From 1987 to 1994, the Sundance was produced by Plymouth as part of its line of compact cars. Having replaced the Plymouth Horizon, also known as the Dodge Omni, the Sundance saw limited production as it was discontinued seven years later and succeeded by the Neon. The Sundance was available in five trim lines, all of which provided various options that drove the cost upward as more features were added.
The Sundance was available in two body styles: 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan. It was equipped with a standard 2.2 liter I4 engine in the base model, while a more powerful 3.0 liter V6 was available for the Duster trim level starting in 1992 through 1994. Assembly for the Sundance took place in two locations: Sterling Heights, Michigan, and Toluca, Mexico. It was built on the front-engine, front-wheel drive layout, and a family of four could fit comfortably within its interior.
Since the Sundance was only produced for seven years, there was only one generation available. The 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models were marketed from the time it was introduced until it was finally discontinued. Five different engines were also available, including a 3- and 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual version. One of the more interesting things about the Sundance is that it was actually considered a hatchback even though it was marked as a coupe and sedan. This hidden hatchback versatility is what Chrysler considered the main selling point.
The newest Sundance available featured new power windows and locks, power seats, cruise control, tilt wheel and a cassette player. A driver's side airbag was implemented as a standard beginning in 1990, and new fog lights, rear window defroster and sunroof were added to the list of options available on the new 1993 models. During its existence, both the Plymouth Sundance and the Plymouth Shadow were listed as some of the least expensive cars on the market; the 1994 base model was only $9,200.
In 1993, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sundance four out of five stars for front-impact driver and five out of five starts for its front-impact passenger safety tests. The last year the Plymouth Sundance was produced, IntelliChoice gave the 2Dr coupe the Best Overall Value of the Year Award. Despite its safety records and praise from reviewers, the Sundance was discontinued and the Neon took its rightful place in the Plymouth lineup
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