Given that the base-model, four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive 200 is the most affordable mid-size sedan in Canada, starting at less than $22,000 before any manufacturer discounts, the econ-parts interior finishes are more acceptable. But this car here is more than $42,000 with destination charges factored in, and that doesn’t include cooled seats, adaptive cruise control or some of the other active safety features showing up in competitive models (not to mention the missing sunroof).

Priced in the mid-$30,000’s, where the 200S AWD starts, it makes a compelling case for itself with its class-leading V6 power and all-wheel-drive, not to mention its fantastic styling, but reaching into the $40s, the Chrysler starts to face competition from some other impressive machinery like a Cadillac ATS or BMW 320i xDrive, and all the brand cachet that comes with them.

Still, when taken on its own merits, Chrysler’s stylish 200S AWD is a solid contender in the field, and the best mid-size Chrysler yet. Plus, by buying a 200S, it shows the manufacturers that some of us still love the superior driving dynamics and styling of a mid-sized sedan without having to give up all-weather driving capability to those crossover SUVs.

3 years/60,000 km; 5 years/100,000 km powertrain; 3 years/unlimited distance corrosion perforation; 5 years/100,000 km roadside assistance

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Pricing: 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD
Base Price: $34,295
Options: Granite Crystal Metallic Paint, $195; Comfort Group (dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, Parkview rear back-up camera, remote start system, rear air conditioning and heat ducts), $795; Mopar exterior body kit, $1,395; Premium Lighting Group, $895; Uconnect 8.4-in SXM/Hands-free/NAV, $1,700; 19×8” Hyper Black aluminum wheels with P235/40R19 all season tires, $495; Blind-Spot/ Rear Cross-Path Detection, $495
Destination: $1,745
A/C Tax: $100
Price as tested: $42,110

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