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By Rick Popely
November 22, 1999
Vehicle Overview The Plymouth brand will disappear at the end of the 2001 model year, and the Breeze sedan is one of the first models to go. Production of the Breeze ended in December, though cars should still be available at dealerships for months later.
Breeze is built from the same design as the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus, both of which have futures in DaimlerChrysler's lineup.
Exterior The egg-crate grille that most Plymouth models carried in recent years is Breeze's main styling difference from the Cirrus and Stratus.
Interior As the budget-minded version of this trio, the Breeze has fewer standard amenities and optional features than the Cirrus or Stratus but just as much space for five passengers. The trunk holds 15.7 cubic feet of cargo, and carrying capacity expands via a folding rear seatback.
Under the Hood Two four-cylinder engines are available, a 2.0-liter with 132 horsepower and a 2.4-liter with 150. The latter is preferable because the 2.0-liter is too weak and noisy for a car of this size and weight, and it comes only with a manual transmission. A four-speed automatic teams with the 2.4-liter engine.
Safety With orphan status imminent for both the car and the brand, don't expect strong resale value for the Breeze. Dealers should be discounting, however, and DaimlerChrysler currently offers a $1,750 rebate to encourage that.