Verano Comparison



Verano advantages include:
Convenience comes standard - Verano comes standard with convenience that's optional or isn't available on the Mazda3. Remote Vehicle Start is included on Verano but is a $575 dealer-installed option on the Mazda3. The Mazda3 s Touring also has a smaller, less convenient cargo area than Verano and trails competitors in its class.

More comfort - Verano's front seats have more standard adjustments to help the driver and front passengers find the most comfortable position. Verano also has slightly more head room. The Car Connection reported that the Mazda's "low-slung seating and hunkered-back roofline bring some comfort consequences that some will have trouble accepting." However, in its Verano review, Car Connection reported that Verano has "a peaceful cabin, very comfortable seats, and agreeable interior room."

Standard telematics - IntelliLink and OnStar add standard capabilities the Mazda Connect system does not offer- built-in hands-free calling without a cell phone, 5 years of RemoteLink Key Fob Services, a navigation aid that does not need a built-in navigation system and a helpful app with Remote Start and door locking features.

Superior on-the-go connectivity - Verano's standard Wi-Fi mobile hotspot with OnStar with 4G LTE has no equal on the Mazda. Siri Eyes Free, the ability to customize the IntelliLink home screen and a standard photo viewer are more features the Mazda3 does not offer.

Better interface - The Mazda Connect interface is disabled at speeds above 5 mph, forcing drivers to use a consolemounted rotary dial or voice commands to operate features. IntelliLink operates three ways: by voice, by touch screen and by steering wheel controls-all without speed restrictions.

Competitive performance - Verano and the Mazda3 s Touring each deliver a satisfying experience behind the wheel with spirited performance and handling. But Verano offers something extra the Mazda cannot-an available 259 HP turbo engine that takes power and fun-to-drive response to the next level.

Diagnostics support included - OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics is included on every Verano. The Mazda3 s Touring doesn't have a similar feature.

More agile - Verano has a tighter-turning diameter than the Mazda3, making it more nimble, maneuverable and easier to park.

Smoother ride character - Consumer Reports called the Mazda3's ride comfort "overly firm" and said it was "loud on the highway." Those attributes may not appeal to drivers who are looking for an emphasis on comfort and refinement.

More standard safety and occupant protection - Verano has 10 standard air bags vs. 6 on the Mazda3. Verano also includes built-in Automatic Crash Notification with OnStar. The Mazda 911 Mobile system is only operational with a Bluetooth-paired and active phone. If the phone is not working, isn't in the vehicle or runs out of battery power, automatic crash notification will not function. Which system would you trust more with your safety? OnStar-in a heartbeat.

More peace of mind and value - Verano owners have benefits that Mazda3 owners do not-longer new vehicle and powertrain warranties, longer roadside assistance coverage, standard courtesy transportation and Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance for 2 years/24,000 miles. The Mazda3 simply cannot compete with Verano's suite of premium ownership services.


Verano advantages include:
More standard premium amenities - Verano comes with more luxury and convenience with standard automatic dual-zone climate controls, standard Remote Vehicle Start and a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel. Similar features on the Chrysler 200 Limited require opting for packages or moving up to an uplevel trim.

Right-sized vs. midsized - wrote that while Verano may be a compact car, it is "deceptively roomy. Drivers of any size can get comfortable behind the wheel." Remember, Verano was designed to be a compact luxury sedan with an emphasis on maneuverability and agility. The Chrysler 200 is a midsize sedan-just one of many ordinary midsize sedans. It lacks Verano's unique approach to luxury wrapped in a comfortable, right-sized package.

Better audio system and personalization - Verano has a larger infotainment screen and a standard CD player-an option on the Chrysler. The IntelliLink system also has embedded apps for Pandora, Stitcher and SiriusXM
Weather and Data-features that require upgrading to more expensive trims and adding pricey option packages on the 200 Limited.

More standard connectivity - OnStar and IntelliLink have connectivity that the Chrysler 200 can't match with built-in hands-free calling, a standard Turn-By-Turn Navigation aid and Siri Eyes Free. There's also standard OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services and a 3-month/3 GB data trial for OnStar with 4G LTE. Similar features on the Chrysler 200 require upgrades to more expensive trims and option packages. But even with those upgrades, Chrysler 200 owners will still have a less powerful 3G Wi-Fi connection and less connectivity.

Efficiency and quiet - Verano and the Chrysler 200 Limited deliver spirited performance and impressive fuel economy, but the 200 adds something extra-noise. Car and Driver reported that Chrysler's 2.4L engine "is up to the task of hauling around the 200's 3488 pounds, but not without registering a few noisy complaints." Although the 200's 9-speed automatic transmission enhances fuel economy, it's not very fluid. MSN Auto said it's "slow to act with downshifts coming after serious delays." In contrast, Edmunds reported that Verano is "supremely quiet in the cabin," and that its 6-speed automatic "provides smooth, refined shifts."

More nimble - Verano's right-sized design results in handling advantages with a tighter turning diameter, and its lighter weight enhances maneuverability.

A more complete approach to safety - Verano's safety features look out for you before, during and after a crash. Verano's standard Rear Vision Camera can help avoid crashes and fender benders. A rear camera is optional on the Chrysler 200 Limited. Verano has 10 standard air bags, while the Chrysler 200 has 8. Chrysler's 9-1-1 Call requires a button push. With OnStar Automatic Crash Notification, emergency help is available even when you cannot ask for it.

More peace of mind - Verano has a host of features that are simply not available on the Chrysler 200-OnStar Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance and courtesy transportation. Buick's bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage is also a full year longer than Chrysler's. The Chrysler 200 cannot offer similar value or owner perks.


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