Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Fusion VS 2017 Chrysler 200 Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Fusion

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2017 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 (except S)’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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fusion is safer than the Chrysler 200:

 

Fusion

200

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

134

Neck Injury Risk

28%

29%

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

274 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/333 lbs.

312/391 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Fusion’s reliability will be 64% better than the 200.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fusion has more powerful engines than the 200:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Fusion 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

181 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

Fusion 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6

325 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

200 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 HP

173 lbs.-ft.

200 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

262 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Fusion turbo 4 cyl. 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

As tested in Car and Driver the Fusion Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Chrysler 200 3.6:

 

Fusion

200

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.3 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.8 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

101 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

131 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Fusion

200

 

FWD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

23 city/34 hwy

19 city/32 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

21 city/31 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/28 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The Fusion AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 200 (18 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

155 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.

The Fusion offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 200’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Sport AWD handles at .89 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 Platinum (27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fusion’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the 200’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Fusion Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 200 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fusion has .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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Fusion easier. The Fusion’s trunk lift-over height is 24.4 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.

If the windows are left down on the Fusion the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the 200 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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/Sport/Platinum’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 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 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).

The Fusion offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The 200 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fusion is less expensive to operate than the 200 because typical repairs cost less on the Fusion than the 200, including $17 less for a water pump, $187 less for an alternator, $52 less for a starter, $121 less for a fuel pump, $80 less for front struts and $60 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Fusion, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chrysler 200 isn't recommended.

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 over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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