1997 Dodge Intrepid

  • 1997 Dodge Intrepid Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
    • MSRP
  • 1997 Dodge Intrepid ES Sedan

    ES Sedan

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
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1997 Dodge Intrepid Review

A competitor in a crowded market.

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The 1997 Dodge Intrepid is a family sedan that delivers on everything important to this segment. The interior is very roomy and spacious thanks to the large size. The exterior design is stylish and modern, which is sure to appeal to most drivers. The Intrepid is also reliable, safe, and economically priced, making it a solid investment as a primary family vehicle.

The 1997 Dodge Intrepid is equipped with standard amenities that are above average, even on the lower priced base model. However, upgrading to the more expensive models does not have substantial impact on the features offered as standard equipment. Instead, internal features are primarily upgraded as optional features, while model selection is more oriented towards changing the performance of the vehicle. This purchasing setup could work in the favor of some drivers looking more towards comfort. However, it might come as a surprise to potential buyers that usually expect higher-end models to come with premium features as standard equipment.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.3-liter six-cylinder, 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Intrepid ES

What's New

The 1997 Dodge Intrepid has an upgraded automatic transmission, and a new exterior color is available. The base model has a new sports group package that allows it to take the 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine, while the ES has it as an option. It did not receive any major changes due to an upcoming redesign.


The 1997 Dodge Intrepid is a large sedan, measuring in at 201.8 inches in length while its styling is graceful and curved. It’s also a very sporty looking sedan, right down to the optional rear spoiler, which works much better than on many other vehicles. Steel wheels are standard equipment, but otherwise, there are no major exterior features. Furthermore, the amount of paint selection is fairly robust compared to many other vehicles.


The 1997 Dodge Intrepid has a very spacious interior, especially considering it's a sedan. It offers a good array of standard interior amenities. All models receive standard features such as power locks, power heated mirrors, power windows, cruise control, front console, air-conditioning, cassette player, and an AM/FM. However, unlike some vehicles, the higher-priced models are not really focused on adding to the interior selection.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Dodge Intrepid has good overall performance. It has moderate acceleration with the base engine, but the upgrade options improve it significantly. The turning ability is competent for a vehicle this size, but nothing amazing when compared to competitors.


The 1997 Dodge Intrepid has dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment for both models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Intrepid 3.3-liter six-cylinder: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Dodge Intrepid 3.5-liter six-cylinder: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large trunk
  • Roomy interior
  • Modern styling

You Won't Like

  • Awkward size to maneuver in tight situations

Sum Up

A competitor in a crowded market.

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