The Chrysler 200 is quite the turnaround versus the model that preceded it, as it's now the sort of car that shoppers will flock to for style—far more, perhaps, than for functionality or value.
Yet it's difficult to gauge the 200's competitive set.
We'd say the Ford Fusion is one of the most sophisticated picks in this class; it feels like a premium car in many respects, and you have a wider range of powertrains (including a Hybrid) from which to choose.
The Kia Optima has been a strong alternative in its outgoing generation, and while a new generation is due this year, we expect that model to get some substantial upgrades inside and to its refinement.
The Honda Accord appeals more on interior space and comfort and has a more traditional look, but it’s one of the best-riding, best-performing cars here; as with the Chrysler, it offers a V-6.
The Chevrolet Malibu has been given more of a personality this year, and a Malibu Hybrid that builds on the technology in the Chevy Volt is on the way early next year.
Finally, the Volkswagen Passat is one of the most anonymous-looking yet comfortable offerings in this class.
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|18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
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|4-Door Sedan LX FWD||4-Door Sedan L w/1VL||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan LX Turbo||4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Chrysler 200 vs. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu||2016 Chrysler 200 vs. 2016 Ford Fusion||2016 Chrysler 200 vs. 2016 Kia Optima||2016 Chrysler 200 vs. 2016 Volkswagen Passat|