Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500, 2015 Chrysler 200

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 16,000 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers and Ram 1500s, and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans

The Problem: Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 200 Earns IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the redesigned-for-2015 Chrysler 200 sedan a Top Safety Pick Plus award winner. The institute's top honor requires that a vehicle earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection; good ratings in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests; and a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. The previous Chrysler 200 scored only acceptable in the small overlap test, which approximates what happens when a vehicle strikes a tree or telephone pole. This time out, the "midsize moderately priced car," as IIHS classifies it, earned the small overlap evaluation's top rating of good, bumping it up from Top Safety Pick to Top Safety Pick Plus.

Related: 2015 Chrysler 200 Review

"In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in a real-world crash of this severity," IIHS stated in a news release. "The dummy's head was well controlled by the frontal airbag, which stayed in position during the crash. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structures."

In addition, the sedan earned a superior rating for front crash prevention when equipped with an optional forward collision system with autobrake, included in the $1,295 SafetyTec package. IIHS said the system completely stopped the vehicle at 12 mph and "significantly reduced the vehicle's speed" at 25 mph.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 200: Car Seat Check

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Plenty of families choose a midsize sedan for carting around the kids, and the 2015 Chrysler 200 is bound to be on their shopping list thanks to a redesign that added style, refinement and affordability. A fairly roomy and comfortable backseat coupled with easy-access Latch anchors should make this sedan even more appealing to parents with kids in child-safety seats.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Nissan Rogue is still No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews this week, but a quartet of newcomers has joined the roster to shake things up a little. Debuts are led by Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger's near-gushing critique of the much-improved 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan at No. 2. Other fresh faces include the 2014 Lexus GX 460 at No. 5, the 2014 Honda CR-V at No. 7 and the 2014 Lexus ES 300h at No. 9. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Chrysler 200
3. 2014 Infiniti Q50
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2014 Lexus GX 460
6. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
9. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
10. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible

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By Matt Schmitz | March 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 200 Review

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Fact is, the bar for the 2015 Chrysler 200's redesign to be considered an improvement was not high. But even if up was its only viable direction, Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the new midsize sedan soars to new heights in style, comfort and performance. Geiger gushes over the upgrades, starting with a "flowing, aerodynamic" exterior design that favors refinement over aggressiveness, with an elegant interior to match. Throw in a couple new powertrains — a capable four-cylinder and a particularly impressive V-6 — and a starting price less than its predecessor, and this recovering underachiever realizes grand ambitions.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 24, 2014 | Comments (18)

2015 Chrysler 200: First Drive

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I've been an editor and reviewer at Cars.com for just more than two years; in that time, I've reviewed the Chrysler 200 three times, and found it lacking in just about every way. Apparently the fourth time is the charm for Chrysler's midsize sedan.

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With the redesigned-for-2015 200, Chrysler finally has a legitimate contender in the midsize class. The sedan is refined, stylish, comfortable and affordable; competitors should be worried.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 19, 2014 | Comments (12)

2015 Chrysler 200: Explaining the Trim Levels

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A redesigned player enters the mid-size sedan segment about twice a year, making it one of the most hotly contested segments as well as a best-selling one. The current-generation Chrysler 200's sales for 2013 were 122,480, which was near the bottom of the mid-size sedan segment. It garnered roughly a third of the Honda Accord's 366,678 yearly sales, which is the country's second best-seller to the Toyota Camry and its 408,484 in yearly sales.

2015 Chrysler 200 Up Close

The 2015 Chrysler 200 only has one direction to go when it hits dealerships this spring. Potential buyers of the slickly styled redesigned sedan will be confronted with varying standard features on the four trims levels, including two engine choices and front- or all-wheel drive.

By David Thomas | January 24, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Chrysler 200 Dials Up More Storage Space

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It may be difficult to get riled up about something as boring as a gear shift, but the change to an electronic gear dial by Chrysler in the all-new 2015 200 leads to other modifications that are worth getting excited about.

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The center console area has been transformed from a cheap plastic bin full of noisy rattles in the last 200 iteration to a sleek and modern functional space built for today's tech-savvy families. By eliminating the bulky traditional gear shift, Chrysler has created additional space for creative functionality.

By Kristin Varela | January 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chrysler 200 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says that shoppers should make sure not to confuse the new-for-2015 Chrysler 200 with older versions of this car because the redesigned midsize sedan promises to deliver where the old model fell short. It's about an inch longer and wider than the outgoing version and wears much sleeker, more fluid styling outside and nicer materials inside. Watch the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chrysler 200 Photo Gallery (41 Photos)

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The black sheep of Chrysler's lineup got a total makeover for 2015, with sleek new styling outside, an interior full of comfort and convenience features, and updated powertrains that promise better fuel economy.

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The new 200 is built on an Alfa Romeo chassis and is a huge departure from the outgoing model in just about every way. A sleek, sloping roofline and more angular head- and taillight designs are the exterior highlights, but not all the flash is on the outside. Under the hood, four- and six-cylinder engines are available, along with optional all-wheel drive and a standard nine-speed automatic transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2014 | Comments (4)

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