2015 Chrysler 200 vs 2014 Honda Accord
Since its release four years ago, sales of the Chrysler 200 have continued to rise, but the sedan has struggled to keep up with the growing sales numbers of comparable competitors such as the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.
In response to the unimposing numbers of the first-generation 200, Chrysler decided to redesign the sedan—and we’re talking about more than just a facelift. The Chrysler 200 has gone under the knife for a complete makeover, and from what we’ve seen and read about the all-new model, the surgery was all but botched.
To show you just how much the Chrysler 200 has improved for the 2015 model year, we’re putting it up against the 2014 Honda Accord, which is bound to be one of its biggest competitors.
Chrysler 200 vs Honda Accord
|2015 Chrysler 200||2014 Honda Accord|
|Transmission||Nine-speed automatic||Six-speed manual|
|Cargo Capacity||13.6 cu.ft.||15.5 cu.ft.|
If you take a look at the specs above, it’s instantly clear that the 2015 model of the Chrysler 200 will be a fiercer competitor than it has been in the past. Thanks to the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the 200 beats out the Accord and every other mid-size sedan in the market horsepower-wise. The gap in power isn’t significant by any means, but that best-in-class power is definitely a feather in Chrysler’s cap.
While we’re sticking feathers in caps, I’m just going to go ahead and jam another one in Chrysler’s for the nine-speed automatic transmission. The 200 is the only car in the segment to offer the nine-speed, and while Chrysler hasn’t said exactly what it will be capable of yet, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that it will provide a jump in fuel efficiency, and performance smoother than Keith Stone.
Plus, the class-exclusive transmission will be controlled by a Rotary E-shift knob, which is pretty awesome. I’m still not sure whether the rotary knob was added for a touch of luxury or just as a way to thwart knobby knob thieves, but either way it looks pretty badass. It’s definitely cooler than the outdated shifter in the 2014 Honda Accord.
The Accord does have some advantages over the all-new 200 including a slightly larger cargo capacity, but arguably its biggest advantage is its past success. The Honda Accord has been in the game a lot longer than the Chrysler 200, which means the name is more recognizable and the total number of units sold is higher. For a lot of buyers, those two qualities are far more important than horsepower or cargo capacity.
Winner of the CarDebate: 2015 Chrysler 200
On paper, the 2015 Chrysler 200 does have a slight advantage over the Accord, and those advantages are enough to make me side with the Chrysler 200 in this debate. The Chrysler 200 has the best-in-class and class-exclusive features to give it more of a fighting chance in the segment, however, there’s a good chance that the redesigned 200 will continue to fall to more established models if Chrysler doesn’t find a way to convince buyers to give the new model a shot.
Persuading people to drop brands that they have known and trusted for years can be a difficult task, but if the ad campaign for the 2015 Chrysler 200 continues along the lines of the “America’s Import” commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, I don’t think that Chrysler will have much of a problem pulling numbers similar to the Honda Accord.