The 1998 Plymouth Breeze serves as an entry-level, compact sedan that tries to offer as much to drivers for as low a price as possible. While the market offers many compact vehicles, the Breeze manages to do an admirable job and hold its own in this tight segment of the market. One of the nicer aspects of the Breeze concerns its interior features. Air-conditioning and an audio system frequently get cut from compact vehicles in this price range, but the Breeze still manages to keep them as standard features. It seems basic, but it has a major impact on comfort inside the Breeze, especially when sitting in traffic.
The Plymouth Breeze best suits city drivers. The main weakness of the Breeze concerns its low-powered engine. The Breeze, given time, reaches good speeds, but merging seems awkward due to the relatively low acceleration. The acceleration and power issues make less of a difference in a city environment. The excellent fuel efficiency of the engine even constitutes a noticeable advantage over more powerful vehicles. With a low price tag and otherwise good performance and comfort, the Breeze makes a good showing for people who do not need to make high-speed merges in heavy traffic.
Body Styles: compact sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Plymouth Breeze, Plymouth Breeze Expresso
The 1998 Plymouth Breeze now offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine option with more power. Both engine options comply with California regulations. The Breeze Expresso begins as a new model offering.
The 1998 Plymouth Breeze classifies as a sedan. Measuring 186.7 inches long, the Breeze reaches a fairly average length. It looks curved and attractive, but not overly remarkable or unusual in terms of appearance. Optional features include keyless entry, power mirrors, and a power moonroof. Alloy wheels and metallic paint remain available as options as well.
Similar to many compact vehicles, the features selection for the Plymouth Breeze remains fairly modest. Air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and an AM/FM radio provide standard equipment for both models, which puts the Breeze ahead of many competitors. An integrated child seat, cruise control, a cassette player, a CD player, and a CD changer provide optional equipment.
Performance & Handling
The Plymouth Breeze offers fairly mediocre performance overall. The acceleration on the two-liter, four-cylinder engine seems fairly underpowered. For city driving, it remains unnoticeable, but it causes problems for drivers trying to merge onto 55-mph or faster roads from a standstill. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine handles these situations adequately. Handling seems decent, but nothing surprising for this class of vehicle.
The 1998 Plymouth Breeze comes equipped with dual front airbags as standard safety equipment. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as optional equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Breeze two-liter four-cylinder: 20/30 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Breeze 2.4-liter four-cylinder: 18/28 mpg city/highway
- Spacious interior
- Good handling
- Low price tag
You Won't Like
- Difficult to merge onto faster roads with the two-liter
A smooth and solid entry-level vehicle.
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