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2014-Chrysler-200

 

Honda has been pretty secure for a number of years that they can count on brand knowledge and cultural association to keep the Accord on top of everybody’s list for a mid-sized sedan. That makes sense since they’ve done an excellent job of keeping that model current with the times. That being said, other companies are finally starting to find ways to compete with Honda on their home turf, so to speak.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is one such contender and it’s positioned to be a real threat to the Accord’s supremacy. Last year’s model was not particularly impressive in any way, but Chrysler seems to have taken the hint and made a number of improvements that actually makes it quite the competition this year if Honda doesn’t drop any major bombshells. If you want to find a Chrysler for you, head to Chapman Chrysler.

Fuel Economy

Perhaps the top thing on most people’s mind these days is fuel economy, and sedans have been looking for a way to clock better miles to the gallon without having to necessarily create hybrids for a while now. The Accord does have two hybrid editions, but let’s ignore those for the moment and focus on the gas powered autos to make it fair.

The 200 is running a 184-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, while the Accord runs on a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. They transmissions make a difference, with the 200 featuring a class-leading 9-speed automatic, while the Accord uses a jerky, continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Chrysler 200 gets a respectable 36mpg on the highway and 23mpg in the city: If you want to get the best fuel economy, find a Chrysler 200 for sale, and you will not regret your decision.

Technology

This is where the 200 gets to shine. While the Accord has always been in front of the pack as far as tech goes, it seems that Chrysler has made the effort to kit this new car out with the best stuff available without overdoing it.

Starting with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with available Uconect, the 200 also features SiriusXM® Satellite Radio+ with one year of service included, integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a media hub with compatible mobile device integration and more. And packaged with available Smart Remote Start, blind spot monitoring and advanced all-wheel drive, the 200 is clearly technologically more advanced than the Accord. Plus the 200 also features a panoramic sunroof, an available automated parallel-parking system, rain-sensing wipers, and a lane-keeping system in case you start to drift.

Overall Value

The 200 has the best overall value between it and the Accord: If you’re looking for the latest gizmos to fill out your driving experience, you’re much better off with the 200. Unless you want to pay 10k more for the same amenities, luxury and power, stick with the Chrysler 200.

New-2017-Jeep-Wrangler

How do you successfully evolve what is considered the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, the Jeep Wrangler, without upsetting loyalists and new customers alike? The Wrangler has maintained its separate body and frame as well as live axles since the days of the Willys, being the closest decedent on the market. Jeep has evolved most of their other vehicles but has stayed hands off with the Wrangler. And while enthusiasts may not like it, the Wrangler will have to undergo changes sooner verses later.  There has been much speculation that the evolution in the near future is to insure the cars survival with today’s consumers.  The major reason for these changes is increasing fuel economy and efficiency; while not much of a thought before, fuel economy is becoming a driving factor for purchasers. Increasing fuel economy means the Wrangler must shed some weight and feature a new, smaller (and potentially turbo) engine under the hood. Following recent trends, Fiat Chrysler may fashion a unibody platform out of aluminum vs. using a traditional full frame. Reducing weight and cost with a unibody chassis benefits both Chrysler along with Jeep owners looking for a lighter vehicle. Most likely Chrysler will be building this frame out of ultra-light aluminum and high strength steel although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

Other changes may include the elimination of outdated solid axles on the suspension and replacing it with an IFS suspension, allowing the Wrangler to handle bumps better as well as have solid off road handling without lowering speed articulation. Diesel aficionados will be happy to learn that there is a chance a diesel Wrangler is in the offing, especially after the success of both Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.  Whether you like the fold down windshield, or hate the curved frame look when folded down, there is a good chance it will be removed for the 2017 model. Some fear that the new Wrangler will not have a removable top, but this has not been confirmed in either.

While speculations are running wild for the future of the Jeep Wrangler, only time will tell what Chrysler officially decides to do with the iconic vehicle. We hope to see improvements in efficiency and technology without sacrificing look or handling. Stay connected with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for updated Jeep news, or stop in to look at current and used models.

Speculations and information found on Four Wheeler Network.