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The Plymouth Acclaim was a compact front-wheel-drive 4-door sedan. It competed with Ford's new Mondeo, the Chevrolet Corsica and, of course, the Spirit.

Year-to-year changes[]


The 1991 Acclaim was available in three trims: base, LE and LX. There was a choice of two engines, which made ordering the Acclaim a lot simpler than some other models. The standard powerplant was a 100-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The optional engine was a 142-hp 3.0-liter single-overhead-cam V6. Both engines allowed driving the front wheels through a 3-speed automatic transaxle. Standard equipment included a driver's airbag, air conditioning, rear-window defroster, floor mats, tinted glass, remote-control outside mirrors, 4-speaker AM/FM/cassette sound system, cruise control and tilt steering wheel.

Options (aside from the V6 engine) included ABS, power windows/locks/seats/mirrors and a "gold option package" that included cast-aluminum wheels with gold accents, a luggage rack, one-size-larger tires, body-side molding with a gold stripe, body-color fascias with gold accents and special gold decals. The standard seating arrangement was a 50/50 split front bench with folding arm rests and dual recliners. The rear bench seat was fixed this year.


The lineup was cut down to just one model (the base sedan), with not many further changes for 1993.


Horsepower was slightly upgraded from 100 to 106 horsepower (but only for this model year), and the 5-speed manual transmission was changed to 3-speed automatic. This was also the last year for the optional fold-down rear seatbacks.


This marked the last year for the practical but aging Plymouth Acclaim and its Dodge Spirit twin, midsize sedans that were one step up from the Neon in both size and price. Acclaim provided 6 seats and 4 doors in a conservatively-styled front-wheel drive package that included a generous list of standard equipment at a comparatively low price.

Retail prices[]

As of October 17, 1993:

  • $12,470 (1994 Plymouth Acclaim)

As of mid-1994:

  • $14,323 (1995 Plymouth Acclaim)