2002 Dodge Neon

  • 2002 Dodge Neon ACR Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/135
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,580
  • 2002 Dodge Neon Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,515
  • 2002 Dodge Neon ES Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,620
  • 2002 Dodge Neon R/T Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      150/135
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,465
  • 2002 Dodge Neon SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,090
  • 2002 Dodge Neon S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,515
  • 2002 Dodge Neon SXT Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      34
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,820
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2002 Dodge Neon Review

Lacks refinement and polish that others cars in the same class possess.

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Overview

The 2002 Dodge Neon has always been popular for its handling and the fun driving experience that it provides. The inclusion of necessary safety features and the fourth gear that it had been lacking could set the compact sedan ahead of the pack. This front-drive automobile with four doors now has an additional base model. Marketed solely as a Dodge model, the four-speed replaces the three-speed unit to keep up with the competition. New additions include the compass located inside, the outside-temperature display, and the chrome-finish wheels. The Dodge name is synonymous with the performance-oriented division of DaimlerChrysler, and the R/T model is an excellent point of proof. The R/T stands for road and track and has sport suspension, racy exterior, and an engine with 150 horsepower. Another great option is the ACR, which stands for American Club Racer, which includes the stiffer suspension. With the competition of such automobiles as the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, and the Mazda Protege, the 2002 Dodge Neon can still hold its own among the fun-to-drive sedan that pleases most enthusiasts.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Neon, Dodge Neon SXT, Dodge Neon SE, Dodge Neon ACR, Dodge Neon R/T, Dodge Neon ES

What's New

The 2002 Dodge Neon comes with a new automatic four-speed unit. The SXT and a base model are new for the 2002 Dodge Neon. Both the ES and SE models are fleet-only sales, and all the Neon models receive a cross-hair front-end style.

Exterior

The 2002 Dodge Neon is unique and sporty-looking and comes in the two-door style with an option of having either the four- or two-door body styles. As of 2000, there is no longer a choice in body style. The styling of the sedan is a more mature approach. One signature is a cross-hair-styled front end with the length of 174.4 inches is just a small amount shorter than the Honda Civic. Sporting the rear spoilers and unique fascias on the front and rear, the ACR and R/T models definitely show the most sportiness in the lineup. The base sits on 14-inch wheels, the SXT, SE, ACR, and the ES all wear 15-inch wheels, and the R/T model has the biggest with 16-inch wheels. In addition, there are various exterior colors available.

Interior

The 2002 Dodge Neon sedan can carry five passengers inside the two-door vehicle. The front seats are buckets and the rear seats feature a bench with a 60/40-split. The cargo is adequate for this size of automobile, coming in at 12 cubic feet. The leather upholstery is an optional choice, and the cloth seating comes standard. Both ACR and R/T models have the side-impact airbags included as standard equipment. The dashboard has a four-disc CD changer as an optional addition, while the ACR model has this built-in changer as a standard feature.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Dodge Neon is fun to drive and appealing to most drivers, offering crisp steering and nimble handling. The suspension is taut and firm with seldom overreactions to potholes and bumps. Some owners report a bit of noise from the engine at high revs, but the consensus says that it isn’t enough to make it undesirable to drive. The automatic four-speed is a welcome addition for bringing the sedan into closer competition with its rivals.

The 2002 Dodge Neon packs a two-liter four-cylinder that generates 132 horsepower, and the sportier ACR and R/T have the higher-power 150-hp version. The standard five-speed manual or four-speed automatic relays the power from the engine to the tires. The only option for the stronger four-cylinder, unfortunately, is to use the manual transmission.

Safety

The 2002 Dodge Neon include optional safety features such as anti-lock brakes, side airbags, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Neon: 24/31 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large interior
  • Agile handling
  • Price is affordable

You Won't Like

  • Less refined engine
  • Weak test scores

Sum Up

Lacks refinement and polish that others cars in the same class possess.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Nissan Sentra
  • Mazda Protege
  • Ford Fusion
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Civic
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