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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.
Fuel economy was boosted slightly last year for the Chrysler 200, but you might not have noticed the difference; that's because so many mid-size sedans do better.
At either 30 or 31 mpg on the highway with the four-cylinder engine, the base engine in the 200 Sedan gets lower mileage than some competing V-6 sedans. And at 19 mpg city, 29 highway, the new V-6 isn't as bad, but it's still near the back of the pack for a front-wheel-drive sedan.
We've managed to do a bit better in real-world driving, though, especially with the V-6. Over about 300 miles of mostly gentle highway driving in a four-cylinder Limited sedan with the six-speed automatic, we saw about 27 mpg, while in a V-6 over about 250 miles of mixed driving--including some city congestion--we averaged 24 mpg.
Nearly every other mid-size sedan gets better mileage than the 2013 Chrysler 200.