The 1996 Chrysler Cirrus is well-developed, uniquely Detroit, and fairly handsome. Viewed from the front, the grille and headlights are slightly large and ridiculous, but the rest of the exterior is flowing lines. It has a design that is not built around a fad and is one that has the potential to stand the test of time. It is not flashy or ostentatious but not overly conservative either.
The 1996 Chrysler Cirrus is fairly roomy for a midsize sedan, and there is plenty of legroom and headroom. The quality of the seats is debatable since it has less support than the competition. The interior is near-perfect when it comes to ergonomics with one of the best laid-out cabins on the market. There is plenty of glass to provide decent visibility, although the rear pillars are slightly thick.
The 1996 Chrysler Cirrus LX receives a new four-cylinder engine, pulled down from the V-6 that was present in previous years. To get better response out of the V-6, the LXi gets a revised torque converter. New options include a power sunroof and chrome-plated aluminum wheels, while new colors are available as well inside and out.
The 1996 Chrysler Cirrus gets a new engine in the LX but does not see much of a performance change. The 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder has slightly less power than the V-6 but not so much as to seriously degrade acceleration or highway cruising capabilities. Handling is capable until it gets weighed down with passengers and cargo. Even with a modest load, the handling deteriorates. Packed full of passengers and cargo, it's sloppy and clumsy. The brakes are truly the only part that can keep up with increased loads.