The Dodge Colt Vista was a minivan that was produced by Mitsubishi Motors and sold by Dodge in North America from 1983 to 1992. It was based on the Mitsubishi Chariot, and it was a twin of the Plymouth Colt Vista.
Dodge Colt Vista Overview
The Dodge Colt Vista was another product of Chrysler’s partnership with Mitsubishi in the 1980s. It was a part of the broader Dodge Colt lineup, but the Colt Vista was notably distinct in its body style and purpose compared to other vehicles bearing the Colt name
The Dodge Colt Vista was a compact MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) or wagon, making it different from the typical sedans or hatchbacks that the Colt name was associated with. It was designed to offer more space and versatility while still maintaining a compact footprint. The Colt Vista was essentially a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Chariot (also known as the Mitsubishi Space Wagon or Nimbus in some markets).
The vehicle featured a tall, boxy design, maximizing interior space and making it suitable for family use or carrying cargo. The Colt Vista was available in both FWD (Front-Wheel Drive) and 4WD (Four-Wheel Drive) variants, giving it added versatility. Its spacious interior could seat up to seven passengers, with a third-row seat that could be folded down to increase cargo space.
As was common with many of Chrysler’s imports during this period, the Colt Vista was sold under multiple brand names. Besides Dodge, it was also available as the Plymouth Colt Vista. Later on, when the Eagle brand was introduced by Chrysler, a version of the vehicle was sold as the Eagle Vista Wagon in Canada.
The Colt Vista was available in the North American market during the 1980s and into the early 1990s. Its design and concept were a precursor to the minivan boom that would become prominent in the late 1980s and 1990s. However, the Colt Vista was smaller than the full-sized minivans like the Dodge Caravan.
Dodge Colt Vista Sales Figures
While it didn’t achieve the iconic status of some other vehicles, the Colt Vista represents a particular phase in automotive design where compact MPVs were finding their place in the North American market. It’s a testament to the era’s increasing demand for versatile, family-friendly vehicles that were more efficient than full-sized vans or larger station wagons.