Chrysler 200 Earns EPA Rating Of 18 MPG City, 29 MPG Highway
While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has yet to announce fuel economy for the new 2015 Chrysler 200, the Environment Protection Agency inadvertently leaked figures for one configuration, the V6 AWD model.
Autoblog reports the figures — found on the U.S. Department of Energy’s FuelEconomy.gov — were obtained through the Pentastar V6/nine-speed automatic/all-wheel drive combination found in the 200C and 200S, which returned 18 mpg in town, 29 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined. The figure also matches the outgoing 200, though it was front-drive only and possessed a weaker Pentastar V6 than the current 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque the 3.6-liter engine delivers.
As for where the 200 stands in the AWD midsize sedan fuel economy game, it’s ahead of the Subaru Legacy’s 18/25/20 rating from its 256 horsepower, 247 lb-ft torque boxer, yet behind the Ford Fusion’s 22/31/25 rating in spite of the 2-liter EcoBoost’s 240 hp/270 lb-ft torque four-pot.
FCA says the front-drive version of the new 200 may deliver an estimated 35 mpg highway rating through its 2.4-liter Tigershark four cylinder, though the EPA has yet to validate the figure.
Name another state-of-the-art midsize car you can get with AWD and a near 300hp V6 for under $30,000. I just priced a 200S on the Chrysler website, and it came in at $29,690 net price. Quit your bitchin' dammit.
If you are looking for a 300+HP V6 engine and AWD for low-to-mid $30Ks right now, it's hard to beat an Infiniti G37x. I've heard of them going for $36K recently. I'm guessing the handling will be much better than the Chrysler 200 and you get the RWD dynamics until the AWD needs to kick in. It may be a little dated, but I think it still looks great and is going to be a lot more fun to drive. You'll take a little hit on gas mileage, though.
I'm confused as to why the EPA rating for the 200 is hitting all the automotive blogs. The rating itself is about as expected. Are we now going to blog about every EPA rating for every car?
New model or not, the car's an anonymous blob, it will depreciate like falling masonry, the Chrysler brand is so weak that the fully-loaded models won't sell and the market will be saturated with base-model 4-cylinder penalty boxes sold to credit-criminals by a crappy dealership network, or sold by the pound to the rental fleets. Nothing worthwhile or aspirational to see here.