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The Plymouth Acclaim is a mid-sized sedan produced in the 1989 to 1995 model years. The Acclaim was Plymouth's updated replacement for the similarly sized E-body Caravelle. Badge engineering was employed to give Dodge and Chrysler their own versions of the AA-body Acclaim: the Dodge Spirit, the Chrystler LeBaron sedan, and the export-market Chrysler Saratoga. It was replaced by the Plymouth Breeze in 1996.

Platform

The Acclaim was a version of the Chrysler Corporation's AA-body 4-door sedan, which was an evolutionary development of Chrysler's extended K-car platform. Ending production in 1995, the Acclaim was one of the last K-car derivatives produced by Chrysler.

Market positioning

The AA-body cars were badge-engineered triplets, as were most Chrysler products of this time. The Plymouth Acclaim differed from its siblings primarily in wheel choices, bodyside molding, and fascias where it sported its unique taillights and the corporate Plymouth eggcrate-grille. Like the K-body and E-body vehicles they replaced, the Plymouth Acclaim (and Dodge Spirit) were marketed as mainstream variants, while the Chrysler LeBaron filled the luxury position. Despite this, there was substantial overlap in trims and equipment between the three cars. For example, a fully loaded Acclaim was nearly identical to a base LeBaron in features and price.

In addition to is entry-level base model, the Acclaim was initially available in mid-range LE and high-end LX trim. LE and LX models came equipped with features such including premium cloth seating, power windows/locks, premium sound systems, bodyside cladding, additional exterior brightwork, and on the latter 15-inch lace-spoke aluminum wheels. In spite of this, nearly 85 percent of Acclaim sales accounted for the base model. Unlike the Spirit, the Acclaim received no sport-oriented models.

The Acclaim has also been characterized as the replacement for the smaller Reliant, though the Sundance launched in 1987 is closer than the Acclaim in most dimensions to the Reliant.