Normally EPA fuel-efficiency ratings are pretty much black and white. (Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf aside, of course.) However, the conventionally powered 2011 Chrysler 200 is a bit of a mystery. This is what TTAC has to say:
For example, why does ChryCo’s 2.4 liter 4-banger base engine get the exact same rating (21/30) with a four-speed auto as with a six-cog slushbox? And while we’re at it, why does the “model overview” section of Chrysler.com show the 200 getting 20/31 MPG with the four-banger? Plus, how does the convertible have the same rating as the sedan?
Confusing indeed. In normal cars, more gears in the transmission means better fuel economy, at least by a MPG or two. TTAC goes on to note that both the new 4 cylinder and the all new Pentastar V6 that powers the high end 200’s is less efficient than, well, nearly all of its’ competitors. The V6 did manage to edge out the Malibu and Fusion, though.
Read more about the 2011 Chrysler 200.