The Plymouth Acclaim was a mid-size four-door sedan produced by the Plymouth division of Chrysler Corporation from 1989 to 1995. The Acclaim was introduced along with the Dodge Spirit and Chrysler LeBaron sedans as badge-engineered triplets with slightly different missions. The Spirit represented Dodge's sportier image while the LeBaron filled the luxury position. The Acclaim was presented as a mainstream choice, with no sport-oriented versions of the four-door sedan available.
Engines for the Acclaim included a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional three-liter V6. The four-cylinder engine produced 100 horsepower and 136 pound feet of torque. The V6 put out 141 horsepower and 172 pound feet of torque. All engines were available with a five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic transmission. The Acclaim was available with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine between 1989 and 1992. This engine produced 150 horsepower and 172 pound feet of torque.
The Acclaim is based on the AA-body, a mid-size offshoot of the compact K-car platform made famous by the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant. The Acclaim was intended to replace both the aging Reliant and the similarly sized Plymouth Caravelle, which was based on the E-body variant of the K-car platform. The K-car platform was flexible enough for a number of vehicles to feature some variant of it, a practice that resulted in the well-known Chrysler minivans and the rather unique Chrysler Executive Sedan and Limousine.
The Acclaim was available in a base model, a mid-range LE and a top-of-the-line LX model. The LE and LX models featured premium cloth seating, power windows and door locks, additional body cladding and trim, and a premium audio system. The LX received 15-inch lace spoke aluminum wheels as an option. Fuel economy was also respectable, with four-cylinder versions of the Acclaim achieving 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. V6-equipped versions of the Acclaim achieved 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 miles per gallon on the highway, according to EPA estimates.
Prices for the Acclaim started out at a manufacturer suggested retail price of $14,323. Cash rebates and other incentives helped push the price down well below MSRP. The Acclaim was a popular choice among customers looking for a frugal and sensible mid-size vehicle, with a total of over 470,000 vehicles produced and sold. By the 1996 model year, the Acclaim was replaced with the cab forward-designed Plymouth Breeze
... View more