When considering a 4-door mid-size sedan the Ford Fusion is likely to be compared to the Chrysler 200. After careful analysis it is our opinion that the Chrysler 200 beats its competitor in performance, fuel economy, comfort and convenience, and safety.
The Chrysler 200 excels with a base, four cylinder, 2.4 L I4 MultiAir engine that provides 184 horsepower and 173 ft-lbs of torque. This engine achieves an estimated 23 city and 36 highway miles per gallon. The comparable Ford Fusion’s stock 2.5L has a minor increase in torque at 175 ft-lbs, yet a noticeable drop in horsepower to 175. A lower 21 city miles per gallon and 32 highway miles per gallon accompany this engine. With Chrysler 200 trims including and above the LIMITED are upgradable to a 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine, that produces 262 ft-lbs of torque, and is best in class for horsepower putting out a whopping 295 horses. This powerful V6 gives 19 city and 32 highway miles per gallon. When it comes to Ford, a premium is paid for more horsepower and better fuel economy. For about $11,000 extra to upgrade to their Sport model, their 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine, only puts out 240 horsepower. The simple hybrid versions of this car allow for 43 city and 41 highway miles per gallon, and cost a few thousand above the base price, while the Fusion Energi models are nine to seventeen thousand more than the base model price, though their rated at 104 city and 94 highway miles per gallon. This trade off does not seem too appealing to buyers. In terms of transmissions, the 200 has more versatility using a 9-speed automatic in all models while the fusion uses a 6-speed.
This second generation Chrysler 200 is endowed with a sleek and beautiful design, that starts from its exterior, and accounts for having the lowest drag coefficient in its class, and provides a comfortable and well thought-out interior. The 200 has greater shoulder room than the fusion, and a generally noticeable spacious feel compared to the Fusion which has similar interior dimensions. The 200 also has the largest touch screen in its class, allowing for easy navigation, monitoring of features such as back up sensors, and acts as a media control center. The Uconnect systems technology further enhances the integrated control you experience.
The safety features of the 200 are thorough, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and GO, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, ParkView Rear Back Up Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System, LaneSense Lane Departure warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Electronic Parking Brake with Safe hold feature, along with eight airbags for added safety during a collision. The Fusion shares similar features, though at a higher price point.
Visit our Chrysler dealership to see why the Chrysler 200 is the number one contender in its class. Our professional and friendly sales staff will walk you through the features and help with the buying or leasing process and are there to answer any questions you may have.
*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.