The 2000 Chrysler LHS uses the same platform as the Chrysler 300M. The LHS stretches longer and has more interior space; however the LHS focuses more on taking a leisurely Sunday drive. The 300M focuses more on performance.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler LHS Base
The 2000 Chrysler LHS boasts interior upgrades, including an in-dash four-disc CD changer and a modified rear suspension. Chrysler hopes this will result in less noise, vibration, and harshness. New standards include an automatic transaxle brake-shift interlock. Four new color choices debut.
Borrowing a bit of its styling from the Chrysler Concorde, the LHS has a taller, narrower grille and four projector-style headlamps. It uses a cab-forward design. Dark garnet red, shale green metallic, steel blue, and bright sliver metallic join the color palette this year, providing nine colors to choose from. A bevy of standard features in the 2000 Chrysler LHS surely making buyers happy campers. A keyless entry system, a lighted entry system, power brakes, fog lights, remote trunk release, power windows, power door locks, intermittent windshield wipers, automatic on/off headlights, traction control, and a four-wheel anti-lock brake system all come standard.
Opt for daytime running lights and 17-inch chrome wheels to deck out your exterior even further. A power moonroof also can be added as an optional upgrade.
The LHS has ability to tow, with a maximum capacity of 2000 pounds. It measures 56 inches high, 207.7 inches long, and sits on a wheelbase of 113 inches. It clears the ground at 5.2 inches and has a curb weight of 3564 pounds.
The luxurious interior begins with standard features such as leather-trimmed bucket seats, eight-way power front seats, a center console, a garage door opener, an overhead console, a trip computer, cruise control, power steering, a tilt steering wheel, a leather shift knob, air-conditioning, an Infinity audio system, and indiglo-style gauges. The steering wheel gets finished off with the Chrysler wings embossed on it.
The roomy interior gives passengers 59.3 inches of rear hip room, 37.2 inches of rear headroom, 41.6 inches of rear legroom, and 58.5 inches of rear shoulder room.
Performance & Handling
A softer suspension for the 2000 model year results in some body roll while cornering. The 2000 Chrysler LHS uses front drive and has agile handling due to rack and pinion steering. Front strut suspension, a front antiroll bar, coil front springs, gas-pressurized front shocks, a multilink rear suspension, a rear antiroll bar, coil rear springs, and gas-pressurized rear shocks round out the robust handling and control package.
Standard base model safety features include a four-wheel anti-lock brake system, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, and traction control.
The NHTSA rates passenger-side and front side impacts with four out of five stars. The driver and side-impact rear testing receive three out of five stars.
IIHS crash test ratings fall even lower, with the lowest score of “Poor.? Chest, left leg/foot, and restraints all receive poor ratings. Head/neck, right leg/foot, structure/safety cage, bumpers, and head restraints all test marginally, while the chest test marks the only one with a “Good? rating.
Identifix checks out the reliability of the car, and the input speed sensor and the output speed sensor both fail occasionally during testing. The inner tie rod bushing in the steering and suspension test also occasionally fail.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler LHS: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Good engine
- High-end standard features
You Won't Like
- 300M performs better
- No AutoStick
Affordable and nice-looking luxury vehicle.
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