The 1996 Chrysler Concorde continues the model line in providing a well-equipped full-size sedan for a reasonable price. It's been a big part of the Chrysler’s resurgence in the automotive markets. Although the automaker has dealt with reliability issues in the early part of the new generation, but it managed to progressively bring those issues under control. This year’s model receives some minor cosmetic upgrades and updates aimed at making the ride quieter.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Concorde LX, Chrysler Concorde LXi
The 1996 Chrysler Concorde receives some minor updates. The front fenders are changed from composite material to sheet metal, which is reshaped. Chrysler’s engineers have re-engineered the overall structure of the chassis and added extra sound insulation to make a quieter, smoother ride. The headlights have been improved to allow for better visibility. The LX now has 16-inch wheels, while the LXi models now get gold-accented wheels and trim; meanwhile, all models have some new color choices.
The 1996 Chrysler Concorde is styled fairly conservatively. As it shares structure and sheet metal with the Eagle Vision and the Dodge Intrepid, this styling allows for minor body changes to create major personality differences between the three vehicles. It's the most conservative of the group, but also the one that looks to the past more so than the future. It has gold or chrome side moldings and a massive light bar on the rear end instead of individual taillight assemblies. When the grey lower paint area is chosen, it creates more of a two-tone look than an accent look.
The 1996 Chrysler Concorde has adequate space for four adults and a child, but five adults would be a squeeze. There is plenty of headroom in the front and rear seats, and the trunk is adequate for shopping trips and short family vacations. There are plenty of amenities for driver and passengers including power door locks, windows, mirrors, and cruise control in both the LX and LXi. Power adjustable driver and passenger front seats, leather seating, automatic climate control, and a premium Infinity audio system are all standard in the LXi and optional in the LX. The ride is fair and is necessarily a little stiff to give it decent handling capabilities. The upgrades made to reduce road noise in the cabin have worked pretty well. Its cab-forward design and a tall cabin provide plenty of glass and good visibility with rear pillars creating only minor blind spot issues.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Chrysler Concorde is not much in the way of performance, but it’s not meant to be. The 3.3-liter V-6 is completely capable but in no way able of providing any sort of high performance. The 50 horsepower difference between the 3.3-liter and the 3.5-liter is noticeable, especially with greater loads. The 3.5-liter handles a full load of passengers and cargos with ease, but the 3.3-liter lags on acceleration and suffers on hill climbs. The suspension is sturdy and does not suffer under loads or changing road conditions.
The 1996 Chrysler Concorde brings plenty of standard and optional safety features, and it starts with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and driver and passenger airbags that are standard in both models. The LXi has traction control as standard equipment as well as an anti-theft alarm system and a rear view mirror that dims automatically to avoid driver distraction from headlights behind them. All of these features are also available as options on the LX model. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given four stars out of five for driver and passenger front impact protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Concorde, 3.3-liter V-6: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Concorde, 3.5-liter V-6: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Tons of standard and available conveniences
- Steady handling capabilities
- Both engine choices are capable enough
You Won't Like
- Exterior design is quite conservative
- Still dealing with minor reliability issues
A priced-right middle luxury sedan.
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