1988 Dodge Dynasty
The Dodge Dynasty stood out from the crowd—in a bad way. Both odd and depressing, the Dodge Dynasty was an incredibly conservative luxury sedan that revealed the final limitations of the redoubtable Chrysler K-Car. Released with an unbelievably boxy appearance at a time when the Ford Taurus had transformed new cars into “jelly beans,” the Dodge Dynasty only got worse from there. Early commercials went so far as to laud the car as a European touring sedan, despite the fact that it was on an old American platform with an underperforming Japanese engine.
The long platform could fit six people, all of whom would have to endure the rattling faux wooden panels and gaudy velour upholstery (hardly limited to this car, we know). The driver would have to struggle with a 3.0L Mitsubishi V6 (a superior 3.3L Chrysler V6 wasn’t available until 1990) while fleet sales received an even dowdier 2.5L I4. This “luxury car” had the appearance and handling of a flying brick. While the K-Car had saved Chrysler eight years previously, it didn’t save the Dynasty—a depressing combination of mismatched engineering, advertising, and design. The Dynasty was replaced after only five years by the Dodge Intrepid.