1999 Chrysler Cirrus

  • 1999 Chrysler Cirrus LXi Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      168/170
    • ENGINE
      2.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $19,560
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1999 Chrysler Cirrus Review

Stay classy, sporty, and economical with the Cirrus.

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Overview

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus is a midsize four-door sedan. The Cirrus offers a lot for its price tag. The Cirrus can comfortably seat four to five passengers and comes with standard includes like a V-6 engine, anti-lock brakes, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, speed control, a deluxe audio system, leather seats, a power adjustable driver seat, and Homelink universal transmitter. Despite being in the compact vehicle class, the Cirrus is competitive with many U.S. and Japanese luxury sedans. This car is ideal for empty nesters or young couples that want a luxury ride but don’t want or need a bigger car.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Cirrus LXi

What's New

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus is largely unchanged; however, some refinements should be noted. The vehicle’s suspension tuning has been revised for a much softer ride. The interior is much quieter now and has a new instrument cluster. Fifteen-inch chrome wheel covers come standard and can be upgraded to alloy wheels. The front of the vehicle has a new open grill with the winged Chrysler emblem featured prominently.

Exterior

The Cirrus uses the Chrysler Corporation’s cab forward design. This design was originally used in the early 90s for larger LH sedans. Short overhangs and a windshield that is long and dramatically-slanted characterize the cab forward design. The vehicle’s wheels are pushed to its corners, resulting in a larger cabin space than similarly-sized automobiles. The flowing lines of the Chrysler Cirrus have no real beginning or end. This is a design trick specifically used to eliminate the three-box look, where distinctive breaks between the trunk, passenger, and engine compartments can be seen.

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus rides a 108-inch wheelbase and is 72 inches wide and 54 inches tall. The vehicle has a length of 187 inches. The car has rack and pinion steering and independent front and rear suspension.

Interior

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus can seat up to five people, but maximum comfort is achieved with four occupants. Chrysler’s Cirrus is shorter than both Honda’s Accord and Toyota’s Camry, but its longer wheelbase and cab forward design make it much roomier on the inside. Every seat in the car is comfortable and the backseat is roomier than most vehicles. All instruments and switches are within easy reach.

Despite the 1999 Chrysler Cirrus having ample interior space, families have shied away from purchasing this Chrysler sedan because of reported poor rear visibility and crash safety ratings. The vehicle’s high trunk and slim rear window make it difficult to see the end of the vehicle or any traffic behind the car in the rear view mirror. The driver’s views of the road and the sides of the vehicle aren’t hindered at all.

The 1999 Chrysler's significant trunk space is lost because of the car’s bulging back end. This shortened trunk space can be supplemented by taking down the backseat. A cargo net is included, which is good for holding grocery bags in place.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus rides extremely well, offering a smooth and pleasant driving experience. It is especially great on highways. The car steers well and the four-wheel disc brakes are exceptional. The front drive provides great handling, even with wet, icy, slippery road conditions. The V-6 engine provides good power, but it can be argued that the V-6 engine doesn’t bring enough of a power boost to justify its price. Chrysler opted to discontinue the Cirrus LX trim and its four-cylinder engine in 1998, leaving only the sporty LXi and its V-6 engine. The old 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine pumped 150-hp with 165 lb-ft of torque. This was better than the comparable and similarly-priced Mercury Mystique. The V-6 has a higher price tag but only offers an extra 18-hp and five more lb-ft of torque. Additionally, unlike the Mercury Mystique, the Cirrus doesn’t have an optional manual transmission to make it a true sport sedan when matched with the V-6 engine.

Safety

The 1999 Chrysler Cirrus comes standard with a four-wheel anti-lock braking system, driver and passenger front airbags, and fog lights. NHTSA crash test results rated the Cirrus with four stars for passenger safety in frontal crashes, three stars for driver safety in frontal crashes, three stars for frontal occupant safety in side impact crashes, and two stars for rear occupant safety in side impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Cirrus LXi: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great gas mileage
  • Roomy and spacious
  • Looks and rides smooth
  • Sporty and luxurious
  • Economical

You Won't Like

  • No manual transmission
  • No CD player
  • No automatic trunk opener on key chain
  • Can get noisy upon acceleration

Sum Up

Stay classy, sporty, and economical with the Cirrus.

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