Chrysler’s redesigned 2015 200 is hoping for a piece of the Accord’s action, and considering that last year’s version of the car essentially rolled off assembly lines and into rental car company parking lots, it will be deemed successful even if it merely nudges the sales needle. This new 200 is a far better car than the old 200. But does it have what it takes to woo Accord buyers?
Chrysler 200 sales have been on a roll since inventories reached sufficient levels beginning in August, when deliveries soared 10.5% vs. like-2013 to 10,810 units. In September, sales jumped 9.9% to 10,995.
The 200 debuts a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand – a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and an Alfa Romeo-based chassis. With the choice of two world-class engines, an innovative all-wheel-drive system, available sport mode and paddle shifters for an engaged driving experience, and estimated highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new Chrysler 200 makes the commute something drivers will look forward to.
For the record, the top fuel mileage ratings from the federal government for the 2015 200 are 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway with the base, four-cylinder engine. The new 200 is ninth best in fuel mileage in U.S. government ratings among 2015 mid-size, non-hybrid, gasoline-only sedans, according to the government’s fuel economy website.
For this and a lot of other good reasons, the 2015 Chrysler 200 isn’t anything like the outgoing model. It’s all very nice, comfortable and affordable, if something starting around $22,000 fits your budget.
Source: Lee DCJ