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1997 Dodge Neon

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1997 Base 2dr Coupe
most popular
Price:   -  From $10,800
1997 Base 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $11,000
1997 Highline 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $12,470
1997 Sport 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $12,470
1997 Highline 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $12,670
1997 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $12,670


As it has so often, Chrysler Corporation broke new ground regarding small cars when it unveiled the Neon, sold under the same name through Dodge and Plymouth dealers, for the 1995 model year. The small car rulebook to that point seemed to state that basic transportation was synonymous with subcompact econobox. It had to have a homely exterior that screamed cheap, its performance had to be sluggish and the ride uncomfortable. Forget all that. The Neon tossed out that rulebook, and its looks remain fresh two years after its introduction. Its design still rates as innovative in the way it creates more room for people and cargo. Its driving performance is spunky. And it's chock-a-block with personality. Yet it still is cheap, with a base price of just under $11,000 for a base coupe. Although there have been adjustments--ongoing detail improvements, an optional engine and new model variations--the Neon remains fundamentally unchanged. Mechanical refinements for 1997 focus on making the Neon quieter, while new interior features include a midline AM/FM/CD audio system, new fabrics and fresh color choices. The new colors for 1997 are Deep Amethyst Pearl and Lapis Blue. Also, the full armrest console is now standard on all models. Neon appears to have blazed a new trail for small cars, as many of the recently redesigned models have become more stylish and personable as well, most notably the recently updated Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer. Other rivals, and there are many, are the Chevrolet Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire, the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Tercel, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Sentra, and Mazda Protege.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 132 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 150 HP / 133 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 3-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 132 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 150 HP / 133 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum / 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.8 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
91 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.8 "
Exterior Width
67.5 "
Exterior Height
54.8 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
36.5 "
Front Legroom
42.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
52.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,389 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
14.0 " Steel
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Cloth / Premium Cloth
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench / 60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
4 / 8 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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