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2003 Chrysler Concorde

  • 2003 Chrysler Concorde Limited Sedan

    Limited Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      250/250
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $28,705
  • 2003 Chrysler Concorde LXi Sedan

    LXi Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      234/241
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $25,810
  • 2003 Chrysler Concorde LX Sedan

    LX Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/190
    • ENGINE
      2.7L V6
    • MSRP
      $23,080
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2003 Chrysler Concorde Review

A very handsome sedan with some sport-like abilities.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde is a full-size, front drive sedan with some sporty intentions. Little has changed except for the addition of a few more exterior body colors, a new CD player, and the option of factory installed Sirius Satellite Radio. It is built on the same mechanical platform as the Dodge Intrepid, which is a bit out of date; the Concorde and its sportier cousin, the Chrysler 300M, still feel pretty fresh. A redesign in 2004 of both these vehicles made a big improvement in performance, style and comfort. The style is fantastic, and there is plenty of passenger room. The engine isn’t as refined as some buyers would like, and the interior has some cheap plastics that don’t befit a vehicle of this class, but it is still a great value.

The Range

Body Style: sedan
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6 engine, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic transmission
Models: LX, LXi, Limited

What's New

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde offers three new exterior colors are available this year: Deep Lava Red, Brilliant Black Crystal, and Deep Granite. The audio system is upgraded as well, the old four-disc CD changer swapped out for a six-disc in-dash model.

Exterior

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde has a similar body to that of the Intrepid, boasting a low nose and a high deck, but it sets itself apart. The grille is a big oval, and the wrap around headlights is much different, and the rear window is also smaller. The LX and LXi models receive 16-inch wheels, while the Limited receives 17-inch wheels.

Interior

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde come standard with front bucket seats on all models. A 50/50 split front bench seat is optional for those that want a six-passenger vehicle. Optional on the vehicles is an Infiniti stereo system. The optional audio system also includes steering wheel mounted controls. It boasts lots of interior room. The doors are big, allowing for easy access. The interior is rather larger as well. The roofline gives back passengers, even tall ones, plenty of headroom. The extended wheelbase provides ample legroom as well. Trunk space is also quite generous with 18.7 cubic feet offered with the seats up. The roofline and the smaller rear window do make for some tricky parking situations. The cheap interior plastics are also a cause for dismay and are seemingly out of place on a vehicle of this class.

Performance & Handling

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde comes equipped with a standard 2.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower. The LXi and Limited models receive a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 250 horsepower, a big jump. Both engines come equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission controlling front drive. Buyers would expect this roomy sedan to feel like a boat on the road, but it has surprising car-like handling. It is a lot more nimble than many other sedans on the road. The 2.7-liter is not the best engine out there and has a hard time carrying the weight of the vehicle. The 250 horsepower is more than enough for competent and exciting passing on the freeway. The suspension isn’t exactly the most gentle out there, but as long as buyers are driving on well-manicured pavement the ride is smooth enough. The seats are a bit thin, so watch those big bumps.

Safety

The 2003 Chrysler Concorde comes equipped with standard child seat anchors, ventilate front disc brakes, rear door child safety locks, rear-center three-point seat belt, electronic brake force distribution, and front-height adjustable headrests. Side-impact airbags are optional on all models. The NHTSA gave four out of five stars for front and side impact for the front and three out of five stars for rear side impacts. The IIHS gave a rating of ""acceptable"" for front offset crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Concorde LX: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Concorde LXi: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Concorde Limited: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great styling
  • Big trunk space
  • Lots of passenger room
  • Handling

You Won't Like

  • Blind spots due to design
  • Power delivery is weak
  • Stereo controls not clear
  • Cheap interior plastics

Sum Up

A very handsome sedan with some sport-like abilities.

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