The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan, on sale here at Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is out to prove that the best cars in the world come from America. This is perfectly illustrated when you compare the 2015 200 with the Toyota Camry, a vehicle that has been a best-seller. When you put the two against each other you’ll soon see why AutoTrader magazine editors said the 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 midsized sedan on the road.”
The completely redesigned for 2015, the Chrysler 200 starts at an MSRP of $21,700, less than the $22,425 MSRP of a 2014.5 Toyota Camry that hasn’t really had an update in some time. The 200 is a striking vehicle with an eye-catching new design and best-in-class aerodynamics that were achieved with more than 600 hours of wind-tunnel testing. The 200 has a slippery 0.27 coefficient of drag, compared to 0.31 for the Camry, which translates into a less interior wind noise and better fuel economy.
Both vehicles offer four-cylinder and V6 engine choices, but the 200 engines are both superior. Powering the 200 is a 2.4-liter MultiAir® 2 inline Tigershark® four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp and 173 lb/ft of torque and achieves an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway. The Camry uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that only manages 178 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque, and even with less power, it gives back 35 mpg highway. The V6 offered on the 200 is an award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar that delivers a best-in-class 295 hp with 262 lb/ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 32 mpg highway, besting the Camry 3.5-liter V6 and its 268 hp, 248 lb/ft of torque and 31 mpg highway. Every 200 comes with a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, and the 200 offers available all-wheel drive while the Camry does not.
The 200 is the widest car in its class, leading to the most front and rear shoulder room. In addition to being wider than the Camry, the 200 is also longer, giving it more front legroom and a more generous cargo capacity. Inside, the 200 features some of the most impressive technology features you’ll find in any midsize sedan, including the acclaimed Uconnect® infotainment system, a 506-watt Alpine audio system and a seven-inch customizable Driver Information Display. Other features include a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, remote start and comfortable, luxurious seating. The Camry can’t match this blend of amenities.
Another major advantage for the 200 comes in occupant protection. The 200 features the most advanced standard safety and security features in its class, including eight airbags, an electric parking brake, a class-exclusive ParkView rear backup camera and Electronic Stability Control. The available SafetyTec® package and adds items like Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go functionality. Again, no Camry can match that list of features.
Add a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with Roadside Assistance, which beats the five-year/60,000-mile coverage offered on the Camry, and the value advantages of the 200 Sedan continue to grow.
The excellence of the new 200 is attracting attention from the automotive media. In their test drive review, AutoWeek editors said, “On the exquisite, twisting ribbons of California’s Highway 1 north of San Francisco the new Chrysler leapt around turns…and the tires maintained their composure well into the margins of sane driving regardless of whether it was a front-drive I-4 or AWD V6…for drivers accustomed to the flaccid steering of a Camry, the new 200 will feel like a sports sedan.”
Stop by today to see the new 2015 Chrysler 200, and see for yourself why there’s a new contender to the crown.