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1999 Plymouth Breeze Review
Driving is a breeze!
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The 1999 Plymouth Breeze classifies as a midsize sedan that debuted in 1996 as a rebadged version of the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus. All three cars are called the “Cloud Cars? for their sky-based names.
The Breeze originally sold with only one trim and ranked on the “Ten Best List? by Car and Driver magazine for the following year. The 1999 Plymouth Breeze has failed to match the sales of its predecessor, the Acclaim, but it does have better sales figures than the Chrysler Cirrus.
Engines: 2.0-liter I-4, 2.4-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Breeze, Plymouth Breeze Espresso
The 1999 Plymouth Breeze comes with a number of new features. These new features include power mirrors, power locks, power windows, a height adjuster for the driver’s seat, and floor mats. Moreover, the suspension for the sedan also receives some revisions to give the car a more pleasant and smooth ride.
The 1999 Plymouth Breeze uses a cab-forward design from the full-size LH cars, such as the Chrysler Concorde and Dodge Intrepid. Although the Breeze shares the same platform as the Stratus and Cirrus, it has two distinctive exterior features for itself.
The first feature comes in the form of the ridged taillights that also incorporate turn signals and reverse lights instead of a separate strip. The second feature is an egg-grille that drivers also see on most Plymouth cars.
The 1999 Plymouth Breeze offers ample space for all seating positions thanks to its cab-forward design. The rear bench accommodates three average-size adults, shoulder to shoulder, without any congestion. The trunk also offers lots of space because of its flat floor and low lift-over. Cargo space increases further by folding down the rear seatback.
The modern dashboard uses a simple but intuitive layout, with controls positioned for maximum accessibility and visibility. However, the materials used inside the 1999 Plymouth Breeze are of a lower grade than what one would expect from a car of its class. Visibility for the driver seems great, except for in the rear because of the narrow rear window.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Plymouth Breeze comes fitted with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 132 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. An optional 2.4-liter engine also remains available. This dual-overhead cam, four-cylinder engine debuted in 1998, and delivers 150 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
The two-liter engine offers adequate power with the manual transmission, but it feels a little dull with the automatic transmission. This turns out to be problem, especially when drivers need a quick burst of power to pass and maneuver around highway traffic. Even with a manual gearbox, the two-liter engine needs to be downshifted often to get a powerful enough response for merging and passing. It does not help that the engine gets very loud when pushed hard.
The 2.4-liter engine may be bigger, but it does not offer dramatic improvement in acceleration and passing power. The engine proves adequate for daily driving though. Unfortunately, it tends to be louder than the two-liter engine.
On a positive note, the 1999 Plymouth Breeze does offer smooth and competent handling. Like its counterparts from Chrysler, the Breeze feels quite agile and maneuvers the tightest corners with ease. The firm suspension reduces body lean to a large extent and reduces bouncing when the car moves at highway speeds.
The 1999 Plymouth Breeze scores three out of five stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety in frontal-impact collision tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of interior space
- Impressive handling
- Good looks
You Won't Like
- Lacks power for highway cruises
- Low-quality interior materials
Driving is a breeze!
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