Really cheap, low-optioned Detroit cars haven’t done well for decades, but that didn’t stop Chrysler from following up the super-downscale Omni America with the car advertised as “the lowest priced car on the market available with a standard driver’s-side airbag.” Apparently, no 1991 Plymouth Sundance Americas made it out of the showrooms. Well, none except for this example that managed to dodge The Crusher’s jaws for two full decades before its final tow into a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
Yes, it’s a K-car— technically a P-car— and 1991 car shoppers could get themselves a new four-door Sundance America for just $7,799. Compare that to the ’91 Ford Escort Pony’s $7,976 price tag, or the base ’91 Hyundai Excel’s $6,275; the Sundance was bigger and (arguably) more luxurious.
Of course, those same car shoppers might happen to wander into a Honda showroom and take note of the base ’91 Civic’s $7,095 sticker, and then there was that damn $6,488 Toyota Tercel, the $6,295 Subaru Justy, and the $6,795 Geo Metro XFi (fortunately for Chrysler, and the car-buying public in general, the last year of the $4,435 Yugo GV was 1990). The Sundance America was probably the most comfy of this group and it looked like a helluva deal, but buyers avoided it like chlamydia. Brand image problems, or just a general air of cheapness hovering about the Sundance America?
One nice thing about the standard driver’s-side airbag: no horrible self-deploying seat belts.
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