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1997 Chrysler LHS Review
A full-size sedan with value.
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The 1997 Chrysler LHS classifies as a full-size, front-drive sedan manufactured by Chrysler and introduced in 1994. The name of the car comes from the Chrysler LH platform that it uses.
The design of the LHS dates as far back as 1986, with its root tracing back to the concept sedan called the Navajo. This design appeared on a new car for Lamborghini, which remained under the control of Chrysler at the time. The resulting Lamborghini Portofino boasts cab-forward design, which later shows up in the LHS.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler LHS
The 1997 Chrysler LHS gets a revised automatic transmission. Chrysler also discontinues the 3.3-liter V-6 engine, the old standard on the base model. This prepares for the next-generation Concorde expected to debut next year. Apart from these two changes, the 1997 Chrysler LHS remains the same as last year.
The exterior of the 1997 Chrysler LHS uses a cab-forward design, with a low-slung windshield and short overhangs. The roofline looks stylish and classic, and so do the convex backlight and curvaceous rear pillars. Its unique, up-market, and classy styling marks one of the best parts of the LHS.
The long wheelbase of the Chrysler LHS, supplemented by its cab-forward design, translates to a spacious interior. Both front and rear seats offer lots of legroom, and the rear bench seems exceptionally wide as well. In fact, three adults can sit comfortably in the rear without crowding.
The trunk space proves quite good too. The low waistline and large windows supplement the feeling of space in the LHS. The wide door openings make entry and exit for the 1997 Chrysler LHS easy. When compared to the very similar Chrysler Concorde, the LHS has an advantage of more space in the rear.
The dashboard of the 1997 LHS has been arranged very well, with controls placed logically and within easy reach of the driver and front passenger. The instrument cluster looks clear and easily readable.
The interior seems well built, but some trims seem to use a little too much plastic. The climate controls sit mounted uncomfortably low and at the center, making them difficult to reach while driving. The visibility remains good, but not towards the rear because of the narrow back window.
Performance & Handling
The 1997 LHS only uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 214 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, along with a four-speed automatic transmission. The engine seems a little unrefined and coarse when compared to the discontinued 3.3-liter engine, but it does offer more power.
The sedan accelerates quickly, but not so much that the head snaps back to the seat. The 1997 Chrysler LHS reaches the 60 mph landmark from a standstill in around 8.2 seconds, a decent number for a full-size sedan. The automatic transmission feels smooth and responsive, and fuel economy seems good enough for this segment.
Crash test information remains unavailable for the 1997 Chrysler LHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Good acceleration
- Lots of interior space
- Stable and refined steering and handling
You Won't Like
- Poor rear visibility
A full-size sedan with value.
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