When was the last time you heard a headline praising Chrysler for their excellent fuel economy? Yeah, it has been awhile. However, this has been the case this week, as EPA reports have been leaked, designating the 2015 Chrysler 200 with a highway rating of 36 MPG from its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.
Okay, so let's think about this for a moment. The 1.5-liter Ecoboost non-start/stop Ford Fusion is rated at 36 mpg, while the Toyota Camry gets 35 mpg. This means that the Chrysler 200 4-cylinder is not only comparable to Ford's gas sipping 1.5 Ecoboost, but a bit better than Toyota's, in terms of fuel economy.
Now, Chrysler knows that some drivers are more interested in a cars performance, which is where their Pentastar V6 and 9-speed automatic come in. The Pentastar won't be winning any green awards with its 32 mpg highway rating (23 mpg combined), and to tell the truth, it can't quite hold up to the fuel economy of either the 2.0-liter ecoboost Fusion (270 hp) or 3.5-liter V6 Camry.
However, what the 295 horsepower Pentastar does do well is outpower many of the models in its class, including the Honda Accord (278 hp), Hyundai Sonata (274 hp), Nissan Altima (270 hp), and Toyota Camry (268 hp). So, between Chrysler's two engines, they have just about every type of driver covered, which puts the 200 in an arguably “Best-in-Class” position for the coming year. I did say 'arguably,' so feel free to argue in the comments below.