The new-for-2015 Chrysler 200 is apparently up to five MPG more efficient than the outgoing model that was mostly a Chrysler Sebring in 2012 clothing.
According to the official press release from Chrysler, the Chrysler 200 gets EPA efficiency ratings of up to 36 MPG when equipped with the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir four-cylinder engine. If you opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, you’re still going to get better mileage than you would have in the previous-generation 200 — the new model’s 32 MPG being a 3-MPG improvement over the outgoing model’s 29 MPG EPA rating.
Partial credit goes to the Chrysler 200 getting a nine-speed automatic transmission, the release said. Chrysler Brand President and CEO Al Gardner said, “With a standard nine-speed transmission, state-of-the art available all-wheel drive, a choice of two powertrains and interior that will wow drivers and passengers alike, the new Chrysler 200 is raising the bar for what customers should expect from a mid-size sedan.”
The Tigershark MultiAIr 2.4-liter engine is rated at 23 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined by the EPA, the release said. The Pentastar engine is rated at 19 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. If one goes so far as to equip the 2015 Chrysler 200 with all-wheel drive — an option with the Pentastar engine — the ratings drop slightly to 18 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined. The small drop in combined MPG between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models with the Pentastar V6 is attributable, in part, to a new all-wheel drive system that can completely decouple the rear axle, thereby reducing powertrain drag and improving efficiency, Chrysler said.
The 2015 Chrysler 200’s new shape may ultimately be the hero of the day when it comes to the car’s improved fuel economy figures, however. Chrysler claims the car has a 0.27 coefficient of drag, which puts it in the same territory as ultra-efficient designs ranging from the 0.25 of the Toyota Prius to the 0.27 of the Japan-market version of the ultra high-MPG Mitsubishi MIrage.