Dodge Neon Models and Neon History

Part of a major revamp of products within the Chrysler Corporation, the Neon debuted as an economical compact in 1995. Featuring a scaled-down version of Chryslers LH platform sedans such as the Dodge Intrepid, the smaller Neon targeted the market segment of popular Japanese brand vehicles like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.


In 1998, the Dodge Neon continued to be offered as a two-door and four-door model. Base power for the 1998 Neon came from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 132 horsepower and 132-pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter engine allowed the Neon to travel up to 39 miles on the highway with a gallon of gasoline. The 1998 Dodge Neon was also offered a 150-horsepower version of the same powerplant.



Transmission choice with the first-generation of the Dodge compact car was a five-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission. In 2000, the Dodge Neon received a host of updates. A reshaped front end, improved interior and refinements that reduced noise and vibrations were instituted on the 2000 Neon. Another major change for the 2000 model year was the discontinuation of the two-door body style.



From 1995 to 2001, the Neon was sold under both Dodge and Plymouth brands as a virtually identical product. This practice ended with when Chrysler dissolved the Plymouth marque in 2001. In 2001, the Neon R/T model was reintroduced with a 150-horsepower engine as well as 16-inch wheels, dual chrome exhaust and spoiler. For 2003, the front end of the Neon was once again retouched with a grille resembling Caravan.



Setting new performance benchmark for the compact Dodge, the 2004 Neon SRT-4 was propelled by a supercharged 2.4-liter producing 230 horsepower. The Dodge Neon SRT-4 included a standard limited-slip differential. During the final year of the Neon, the compact was part of Dodges Special Edition series that added a Kicker audio system and six-disc CD changer on the SXT at no extra cost. After 11 years of production, the Neon faded and was replaced by the Caliber.


New and Used Neon Prices, Dodge Neon Model Years and History

A compact sedan with seating for five, the 2005 Dodge Neon achieves well over 30 mpg in the more economical trims or it can achieve sporting fun in the SRT4 trim.
A compact sedan that ranges from economical to sporty, the 2004 Dodge Neon seats five passengers, and in its most efficient form is rated at 36 mpg on the highway.
Offered in trims ranging from a fuel-efficient economy car up to a sports sedan, the compact 2003 Dodge Neon has revised its exterior styling for the new year.
The 2002 Dodge Neon is a sporty compact sedan that offers engine choices running the gamut from economical and efficient to performance oriented.
The 2001 Dodge Neon is a compact car that balances the line between sporty and economical, and it is rated at 33 mpg on the highway.
The 2000 Dodge Neon is a compact five-passenger sedan that has an excellent EPA fuel economy rating of 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The 1999 Dodge Neon is a sporty, five-passenger compact car that is available as a coupe or a sedan and it is rated at almost 40 mpg on the highway.
A compact car with seating for five, the 1998 Dodge Neon is available as a coupe or a sedan, provides a sporty driving experience, and is rated at nearly 40 mpg on the highway.