2011 Chrysler
200 LX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

9.6

starting from

$19,225

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LT

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average number of gears
6
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More airbags
6
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Leather
Optional
2011 Chrysler 200 LX

9.0

Runner-up

Chrysler 200 LX

starting from

$19,995

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 200 LX

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OK brakes
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OK braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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Spacious front seats
55.4 ft3
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.9 s s @ 94.9 mph mph
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Winner: Cruze LT
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  • Almost the same
Road Tests 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Winner: 200 LX
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  • The 200 LX needs more than 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 123 ft vs 139 ft
  • Around 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 14.9 s s @ 94.9 mph mph vs 16.1 s s @ 87.0 mph mph
  • The 200 LX hits 60mph around 20% faster, 6.4 seconds vs 7.8 seconds
Cost - vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The 200 LX has a good 0-60 time, but the Cruze LT is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 123 ft The 200 LX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 14.9 s s @ 94.9 mph mph The 200 LX's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Cruze LT's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.82 g The 200 LX has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Cruze LT
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Top speed 132 mph vs 120 mph The Cruze LT's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the 200 LX is just OK

Cost

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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MSRP $19,225 vs $19,995 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 21 mpg
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Cruze LT has a good number of airbags, but the 200 LX is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The 200 LX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 4,900 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Cruze LT has an OK number of gears, while the 200 LX has very few
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The 200 LX's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Cruze LT's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.5 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.7 ft vs 36.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 507 miles
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 55.4 ft3 The 200 LX has roomy front seats and the Cruze LT is OK
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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 Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 4
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT 200 LX vs Impala LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Toyota Corolla 200 LX vs Corolla
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Dodge Charger R/T 200 LX vs Charger R/T
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 200 LX vs Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 200 LX vs Jetta TDI
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT Cruze LT vs Malibu LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Ford Fusion SE Cruze eco vs Fusion SE
2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco 2012 Chevrolet Impala LS Cruze eco vs Impala LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Cruze LT vs Sonic LTZ
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ 2011 Toyota Camry Cruze LTZ vs Camry

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