The Chrysler LHS was introduced in 1994 as a larger, more luxurious version of the Chrysler Concorde. It gained popularity quickly, and when it rose to the occasion, the automaker was comfortable with eliminating the 50-year-old New Yorker model. With great amenities and interior space at a price much cheaper than similarly-equipped Cadillac and Lincoln models, it's a great buy albeit with some reliability issues and looks that are less than stellar.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler LHS
The 1996 Chrysler LHS does not make many changes, while it prepares to take over as the top-of-the-line luxury sedan for the automaker. A revised interior structure and materials have made the ride quieter as a few new colors have also been added to the line-up. The sound system has been upgraded and now comes standard with the HomeLink transmitter that automatically opens and closes the garage door.
The 1996 Chrysler LHS has a bit of an awkward look to it that is not in line with the rest of Chrysler’s full-line redesign. The greenhouse roof is high, creating a bulbous look. The rear was an abrupt downturn to a high trunk line that causes the it to look out of joint with the front. Moreover, the short, thin nose looks out of line with the bulk of the rest of the vehicle.
The 1996 Chrysler LHS comes replete with an incredible amount of standard features. The leather seating is standard and is updated to provide a more modern look than the New Yorker’s traditional style. Both front seats are power adjustable, as are the windows and door locks. The climate control is automatic as are the headlights, and the rear view mirror has auto-dimming built in to compensate and avoid blinding the driver. Thanks to the upgrades, the interior is very quiet, and there is tons of space inside of the passenger cabin, and even more in the trunk. The back seat has enough headroom for adults and is plenty wide enough for normal-sized adults. The ride is fairly comfortable with a suspension tuned for a nice ride more than its performance, and there's plenty of glass for visibility.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Chrysler LHS uses the same 3.5-liter V-6 found in the Chrysler Concorde, which is saddled by a larger body and a heavier curb weight. While the acceleration and speed power are borrowed from the Concorde, sturdy brakes and a quality suspension allow it to handle and brake just like the smaller and lighter car. The traction control is standard and helps greatly to keep it on the roads in changing conditions.
The 1996 Chrysler LHS provides four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front airbags, traction control, fog lights, and an anti-theft alarm system that are all standard equipment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars for both driver and passenger front impact protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler LHS: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Tons of interior and cargo room
- Plenty of luxury amenities
- Great price in comparison with similar vehicles
You Won't Like
- Reliability issues
- Very poor city fuel economy
- Awkward exterior
Similar to its competitors at two-thirds the price.
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