2002 Concorde New Car Test Drive
Out with the old, in with the new. Well, sort of. The Chrysler Concorde has donned LHS clothing for 2002.
See if you can follow this: All three Chrysler Concorde models have adopted the elegant front and rear styling from the Chrysler LHS. There is no LHS available this year, at least not in name. The LHS nameplate has been dropped, so you won't see a 2002 LHS in the Chrysler showroom. What you'll see, instead, is a Concorde Limited. The new Concorde Limited model features the higher trim of the LHS. This wasn't as complicated for Chrysler as it sounds. The luxurious LHS shared underpinnings and much of its hardware with the full-size Concorde. Some styling cues were also shared.
Regardless of what it's called, this design still cuts a nice profile. That's impressive given this design is in its fourth year. Chrysler has been on the leading edge of design in recent years and this car is a perfect example of this. Most cars, particularly those with more daring designs, tend to look dated after a few years. This isn't one of them. The bold grille and fluid lines still look terrific. Yet the sleek design does not prevent the Chrysler Concorde from being a practical car with a comfortable, roomy interior.
Chrysler Concorde now comes as three models, LX, LXi, and Limited. Each uses a progressively more powerful V6 engine.
Concorde LX ($22,370) comes with a 200-horsepower 2.7-liter V6, a cloth interior and a high level of standard equipment.
Concorde LXi ($24,975) is powered by a 234-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and comes with leather seating surfaces. LXi also adds convenience features such as automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights, automatic mirror dimming, a premium 120-watt stereo with a CD player, and audio controls on the steering wheel. To go with the more powerful engine, it comes with a bigger battery, a more powerful alternator, and aluminum wheels. It's a nice step up from the LX.
Concorde Limited ($27,870) boasts a 250-horsepower high-output 3.5-liter V6. In terms of trim, it's basically last year's LHS model. So it comes with premium leather seating surfaces, eight-way power heated driver and front passenger seats, 240-watt stereo, and other luxury features. Memory systems know your radio settings, and seating and mirror adjustments. Several features help make the most of the more powerful engine: Bigger (17-inch) tires offer more grip and they come wrapped around chrome-clad aluminum wheels. Traction control, which reduces front wheel spin when accelerating over slippery surfaces, is standard, along with ABS, which allows the driver to brake and steer at the same time in a panic stop. Speed-sensitive power steering is also standard, making the steering effort light in parking lots yet maintaining solid steering feel at highway speeds.