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2016 Chrysler 200 ON WHEELS Cupler of Top Speed. The Equinox is quite generous with its cargo space, offering 31.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 63.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Reviewers say it offers a comfortable ride for backseat passengers. Though not quite as imaginative as the Dodge Journey, the Equinox has several storage bins inside the passenger cabin, including an oversize glove box and a space under the center armrest large enough to hold a laptop. There are also four power outlets to keep all your devices charged, and eight cup holders for drinks. One option that parents will appreciate, especially on long road trips, is a tablet holder that mounts on the backrests of the front seats, notes Andrew Wendler of Car & Driver. Built-in Wi-Fi at all trim levels is sure keep the kiddies entertained. On the performance side, the Equinox

comes equipped with an Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injected, four-cylinder engine with 136 horsepower and an estimated 32 mpg on the freeway. All-wheel drive is optional on all but the base entry level. A 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine is available for the two higher trim levels, delivering 301 horsepower and 272 foot-pounds of torque. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission. “The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox stands out for its ability to deliver a smooth ride over almost any road surface,” Edmunds reports. “The base engine, however, lacks the pep necessary to rapidly accelerate this heavy SUV,” and once again, the V-6 engine is recommended. For those set on a sedan, the Chrysler 200 is billed as “the mid-size sedan for customers who have earned a little luxury in their life, but demand value for their money.” Targeted customers are in their mid-thirties, college

graduates, and with no children. Built in Sterling Heights, MI, the Chrysler 200 comes in four trim lines, including a special 90th Anniversary edition with unique accoutrements. The base model starts at $21,995. All models are equipped with ninespeed automatic transmission. Purchasers have a choice of the standard 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower or upgrading to a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 295 horsepower. Plenty of tech options and 60 safety features are available to customize the 200 to meet your needs. The car has a 16-cubic-foot trunk, more than competing mid-size sedans, and a split folding rear seat for even more cargo room. The Chrysler 200 was completely revamped for the 2015 model year, so you can forget about any negative comments you heard from owners of earlier versions, wrote Kate McLeod of The New York Daily News. njlifestyleonline.com

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