Premium large car; Built in USA
  • 4-door sedan
  • transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $1,000 – $1,600*


1990 Chrysler New Yorker Landau


1990 Chrysler New Yorker 5th Avenue


1992 Chrysler New Yorker Salon interior


1993 Chrysler New Yorker Salon


1993 Chrysler New Yorker Salon

Pros:
  • Antilock brakes (optional)
  • Passenger and cargo room
Cons:
  • Automatic-transmission performance
  • Handling

Squarish, conservative styling is unlikely to draw many admiring glances. A more prudent choice than an Imperial or Fifth Avenue, the New Yorker offers most of the same features for a lower price.

Overview

Introduced for 1988, this all-new midsize, front-drive sedan rode the same platform as the Imperial and New Yorker Fifth Avenue, but on a shorter wheelbase. A Chrysler-built 3.3-liter V6 replaced the prior 3.0-liter engine, driving a 4-speed automatic transmission. Salon and Landau models were available, with a new driver-side airbag standard and antilock all-disc brakes optional. Introduced for 1990, Salon was the minimal-trim edition, comparable to the Dodge Dynasty LE, whereas the upscale Landau contained a full boat of luxury touches.

Yearly Updates

1991 New Yorker/New Yorker Salon
For 1991, the Landau was dropped, but the Salon model added some of its equipment, including air conditioning and power windows. No more padded rear roofs were available.
1992 New Yorker/New Yorker Salon
A modest facelift appeared for 1992, included rounded front and rear styling and an optional landau vinyl roof–abandoned the year before when the Landau model disappeared. This reworked Salon’s softer appearance was similar to that of the full-size Fifth Avenue, and both cars retained hidden headlamps.
1993 New Yorker/New Yorker Salon
Upgraded interior trim headed a short list of changes for the final New Yorker Salons, which now sported some of the same interior trim as the more costly New Yorker Fifth Avenue.

Engines

transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive

Starting in 1990, only one powertrain was available: a Chrysler-built 3.3-liter V6, rated 147 horsepower, driving a 4-speed automatic transmission.

ohv V6
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.3/201
Engine HP 147
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 183
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

20/26

18.6

Road Test

Easily evoking Chrysler’s big-car luxury heritage, the New Yorker is smooth and quiet, but unexciting. Though no scorcher, the V6 engine is adequate for most driving, but a bit more power would be welcome. The 3.3-liter V6 strains on upgrades with a full load and the air conditioning switched on. Adding to the deficits, the New Yorker’s automatic transmission shifts harshly between gears, and downshifts slowly. It might even tend to vibrate during gear changes, while emitting an annoying whistling sound.

Around-town handling is good and the ride is comfortable, even over bad pavement, but tires are likely to squeal in hard corners. Coupled with excessive body lean, that discourages spirited cornering. Although the chassis filters out most bumps, the car does not float excessively at speed. Even so, there’s too much bouncing and pitching on the highway. Available antilock brakes provide good stopping power.

This sensible sedan seats four in true comfort, and is far more capable than prior New Yorkers. Head and leg room are plentiful for four adults, but three abreast is a squeeze, in a rather narrow interior. Trunk space is ample. Controls are well-labeled and easy to reach. Electronic gauges are easy to read.

Ratings

Model Tested: 1992 Chrysler New Yorker Salon 3.3-liter

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 4
40%
Fuel Economy - 4
40%
Ride Quality - 6
60%
Steering/Handling - 4
40%
Quietness - 6
60%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 5
50%
Room/Comfort Front - 6
60%
Room/Comfort Rear - 4
40%
Cargo Room - 4
40%

Other

Value - 5
50%

Total: 48

Specifications

4-door sedan
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
104.5 193.6 68.9 53.6
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
16.5 16.0 6
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
38.3 37.8 41.9 38.9
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 1993 New Yorker 4-door sedan

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 4
80%
Front Passenger Injury - 4
80%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision 92
Injury 65
Theft 83

Trouble Spots

Air conditioner
Description: A lack of cooling is caused by the A/C evaporator freezing up because the compressor does not cycle off. (1991-93)
Engine noise
Description: Piston slap requires replacement pistons and rods on 3.3- and 3.8-liter engines. (1990-93)
Engine noise
Description: A chirping noise from the serpentine belt, especially in wet weather, is corrected by a replacement automatic belt tensioner. (1991-93)
Suspension noise
Description: Sway bar bushing wear causes a squeaking noise from the front suspension. (1992-93)

Recall History

1990 Landau Salon
Description: On cars with gray interior, airbag inflator modules may not contain diffuser holes between igniter and propellant chambers, so airbag would not deploy in an impact.
1990-91
Description: On cars without automatic temperature control, water leakage under windshield cowl may result in corrosion of heater blower resistor terminals, which could lead to overheating and possible ignition of wiring connectors and insulation, causing a fire in cowl area.
1990-93 w/ABS
Description: Antilock braking could fail, and power assist might be reduced.
1991
Description: Front-outboard seatbelt may become difficult to latch and/or unlatch.
1991 Salon
Description: Front disc brake caliper guide pin bolts may not be adequately tightened and could loosen, which could cause reduced braking effectiveness that might result in an accident.
1992
Description: Zinc plating of some upper steering column shaft coupling bolts caused hydrogen embrittlement and breakage of the bolt, which could result in loss of steering control.

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Pricing

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