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1998 Dodge Intrepid Review
Holds its own in a crowded segment.
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The 1998 Dodge Intrepid classifies as a full-size, front-drive sedan introduced by Chrysler in 1993. A product of Chrysler’s Dodge division, the Intrepid is mechanically related to the Chrysler New Yorker, Concorde, LHS, 300M, and Eagle Vision. In fact, the Vision, Concorde, and Intrepid share the same LH designation.
The Intrepid provides the largest sedan from Dodge, and it replaces the Dodge Monaco with its introduction in 1993. The design of the car can be traced back to 1986, when a new aerodynamic design called the Navajo debuted.
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 2.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Intrepid, Dodge Intrepid ES
The 1998 Dodge Intrepid shows a complete redesign from the ground up. All-aluminum dual-overhead-cam engines also start new. The car looks even sleeker than its previous generation, giving it the look of an ultra-stylish sport sedan. The sedan has Dodge’s trademark crosshair grille up front, along with two large and sparkling headlights.
The 1998 Intrepid carries forward its revolutionary cab-forward design, characterized by the long and low-slung windshield and short overhangs. The wheels get pushed back to the corners of the car, which significantly increases cabin space to larger dimensions than that in most other full-size sedans.
The 1998 Dodge Intrepid sits on a wheelbase of 113 inches and reaches a width of 74.7 inches. It has a height of 55.9 inches.
As mentioned before, the 1998 Dodge Intrepid has a relatively large interior compared to most of its contemporaries. It offers headroom aplenty up front, but the sloping roofline of the car causes the headroom to reduce to just about average at the rear. Tall passengers in the back find themselves almost touching the roofline of the car.
Leg space seems great for the front and the rear, largely because of the wheels getting pushed to the edges by the cab-forward design. Six-footers can sit in the front or back with comfort. The gauges and controls up front seem easy to understand and reach, although the radio controls sit a little out of reach from the driver and look confusing.
The rear window of the 1998 Dodge Intrepid looks larger than that of the Concorde, making it one of the largest in its class. This means the car offers great visibility especially at the rear, giving a clear view of the surrounding traffic and the trunk while parking. This remains despite the fact that the tall rear parcel shelf impairs visibility to a certain degree.
The trunk offers ample space, which expands further by folding down the split-folding rear seats.
Performance & Handling
The 1998 Dodge Intrepid has two V-6 engine choices. A 2.7-liter engine delivers 200 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque. The performance-oriented ES gets a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that delivers 225 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come with a four-speed automatic transmission. The ES uses a four-speed automatic with auto-manual.
The 2.7-liter engine in the base model offers a decent amount of acceleration, but it lacks the thrill provided by the more powerful 3.2-liter engine. Both engines offer quick and energetic performances during passing and merging. The transmission present in the ES provides more confident merging and passing and shines best while navigating through traffic.
The 1998 Dodge Intrepid earns four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of passenger room
- Great ride quality
- Responsive steering and handling
- Amazing exterior design
You Won't Like
- High trunk lift-over
- Slightly problematic rear visibility
Holds its own in a crowded segment.
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