The Chrysler 200, on sale here at Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Nissan Altima compete for buyers in a fiercely contested midsize sedan segment. When you compared them you see that the 200 offers more value, performance and style than the Altima, making it a smarter choice.
Starting at an MSRP of $21,995, the newest 200 is more affordable than the 2016 Nissan Altima, which starts at $22,500. Price is just one factor, however, and the 200 holds many other advantages, too.
Both the Chrysler 200 and the Altima offer you four-cylinder and V6 engine choices, but both the engines in the 200 are more powerful than both the Altima’s engines. The 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir® 2 technology in the 200 produces 184 hp, more than the 182 hp from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the Altima. The Pentastar V6 in the 200 produces a best-in-class 295 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque, besting the 270 hp and 251 lb/ft of torque produced by the Altima V6. The 200 uses an advanced nine-speed automatic transmission, while the Altima comes with a Continuously Variable Transmission that doesn’t provide the driving enjoyment many people crave.
Another key advantage the 200 has over the Altima is an available all-wheel drive system, a feature the Altima doesn’t offer. It’s not just your average all-wheel drive system, either; it’s an innovative, segment exclusive system that uses a fully disconnecting rear axle to reduce parasitic power loss when the system isn’t needed, giving you improved fuel economy.
Examples of standard exterior features you’ll find on the 200, but not the entry Altima, include automatic headlamps, LED taillamps, and 17-inch wheels.
The 200 is slightly longer, wider and taller than the Altima, giving it 1.5-inches more rear legroom. Occupants in the 200 enjoy more rear headroom, front and rear hip room, and front and rear shoulder room, as well, and the 200 has more cargo capacity.
Inside, the 200 is standard with a micron filter for the air conditioning, while the Altima is not. Other amenities you’ll only find in the 200 include the award-winning Uconnect® infotainment system with 8.4-inch color touchscreen, premium Nappa leather upholstery, climate-controlled front seats, a seven-inch customizable driver information display, and a dual-pane sunroof.
Both models earned “Top Safety Pick+” ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the 200 offers more advanced driver assistance technologies and convenience features, including Parallel and class-exclusive Perpendicular Park Assist, rain-sensitive windshield wipers and SmartBeam headlamps that automatically switch from high to low beams in the presence of oncoming traffic.
When you compare the 2016 Chrysler 200 and the Nissan Altima head to head, it’s easy to see the Chrysler 200 offers better performance and value. Come in to see and drive the new 2016 Chrysler 200 for yourself today.