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1999 Plymouth Prowler Review
- Fun weekend hot rod for two.
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The 1999 Plymouth Prowler brings back the hot-rod inspired convertible that briefly saw the market in 1997. 1999 brings a new version of the single overhead camshaft V-6 found in Chrysler’s midsize line, tuned to produce greater output than the 1997 version. Aside from the engine, no other performance parts have been updated. The Prowler is the only production model in its market segment, so it does not have any particular competition, allowing Plymouth to advance the model at its own pace. This car is now available in an additional color, which is a welcome addition. As production has been increased by over 3000 units for this model year, it seems that Plymouth is expecting the vehicle to make a huge impact. However, this vehicle is still not very versatile and lacks any utility outside of weekend joyriding.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Prowler
After a brief hiatus, the 1999 Plymouth Prowler is relaunched with a brand new engine underneath the hood. The new V-6 has been upgraded to provide an additional 39 horsepower over the 1997 model, now kicking out 253 horsepower. This allows the Prowler’s performance to be more in line with its hot rod looks and sound. The only other new addition to the vehicle over the 1997 model year is that it is now available in a second color: Prowler Yellow.
The hot-rod styling of the 1999 Plymouth Prowler is bound to turn heads in the streets. The wedge-shaped body has not changed from the 1997 model. Back again are the floating wheel flares in the front, which some would argue take away slightly from the overall design. The sloping horizontal lines give the look of an older drag car.
The Prowler’s interior is not large, seating only two people. The cargo space is very limited as well, with the trunk not even giving two cubic feet of luggage space. The interior is, however, ergonomically sound and replete with all the bells and whistles of a luxury vehicle. An available option to increase storage is a trailer that mimics the shape of the rear end of the Prowler.
Performance & Handling
With the upgraded power plant under the hood, the 1999 Plymouth Prowler has gone from a car with more show than go to a car that moves like it looks. The additional horsepower has raised its maximum speed and knocked over a second off the Prowler’s zero-to-60-mph time, which is now down to 5.9 seconds. The oversized rear tires help the Prowler translate this power directly to the road and provide the control necessary in a rear-drive car. The V-6 does not provide a great deal of torque, but with the light weight of the body, it gets off the line very quickly. The brakes and steering are not performance-tuned, but do handle the power well. The all-independent suspension, combined with the low curb weight, provide for decent handling, although the ride is not all that comfortable.
The Prowler’s oversized brakes are an important feature. With vented composite brakes 12 inches across, the brakes are quite powerful. Driver and passenger front airbags are part of the model, but that is where the safety features end. The car does not have any of the high-performance safety features such as traction control or anti-lock brakes. The Prowler was not tested for front or side impact protection by either the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Peppy V-6 engine
- Aggressive hot rod styling
You Won't Like
- Cargo space
- Fuel economy
- Lack of safety features
- Fun weekend hot rod for two.
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