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.
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.
As pointed out by a Chrysler representative, having the ability to tuck charging electronics into this bin, then slide the cupholders over the top could really help cut down on dangerous temptations to take quick glances at incoming calls or texts while driving, even if this wasn't the original intent behind the design.
As a busy working mom with a hectic and sometimes chaotic schedule, a little visual peace and well-designed storage inside my vehicle is a welcome pause.