Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Kia Optima VS 2016 Chrysler 200 Near Norcross, GA

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2016 Kia Optima

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2016 Kia Optima

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2016 Chrysler 200

Safety Comparison

The Optima (except LX/EX) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 200 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Optima and the 200 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Optima 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the 200. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Optima has a standard 800-amp battery (760 2.0T). The 200’s standard 600-amp battery and largest (S/C) 730 amp battery aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 20th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Optima LX Turbo 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chrysler 200 4 cyl.:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Optima LX Turbo gets better fuel mileage than the 200 FWD (28 city/39 hwy vs. 23 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Optima gets better fuel mileage than the 200 FWD:



2.4 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto (FE)

25 city/37 hwy

23 city/36 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

22 city/32 hwy

19 city/32 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The Optima has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 200 (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Optima stops shorter than the 200:



70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Optima has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 200’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Optima’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the 200 (110.4 inches vs. 108 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Optima is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 200.

The Optima LX Turbo handles at .83 G’s, while the 200S AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Optima SXL executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 200C (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Optima’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the 200’s (35.8 feet vs. 39.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Optima has 3.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 200 (104.8 vs. 101.4).

The Optima has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 3.3 inches more rear hip room than the 200.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Optima LX Turbo/EX/SX/SXL’s trunk can be opened just by holding your hand near the emblem on the trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The 200 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Optima 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 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Optima SX/SXL has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The 200 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Optima and the 200 offer available heated front seats. The Optima also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 200.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Optima, 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.

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