Plymouth Breeze

The Plymouth Breeze is a four-door midsize sedan that offers only one trim and entered the vehicle market in 1995. The brand phased it out by 2000. For the years it sold on the market, it sported a 2.0-liter engine and two transmission options, namely the five-speed manual and the four-speed automatic. The manufacturer keeps this vehicle simple and affordable so it appeals to the low-income, young vehicle-buyer.

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Plymouth Breeze Origins

However, it remains among the best-selling vehicles in its category, and in the short years it stayed on the market, Plymouth sold over 500,000 vehicles. Among other appealing features, this vehicle has eye-pleasing body contours that add aesthetic appeal and fuel efficiency, but safety makes it a winning vehicle.

About the Plymouth Breeze

The Plymouth Breeze is known for its simplicity in both function and design, maintaining a shy stance behind its competitors.

Though it had a short run, the Plymouth Breeze experienced notable recall issues. The NHTSA observed the 1998 and 1999 edition the fittings on the brake linings of the rear wheels to sit disconcertingly close to the exhaust. This could cause the linings to wear a hole in the exhaust system. If this were to happen, then the efficiency of the brakes would be significantly compromised or rendered completely ineffective.

The Plymouth Breeze suffers from several braking system related defects and other errors include oversight on the manufacturing line. Two notable examples include: omitted manual content about the details for securing a child correctly and safely on the rear seats and the plain unpainted metal of the straps that hold the fuel tank in place.

Plymouth Breeze Features

The 2000 Plymouth Breeze marks the final edition of the Plymouth Breeze range of vehicles. It comes fitted with a standard 2.0-liter, 132-hp engine that produces 130 lb-ft of toque with a manual five-speed transmission. For this vehicle, safety technology such as driver and passenger airbags come as standard features. The vehicle fares well in fuel economy, earning an EPA rating of 26/36 mpg city/highway.

The 2000 Plymouth Breeze midsize sedan seats five and has an exterior dimension of 186.7 inches (length), 71.7 inches (width), and 51.9 inches (height). It sits on a 108 inches wheelbase. It provides a roomy interior for this size vehicle with 38.1 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom in the front. The rear offers 36.8 inches of headroom and 37.8 inches of legroom.

Plymouth Breeze Evolution

The 1996 Plymouth Breeze midsize sedan only offers a 2.0-liter engine. The following year, the 1997 Plymouth Breeze took on decidedly more curvaceous exterior looks and in the interior more storage spaces enhance usability for the vehicle’s occupants. Additions include a new storage console between the driver and front passenger with cup holders. The rear seats also have cup holders, and the vehicle adds arm rests for the driver and the front passenger, making it a slightly cozier sitting.

In the following year, the 1998 Plymouth Breeze increased the engine power to a sturdier 2.4-liter DOHC engine and took on an automatic transmission. This edition does not offer a manual transmission engine as the larger engine does not practically mount on a manual transmission. As true for most vehicles from this time, the exterior of the Plymouth Breeze adds more steel finishes such as the steel wheel covers that give it a better aesthetic appeal. The 1999 Oldsmobile Plymouth Breeze released with safety, ride comfort, maneuverability, and in-speed traction control comprising the primary focus of its development.

It therefore offers better suspension and braking safety features. Many believe that the imminent amortization of the Plymouth brand from a manufacturing perspective led to the end of this vehicle. It certainly proves itself as a winning vehicle and should have continued along its same path of safety, beauty, and economy.

Select a Plymouth Breeze Year

2000 Plymouth Breeze

Midsize, Sedan

The 2000 Plymouth Breeze is a close mechanical sibling to the Dodge Stratus and the Chrysler Cirrus.

1999 Plymouth Breeze

Midsize, Sedan

The 1999 Plymouth Breeze classifies as a midsize sedan that debuted in 1996 as a rebadged version of the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus.

1998 Plymouth Breeze

Midsize, Sedan

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.

1997 Plymouth Breeze

Midsize, Sedan

The 1997 Plymouth Breeze is an entry-level sedan.

1996 Plymouth Breeze

Midsize, Sedan

The 1996 Plymouth Breeze provides a front-drive, midsize sedan.