The Chrysler Concorde is a full-sized front-wheel drive sedan built by the Chrysler Corporation between 1993 and 2004. Designed under the cab forward" design philosophy, the unique packaging gave the Concorde an extraordinary amount of interior room and trunk space. Despite its 207-inch length and 113-inch wheelbase, the Concorde proved to be nimble while delivering a relatively comfortable ride over most road surfaces.
Engine choices included the 200 horsepower 2.7-liter V6 engine, which also produced 190 pound-feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 was also an available option, with power outputs at 232 horsepower and 241 pound-feet of torque. An improved version of the 3.5-liter V6 was available on the Concorde Limited. This engine produced 253 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. All engines used a 4-speed transmission with overdrive to deliver power to the front wheels. The EPA estimates for the 2004 Concorde ranged from 19 to 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 to 29 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Chrysler Concorde is one of the original "cab forward" vehicles built on Chrysler's LH platform. The same platform underpinned the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, Chrysler New Yorker, LHS, and 300M. The Concorde was intended to be the top offering among the LH cars, until it was displaced in both price and features by the New Yorker and LHS. The second generation Concorde was redesigned, giving it a look that mirrored the LHX concept car of 1996. In 2002, the Concorde name was placed on the discontinued LHS body, becoming the top-level Limited. The Concorde and other LH platform vehicles were discontinued in favor of the rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedan.
The Concorde features the LX, LXi, and Limited as distinct trim variants. The improved 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard with the Limited, as is low-speed traction control and anti-lock brakes. Other options include a 50/50 split front bench, steering wheel stereo controls, power sunroof, leather seats, front side-impact air bags, alloy wheels, and 6-disc in-dash CD changer. Headroom and legroom are generous thanks to the cab forward design, with over 37 inches of front and rear headroom and over 41 inches of front and rear legroom.
The original retail price for the Concorde started at around $23,480, placing it well within the price range of other contemporary competitors such as the Pontiac Bonneville, Toyota Avalon, and Buick LeSabre. The Concorde Limited featured an MSRP of over $29,000 when fully equipped. With a spacious interior, modern and powerful engines, and a reasonable price point, the Concorde was a logical buy for those looking for a comfortable full-size sedan.
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