The Chrysler 200––the car with best-in-class power, features and safety––is on sale now here at Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is causing quite a stir in the midsize sedan segment. How does it compare to the Honda Accord? According to automotive writers and reviewers, quite well.
The 200 has impressed critics and consumers alike with its fresh new design and impressive technology. After analyzing published reviews and test drives and factoring in reliability and safety information, U.S. News & World Report editors ranked the new 200 three spots ahead of the Honda Accord. In their review, AutoTrader writers said the 2015 Chrysler 200 “is so good that it will forever change the way you think of Chrysler and will have you questioning the features, prominence and performance of every other midsize sedan on the road, even the Kia Optima.” They also said, “Is the Accord the midsize sedan to beat? We wouldn't go that far.”
The 2015 Chrysler 200 starting MSRP of $21,700 is less than the $22,105 MSRP of a 2015 Honda Accord. The disparity continues to grow when you compare top-of-the-line trims: the well-equipped front-wheel drive 200C starts at a respectable $26,225, compared to $33,630 for an Accord Touring. That’s a sizable savings, enough to add all-wheel drive to the 200C––a feature the Accord doesn’t offer––plus all three available luxury and technology packages, and still have money left over.
Standard power in the 200 comes from a MultiAir 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder Tigershark engine that sends 184 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque through a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway. The Accord’s standard inline four-cylinder/six-speed manual transmission combination is good for 34 mpg highway. The Accord offers a six-speed automatic transmission, but it’s only available in the top two trims, the least expensive of which has an MSRP of $30,495.
If its power you crave, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 available in the 2015 200 cranks out a best-in-class 292 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque, also through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The best that the V6 in the Accord can do is 278 hp and 252 lb/ft of torque through its six-speed automatic transmission. The 200 is more aerodynamic, with a best-in-class .27 coefficient of drag compared to the .30 on the Accord, which helps improve fuel efficiency and reduce wind noise in the 200. The 200 is also the widest vehicle in the segment, which provides improved stability, handling and control.
In addition, the 200 offers more standard and available safety and security features than any of its competitors. In addition to standard Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, antilock brakes, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and a body shell that’s 60-percent advanced-technology steel, the 200 offers safety features you won’t find in any Accord, including Active Cruise Control with Full Stop and Hold, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Parallel Park Assist and an Electronic Parking Brake with Safety Hold. Both the 2014 Chrysler 200 and the 2014 Honda Accord earned “Top Safety Pick+” designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the 200 was rated as “Superior” in front crash prevention when equipped with available equipment where the Accord was rated as just “Basic” with optional equipment.
The domination continues when you move inside. The 2015 200 cabin is one of Ward’s “10 Best Interiors.” Standard or available features in the 200, depending on trim, include the award-winning Uconnect® system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen that’s larger than anything found in an Accord; a seven-inch driver information cluster with full color display; dual-pane panoramic roof; 19-inch polished aluminum wheels; leather-covered seating; heated and ventilated front seats; and LED ambient interior lighting. Some of these features are available in the Accord, but you have to pay more to get them. Small conveniences in the 200, like a molded-in driver’s heel pad and rear-seat heating and cooling ducts, are not found in the Accord and reveal a higher level of attention to detail in the 200.
Better warranty coverage in the 200––specifically a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with Roadside Assistance compared to the Accord’s five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain coverage––reflects the confidence Chrysler has in the quality and reliability of the new 200.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 is a great American sedan, and you can experience it for yourself on a test drive today.