2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2011 Chrysler
200 Limited

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

9.7

starting from

$24,695

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 200 Limited

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Spacious front seats
55.4 ft3
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Power outlets
Standard
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Spacious back seats
45.0 ft3
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.6

Runner-up

Cadillac CTS 3.6

starting from

$39,225
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Great braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
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Quite powerful
304 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • The 200 Limited's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the CTS 3.6
Road Tests 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 needs more than 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 108 ft vs 123 ft
  • The CTS 3.6 can change direction around 10% faster, 0.9 g vs 0.82 g
  • The CTS 3.6 can go more than 20% faster than the 200 Limited, 146 mph vs 120 mph
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • The 200 Limited's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.4 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 524 miles vs 486 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 200 Limited
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Overall 9.7 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The CTS 3.6 has an OK number of speakers, while the 200 Limited has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the CTS 3.6, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The 200 Limited can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the CTS 3.6

Road Tests

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 6.1 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 108 ft The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, but the 200 Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 94 mph vs 14.6 s @ 96 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.9 g The CTS 3.6 has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average 200 Limited
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Top speed 120 mph vs 146 mph The CTS 3.6's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the 200 Limited is just OK

Practicality

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 524 miles vs 486 miles The 200 Limited has good highway range and the CTS 3.6 is reasonable
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 10.5 ft3 The 200 Limited has OK cargo room, while the CTS 3.6 has very little
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front seats 55.4 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The 200 Limited has roomy front seats, but the CTS 3.6 is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The 200 Limited's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 200 Limited

Cost

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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MSRP $24,695 vs $39,225 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 18 mpg The 200 Limited has OK city mileage, while the CTS 3.6 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The CTS 3.6's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 200 Limited's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The CTS 3.6's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 200 Limited's is very short

Safety Features

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Horsepower 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM The CTS 3.6 is fairly powerful, but the 200 Limited is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The 200 Limited's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 12.9 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The CTS 3.6 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 35.9 ft The CTS 3.6 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the 200 Limited is quite bad

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Chrysler 300 300C CTS 3.6 vs 300 300C
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2012 Buick LaCrosse CTS 3.6 vs LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Dodge Charger R/T CTS 3.6 vs Charger R/T
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac DTS CTS 3.6 vs DTS
2011 Chrysler 200 Touring 2012 Ford Fusion S 200 Touring vs Fusion S
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS 200 LX vs Cruze LS
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited 2011 Toyota Corolla 200 Limited vs Corolla
2011 Chrysler 200 Touring 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 200 Touring vs Impala LT
2011 Chrysler 200 Touring 2011 Dodge Charger 200 Touring vs Charger

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