Comparison: Chrysler 200 vs. Ford Fusion

With the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 fresh on the lot, the Bettenhausen Automotive Group is taking a fresh look at a popular comparison. Which is better: the 200 or the Ford Fusion?

In fuel efficiency, the new 200 will boast an astonishing 36 MPG on the highway and 23 MPG in town. Both figures trump the Ford Fusion ratio of 34/22.

Thanks to its 9-speed automatic transmission, the 200 increases efficiency levels across the board. The only mid-size sedan to have 9 speeds, the Chrysler 200 uses a rotary shifter to switch through a wider range of gears. The transmission operates electronically not mechanically, which takes up less room and gives passengers more cabin space. Meanwhile, Ford Fusion’s lower 6-speed SelectShift may no longer seem as smooth as it once did.

Now, let’s discuss horsepower.

When it comes to horsepower, the Chrysler 200 is a winner. The 2015 model will have more horsepower than most of the competition. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine can produce horsepower up to 295, eclipsing the 2-liter Ford Fusion’s 270. The 200’s swifter engine means swifter performance.

Inside and out, the mid-size 200 looks and feels more like a luxury car. The Chrysler 200 sports 4-way lumbar adjustment seats, a choice of single or double-pane sunroofs, and Chrysler’s voice-controlled Uconnect, an infotainment system praised as setting “the standard for low-distraction usability.”

The Fusion's MyFord Touch system, by stark contrast, consistently gets described as difficult to use. Drivers and critics alike complain that MyFord Touch responds too slowly, is filled with glitches, or the buttons are too small. 

Last but not least, it costs less to fill up the 200, which averages $61 to fuel compared to $63 for a Ford Fusion tank. Those dollars saved at the pump are dollars earned.

You’ve read the details, time to test drive the Chrysler 200 to see the magic for yourself.  Contact us today to take one out for a spin!
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