Chrysler 200: How Does it Compare to its Rivals?


The 2015 Chrysler 200 ranks 7 out 21 for Affordable Midsize Cars based on test drives of the vehicle, published reviews and reliability and safety data. It falls slightly below the Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and Honda Accord Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Subaru Legacy based on the above information. But, it’s still rated very highly and gets a 10/10 for safety! The vehicle’s most popular features include the powerful V6 engine option and premium cabin materials.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the Chrysler 200. The vehicle comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that provides sufficient power, but is louder than rival four-cylinder engines. Critics do prefer the V6 option because it has strong acceleration and a growling exhaust sound that is better than the noisy base engine. According to the EPA, the four-cylinder 200 gets 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is standard. The V6 engine gets 19/32 mpg that is slightly less than standard.

All Chrysler 200s come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and critics say the shifts are relatively smooth, but a bit slow to downshift during hard acceleration. Sometimes, it can also be difficult to find the right gear. Most reviewers say that steering is spot on and that the braking system is powerful and responsive. The Chrysler rides smooth, even over uneven pavement, and it’s quite speedy for a midsize car.

Compared to its rivals, the Chrysler 200 has high-quality materials on the inside. In fact, some critics say that it’s one of the most stylish in its class! The vehicle features a large trunk and comfortable seating. The rear seating is a bit cramped, however. It also includes Chrysler’s Uconnect Infotainment system that is easy to use and one of the better options compared to what’s out there. Additional features include:

  • Proximity key

  • Four-speaker audio system

  • USB input

  • Leather upholstery

  • Heated, ventilated and power adjustable front seats  

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality

  • Satellite radio

  • Bluetooth

  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability

  • Rearview camera

  • Rear parking sensors

  • Forward collision warning

  • Blind spot monitoring

Overall, the Chrysler 200 is a great midsize vehicle that stacks up well to the rivals on the market, including the Toyota Camry and Subaru Legacy. It’s rated higher than many other vehicles in its class, including the Kia Optima, Mazda Mazda6 and Chevrolet Malibu. The interior design and premium materials give this vehicle a look and feel of luxury while sticking within a reasonable budget.
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