The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 continues to gather momentum in the midsize-sedan segment, with Consumers Digest recently naming the stylish midsize sedan to its annual automotive "Best Buy" list. The honor—also earned for the second year in a row by the Chrysler Town & Country—goes to vehicles selectedby Consumers Digestauto experts to "deliver the most value for the money in their respective segments."
And as pointed out by Rich Dzierwa, editor of Consumers Digest, the 2015 Chrysler 200 accomplished the feat as a first-year model in one of the country's hottest auto segments. According to Dzierwa: “The 200 puts Chrysler solidly in the U.S. family sedan picture," while the car’s “recognition as a Consumers Digest Best Buy in its launch year speaks well of Chrysler Group’s efforts recently.”
That message seems to be coming through loud and clear with consumers, too: Last month, in its first October at dealerships, the 2015 Chrysler 200 sold 11,675 units, marking a 39.8 percent increase over the same month last year and setting an all-time October record for the "200" nameplate. More importantly, with that October total, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has delivered a major shakeup to the mainstream midsize-sedan segment by passing up the Chevy Malibu in the sales rankings.
Here's the October leaderboard for mainstream midsize sedans to show the current state of affairs:
- Toyota Camry—33,164 sales, up 13,8 percent
- Honda Accord—27,128 sales, up 7.8 percent
- Nissan Altima—23,544 sales, up 8.1 percent
- Ford Fusion—22,846 sales, up 5.1 percent
- Hyundai Sonata—15,563 sales, down 21.7 percent
- Kia Optima—11,840 sales, up 3 percent
- 2015 Chrysler 200—11,675 sales, up 39.8 percent
- Chevy Malibu—11,131 sales, down 29.3 percent
Uncoincidentally, the Chrysler brand's other Best Buy is holding its own in the marketplace as well, with the Town & Country actually holding down first place as the best-selling minivan in the country, both in October and on a year-to-date basis.