The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker gets a very short production run with slightly less than 4000 vehicles before it gives way to the Chrysler LHS as the only luxury sedan sporting the Chrysler badge. It's served Chrysler well for the last half century; however, the time has come to make changes, and it's just one of the models that need to be discontinued. The current generation is based around Chrysler's cab-forward design and has produced a luxury sedan that looks very much unlike its previous generations.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler New Yorker
The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker's biggest upgrade is a quieter interior. The sound system has been revised, and four new colors are available. Since it's nearing the end of its lifespan, there are few updates seen in this model year.
The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker has been dictated by its cab-forward design, which gave it a long, low, aerodynamic shape that is unusual for American car companies. This design has been heavily debated due to its massive departure from the overly boxy designs in the early part of the decade. The front slopes up nicely, but the rear takes a rather abrupt turn downward towards the trunk. The two-tone paint, chrome trim, and the overly ornate alloy wheels are dated and out of sync with the rest of Chrysler's vehicles.
The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker is wonderfully laid out and comes with plenty of standard creature comforts and amenities that are otherwise optional. This includes power windows, mirrors, door locks, and a power driver's seat. Other standard equipment includes air-conditioning, cruise control, automatic climate control, and a premium audio system. There's a great amount of head and leg room in the rear seat, and plenty of head room up front. The trunk has plenty of cargo space for a small family, and large pillars create some minor blind spot issues; visibility is good overall due to a large amount of glass.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker is surprisingly quick for a large, heavy luxury sedan. The V-6 is quite capable, and gets the New Yorker up to 60 mph from a standing start in a respectable nine seconds. That's not shabby for a front-drive V-6-powered sedan weighing it at nearly two tons, and it's a good highway cruiser.
The 1996 Chrysler New Yorker comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, passenger and driver front impact airbags, and a theft deterrent system. Traction control is an available option and is beneficial in poor weather to help keep the front-drive V-6 supplying power to the road. Moreover, it receives four stars out of five for both driver and passenger protection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler New Yorker: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Heaps of standard amenities
- Powerful V-6
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Poor city fuel economy
- Reliability issues
- No major updates for this year
The last breath of a dying model.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Chrysler LHS
- Buick Roadmaster
- Mercury Grand Marquis