Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Toyota Camry VS 2017 Chrysler 200 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Toyota Camry

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2018 Toyota Camry

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2017 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chrysler 200 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The 200 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 200 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry 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 wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 200.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chrysler is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 6 more horsepower (301 vs. 295) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 262) than the 200’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Camry

200

 

FWD

L 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

23 city/36 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

XSE 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

n/a

 

 

XLE V6/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

19 city/32 hwy

V6/Auto

 

XSE V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

 

n/a

18 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camry 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 Camry’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the 200 (111.2 inches vs. 108 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the 200’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.8 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the 200’s (38 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Chrysler 200.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Camry has .9 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear hip room than the 200.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The 200 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camry’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.

If the windows are left down on the Camry the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the 200 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Camry has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 200 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Camry’s 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.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Camry, 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Camry outsold the Chrysler 200 by almost five to one during the 2016 model year.

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