Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2015 Chevrolet Malibu VS 2015 Chrysler 200 In IA

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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2015 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Malibu are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Chrysler 200 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Malibu and 200 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Malibu has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The 200’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

Both the Malibu and the 200 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Malibu’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 200’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Malibu for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 200.

There are over 50 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Malibu first among midsize cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The 200 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Malibu’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (196 vs. 184) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (191 vs. 173) than the 200’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Malibu’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 262) than the 200’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Malibu 4 cyl. is faster than the Chrysler 200 4 cyl.:



Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.7 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Malibu with its standard engine gets better city fuel mileage than the 200 FWD 4 cyl. (25 city/36 hwy vs. 23 city/36 hwy).

The Malibu LT/LTZ’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 200 (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Malibu stops much shorter than the 200:



70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Malibu LTZ’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 200 (245/40R19 vs. 235/45R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Malibu LTZ handles at .87 G’s, while the 200S AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Malibu executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 200C (27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Malibu’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the 200’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.2 feet). The Malibu’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the 200 AWD’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Malibu has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 200.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Malibu has a much larger trunk than the 200 (16.3 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Malibu’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The 200’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Malibu’s standard front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 200’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The 200 Limited/S/C’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Malibu’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 200’s headlights, which were rated “Poor” to “Fair” (depending on model and options).

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Malibu, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the 200.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Malibu has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



Kiplinger’s Award



Consumer Reports performed a comparison test in its December 2014 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Malibu LTZ two places higher than the Chrysler 200 Limited.

The Chevrolet Malibu outsold the Chrysler 200 by over two to one during the 2014 model year.

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