The 2015 Chrysler 200 has given the brand a perfectly average contender in the mid-size sedan segment, good for up to 36 MPG in the city. That puts the new 200 squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to fuel economy, though it’s a marked improvement over the outgoing model.
- With the 184 horsepower 2.4 liter Tigershark four-cylinder, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is rated at 36 MPG on the highway and 23 MPG in the city, for a combined 28 MPG.
- With front-wheel drive and the optional 295 horsepower 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 , fuel economy is 19 MPG city and 32 MPG on the highway, for a 23 MPG combined rating
- With the AWD V6 is rated at 19 MPG city and 29 MPG on the highway, for a 22 MPG combined rating.
That puts the 2015 Chrysler 200 right smack dab in the middle of the mid-size sedan segment, hardly an enviable position, but a big improvement over the 2014 model. The old Chrysler 200 (which was just a warmed-over Sebring sprinkled with shiny bits and a new engine to make it more palatable) was rated at just 18 MPG in the city and 29 MPG with the weezy four-cylinder, the same rating as a 2015 200 equipped with V6 and all-wheel drive.
As the first new car of the official Fiat-Chrysler alliance, there’s a lot riding on the success and reviews of the new 200. There’s also the nine-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard, that’ll be under the magnifying glass. If Fiat-Chrysler can launch the 2015 200 smoothly and without much fuss or fanfare, I’d consider that a win given the bumpy starts suffered by the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee.
Chrysler has definitely outdone itself with the 2015 200. But how will it stack up in a shrinking mid-size car market with plenty of strong contenders to pick from?