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1997 Eagle Vision Review
An excellent value for the price.
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The 1997 Eagle Vision classifies as a full-size, front-drive sedan. A flashier, more sophisticated, family hauler, this sedan has a distinctive look with a dash of sporty European flair. Part of the Chrysler LH-series of sedans, along with the luxurious Chrysler Concorde, and the Dodge Intrepid, the Eagle Vision sits somewhere in the middle price-wise between the base Intrepid and the base Concorde.
The Eagle Vision comes in an ESi and TSi trim. The TSi marks the upper-scale trim. Despite reasonable sales figures, and whisperings of a redesign along with other Chrysler LH-series cars, rumor has it that the 1997 Eagle Vision may mark the end of this vehicle’s run.
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Eagle Vision ESi, Eagle Vision TSi
The 3.5-liter engine, once exclusive to the Eagle Vision TSi trim, now comes optional on the ESi. Shifting enhances with refinements to the automatic transmission. The ESi gets an upgraded audio system. A new exterior paint color, Deep Amethyst Pearl, also joins the lineup.
The 1997 Eagle Vision provides an attractive chic and sporty vehicle with an overhanging grille. The ESi has a curb weight of 3508 pounds, while the Eagle TSi weighs 3528 pounds. The Eagle rides a 113-inch wheelbase. The sedan reaches a length of 201.6 inches, a width of 74.4 inches, and a height of 56.3 inches. It comes standard with 16-inch tires, rack and pinion steering, and full front and rear independent suspension. Both models also come standard with heated power door mirrors. Alloy wheels come standard on the TSi.
The Eagle Vision has a much more spacious interior than its competitors. It seats five people. Headroom totals 38.4 inches up front and 37.5 inches in the back. Front-seat legroom reaches a very comfortable 42.4 inches, while rear legroom reduces to 38.8 inches. The front of the 1997 Eagle Vision employs bucket seats, with bench seating in the rear. Cloth upholstery comes standard, with leather as an option on the TSi. Center armrests add to convenience in both the front and back seats. Power-adjustable seats come standard on the TSi, with a power-adjustable driver’s seat available as an option on the ESi.
Both models include standard air-conditioning, power windows, a tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, and front cup holders. The TSi adds automatic temperature control.
Performance & Handling
The ESi contains a 146-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6 engine. Meanwhile, the TSi employs a 214-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The 3.5-liter engine, once limited to just the TSi, now comes as an option with the ESi. Both engines pair with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 1997 Eagle Vision performs and handles quite decently. The TSi features AutoStick—a four-speed, driver-controlled, shiftable transmission that makes the transmission operable in two modes. The transmission can either automatically shift gears in regular Drive mode, or the driver can do it manually with the AutoStick.
The 1997 Eagle Vision comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. The TSi adds standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, fog lights, and traction control. NHTSA crash tests rate the Eagle Vision with four stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal-onset crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Comfortably seats five
- Performs exceedingly well
You Won't Like
- Unrecognized brand
- Styling may be too much for some
An excellent value for the price.
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