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1997 Chrysler Concorde Review
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The 1997 Chrysler Concorde provides a large, four-door, full-size, front-drive sedan introduced in 1993 by Chrysler. The Concorde replaces the Chrysler Fifth Avenue, and it represents one of the three cars based on the Chrysler LH platform. The other two cars include the Chrysler LHS and New Yorker.
The Concorde also shares the cab-forward design with the LHS and New Yorker. It appeared on the Ten Best List compiled by Car and Driver magazine for 1993 and 1994. This year marks the final year of the first-generation Concorde, as a new version prepares to launch next year.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Concorde LX, Chrysler Concorde LXi
The 3.3-liter V-6 engine, which came standard on the Chrysler Concorde LX, gets discontinued in anticipation of the next-generation Concorde that launches in 1998. Both models get an upgraded stereo system along with hood-mounted windshield washer nozzles. The automatic transmission of the Concorde gets some revisions.
The 1997 Chrysler Concorde uses a cab-forward design characterized by short overhangs and a low-slung windshield. It shares a lot of its exterior features with the LHS and New Yorker, including the aerodynamic roofline. The convex backlight and nicely shaped rear pillars add even more class to the exterior of the Concorde. Overall, the Concorde looks very up-market and classy.
The cab-forward design pushes the wheels almost to the corners of the Chrysler Concorde, which lends two advantages to the interior of the car. Firstly, the interior cabin of the car becomes even bigger because of the larger wheelbase. Secondly, the rear seat gets much wider.
As a result, the interior of the 1997 Chrysler Concorde feels spacious. It offers ample legroom and headroom in the front and rear seats. The rear seat in particular offers lots of shoulder room, allowing three people to sit comfortably. Nevertheless, it lacks space at the rear.
The 1997 Chrysler Concorde has a well-arranged dashboard with all the controls easily understandable and within reach. However, the climate controls sit too low and at the center, making them difficult to access for the driver. On a positive note, the instrument gauges of the Chrysler Concorde look clear and easily readable.
The overall build quality of the Concorde’s interior seems quite good, despite the fact that some spots show the use of cheap plastics. Although the LHS has poor rear visibility, the 1997 Chrysler Concorde does not suffer from this problem.
Performance & Handling
The Chrysler Concorde draws power from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 214 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, and Chrysler offers no other options since the 3.3-liter engine has been discontinued. The only available engine combines with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 1997 Chrysler Concorde does not offer a manual gearbox option.
The V-6 engine provides a good amount of power, and the Concorde accelerates quickly enough for a car in its segment. It goes from zero to 60 mph within about eight seconds. The automatic transmission feels responsive and smooth. Fuel economy may not be exceptional, but it proves good enough for a full-size sedan.
The 1997 Chrysler Concorde earns four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Decent performance
- Spacious interior
- Lots of trunk space
- Stable steering and handling
- Refined ride
You Won't Like
- Poorly placed climate controls
Excels in its segment.
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