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GREEN | 7 out of 10
21/30 (four-speed automatic); 20/31 (six-speed auto); 19/29 (V-6)
It's too bad, then, that when you look at another, increasingly popular metric, the 200 Limited is near the back of the pack. On the fuel economy front, the 200 Limited's 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway mean it finishes in the bottom third of the family sedan class -- well off the 23 city and 34 highway mpg pace of the teetotaling, class-leading Sonata 2.0T.
While the old 2.4-liter four-cylinder is still around, it's gotten no more smooth, powerful nor fuel-efficient. In fact, with the new six-speed automatic transmission, the V6 consumes just 29 mpg highway while the four-cylinder comes in at 31 mpg in the same cycle. We'll trade 2 mpg for over 100 additional horsepower any day of the week.
Last year, Chrysler made some slight improvements to the 200's gas mileage numbers, but the truth of the matter is that it still lags at the back of the pack. At just 30 or 31 mpg on the highway, its EPA figures trail rival models (like the new 2012 Toyota Camry) by up to 5 mpg. At 19 mpg city, 29 highway, the new V-6 is closer to par for the class, although it's still far from the best.In real-world driving, the four-cylinder 200 seems to fare even lower than its ratings suggest. Over about 300 miles of mostly gentle highway driving in a four-cylinder, we only saw about 27 mpg. Yet the opposite might be true for the V-6; in about 250 miles of mixed driving--including some city congestion--we averaged 24 mpg.
Among mid-size sedans, the 2012 Chrysler 200 lineup is at the back of the pack.