Plymouth Neon

In 1995, the Plymouth Neon entered the market as a compact car with a sedan or coupe body style and three different trim levels. It contains a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that pairs with a manual transmission. Plymouth produced the sedan version of this model from 1995 to 2001, while the coupe ceased production after 1999. During the first year so of its production, it earned a reputation as one of the best compact cars available, offering a fun drive and something nice to look at.

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Plymouth Neon Origins

Although the compact class has a lot of competition, the Neon does offer several features that make it stand out from the rest, as it has a lot more interior space than most compacts, and even adults sit comfortably on the back seat. The front seats provide excellent comfort. The sedan models can be fitted with an integrated child seat making it the perfect choice for young families.

When Plymouth introduced the Neon; it brought something different to the table, making competitors look outdated and clunky. It manages to remain practical and personable and give a high-performance all for a reasonable price. The models all offer a good selection of standard features and a good range of optional extras. Unfortunately, reliability issues hold it back from complete success. In 2002, Daimler Chrysler subsumed Plymouth.

About the Plymouth Neon

The Plymouth Neon proves fun to drive while remaining affordable. It offers drivers a smooth and sophisticated ride and benefits from a well-tuned suspension and premium shock absorbers. It provides the perfect car option for young drivers on limited budgets, or those with young families who aren’t yet ready to drive something more sedate. It makes a great choice for grandparents who often have to provide a taxi service.

Unfortunately, complaints about poor reliability plague this model. It also makes for a very noisy drive. With so many other cars in this class, the Neon cannot find compete success. In spite of this, many people love the Neon, but it does seem somewhat hit and miss as to whether or not you get a good model. If you get a reliable Plymouth Neon, then nothing can beat it, but that’s a big if.

Plymouth Neon Features

2001 marks the last year of production for the Plymouth Neon sedan, which comes in two different trim levels: the base and the LX. It offers a number of improved safety features, including side-impact airbags and a center shoulder belt for the rear seat. While still fun to drive, the Neon has considerable competition from models such as the Ford Focus and the Nissan Sentra, which offer better value. In spite of this, the Neon still has several features to recommend it, namely its spacious interior, the stability of the ride, and its good-looking exterior.

Plymouth Neon Evolution

1999 marks the last year of production for the Plymouth Neon coupe, which offers three different trim levels. These include the Competition, the Highline, and the Expresso. Standard features for the Plymouth Neon include cloth seating, power steering, airbags for the driver and passenger, bucket seats, and a five-speed manual transmission. Optional extras include alloy wheels, an improved audio system, and leather seats for some models.

The 1999 Plymouth Neon Sedan shows no changes, but in 2000, the model benefited from side-impact airbags and the added option of leather seats.

The 1997 and 1998 models saw four new colors introduced to the model, a new ignition key lock, and the introduction of a low emission vehicle engine calibration to comply with new state regulations. In the past there have been complaints about the noisiness of this model. The 1997 Neon finally offers a quieter interior, resulting from the addition of a structural oil pan. Other additions include a new seat fabric, optional radios, and new wheels and wheel covers.

In 1996, anti-lock brakes became optional across the whole line, and base models benefited from more standard equipment. The Expresso package aims to please first-time buyers and offers a terrific value. 1996 saw the introduction of a base coupe, and optional extras for this year include a moonroof and a remote keyless entry system, complete with a panic alarm. By 1996, the Neon’s reliability issues were already becoming apparent, but these issues set aside, the car offered a good value, especially for those on a budget. The GT sport coupe receives rave reviews from the automotive press for providing such a fun drive.

Select a Plymouth Neon Year

2001 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Sedan


The concept behind the 2001 Plymouth Neon is that of an affordable car that offers a fun drive.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,340

MPG
27-33
Seats
5

2000 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Sedan


The Plymouth Neon received a redesign for 2000, gaining larger dimensions and new sheet metal styling.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,135

MPG
28-35
Seats
5

1999 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Coupe, Sedan


Continuing the push for American companies to create a small car that is competitive with Japanese models, the 1999 Plymouth Neon provides a cheap, powerful compact.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,960

MPG
28-39
Seats
5

1998 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Coupe, Sedan


The 1998 Plymouth Neon is a sporty, compact, and a fun drive.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,826

MPG
29-41
Seats
5

1997 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Coupe, Sedan


The 1997 Plymouth Neon is available in coupe and sedan body styles with three trim levels available for each body style.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,676

MPG
28-39
Seats
5

1996 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Coupe, Sedan


The 1996 Plymouth Neon serves as a front-drive, compact car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,541

MPG
28-38
Seats
5

1995 Plymouth Neon

Compact, Coupe, Sedan


The 1995 Plymouth Neon is a four-door sedan and two-door coupe manufactured by Chrysler.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,486

MPG
29-38
Seats
5

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