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Segment: Compact
Production years: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Part of the cloud-car family sold by Chrysler in the late ‘90s, the Breeze was the most affordable of them all. Its siblings were the Dodge Stratus and the Chrysler Cirrus.

Designed in the cab-forward theme, the Breeze tried to look more expensive than it actually was. It managed to start under the $15,000 range and climbed up to $20,000, which was not a bad deal at all for those times for a good-looking family sedan.

Penned under the new bio-design trend, the Breeze offered a narrow front end with slim headlights, which attracted many critics for night-driving due to poor lights. In addition, its grid-like grille with vertical and body-colored slats didn’t look as good as its siblings from Chrysler and Dodge. But thanks to the ascending beltline and the curved lines, it still looked sporty and elegant.

Inside, the Breeze provided a cloth upholstery for the base model and artificial leather for the upper trim level. The dashboard featured an instrument cluster extended over the center stack. Plymouth offered the vehicle with decent features even for the base trim level, such as the AC unit or the front power windows. Surprisingly, it provided more rear passenger room than the much costlier Lexus LS 400 and a fold-down rear bench that expanded the trunk area.

Under the hood, the Breeze received a small but sufficient engine range. The most expensive version featured a 2.4-liter engine that was available exclusively with a four-speed automatic. For the base version, though, the two-liter powerplant was paired to a five-speed manual.

PLYMOUTH Breeze 1996-2000 5 Photos
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PLYMOUTH Breeze 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L 16V 4AT (132 HP)
  • 2.0L 16V 5MT (132 HP)
  • 2.4L 4AT (152 HP)
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PLYMOUTH Breeze 2.0L 16V 4AT (132 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 16V 4AT (132 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
97.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
132 HP @ 6000 RPM
130 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
129 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
175 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.1 gallons (60.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.2 in (1,529/1,529 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2932 lbs (1330 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Highway
30.9 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

PLYMOUTH Breeze 2.0L 16V 5MT (132 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 16V 5MT (132 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
97.1 KW @ 6000 RPM
132 HP @ 6000 RPM
130 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
129 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
175 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.1 gallons (60.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.2 in (1,529/1,529 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2932 lbs (1330 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Highway
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)

PLYMOUTH Breeze 2.4L 4AT (152 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 4AT (152 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2492 cm3
Power
111.8 KW @ 5200 RPM
152 HP @ 5200 RPM
150 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
167 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
226 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection Naturally aspirated
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.1 gallons (60.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124 mph (200 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.6 in (4740 mm)
Width
70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/60.2 in (1,529/1,529 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.2 cuFT (430 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2921 lbs (1325 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
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