2011 Chrysler
200 LX
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR

2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.8

starting from

$29,190

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
2011 Chrysler 200 LX

8.4

Runner-up

Chrysler 200 LX

starting from

$19,995

Reasons to buy the Chrysler 200 LX

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Fewer gears
4
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Spacious front seats
55.4 ft3
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Spacious back seats
45.0 ft3
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.7
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Winner: Altima 3.5 SR
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
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Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Winner: 200 LX
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,195 cheaper (more than 30% less), $19,995 vs $29,190
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 20 mpg
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 an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Fewer gears
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Good highway range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 8.4

Luxury Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Altima 3.5 SR's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Altima 3.5 SR's power seats; not available on the 200 LX
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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 Altima 3.5 SR

Cost

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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MSRP $29,190 vs $19,995 The 200 LX has a great price and the Altima 3.5 SR is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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 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 None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Horsepower 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Altima 3.5 SR is of average power, but the 200 LX is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 4 Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 12.3 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The Altima 3.5 SR is a sporty car, but the 200 LX is sluggish
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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 Unknown vs 36.5 ft

Practicality

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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 540 miles vs 507 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 8.2 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 The 200 LX has OK cargo room, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very little
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front seats 49.3 ft3 vs 55.4 ft3 The 200 LX has roomy front seats, but the Altima 3.5 SR 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 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 Altima 3.5 SR offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 200 LX
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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

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Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Altima 3.5 SR, you can upgrade to 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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Altima 3.5 SR; but it's not available at all on the 200 LX

Road Tests

Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 6.4 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 123 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 14.9 s @ 100 mph vs 14.9 s @ 94 mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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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 Altima 3.5 SR
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Top speed Unknown vs 120 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Dodge Charger R/T 200 LX vs Charger R/T
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 200 LX vs Elantra GLS
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2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Altima 3.5 SR vs Rogue SV
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Altima 3.5 SR vs Cruze LT
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2012 Chevrolet Impala LT Altima 3.5 SR vs Impala LT
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 2011 Toyota Corolla Altima 3.5 SR vs Corolla

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