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2000 Chrysler Concorde Review
A sedan for the ages.
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The 2000 Chrysler Concorde is a full-size, front-wheel-drive sedan manufactured by Chrysler. It was introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the Chrysler Fifth Avenue, but its revolutionary cab forward design can be traced to 1986. In this year, Chrysler completed its initial exterior design of an aerodynamic concept sedan. The design never made it past the clay model stage until it was used by Chrysler on the Lamborghini Portofino; the company had bought the bankrupt Lamborghini by then. When it was launched as a concept car in 1987 to critical and popular acclaim, Chrysler began to apply the same exterior design, now dubbed as the ""cab forward"" design, on a production sedan that would come to be the Concorde.
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Concorde LX, Chrysler Concorde LXi
Both models of the 2000 Chrysler Concorde have a refined touring suspension. The LXi model in particular gets a speed-proportional, variable-assist steering as standard. The large sedan is now available in five new colors, and the instrument panel is revised for a new and fresh look.
The low nose and high rear-deck profile of the 2000 Chrysler Concorde are similar to those of the Dodge Intrepid. However, the Concorde is able to give itself a distinct exterior look with its unique wraparound headlights, large crisscross grille, different rear-end styling, and smaller rear window. The base model 2000 Chrysler Concorde will get 16-inch tires instead of 15-inch ones from last year. The base LX model also gets a power moonroof as an optional feature and a carryover from the top-end LXi.
The gauges and controls of the 2000 Chrysler Concorde are clear and well-marked, and the revised vacuum fluorescent displays for the gauges make it easier to see for the driver. Both models get front bucket seats as standard, although a three-place front bench is available with the six-passenger layout. The front seats offer generous shoulder width and headroom. The middle position in the front bench, however, is only suitable for a small child. For a car of its size, it comes as a strange surprise to see that the front seats lack enough legroom for tall occupants.
The 2000 Chrysler Concorde is one of the few cars to be able to accommodate three people in its rear bench without squeezing them together. The headroom is just a little more than that of the Intrepid. The doors are huge, but its shape makes entry into the car a little difficult. Needless to say, the Concorde offers a massive trunk that is apt for its size. The opening is wider than that of the Intrepid, but the lift-over is high. The seatback for the rear bench has a fold-down pass-through opening for improved trunk space, too.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Chrysler Concorde LX is fitted with a 2.7-liter V-6 engine that delivers 200 horsepower. The top-end LXi model comes with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that delivers 225 horsepower. Both engines are mated with a four-speed automatic transmission. While neither of these two engines is as strong as the 3.8-liter V-6 by GM, there is no denying that they do offer substantial power. The 3.2-liter engine in particular offers decent power in passing situations and at low speeds. The 2.7-liter engine offers adequate acceleration, but it feels underpowered when maneuvering through highway traffic. The suspension is soft enough to absorb most bumps, and the highway ride is also stable. The car offers brilliant and confidence-inspiring steering response, too. Engine noise and wind noise are muffled to a large extent.
The 2000 Chrysler Concorde received four out of five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety during frontal impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA. It also received four stars for driver safety but three stars for rear passenger safety during side-impact collision tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Amazingly good looks
- Refined performance
- Agile handling
- Comfortable interior
You Won't Like
- Blind spots
- Slightly underperforming engine in the base model
A sedan for the ages.
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