2011 Chrysler
200 LX
vs. 2011 Nissan
Maxima SV

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.9

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Quite powerful
290 HP @ 6,400 RPM
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Leather
Standard
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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Fewer gears
4
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Average highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Spacious back seats
45.0 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$19,995
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The Maxima SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Maxima SV has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The Maxima SV has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • Almost the same, 520 miles vs 507 miles
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Winner: 200 LX
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  • The best price we've seen is $15,215 cheaper (more than 40% less), $19,995 vs $35,210
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Winner: 200 LX
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  • Almost the same, 4 vs Continuously variable
  • Almost the same, 36.5 ft vs 37.4 ft
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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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.9 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Maxima SV'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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the 200 LX only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Maxima SV has more speakers, but the 200 LX has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Maxima SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 200 LX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV'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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the 200 LX

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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 520 miles vs 507 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 13.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 55.4 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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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 Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 200 LX
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Maxima SV has a good number of cupholders, but the 200 LX is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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MSRP $35,210 vs $19,995 The 200 LX has a great price and the Maxima SV is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 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

Performance

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, 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 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 12.3 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The Maxima SV 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 37.4 ft vs 36.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
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 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 None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Chrysler 200 LX Chrysler
200 LX
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0-60 mph 6.2 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 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph vs 14.9 s s @ 94.9 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.82 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 120 mph

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 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT 200 LX vs Cruze LT
2011 Chrysler 200 LX 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 200 LX vs Jetta TDI
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Infiniti G37 Journey Maxima SV vs G37 Journey
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Maxima SV vs Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Maxima SV vs Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Maxima SV vs Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Maxima SV vs 6 i Touring

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