1996 Dodge Intrepid

  • 1996 Dodge Intrepid Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

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      3.3L V6
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  • 1996 Dodge Intrepid ES Sedan

    ES Sedan

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    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
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1996 Dodge Intrepid Review

A slick design with a powerful drive.

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The 1996 Dodge Intrepid is designed with luxury in mind and naturally provides such higher-end standards as front fog lights, cruise control, and heated mirrors. The model line ran from 1993 to 2004 and is considered a predecessor to the Dodge Charger. As a direct competitor to the Ford Taurus, it receives new upgrades to give it an appealing exterior and more than accommodating interior for 1996.

The Range

Body Styles: luxury sedan
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Intrepid ES

What's New

The 1996 Dodge Intrepid adds two rear peripheral speakers for improved stereo performance. The maximum passenger seating capacity dropped to five this year; it used to be six the year before. This year also brings features like enhanced noise and vibration reduction and adds several color schemes for the external paint and interior upholstery.


The 1996 Dodge Intrepid is designed with a body length that runs 201.6 inches and a width of 74.2 inches. It features front and rear matching color bumpers and side molding. It also carries front fog lights, and the headlamps utilize surface lens halogen bulbs. Tinted glass, lower sill moldings, and 16-inch wheels also come standard.


The 1996 Dodge Intrepid comes with a spacious cabin. The driver and front passenger gets 38 inches of headroom, but headroom gets cut down to 36.1 inches in the backseat. Head restraints on the front seats are height adjustable, and the floor design includes a covered storage box with carpeting throughout. The front seat center armrest has another storage space along with cup holders. Two reading lights can be located in front as well. A CD or cassette player is available, and the top-of-the-line ES has leather seats that come as an option.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Dodge Intrepid base model is equipped with a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine, capable of 161 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The higher-end ES has a mild upgrade to a 3.5-liter V-6, capable of 214 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. All models included two disc brakes including two ventilated discs. The suspension uses front and rear struts with a stabilizer bar with independent coil springs. The power steering is vehicle speed proportional.


The 1996 Dodge Intrepid pushed its design engineers to have it up to standard with the upcoming 1997 side impact requirements. The Intrepid was one of the earlier vehicles to feature driver and front passenger air bags. There are three-point reel seatbelts for the front and rear, and an additional rear center strap. It also features a door ajar warning and a delay dimmer on the cabin lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Intrepid: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large comfortable cabin
  • Elegant console design
  • Improved noise reduction

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Wide turning radius

Sum Up

A slick design with a powerful drive.

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