For 2011 Chrysler is launching the new 200 sedan, a car that is set to go head to head with the likes of the Honda Accord, all new Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. It has fresh new styling, sufficient room for 5 adults and now, according to the EPA, even gets decent fuel economy. The base Chrysler 200 comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. This 4-banger propels the 200 to a projected 20 mpg city/31 mpg hwy through a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Now while this isn’t bad, it still falls below its rivals, as the Hyundai Sonata is rated at 22 city/35 mpg, the Honda Accord at 22 city/34 mpg and finally the Toyota Camry at 22 city/32 mpg.
Keep in mind also that the new 200 is being touted as an “all new” vehicle, which means for customers to purchase it, that it really needs to shine. Thankfully that is where the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 comes in. Opt for the V6 and you’re treated to 280-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque with EPA ratings of 19/29 mpg, which is not too shabby. The V6 is a $1,795 option, but with mileage ratings so close to that of the 2.4-liter four, I can’t imagine that consumers will have a hard time checking off that box on the order sheet.