2000 Cirrus New Car Test Drive
The Chrysler Cirrus proves big things really can come in smaller packages. On the outside, this stylish sedan falls into the compact class. But open the doors and you'll discover a surprisingly spacious layout that delivers nearly as much elbow-, leg- and shoulder-room as many midsize sedans. Chrysler's cab-forward design is especially appealing for those who don't want to sacrifice rear seat comfort. The Cirrus is one of the most stylish and well-equipped cars in its class, but it's one of the most affordable.
Two models are available: The $20,085 Cirrus LXi comes with a 2.5-liter V6 engine. Back after a hiatus is the mid-level $17,280 LX model powered by a 2.4-liter twin-cam four-cylinder engine.
Both models come with automatic transmissions, air conditioning, eight-way power driver's seat, rear-window defrost, child-protection rear door locks, child seat anchors, height-adjustable shoulder belts, cruise control, power windows, power door locks and power mirrors. ABS is optional ($565) on the LX.
LXi comes loaded with antilock four-wheel disc brakes, leather-trimmed seating, remote keyless entry, aluminum wheels and the V6. The only option on our test vehicle was the power sunroof.