Dodge bills the new Neon as ""quiet, sophisticated, and still a lot of fun."" The 2000 Dodge Neon shows a complete redesign. It no longer sells in a two-door option, only as a four-door sedan. The second generation proves slightly better than its predecessor and makes a solid compact car for the new millennium.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Neon Highline, Dodge Neon ES
The 2000 Dodge Neon has been completely redesigned from the previous year. Everything starts new, including a totally redesigned suspension and steering system, low-speed traction control, and the exterior. The 2000 looks slightly larger in comparison to previous models.
For the new Dodge Neon, drivers can choose from 10 bright colors, ironically none of which have neon hues.
The redesigned exterior includes new headlamps, a smoother roofline, and updated taillights. The wheelbase and track widens. Enjoy power brakes, tinted glass, a rear window defroster, 14-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers. Opt to add on a rear spoiler, power heated mirrors, a keyless entry system, a power moonroof, remote truck release, traction control, and an anti-theft alarm system.
The Neon surprisingly has some towing capacity, which totals 2000 pounds. It measures 56 inches tall, 174.4 inches long, and has a curb weight of 2559 pounds. It clears the ground at 6.1 inches and sits on a wheelbase of 105 inches.
Interior space on the Neon increases with the redesign, offering 11.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Front headroom now measures in at 39 inches and rear headroom totals 37 inches. It offers 53 inches of front shoulder room and rear shoulder room, 52 inches of front hip room and 53 inches of rear hip room, 42.4 inches of front legroom and 34.8 inches of rear legroom. Standard seating accommodates five passengers.
New features include a radio and cassette player and four giant cup holders. However, that’s about it. The top-end model doesn’t have power rear windows or cruise control, making competitors looking a bit better in the feature department. Cloth bucket seats come standard in the 2000 Dodge Neon, along with power steering, a center console, and an AM/FM/cassette audio system.
Most features that come standard normally provide upgrades in the Neon, including air-conditioning, a tachometer, and power windows and locks. Opt for a CD changer and audio system.
Performance & Handling
Low-speed traction control provides a new feature on the 2000 Dodge Neon, along with anti-lock brakes as an option. A four-wheel independent suspension helps with a smooth ride, even along the bumpiest of surfaces. Power steering comes standard, and alloy wheels remain optional upgrades in both models.
Driver and passenger front airbags and anti-lock brakes (which provide an upgrade in the higher-end Neon) aim to keep front passengers safe in the case of an accident. A panic alarm, security system, and ignition disable provide additional safety options.
An NHTSA gives passenger and the driver protection four out of five stars for the 2000 Dodge Neon. Side-impact front and rear collisions receive three out of five stars.
The IIHS frontal-offset test only receives a marginal rating. Chest and head/neck rate ""Good,"" whereas left leg/foot rate ""Poor."" Restraints earn a ""Marginal"" rating, along with the structure/safety cage. The right leg/foot crash-test data earns an ""Acceptable"" rating, along with the bumpers. Head restraints suffer from a ""Poor"" rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Neon manual: 24/31 mpg city/highway
Dodge Neon automatic: 22/28 mpg city/highway
- Large and attractive interior
- Competent handling
- Pretty exterior styling
You Won't Like
- Engine and road noise
- Three-speed automatic transmission
- Lack of features
- Climate controls
Loads of fun, somewhat refined, lack of basic features.
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