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2000 Plymouth Neon Review
Cheap and spunky.
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The Plymouth Neon received a redesign for 2000, gaining larger dimensions and new sheet metal styling. This redesign was part of a push by Plymouth to increase sales for the beleaguered company.
The 2000 Plymouth Neon offered a lot of fun for the driver, providing lots of power from its four-cylinder engine. There are plenty of optional features to tack onto the vehicle if the standard features aren’t enough. Even though this is an economy vehicle, it has lots to offer the driver on a budget. It’s a shame that Plymouth had to close shop and sell itself to DaimlerChrysler. The Neon was a vehicle worth purchasing.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Plymouth Neon Highline, Plymouth Neon LX
The 2000 Plymouth Neon has received a bunch of improvements for this model year. The suspension is refined for a smoother ride. The DOHC engine was dropped, but the current engine was refined to make less noise. Side-impact airbags are now included as standard to increase driver and passenger safety. Leather seats are also available as an option.
The 2000 Plymouth Neon is no longer available in the coupe version. It is now a four-door sedan. The wheelbase of the vehicle measures in at 105 inches. Overall, the vehicle measures 174.4 inches, which is three inches longer than previous models. The exterior is also curvier than with previous models.
Standard exterior features include power brakes, a rear window defroster, 14-inch wheels, and intermittent windshield wipers. Optional exterior features include a power moonroof, alloy wheels, an anti-theft alarm system, and a remote trunk release.
The interior of the 2000 Plymouth Neon is expanded a bit for more passenger room than in previous years. Passengers get 34.8 inches legroom in the rear, 52.8 rear shoulder room, and 52.9 inches rear hip room. The only thing lacking is headroom due to the low ceiling, measuring in at 36.8 inches. Storage space in the trunk measures in at 11.8 cubic feet of space. This is increased to 13.1 cubic feet when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded down.
The vehicle is fit with two front bucket seats and a three-seat rear bench seat. Standard features include bucket seats, center console, rear window defogger, tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, cloth seating, and power steering. Optional features include a tachometer, bucket seats in the rear, CD changer, keyless entry, lighted entry, and AM/FM audio system, anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, and power locks.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Plymouth Neon comes equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower. The buyer has the choice of a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual for greater control. It is unfortunate that the peppy DOHC engine was dropped, but the two-liter engine does very well. The suspension has new refinements that make it stiffer, which is a blessing when going around curves. The new ride is very smooth. The new suspension is aided by new premium shock absorbers and rear sway bars. The rack and pinion steering actually makes this cheap little car fun to drive through curves, something that can’t be said about an economy vehicle. The only downside of the ride is the standard front disc rear drum brake combo, but these can be swapped out for a four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system. Although Plymouth promised a quieter ride with the 2000 model, the Plymouth Neon is still loud. When the engine is at high revs, do not expect a quiet cabin. Make sure to option for the five-speed manual. The three-speed automatic transmission is terribly out of date.
The 2000 Plymouth Neon comes equipped with driver and passenger front-side airbags as standard. Optional are four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The NHTSA gave the 2000 Plymouth Neon four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety, but only three out of five stars for side impact front and side impact rear. The IIHS gave the 2000 Plymouth Neon a score of ""marginal,"" its second worst, for frontal offset tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Plymouth Neon five-speed manual: 24/31 mpg city/highway
- Large interior
- Cheap to buy
You Won't Like
- DOHC engine discontinued
- No headroom
- Coupe is gone
Cheap and spunky.
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