, steering, transmission, and throttle.
The 2017 E300 hasn’t been crash-tested by the government or insurance industry yet. However, crash ratings nowadays take into consideration not just crashworthiness, but crash-prevention features. Which is subjective. For example, the new E-Class will change lanes on its own, after the turn signal is on for two seconds. This is a good thing? Why? Can anyone besides us see the problems with that? Starting with maybe you want to give the person behind you more than two seconds’ notice. The government and insurance industry might say it’s safer than the driver making the decision to change lanes when he or she sees that it’s safe.
Other safety equipment includes the car telling you when it thinks it’s time for you to take a coffee break; a shriek when it thinks you’re going to crash, followed by automatic braking; maintaining an exact distance to the car in front of you at 130 mph like a NASCAR driver, meaning the guy in front of you has his feet on your pedals. When he floors it at 10 mph, your car does; when he slams on the brakes, your car does.
Another issue is inconsistency; the auto-driving turns itself off after about 20 seconds, maybe in the middle of your thinking it’s driving for you. And the cameras that see the white lines at the edge of the road can’t see a white line that’s faded. So you might think it will keep you from running off the road, but it only keeps you from running over visible white lines. It only knows a road is a road by the paint.
Meanwhile, there are potential virtues. A new system hits the brakes if you don’t see oncoming cross-traffic, preventing you from being T-boned or T-boning another.
It will park or unpark itself using a smartphone app. And there’s a trigger that will inflate a seat bolster that shoves the passenger three inches farther away from impact.
- Nicolas Popov
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wrote:2017 Toyota Land CruiserBuilt for remote terrain around the globe, the hulking Toyota Land Cruiser feels forced into suburbia. It’s highly refined, with poise and presence, but it can’t escape its truck roots. It seats eight, but the third row is more of a jump seat. The Lexus LX 570 is the luxury version of the Land Cruiser, with hydraulic suspension to smoothen the ride and escape those roots.
The chassis is body-on-frame, and the drivetrain is full-time four-wheel drive, with a locking center differential. The engine is a brawny 5.7-liter V8 making 381 horsepower, mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 5700-pound Land Cruiser is emphatically propelled down the road by this powertrain.
The Land Cruiser hasn’t been redesigned since 2008, although it got updates to styling, technology, and that new transmission for 2016. For 2017 it adds active safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam LED headlamps, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross traffic alerts.
The Land Cruiser is a gas hog, no surprise, getting 13 miles per gallon city, 18 highway and 15 combined, about the worst in class. But at least the big V8 doesn’t need high-test fuel.
It won’t be crash-tested by the government or insurance industry because the cost is high and sales are low. But it’s a tank, no worries if you crash into a Fiesta. Standard safety equipment includes 10 airbags, rearview camera, tire-pressure monitor, and LED headlamps with auto high beams. And Trailer Sway Control, an important safety feature.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Mercedes-Benz S-ClassThe elegant and powerful Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for full-size luxury cars. It has some of the most advanced safety technologies on earth and is one of the most lavish and classy displays anywhere of wealth and exclusivity. It was last redesigned for 2014.
The 2017 S-Class brings two new models, the Mercedes-Benz S650 Cabriolet and the long-wheelbase S550 4MATIC. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 gets a paddle-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission, and all 2017 S-Class models get the mbrace2 Connect infotainment package.
The S550 uses a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 making 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available for sedans, 4MATIC comes on all S550 coupes. Air suspension is standard.
The S63 AMG models use a 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 making 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque with 4MATIC. They will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.9 seconds. The rear-wheel drive S65 AMG, and the Maybach S650 use a twin-turbo V12 making 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The S600 models have a 523-horsepower V12.
The Mercedes-Maybach models go off into Rolls-Royce territory, with all the technology and features wrapped into a limo-like body that’s eight inches longer.
Standard S-Class safety equipment includes front, front side, rear side and curtain airbags; inflatable rear seat belts; adaptive brake lights; and adaptive head restraints. Optional safety equipment includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with following and steering ability, approaching autonomous driving functions in limited environments, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and night vision with obstacle and pedestrian detection.
Fuel mileage for the popular S550 sedan is an EPA-estimated 18/26 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined, not bad for a car this heavy and with this much power. The 4MATIC Coupe drops one mpg. The AMG and V12 models get about 16 to 18 combined.
There is an S550e Plug-In Hybrid model that gets an EPA-rated 26 mpg combined. It can go 12 miles on just electric power, using a an 8.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk, giving it a rating of 58 MPGe. It’s powered by a turbocharged V6 with an 85-kw electric motor tied to the transmission, making a combined 436 horsepower. It accelerates from zero to sixty in 5.2 seconds.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Mercedes-Benz C-ClassThe 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class includes a range of sedans, coupes and convertibles, each of which offers stunning good looks. The sedan was launched for 2015, the coupe for 2016, the Cabriolet for 2017. They come with a selection of powertrains, designated by their nomenclature: C300, C350e, AMG C43, AMG C63, AMG C63 S.
The Mercedes-Benz C300 uses 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 241 horsepower, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, with rear- or all-wheel drive. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about 6 seconds.
The C350e plug-in hybrid uses a turbo four and battery pack combining for 275 horsepower.
The AMG C43 uses a turbo V6 making 362 horsepower, with a nine-speed automatic new for 2017. It shoots from zero to sixty in less than five seconds, and has sports exhaust and adaptive sports suspension. It’s a good fit, between calm C300 and radical hot-rod AMG C63.
The C63 and C63 S use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8, making 469 and 503 horsepower, respectively, blasting to sixty in less than four second and reaching a top speed of 180 mph. It competes with the Cadillac ATS-V and BMW M3.
The C300 sedan gets an EPA-rated 24/34 mpg City/Highway, 28 mpg Combined. With all-wheel drive it gets one less mile per gallon, while the coupe and convertible get two less. Over a 90-mile run in the C300 sedan, a mix of freeway, suburbia and country two-lanes, we got more than 30 mpg. The high-performance C43 AMG gets 20/28/23 mpg. The powerful V8 in the C63 sucks gas, with a score of 17/23/19 mpg.
The 2017 C-Class earns Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, despite a Poor rating for the headlights (and frankly we wonder how a car with poor headlights can be a top safety pick), and got five stars overall from NHTSA, with four stars in frontal crash and rollover. The Audi A4 does better.
For 2017 a rearview camera becomes standard. Some airbags are also new, the lot includes pelvis airbags in front, a new window airbag, side airbags in the rear, and driver knee airbag. Advanced safety technology includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, driver attention alert, and a semi-autonomous traffic assistant that follows the car ahead at up to 37 mph. There’s also an advanced brake assist system that detects pedestrians and parked cars, and automatically brakes, at up to 45 mph. The lane-keeping system applies the brakes on one side of the car to stop drifting. Active parking assistance, surround-view cameras, and traffic sign assistance (which warns of speed limits, no-entry signs, and other information) are also among the available high-tech safety equipment.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 BMW 4 SeriesThe BMW 4 Series is built on the platform of the 3 Series, and is the same size. The 2017 BMW 4 Series comes in two-door Coupe, hardtop Convertible, and five-door Gran Coupe versions, while the 3 is a sedan or wagon. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are offered, even on the Convertible.
There are two new engines, resulting in the 2017 BMW 430i from the previous 428i, and the 2017 BMW 440i from the previous 435i.
The four- and inline six-cylinder turbocharged engines are both new for 2017. The BMW 430i with the 2.0-liter inline-4 makes 258 pound-feet of torque, while the BMW 440i with the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 makes a healthy 320 horsepower with an emphatic 330 pound-feet of torque.
All models offer a flawless eight-speed automatic, though an engaging six-speed manual transmission is also available for the Coupe.
BMW created the 4 Series out of the 3 Series, but lost that old BMW magic in the process. We find the value in the 4 Series questionable, and its appearance frumpy compared to the Mercedes C-Class. The Gran Coupe seems to combine the best of the 3 and 4, which makes it the best of the 4 Series models. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has more room inside, with a sleek profile outside.
The 2017 BMW 430i coupe with the eight-speed automatic gets 23 miles per gallon City, 34 mpg Highway, and 27 mpg Combined. On the far side, the BMW 440i xDrive convertible gets an EPA-estimated 20/30/24 mpg.
The 2017 BMW 430i Coupe ($42,150), BMW 430i Convertible ($50,300), and BMW 430i Gran Coupe ($41,950) come with the four-cylinder engine, leatherette upholstery, air conditioning. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
The BMW 440i Coupe ($48,500) and BMW 440i Gran Coupe ($48,300) include the six-cylinder engine; the BMW 440i Convertible ($57,300) also upgrades to leather upholstery.
All-wheel drive comes on models denoted xDrive; the sDrive models are rear-wheel drive.
Leather upholstery and wood trim are optional. Navigation, rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay are options. M Sport packages include sports suspension, wheels and tires, and special trim. The Track Package has active suspension and bigger brakes.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Toyota SiennaToyota Sienna is big and roomy and may be configured to seat seven passengers with second-row captain’s chairs or eight with a three-position bench. It’s the only minivan we know of that offers all-wheel drive as an option.
The 2017 Toyota Sienna gets an upgrade to its 3.5-liter V6 engine in the form of direct fuel injection, hiking horsepower by 30 hp. 2017 Sienna models also get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy has increased for 2017 Sienna: up to 22 mpg Combined (city/highway) with front-wheel drive, or 20 mpg Combined with all-wheel drive.
Notably well-equipped, the Sienna comes in five trim levels, plus three Premium variants. All-wheel drive is available for Sienna LE, Sienna XLE, and Sienna Limited. The upgraded V6 engine now develops 296 horsepower and comes with all models.
Sienna stresses family-oriented features, versatility, interior space, reliability. Upper trim levels add entertainment options and accessibility equipment. A 6.1-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity comes standard. Extras include rear-seat entertainment, power sliding doors, navigation, and voice projection for communicating with back-seat passengers.
Side-curtain airbags protect occupants in all three rows. Outward visibility excels. All Siennas include a rearview camera, which has been upgraded to provide a 180-degree view. Government and insurance-industry crashworthiness scores are good but the best. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna a five-star rating overall, but only four stars for frontal crash protection and for rollovers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranked the Sienna Good in most areas, but only Acceptable for the small-overlap frontal crash procedure.
A number of contemporary safety features are optional. Among them: forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front/rear parking sensors.
The 2017 Toyota Sienna comes in L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited models, plus premium editions.
Sienna L ($29,750) gets seven-passenger seating with fabric-trimmed upholstery, three-zone climate control, rearview camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen, 3.5-inch information display, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch wheels.
Sienna LE ($32,540) has eight-passenger seating, power sliding doors, power front seats, and a 7.0-inch touch screen. All-wheel drive with seating for seven and 18-inch wheels ($2,540) is optional. Automatic Access Seating is available.
2017-sienna-profileSienna SE ($36,110) features leather seating surfaces, eight-passenger seating with heated front seats, sport mesh grille, foglamps, LED taillights, sport instruments, 19-inch wheels, and smoked exterior accents. Sienna SE Premium ($40,830) includes a 16.4-inch rear entertainment system with Blu-ray player, keyless ignition/start, and a Driver Easy Speak system that amplifies the voice.
Sienna XLE ($36,310) reverts to 17-inch wheels, with seating for eight plus woodgrain accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a moonroof. All-wheel drive with seven-passenger seating and 18-inch wheels is optional ($2,210). An Automatic Access Seat is available. Sienna XLE Premium ($39,505) adds the Blu-ray player and Driver Easy Speak system. All-wheel drive is optional ($2,210).
Sienna Limited ($42,800) has seven-passenger seating and adds navigation, an upgraded 10-speaker stereo, 18-inch wheels, chrome exterior accents, and dual moonroof. All-wheel drive with seating for seven is optional ($1,140). Limited Premium ($46,170) seats seven, adding the Blu-ray player and rain-sensing wipers. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning systems are available. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,740).
The Toyota Sienna looks like your typical minivan and does not try to masquerade as something else. Little has changed visually since the 2015 model year. A finned grille is installed on LX, XLE, and Limited trim levels. Limited and SE versions display LED headlights.
The Sienna SE looks the sportiest of Toyota’s minivans, especially with an optional appearance package. Rocker panels and larger-diameter wheels stand out a bit, as do the SE’s clear taillight lenses; but the overall shape differs little from other trim levels.
2017-sienna-interiorInside, Sienna offers a smart interior appearance and convenient layout. Siennas are among the biggest and most spacious of minivans, promising exceptional comfort to all riders. Adults should have no difficulty entering or exiting the rear compartment.
A sweeping, contoured dashboard separates front occupants, placing essential controls on the driver’s side. Instruments are large and easy-to-read. Audio and climate controls can be reached easily by the front passenger.
A 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard. Lower trim levels also get a 3.5-inch black-and-white LCD information screen, while upper models upgrade to a 4.2-inch color display.
Front occupants enjoy comfortable, supportive seating. Most models have a second-row bench, for eight-passenger seating. The bench slides to expand either occupant or cargo space. Removing one section provides access to the foldaway third row, which can actually carry grownups and isn’t so difficult to reach.
Captain’s chairs are standard with all-wheel drive, though they don’t fold totally flat. In the front-wheel-drive Limited, reclining lounge-type seats include footrests and leg-cushion extenders.
Small-item storage is bountiful, with a deep console and dual gloveboxes. A handy storage platform below the center dash between the front seats provides a convenient place for a purse or your take-out order.
Cargo space totals 117.8 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded and pushed forward and the third-row seats folded. That’s a lot of cargo space. Behind the third-row seats is 39.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the deep well in the floor there easily holds and confines a massive load of groceries, superior to SUVs.
We found the power doors could be reluctant to open at times. A passenger we picked up curbside at a busy airport struggled to get the side door open, trying to operate it manually, which is what so often happens when passengers are trying to get in under pressure. And the rear hatch required holding down the button on the remote several beats longer than expected.
2017-sienna-drivingPerformance in minivans is more a matter of safety and maneuverability than acceleration or passing power. As long as it reaches highway speeds promptly, halts effectively, and is agile enough to steer around trouble spots, a minivan scores well.
That said, the Sienna feels heavy and sluggish, slow to respond in transient maneuvers and seems to require more steering input than many SUVs do.
Because of its size and weight and its tall profile, handling is lethargic. There’s a fair amount of nose dive when braking. Sienna isn’t quiet on the highway, either.
With nearly 300 horsepower for 2017, the V6 suffers no shortage of energy on the road, ranking above average for its class. Shifts are smooth and practically imperceptible from the new 8-speed automatic, though downshifting to pass can be slow. The engine and transmission do not seem perfectly coordinated, however. When taking a right-hand turn at an intersection the transmission often selects a relatively high gear (third) in the middle of the turn; then, as the accelerator is depressed to accelerate out of the corner, the transmission has to downshift (to second gear) to call up sufficient torque to accelerate, an annoying trait.
With its tighter-tuned suspension and 19-inch tires, the Sienna SE is the sportiest model, but differences from top trim levels are subtle. With a towing package, a Sienna can haul as much as 3,500 pounds, a lightweight boat, for example.
Fuel economy ranks as respectable with the new, stronger engine and 8-speed automatic, though all-wheel drive lowers the mileage significantly. The front-wheel-drive Sienna is EPA-rated at 19/27 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops those figures to 18/24 mpg City/Highway, or 20 mpg Combined.
The Toyota Sienna is relatively expensive, but it delivers interior space, seat comfort, convenience and versatility, as well as Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Ford GTThe 2017 Ford GT, the second generation of the mid-engine supercar inspired by the GT40 that won the Le Mans 24-hour race four times, was revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
When revealed, the 2017 Ford GT generated more oohs and ahhs than any other vehicle on display, no mean feat in a show loaded with hot rides such as the long-awaited NSX supercar and a 200-mph Cadillac sedan and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. In addition to popular acclaim, the GT was selected by the Eyes on Design judges, all automotive designers, as the Detroit show’s best production vehicle.
17s-fordgt-walkAt a glance, “best production vehicle design” might seem a little confusing, since Ford billed the GT as a concept. But Ford made it clear that it fully intends to build this blue bullet, as a prerequisite for a return to the Le Mans 24-hour race.
Ford created the first GT40 with the goal of beating Ferrari at Le Mans, and it won the Sarthe classic four consecutive times, in 1966, ’67, ’68, and ’69. Those victories were among the company’s greatest motorsports achievements.
Ford’s latest plan targets the 2017 running of the Le Mans 24-Hour.
17s-fordgt-overheadTo enter the race, Ford must build at least 100 production examples. It’s called homologation. Unless Ford plans to price each car at $1 million or more, there will certainly be more than 100 cars. As an example, production of the previous Ford GT, conducted between 2004 and 2006, came to about 4150 cars. And there was no factory racing plan for that one.
Here’s what Ford has revealed so far:
The 2017 Ford GT is mostly carbon fiber (passenger compartment and body panels) with aluminum subframes front and rear to support suspension components, also aluminum. Racing touches include inboard shock absorbers, activated by pushrods, and carbon ceramic brakes.
17s-fordgt-rearRide height is adjustable, as is the active rear spoiler, which can be varied for both height and pitch. The doors are scissor-style, a la Lamborghini, rather than the gull wings of the 2005-2006 Ford GT. The missile-esque profile clearly shows wind tunnel sculpting, though Ford refrained from furnishing any aerodynamic values, such as coefficient of drag.
Nor was there any reference to curb weight. However, the minimum weight for the GT Le Mans class, or GTLM, where the Ford GT would be opposed by the Ferrari 458, Corvette, Aston Martin, Porsche 911, and Audi R8, is 2745 pounds.
The engine will be an updated version of an EcoBoost V6 with twin turbos, variable port/direct fuel injection, generating more than 600 horsepower, according to Ford engineers.
Production of the upcoming Ford GT is due to begin in late 2016. We look for street versions to begin reaching selected Ford dealers before the race.
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2017 Chrysler 200The midsize Chrysler 200 competes in the toughest field of all, against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion, all solid midsize sedans. After years of chugging uphill, Chrysler has announced the end is near. The 2017 Chrysler 200 could be the last model year. It’s a good car. If prices drop to get rid of the last of them, you could do worse than to snatch one. The current-generation is a fairly new product.
The Chrysler 200 is stylish, comfortable, and appealing. It’s not as soft as the Nissan Altima, nor as sporty as the Ford Fusion, but rather finds its own way. It’s built on an extended version of the Dodge Dart compact sedan platform and wheelbase.
Not surprisingly, there aren’t many changes for 2017. But then this model was only introduced for 2015, so not many changes were needed.
For 2017, Chrysler 200 gets better looking, with a new package called Dark Appearance, with glossy black 18-inch wheels, halogen headlamps with black moldings, and black exterior trim. It appears the Chrysler 200 is mourning itself.
The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making a decent, if uninspired, 184 horsepower, mated to a sophisticated 9-speed automatic. There’s also a quick V6 making a strong 295 horsepower and using that same transmission with paddle shifters, with all-wheel drive available.
EPA fuel mileage for the four-cylinder is 23 mpg City, 36 Highway, 27 Combined. The V6 gets 19/31/23 mpg, about 1 less mpg with all-wheel drive. Not much if any better than some midsize crossovers.
The safety results are excellent, with the top Good rating in all crash categories from the IIHS, and that includes the difficult small-overlap front test. For its forward collision avoidance system, it was rated Superior, although for headlamps it only got Marginal. Overall it made Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA gave it five stars in everything except rollover, where it got four stars.
Standard safety equipment includes front knee airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, active front headrests, and a rearview camera. The top 200c Platinum model offers heaps of optional safety equipment, including lane-departure warnings and prevention, forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts.