The 2015 Chrysler 200 V6 AWD Rated at a Surprisingly Low 29mpg

The Chrysler Group hasn’t announced any fuel economy figures for the awesome new 2015 200 sedan, but the first official figures from the government have popped up on the FuelEconomy.gov website with numbers that I find to be surprisingly low after my time spent driving the new midsized sedan.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy website has only posted numbers for the 2015 Chrysler 200 in V6 all wheel drive form with official figures of 18 miles per gallon around town, 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon combined. Those numbers put the new 200 slightly below the turbo 2.0L AWD Ford Fusion which is the key American competitor for the new Chrysler with a 2.0L turbo engine and all wheel drive affording the Ford 22mpg around town, 31 on the highway and 25 combined. The Fusion offers a touch more torque to go with the higher fuel economy, but the 200 has a massive advantage in horsepower – besting the Ford by a margin of 295 to 240.

While the 2015 Chrysler 200 V6 AWD best competes with the Ford Fusion 2.0T AWD in terms of pricing, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ AWD is a far better comparison in terms of drivetrain features and interior quality. Like the 200, the MKZ comes with both a naturally aspirated V6 and an advanced all wheel drive system, with the Lincoln offering a slight advantage in horsepower (300 to 295) and torque (277 to 262). That Lincoln offers the same 18 miles per gallon around town, but thanks to the Chrysler’s 9-speed automatic transmission, the MKZ offers only 26mpg on the highway and 21mpg combined.

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If the Chrysler 300, a larger car, gets 31 mpg highway, how does this car with the same engine and an extra transmission speed get 2 miles less?

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