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2002 Dodge Intrepid Review
A stylish large car that feels like midsize.
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The 2002 Dodge Intrepid has a sporty theme that's coupled with reliability and safety, all combined into a very nice family sedan. Topping the list of advantages of is the huge amount of trunk and interior space that the sedan entails, which proves beneficial for most families these days. The space in the interior is difficult to beat by others in the competition, and the EPA considers the sedan a large car but can easily compete with the smaller rivals in the area of price. The mid-priced sedan has something for most drivers whether it's a stable ride, cavernous interior, or simply good looks. If sporty is the goal, the R/T model fits that bill adequately as well.
Engines: 2.7-liter V-6, 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Intrepid SE, Dodge Intrepid ES, Dodge Intrepid R/T
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid Several upgrades took place in 2002; the 3.5-liter motor became optional for the ES, anti-lock brakes are now equipped with Electronic Brake force Distribution, and SXT trim level debuts.
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid's bold styling is sure to appeal to most drivers and is quite an eye-catcher as well. Not many full-size sedans can say that, but it definitely can. The sleek and aerodynamic shape of the tail and unique positioning of the wheels are all part of the attractive appearance. The SE and ES are both fitted with 16-inch steel wheels and the R/T has the bigger 17-inch wheels with performance tires, rear spoiler, and a much stiffer suspension. All models have variable intermittent wipers installed as well as a rear defogger. The wheelbase is approximately 112 inches that makes the entire vehicle around 203 inches in length.
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid fits five passengers and is nicely styled with a very sophisticated look deserving of the Dodge name. While it's spacious and accommodating, it has several standard features that include air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, cassette player stereo, and disc four-wheel brakes on the SE trim level. The next level, ES, brings power driver seat, steering wheel with leather wrapping, and keyless entry to the existing list. The upper-level R/T has the addition of a CD player and leather-wrapped shift knob with the previous features.
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid The optional bench seat can be installed in the front on the SE base model and provides enough passenger-space for six. The R/T and ES can be fitted with bucket seats in the front but not the bench seating. The 18.4 cubic feet of trunk capacity is adequate for the segment.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid offer three power options including a 2.7-liter V-6 that is standard in the sedan SE and ES model and can generate 200 horsepower, and a 3.5-liter V-6 that's fitted optionally on the ES and gives 234 hp. The performance-oriented R/T model is equipped with the 2.7-liter V-6 that generates a higher-output of 144 horses. Every Intrepid model comes standard with the automatic four-speed transmission, but the R/T and ES models include the manual selection called AutoStick, which works with the flip of a lever.
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid Dodge styling is evident in the functionality as well as in the looks of the sedan. The strength of the 2.7-liter V-6 is quite adequate and delivers a reasonable performance, whereas the other two engines are quite a bit better during highway travel. The passing and merging capabilities are good under normal conditions but may lose a bit of steam going on upgrades.
The 2002 Dodge Intrepid have several standard safety features such as child seat anchors, traction control, and child safety locks for the rear doors. The R/T model adds an engine immobilizer and interior emergency trunk release. Side airbags are optional for all model front seats and anti-lock brakes become standard for the R/T sedan but are still optional on the two other sedans.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Intrepid ES: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Dodge Intrepid R/T: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6
- Nimble handling
- Spacious luggage and passenger room
You Won't Like
- Too much engine noise
- Blind spots backing up
- Ergonomics are dated
A stylish large car that feels like midsize.
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