2011 Chrysler
200 Limited
vs. 2011 Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

10.0

starting from

$24,695

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 200 Limited

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Has 2 rows of seats
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Good range on the highway
524 miles
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Average number of airbags
5
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition

9.0

starting from

$31,720
"Grand Touring models come with a six-speed manual transmission."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's transmission
"Grand Touring includes seven-speaker Bose audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Miata MX-5's stereo

Reasons to buy the Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition

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Tighter turning radius
30.8 ft
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Premium radio
Standard
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CD changer
Standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 7.6
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • Room for 3 more people, 5 vs 2
  • A single tank lasts around 50% longer, 524 miles vs 356 miles
  • The 200 Limited's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • The 200 Limited has 2 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain), 5 vs 3
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 200 Limited; optional upgrade on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 200 Limited's power seats; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
Road Tests 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Winner: Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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  • The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can go more than 10% faster than the 200 Limited, 134 mph vs 120 mph
  • Almost the same, 0.86 g vs 0.82 g
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited Winner: 200 Limited
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  • The best price we've seen is $7,025 cheaper (more than 20% less), $24,695 vs $31,720
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.9
Too close to call
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Practicality

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Passengers 5 vs 2 The 200 Limited has the usual number of seats, while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very few
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Highway driving range 524 miles vs 356 miles The 200 Limited has great highway range, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is very limited
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 5.3 ft3 The 200 Limited has OK cargo room, while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very little
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front seats 55.4 ft3 vs 49.1 ft3 The 200 Limited has roomy front seats, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 200 Limited's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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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 Optional vs Not Available The 200 Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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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

Safety Features

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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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 3 The 200 Limited has an OK number of airbags while the Miata MX-5 Special Edition has very few (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain)
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the 200 Limited; optional upgrade on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Roadside assistance system Uconnect vs None

Luxury Features

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200 Limited
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Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 200 Limited's power seats; not available on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 7.0 seconds The 200 Limited has a good 0-60 time, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 122 ft The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the 200 Limited is just OK
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 94 mph vs 15.4 s @ 91 mph The 200 Limited's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.86 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 120 mph vs 134 mph The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the 200 Limited is just OK

Cost

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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MSRP $24,695 vs $31,720 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 21 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Entertainment System

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200 Limited
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2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Number of speakers 6 vs 7 The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has an OK number of speakers, while the 200 Limited has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Miata MX-5 Special Edition's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 200 Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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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 Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the 200 Limited; no amount of money can buy it on the Miata MX-5 Special Edition

Crash Test Ratings

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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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

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200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition Mazda
Miata MX-5 Special Edition
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Horsepower 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 167 HP @ 7,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the 200 Limited's semi-automatic transmission and the Miata MX-5 Special Edition's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions 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 15.5 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Miata MX-5 Special Edition has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 30.8 ft The Miata MX-5 Special Edition can make tight turns, but the 200 Limited takes a little more room to navigate

Other Vehicles to Consider

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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 Limited 2012 Ford Mustang 200 Limited vs Mustang
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) vs Z4 sDrive35is
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2011 Audi TT Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs TT
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Sport (Soft Top) 2011 MINI Cooper Miata MX-5 Sport (Soft Top) vs Cooper
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2011 Nissan 370Z Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs 370Z
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition 2012 Ford Mustang Miata MX-5 Special Edition vs Mustang

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