How to Choose Between the Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 300
How Many Features Do You Want?
The difference between a midsize and a full-size sedan is more about the features on offer than it is about the actual size of the vehicle. As such, a 300 is going to have a lot more features and options than a 200 of the same trim level. For instance, automatic dual-zone climate control is available on the 200C, the highest trim level available, but the same feature can be found on all the 300’s trims. The 300 also comes with the latest version of Uconnect, which is 8.4, while the older Uconnect 5 is an optional upgrade on the lowest 200 trim.
How Much Can You Afford?
Since even the basic 300 Limited trim comes with so many features, it costs about $10,000 more than the 200 LX. This accounts not only for the slightly larger frame but also a more powerful engine and a more luxurious interior. As far as both models and trims go, the more money you spend, the more enjoyable your driving experience will be. However, your driving habits might not make such an investment worthwhile and your budget might not be able to stretch as far as a 300C Platinum in any case.
What’s the Gas Mileage?
Closely related to how much you can afford to spend on the vehicle itself is how much you can afford to pay for the gas that keeps it running. The 200 comes with a relatively modest 2.4L I4 that can get 23 city and 36 highway mpg, which is not bad for a midsize. Most of the trims also give you the option to upgrade to the 300’s 3.6L V6 power plant. This engine gives the vehicle a fuel efficiency of 19 city and 31 highway mpg, but you can also upgrade it to an even larger 5.7 V8.
How Much Space Do You Need?
While the size difference may be modest, it adds up in the places that count. For instance, both the 200 and the 300 provide over 40 inches of leg room for the front row, but it drops in the 200 to 37.6 inches for the back seats, while the 300 maintains 40.1 inches for the rear passengers. However, both the 200 and the 300 have right around 16 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fairly impressive for the midsize 200 but about average for the full-size 300.
The choice between a midsize and a full-size sedan usually boils down to whether you’re looking for more economy or more luxury, and the 200 and 300 are fairly standard in this respect. As such, you should base your decision on how much you want to spend on a car.
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