Value and safety are both key when it comes to picking a vehicle for our family. We want something that will be economical to drive. We also want something that is loaded with safety features that are practical and easy to use. I got to test drive the 2015 Chrysler 200C for a week, and I felt like it was a great value and safe choice as a family car.
While we do have 5 kids, we have always had one larger family vehicle and one sedan. The smaller vehicle is important for my husband’s daily commute to work. I also like to get in it to go for a spin to run errands on the weekend. The Chrysler 200C has great fuel economy with up to 36 mpg on the highway. Considering my husband drives mostly on highways during the week, that’s a great savings and makes sense!
The 2015 Chrysler 200C also has a nine-speed automatic transmission with rotary e-shift. I have not driven with one of these before, and it took a little bit of getting used to! Shifting gears with the dial instead of a stick took a bit of getting used to, but I really do like this feature. I’m assuming I can thank the nine-speed automatic transmission for the smooth drive up hills and in crazy traffic.
Safety is huge for me when it comes to a vehicle. I’m sure most people say that, but I am especially concerned now that I live in the hustle and bustle of the metroplex. Driving on highways and interstates are a daily occurrence and the traffic can be fierce. The fact that the 2015 Chrysler 200 offers more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class is really impressive.
My favorite features were the ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera, the 8 air bags, and the ParkSense® Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.
The back up camera should be a staple in every single vehicle! I can’t tell you how many times I have been backing out of my driveway and a kid or animal came out of nowhere. Luckily, I have always spotted them, but it gets my heart pumping and freaks us all out when we have a close call! The camera rocks and warns you if someone or something is back there. It is also helpful when trying to squeeze out of a weird parking situation.
There are even features on here that help you during your commute. The vehicle we got to test drive was loaded with the SafetyTec™ Package and included Adaptive Cruise Control. It uses sensors to detect objects in its path and will bring your vehicle to a stop in slow moving traffic. While it doesn’t replace safe driving and an attentive driver, it is really convenient in the crazy DFW traffic that can be smooth sailing one minute and a stand-still the next.
Before we moved to the metroplex, I never would have needed a parallel parking assistant. Heck, I would have just gone somewhere else and parked in an easy spot. However, I have found many times that I have needed to get in a tight squeeze and wished I had a system to help! What a great feature for sure.
Another feature that I find important, and counts as a safety feature to me, are the rear air vents. Others may scoff at calling this a safety feature, but when summer temperatures climb into the 110s sometimes, quick access to cool air in an otherwise hot vehicle is essential. It’s even more important knowing that the little cuties in the back seat may not even be old enough to tell you how hot they are, like my little newborn.
Speaking of little cuties in the back, we were able to easily fit two kids back there in their low back boosters. We ran errands and the kids were easily able to get in and out, as well as reach their buckles. I did put our baby’s rear-facing carseat in there for one ride, but I always put that in the center seat, so it takes up a lot of room. That comes with the territory of having a newborn, I suppose!
Overall, I was really impressed with the 2015 Chyrsler 200c. It is a beautiful car and very practical for a family. It also has many bells and whistles totally standard, with the option to add in a lot of really worthwhile additions (like that SafetyTec™ Package). I miss sitting in that front seat. With temperatures dropping here in Fort Worth, I might miss the heated seats and heated steering wheel the most!