Son's Automotive Group Compares 2011 Hyundai SONATA VS 2011 Chrysler 200 Near Tucker, GA

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2011 Hyundai SONATA

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2011 Hyundai SONATA

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2011 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Sonata Limited offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Sonata comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The 200 Sedan’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The Sonata comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years unlimited miles. Hyundai will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Chrysler doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the 200 Sedan.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 5 years longer than Chrysler covers the 200 Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 200 Sedan ends after only 5 years or 100,000 miles.

The Sonata’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the 200 Sedan’s (7/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

The Sonata SE/Limited’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 260) than the 200 Sedan’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 200 Sedan 4-spd Auto (35 city/40 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Sonata gets better fuel mileage than the 200 Sedan:

Sonata

200 Sedan

4 cyl./Manual

24 city/35 hwy

n/a

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/30 hwy

4 cyl./6-spd Auto

22 city/35 hwy

20 city/31 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

22 city/33 hwy

19 city/29 hwy

V6

Regenerative brakes improve the Sonata Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Sonata Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Sonata has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 200 Sedan (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sonata’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 200 Sedan:

Sonata

200 Sedan

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

10.3 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sonata SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 200 Sedan Limited/S’ 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sonata has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sonata’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the 200 Sedan (110 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the 200 Sedan LX/Touring’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The Sonata’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the 200 Sedan Limited/S’ (35.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Hyundai Sonata may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Chrysler 200 Sedan.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Sonata is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the 200 Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The Sonata has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 200 Sedan (103.8 vs. 100.3).

The Sonata has 3.1 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 200 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Sonata has a much larger trunk than the 200 Sedan (16.4 vs. 13.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Sonata easier. The Sonata’s trunk lift-over height is 25.1 inches, while the 200 Sedan’s liftover is 31.8 inches.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Sonata. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sonata’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The 200 Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Proximity entry with push-button start standard on the Sonata SE/Hybrid/Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chrysler 200 Sedan doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Sonata has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Both the Sonata and the 200 Sedan offer available heated front seats. The Sonata Limited also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 200 Sedan.

The Sonata Limited’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The 200 Sedan doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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