2015 Chrysler 200 vs. 2015 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has long been one of the most popular cars in the mid-size sedan segment. It is known to be affordable and reliable, and everyone from parents to college students drives it. Yet for a little less money, you can get a more stylish and exciting vehicle with the 2015 Chrysler 200. It’s a powerful sedan that gets great gas mileage, offering you the total package. Whether you are shopping for your college grad or you want a sophisticated car for professional use, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is a good choice.

Here’s what you need to know about how the 2015 Chrysler 200 compares to the 2015 Honda Accord:

Sleek Styling

The Honda Accord is a more grown-up sedan than the sportier Civic, but the Chrysler 200 is a more elegant option than the Accord. Both have a sleek, aerodynamic profile, but the 200 has a more intense and refined look that turns heads.

The Chrysler 200 has a front end like a furrowed brow, with intentional lines down the center of the hood pointing to the Chrysler logo. The squinting head lights meet the points of the swooping grille. The whole front end looks like the intense gaze of a jungle cat stalking its prey.

The body moves over sleek lines with well-placed grooves and definitions toward the end, like the taut body of a jungle cat as it leaps through the air

You don’t have to be doing anything more exciting than driving to work to feel like you are turning heads in the Chrysler 200.

The Honda Accord has some similar styling features, but the overall effect is much more sedate. Though there is a slight bulge at the edge of the hood, it is otherwise smooth and comes to a simple line along the edge of the small grille. The head lights come slightly forward, but they are more flat and geometrical than those of the Chrysler 200.

Two accent lines run down the side of the Accord, but the profile is that of a typical sedan. There’s nothing to dislike about the way the Accord looks, but there’s nothing to write home about, either.

2015 Chrysler 200
2015 Honda Accord
The interior design of each sedan continues the trend seen on the exterior. Inside the Chrysler 200, you’ll find plenty of elegant chrome trim and high-quality materials on the dashboard and upholstery. The center console has been redesigned to include storage below it and sliding cup holders. On the dash, you’ll find an ECO driving feedback display and a vehicle information center.

The Chrysler 200 offers plenty of shoulder, head and leg room to make the ride comfortable for all passengers. It also offers more interior storage spaces than the Accord or any other vehicle in its class. If you need more room for cargo, you can fold down the 60/40 rear seat to reach the trunk.

The Accord focuses on practicality more than luxury, and you can feel that in the interior. Though the 2015 Honda Accord features some improvements over the previous iteration, the interior still falls short of what the Chrysler 200 has to offer.

The rear seat has gotten roomier, but it is still a bit cramped for most passengers. Trunk space has been increased for more cargo room though.

Smooth Performance

Neither the Accord nor the 200 are considered performance vehicles, but they both offer a smooth ride and confident handling.

The Chrysler 200 comes with a 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that puts out 184 horse power. If you want a little more power than that, you can opt for the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which puts out 295 horse power — the best in its class.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy exceptional fuel efficiency. The base model gets 36 mpg on the highway, and the V6 get 32 mpg on the highway. One way the 200 achieves that fuel efficiency is with its fully disconnecting all-wheel drive system. When front-wheel drive is enough for the current conditions, the car automatically cuts power to the rear, helping you to save on fuel.

The Honda Accord has similar engine options. The base model comes with a 2.4-liter Inline 4 engine that puts out 185 horse power and 181 pounds per feet of torque. An optional 3.5-liter V6 is available that puts out 278 horse power and 252 pounds per feet of torque.

With the base model, fuel efficiency is 34 mpg on the highway if you opt for the six-speed manual transmission. The V6 also returns 34 mpg on the highway.

The Honda Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive, so you won’t have as much power in difficult driving conditions, either. Managing wet, snowy or sandy conditions can be a lot more challenging in an Accord than in the 200.

Convenience and Safety Features

Like any modern sedan, the Chrysler 200 and the Honda Accord are loaded with convenience and safety features.

The base model Chrysler 200 comes with keyless entry and keyless start, eight air bags, and electronic parking brake with a safety hold. Many more features become available with the higher trim levels, including the UConnect infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, backup camera, power driver’s seat, heated steering wheel, navigation system, rear cross-path detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, park assist and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The base Honda Accord comes with a few more features than the standard 200, such as dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system.

Other offerings on higher trim levels include a sunroof, keyless entry and start, memory seat settings, heated front seats, leather upholstery, satellite radio, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and lane departure warning.

Though the Accord may offer a few more perks on the base model, its overall offerings are sparse when compared to the Chrysler 200.

You can pick up a 2015 Honda Accord starting at $22,105, or you can get a base model 2015 Chrysler 200 starting at $21,995. The price is slightly lower, and it has a lot more to offer in terms of features, performance, and style.