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1998 Plymouth Neon

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1998 Plymouth Neon Review

An American alternative to the Civic or the Corolla.

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The 1998 Plymouth Neon is a sporty, compact, and a fun drive. The interior, despite the small size, also feels quite spacious. While a little cramped, the rear seats comfortably accommodate full-grown adults. With a good range of interior features, a varied model selection, and a low price tag, the Plymouth Neon offers a good all-around value.

The Plymouth Neon suits drivers not overly concerned about passenger room and cargo space, which most compact vehicles sacrifice. While it does have a larger interior than many similar-sized competitors, it doesn’t provide the same amount of room as a full-size vehicle. However, without space as a concern, the Neon comes at a great value with excellent performance for a modest price.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Plymouth Neon Competition, Plymouth Neon Highline, Plymouth Neon Expresso, Plymouth Neon Style

What's New

The 1998 Plymouth Neon comes with a low emissions vehicle (LEV) calibration to accommodate the regulations of some states. The Neon also offers four new colors this model year.


The 1998 Plymouth Neon comes as two-door coupe or a sedan. Measuring 171.8 inches long, it makes for a petite, compact car in either body option. The two options show no significant difference in performance or styling. Beyond the number of doors, the 1998 Plymouth Neon coupe and sedan look almost identical.


Like many compact vehicles, the feature selection for the 1998 Plymouth Neon remains fairly modest. The low-priced Neon Competition has no significant standard features, with air-conditioning and an audio system available only as options. The Neon Style includes air-conditioning and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment, with a decent amount of optional features, including a CD player and cruise control. Due to the low base cost of the Neon, adding some optional features does not cause too much of a financial burden.

Optional features for the Neon Style include power windows, locks, and doors and a power moonroof.

Performance & Handling

Performance marks a high point for the Plymouth Neon. The two-liter, four-cylinder engine provides a good burst of acceleration and a respectable top speed. However, handling takes the highlight with performance. The Neon offers excellent turning and maneuverability. In addition, the small body design allows it to comfortably squeeze through narrower streets and tightly packed garages with ease.


The 1998 Plymouth Neon comes equipped with dual front airbags as standard safety equipment on all models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain available as an option on all models, except the Neon Competition.

EPA Fuel Economy

Plymouth Neon three-speed automatic: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Plymouth Neon five-speed manual: 25/37 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good speed
  • Excellent handling
  • Low price tag

You Won't Like

  • Poor track record for liability

Sum Up

An American alternative to the Civic or the Corolla.

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