Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fusion VS 2015 Chrysler 200 Near Cumming, GA

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2016 Ford Fusion

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2015 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Fusion inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The 200 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Fusion SE/Titanium’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 200 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Fusion and the 200 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Fusion’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the 200 runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 39 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Fusion’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 262) than the 200’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost is faster than the Chrysler 200 4 cyl.:

Fusion

200

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.2 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.5 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion 1.5 ECOBoost w/Start/Stop gets better fuel mileage than the 200 4 cyl. (25 city/37 hwy vs. 23 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fusion gets better fuel mileage than the 200:

Fusion

200

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

24 city/36 hwy

23 city/36 hwy

2.4 4 cyl.

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/33 hwy

19 city/32 hwy

V6

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/31 hwy

18 city/29 hwy

V6

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 200 (17.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

The Fusion has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 200 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fusion stops much shorter than the 200:

Fusion

200

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fusion has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 200’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Fusion’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the 200 (112.2 inches vs. 108 inches).

The Fusion SE handles at .87 G’s, while the 200S AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fusion Titanium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the 200C (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 200’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The Fusion’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 200 AWD’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 200.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fusion has a much larger trunk than the 200 (16 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 25 inches, while the 200’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fusion’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The 200’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fusion’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The 200’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the 200 Limited/S/C’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fusion SE/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The 200 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost 9-1-1 Call/Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fusion’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 200’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Fusion’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 200’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fusion, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 200.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Fusion will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Fusion will retain 41.22% to 42.57% of its original price after five years, while the 200 only retains 39.62% to 40.83%.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fusion has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Fusion

200

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Kiplinger’s Awards

3

2

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2010. The 200 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Fusion as their 2010 Car of the Year. The 200 has never been chosen.

The Fusion Hybrid was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2010. The 200 has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Fusion Hybrid as the 2010 North American Car of the Year. The 200 has never been chosen.

The Ford Fusion outsold the Chrysler 200 by almost three to one during 2014.

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