The 1996 Plymouth Breeze provides a front-drive, midsize sedan. It replaces the Acclaim as the company’s economical sedan—offering style, a spacious interior, and plenty of standard equipment. The Breeze essentially marks Plymouth’s version of the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus.
It comes standard with practically identical equipment to the base Dodge Stratus.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Plymouth Breeze
The 1996 Plymouth Breeze starts as a new model. Chrysler’s bargain midsize sedan offers affordability, space, and comes well-equipped.
Plymouth’s staple, crosshatch, egg-crate grille and aggressive chin spoiler dominate the 1996 Breeze’s front end. The back end showcases ridged taillights. Like other cab-forward cars, the hood looks short, while the passenger cabin remains large.
The 1996 Plymouth Breeze has a curb weight of 2973 pounds when equipped with the automatic transmission and 2906 pounds when equipped with the standard manual transmission. It rides on a 108-inch wheelbase, has a length of 186.7 inches, a width of 71.7 inches, and a height of 51.9 inches. It comes standard with 14-inch tires, power rack and pinion steering, and a four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension.
The Breeze seats five people. Front headroom measures 38.1 inches, with front legroom at 42.3 inches. This equates to a very comfortable amount of space up front due to the Breeze’s large, sloped windshield and dashboard design. The back seat offers 36.8 inches of headroom and 38.1 inches of legroom. Taller passengers in the back seat may object to the tight headspace, a result of the Breeze’s sloped roofline.
The modern dashboard in the 1996 Plymouth Breeze features rotary knobs and controls that prove easy to use and access. The rear seat folds down to add more space to the 15.7-cubic-foot trunk. Some interior trim materials may seem cheap. While having cruise control switches mounted to the steering column may seem convenient, this also increases the likelihood of accidentally turning cruise control on or off.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Plymouth Breeze offers superb handling with quick and precise steering. Cornering is a dream, making this a fun sedan to drive. The suspension absorbs bumps and pavement imperfections quite well, creating a smooth ride for passengers. The only negative to this Breeze’s performance concerns the singular engine option. It uses the Neon’s 16-valve, single overhead cam, four-cylinder engine, which peaks at just 129 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm.
The 1996 Plymouth Breeze comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags. NHTSA crash tests rate the Breeze with four out of five stars for passenger safety and three stars for driver safety in frontal-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Breeze: 23/33 mpg city/highway
- Nice look
- Roomy interior
- Smooth ride
- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Mechanical problems
- Headroom in back seat
A refreshing Breeze in the already crowded sedan market.
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