2016 Chrysler 200 vs. Its Competition

2016 Chrysler 200
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2016 Chrysler 200 stands out for style, safety, and V-6 power—but rear-seat head room is its downfall.
8.2
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu lineup skips performance models, plush luxury appointments, and all-wheel drive; yet the driving experience, comfortable cabin, and frugal numbers may convince you to trade in that Camry, Accord, or Fusion.
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The 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid combines high gas mileage and a quiet ride with one of the best-looking family-sedan bodies.
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The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
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The 2016 Volkswagen Passat gets a little more excitement in its features and details, while staying safe where it counts.
MSRP From    
$22,115$21,625$22,750$22,140$22,440
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan LX FWD4-Door Sedan L w/1VL4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan LX Turbo4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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