The Chrysler Cirrus is a 4-door midsize sedan that debuted for the 1995 model year. The vehicle was a direct replacement of the Chrysler LeBaron. Following the 2000 model year, the Cirrus itself was replaced by the Chrysler Sebring. During its production run, the Chrysler Cirrus competed directly with vehicles such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Maxima.
Chrysler Cirrus Styling
The Chrysler Cirrus was one of three Chrysler sedans built around the JA platform. The Cirrus shared numerous structural and design cues with these two variants, which were known as the Plymouth Breeze and Dodge Stratus. Out of the three, the Cirrus was marketed as the luxury option and included exclusive upscale features such as integrated fog lights, chrome vertical grille and chrome bumper trim.
Inside, the vehicle featured Chrysler's innovative Cab Forward design. This design allowed for additional cabin space by pushing the wheels to the corners of the car and advancing the windshield forward. The vehicle comfortably accommodated up to five passengers.
Chrysler Cirrus Trim Levels
The Chrysler Cirrus was initially available in two trim levels – base LX and LXi. The LX trim was eliminated for the 1998 model year, but returned in 2000. Presumably, the base trim was reintroduced to account for the discontinuation of the lower-priced Plymouth Breeze.
Features available on the Chrysler Cirrus LX included air conditioning, 6-speaker stereo system, height-adjustable front seatbelts, lockable glove compartment, power steering, tachometer, rear privacy glass and variable intermittent wipers. The Chrysler Cirrus LXi added cruise control, universal garage door opener, remote keyless entry, upgraded upholstery and a leather steering wheel.
Chrysler Cirrus Performance
The Chrysler Cirrus debuted with a single engine option – a 2.5-liter V6 that offered 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque. For the 1996 model year, the base LX engine was downgraded to a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that delivered 150 horsepower and up to 167 lb-ft. of torque. Both engines came standard with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder setup delivered EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The V6 performed slightly less efficiently, with 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Chrysler Cirrus Safety
Standard safety features available on the Chrysler Cirrus included dual front airbags and antilock brakes. NHTSA crash tests performed on the 1999 Chrysler Cirrus yielded a 3-star rating (out of 5 stars) in the category of driver front impact and a 4-star rating in the category of passenger front impact.