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1999 Dodge Neon

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1999 Dodge Neon Review

An affordable compact model that delivers a high quotient of fun.

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An inexpensive compact that comfortably seats four, the 1999 Dodge Neon delivers zippy performance, good handling, and perhaps sets a standard when it comes to affordably-priced small cars. While other competing models may offer a level of refinement the Neon doesn’t, few other affordable compacts are as fun to drive.

In short, the 1999 Neon offers an appealing combination of affordability and performance that’s offset by a greater level of excitement than one would generally expect from a compact car. While reviews and consumer feedback towards the Neon are generally on the favorable side, the car may seem problematic to those who are accustomed to the near unflinching reliability of Japanese compacts. The 1999 Neon is a great affordable model that delivers excellent performance and a high quotient of fun. While there may be more reliable alternatives available in the affordable compact segment, few deliver the kind of fun driving experience consumers would get with the 1999 Dodge Neon.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan, two-door coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Neon Competition, Dodge Neon Highline, Dodge Neon Sport, Dodge Neon R/T

What's New

There were a few modifications made to the Dodge Neon in 1999. The only notable change was the introduction of a new color choice for the Dodge Neon Style Package: Inferno Red.


Whether consumers opt for the two-door coupe or the four-door sedan, they'll find that, either way, the 1999 Dodge Neon has a sporty disposition. Standard exterior features for the model, depending on trim level, include rear wing spoilers, body-colored bumpers, body-colored bodyside moldings, body-colored grille moldings, monotone paint, available monotone paint with badging or striping, manual remote exterior mirrors, and available dual power remote exterior mirrors.


Despite its compact size, the 1999 Dodge Neon has a relatively spacious cabin. Both two-door and four-door models are capable of accommodating up to five passengers. Bucket front seats are standard, while special sport seating is available for certain models. The front seat headrests are adjustable and the driver’s seat direction controls go four ways. Cloth seat trim is standard for most models, while premium cloth is also available as an option.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Dodge Neon’s engine provides peppy performance and is more than adequately powered to move this little compact model along at speed. Touring suspension is standard, but opting for the available sport suspension further improves the ride quality and performance. The Neon offers excellent handling capabilities, thanks to special steering and suspension features, such as front anti-roll bars, front suspension struts, rack-and-pinion steering, and rear coil springs.


Some of the 1999 Dodge Neon’s standard safety features include driver and passenger airbags, and center high mounted stop lights. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available on some models, as is a panic alarm.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Neon, manual: 24/36 mpg city/highway
Dodge Neon, automatic: 21/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance with five-speed transmission
  • Excellent handling capability

You Won't Like

  • Excess of cabin noise
  • Seating is low while windows are high
  • Not exactly known for being reliable

Sum Up

An affordable compact model that delivers a high quotient of fun.

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