The 2000 Plymouth Breeze is a close mechanical sibling to the Dodge Stratus and the Chrysler Cirrus. It was originally introduced as an economy version of these two vehicles, offering some impressive standard equipment at a low price. When it was first introduced in 1996, the Breeze was a decent introduction to the market. These days, the Breeze fails to impress. This may be due to the fact that Plymouth was a dying brand. Even though it still has the low price tag, it no longer offers the same kind of value. The lack of a V-6 engine, let along a refined four-cylinder, as well as all the cheap plastic, is a real let down. It’s better to have a glance at the competition.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Plymouth Breeze
The 2000 Plymouth Breeze did not receive a lot of new equipment, since it was in the process of being phased out. However, the Breeze did get a few new paint selections, and child seat tethers for extra safety.
The 2000 Plymouth Breeze is your standard four-door sedan, but with a few styling cues that set it apart from the Stratus and Cirrus—some of the vehicle’s main competition. The front and rear of the Breeze has slightly different styling, giving it a more aggressive look than its competitors. Standard exterior features include tinted glass, a rear window defroster, 14-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers that are speed sensitive, and power brakes. Optional features on the 2000 Plymouth Breeze include power heated mirrors, special factory paint jobs, and allow wheels.
The interior of the 2000 Plymouth Breeze is a bit of a mixed bag. The interior is a sea of cheap and brittle plastic parts. However, ergonomics inside the vehicle are better than expected for the price. The trunk provides 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Front legroom is very generous at 42.3 inches, while back legroom measures in at 38.1 inches. Shoulder and headroom are also quite spacious. Standard equipment included with the Plymouth breeze is quite impressive. Installed in the vehicle are bucket seats, a center console, dual visor vanity mirrors, five-seat capacity, four-way adjustable seats, cloth upholstery, cloth headliner, carpet floor trim, lighted glove box, dual door storage bins, air-conditioning, under seat ducts, auto-reverse cassette player, rear child safety locks, tilt steering wheel, remote trunk release, tachometer, clock, and a sun visor strip. Optional features in the vehicle include a CD player, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, power sunroof, cruise control, power windows, power locks, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a power driver’s seat.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Plymouth Breeze comes equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower standard. It is paired with a five-speed manual transmission standard or an optional four-speed automatic. This engine is taken from the Plymouth Neon. A 2.4-liter engine is also available. It produces 132 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available with the four-speed automatic. Both engines meet the California low-emission standards. The two-liter engine does little to excite the imagination. The 2.4-liter engine would be a bit more impressive if it weren’t stuck with the terrible four-speed automatic. All Breeze models equipped with the automatic are slow to accelerate. There is little difference in power between the two- and 2.4-liter with the automatic installed. Even worse, the engine is noisy and unrefined. It makes tons of clatter when riding at highway speeds. Don’t expect anything close to a comfortable and quiet ride.
The 2000 Plymouth Breeze does not have great crash test scores. The NHTSA gave the 2000 Plymouth Breeze four out of five stars for passenger safety. However, the 2000 Plymouth Breeze only received three out of five stars for driver safety and front side impacts and only two out of five stars for rear-side impacts. The IIHS was even less impressed. Leg and structure cage received a score of ""poor,"" its worst. Restraints, bumpers, and headrests all received a ""marginal"" score, the second worst rating. The only items to receive the best score, ""good,"" were chest and head protection. Overall, the IIHS gave the 2000 Plymouth Breeze a score of ""poor.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Breeze Base 2.0-liter four-speed automatic: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Breeze Base 2.0-liter five-speed manual: 23/34 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Breeze Base 2.4-liter four-speed automatic: 17/26 mpg city/highway
- Lots of interior space
- Comfortable seating
- Great handling for economy
You Won't Like
- Weak engines
- Interior cheap plastics
- Poor crash test scores
- Load high-rev RPM
Cheap with lots of features.
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