2011 Chrysler
200 Limited
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 2.5 S

2011 Chrysler 200 Limited

10.0

starting from

$24,695

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 200 Limited

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Average number of gears
6
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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OK cornering
0.82 g
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Power seats
Standard
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

9.0

starting from

$23,330

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 2.5 S

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Fantastic range in the city
460 miles
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Fantastic range on the highway
640 miles
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Very spacious front seats
57.7 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.0
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 Altima 2.5 S
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the 200 Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have roomy front seats, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular is spacious
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Altima 2.5 S
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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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 Altima 2.5 S
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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
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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MSRP $24,695 vs $23,330 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 23 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

Performance

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Horsepower 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 5,600 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The 200 Limited has an OK number of gears, while the Altima 2.5 S has very few
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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 Unknown
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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 18.2 lb/hp
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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 37.7 ft vs Unknown

Safety Features

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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 None

Crash Test Ratings

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 4 stars

Practicality

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 524 miles vs 640 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 15.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.4 ft3 vs 57.7 ft3 Both have roomy front seats, however the Altima 2.5 S in particular is spacious
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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 Altima 2.5 S
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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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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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 Altima 2.5 S, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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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 Altima 2.5 S

Road Tests

Chrysler
200 Limited
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Nissan
Altima 2.5 S
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0-60 mph 6.4 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The 200 Limited has a good 0-60 time, but the Altima 2.5 S is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 129 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 94 mph vs 16.5 s @ 87 mph The 200 Limited's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Altima 2.5 S's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.75 g The 200 Limited has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Altima 2.5 S
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Top speed 120 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chrysler 200 Touring 2012 Ford Fusion S 200 Touring vs Fusion S
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited 2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 200 Limited vs 3 i Touring
2011 Chrysler 200 Touring 2011 Dodge Charger 200 Touring vs Charger
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS 200 LX vs Cruze LS
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Altima 3.5 SR vs Maxima SV
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2011 Toyota Corolla S Altima 2.5 vs Corolla S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Altima 2.5 vs Rogue SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2011 Mitsubishi Galant SE Altima 3.5 SR vs Galant SE
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 2011 Mazda 3 i Sport Altima 2.5 vs 3 i Sport

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