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2005 Dodge Neon Sedan

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2005 Dodge Neon

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Overview

Dodge Neon is a practical, inexpensive car with a roomy interior. It's also fun to drive. It's quicker than most compacts and feels sporty on winding roads. Neon's suspension nicely balances ride quality and handling agility. Its relatively long suspension travel and high ground clearance help it avoid bottoming out on bad roads.

The 2005 Dodge Neon SXT comes loaded with popular features and a retail price of just $15,925 (plus big cash incentives that can lower the final price). And it gets good fuel economy. The SXT is available with a sporty front fascia, rear spoiler, fancy wheels and other exterior features.

Car enthusiasts gravitate to the Neon SRT-4, which boasts a 230-horsepower turbocharged engine, sports suspension, heavy-duty gearbox, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, and 17-inch performance tires. It's fast. Only a Viper is quicker in the Dodge lineup.

Model Lineup

The 2005 Dodge Neon lineup has been streamlined. Three models are available: the basic SE, the sensibly equipped SXT, and the high-performance SRT-4. (Gone is the R/T.) All Neons are four-door sedans with four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive.

SE ($13,615) is the base Neon, and it is basic, with wind-up windows, manual door locks, and 14-inch steel wheels. Air conditioning costs extra ($1,000). Mirrors and body-side moldings are black. However, SE does come with tilt steering, cloth front bucket seats, a 60/40 split folding back seat, AM/FM/cassette stereo with four speakers, and vanity mirrors. Options: AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers ($175), cruise control ($250).

SXT ($15,925) adds air conditioning, AM/FM/CD with six speakers, power front windows, power door locks (with speed-sensitive automatic locking), keyless remote, power mirrors, power trunk lid release, tachometer, map lights, 15-inch aluminum wheels, and body-color door handles and bodyside molding.

SXT options: power sunroof ($695), six-disc in-dash CD changer ($350), trunk-lid spoiler ($100), and a Sport Appearance group ($150) that includes the spoiler, fog lamps, body-color or satin-silver bezels for the instrument panel, center stack, and shifter, and differently styled 15-inch aluminum wheels. 2005 SXT models are also available with the SRT Design Package, which includes most of the Sport Appearance items and adds a power bulge on the hood, unique front fascia, and dual exhaust tips. Colors are limited to Blast Orange, Bright Silver, Flame Red, and Black.

SXT and SE come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 132 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional on the SE ($825); SXT buyers actually get a credit for the automatic (less $115). Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard on both models. Antilock four-wheel disc brakes (ABS) are optional $695) and come with electronic brake proportioning (EBD). We highly recommend opting for ABS as it allows the driver to maintain steering control in a panic-braking situation.

SRT-4 ($20,650) comes with a turbocharged 2.4-liter dual-overhead cam inline-4 rated at 230 horsepower. SRT-4 also features a heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, 17-inch aluminum wheels with 50-series ultra-high performance three-season tires, high-performance suspension, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Viper-inspired sport seats, plus special trim inside and out, including bright pedal pads. A sunroof is optional ($695). SRT-4 is available only with manual transmission.

The Kicker audio package ($795) for SXT and SRT-4 consists of a 208-watt Kicker amplifier, eight speakers, sub-woofer, and six-disc CD changer.

Safety features: Seat-mounted side-impact air bags are optional ($390) on all Neons; we strongly recommend them. Three-point seat belts are provided for all three rear-seat positions. Always wear your seatbelts as they are your first line of defense in an accident. The LATCH child safety-seat anchor system, an emergency inside release for the trunk lid, and child-protection door locks are standard on all 2005 Dodge Neons.

Walkaround

Dodge Neon is distinguished from other small cars by its cab-forward profile, arched roofline, and ovoid headlamps. Redesigned front and rear fascias, exterior door handles, bodyside moldings and other detail work freshened the Neon for 2003, and its appearance hasn't changed since then.

Neon's long wheelbase and wide track contribute to its roomy interior, smooth ride quality and high-speed stability. Full-frame doors reduce wind noise and create a tight seal. The current Neon has a more rigid body structure than first-generation models, which results in a smoother, quieter, more controlled ride.

Dodge has made some effort this year to distance the high-performance SRT-4 from other Neons. Some factory literature even calls it the "Dodge SRT-4," dropping the Neon label entirely. The air intake in SRT-4's deep front fascia/bumper/air dam looks like an inverted version of the standard Neon grille, with two square air openings occupying the space above where the grille would otherwise be. Just behind the lower opening sits a cast-aluminum intercooler; Dodge left it visible in keeping with the car's intent. A functional hood scoop and fog lamps set into what look like brake ducts emphasize SRT-4's road racer demeanor.

Out back, SRT-4's tall basket-handle spoiler is designed to look outrageous, and it succeeds. (It also restricts rearward vision, but not unduly.) Sill-mounted ground effects give SRT-4 the look of a sport compact. Big tires fill the wheel well openings. Special wheels are designed to channel air to the brakes to help keep them cool. 2005 SRT-4s are available in a coppery color called Orange Blast.

Interior Features

The Neon boasts a roomy cabin. The driver sits high for good visibility. The Neon's front seating area has lots of hip room and legroom. Compared to the Honda Civic, Neon has more front seat hip room, comparable legroom, and less headroom.

The SXT's seats are quite comfortable, cushy and supportive. The side bolster appears a bit soft, but felt fine while driving. The cloth upholstery feels good and looks durable. Vinyl trim on the front edges of the seats gives them a nicely finished look and feel.

Dash and door trim are made of a premium material that's soft to the touch, providing an attractive appearance and feel and avoiding the plastic look that afflicts so many compacts. The body-color bezels that come with the Sport Appearance and SRT Design packages add a racy accent to the SXT. Map lights are mounted on the rear-view mirror, not the best location as your co-driver may accidentally adjust your mirror when using the light switch. Otherwise, switchgear is easy to use and works well, though the turn signal stalk on our test car wasn't smooth. The standard stereo sounded mediocre. And having to press a button to get the key out of the ignition slot is an annoying extra step.

Back-seat riders benefit from the Neon's big interior. The back seat of a Neon is not a bad place for short-to-medium-length trips. Rear-seat roominess is about average for the class, bettering the Civic for hip room, while the Honda offers more head and leg room.

Neon's trunk is reasonably large, at 13.1 cubic feet, but about average for the class. Gooseneck hinges intrude into the cargo space, but afford a relatively large trunk opening. Lift-over height is on the high side. The rear seat splits 60/40 and folds down for carrying additional cargo.

SRT-4 comes with special interior trim, including a satin-silver center stack, shift knob and door handles. SRT-4 seats are modeled after those in the Dodge Viper with enhanced lumbar and lateral sections for better support when cornering. Agate-colored cloth is designed to grip the driver. Cast aluminum pedals look like those seen in race cars. A turbo boost/vacuum gauge sits to the right of the instrument cluster, underneath the dash brow.

Driving Impressions

The Dodge Neon offers sporty handling and good acceleration performance, though it isn't the most refined car in its class.

Neon's standard single-overhead-cam 2.0-liter engine delivers decent power. A Neon SXT can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds, which makes it quicker than many more-expensive compacts. The engine doesn't have a lot of torque down low in the rev range, however. (Torque is that force that propels you from intersections and up hills.) Step on the gas while cruising at 3000 rpm and the Neon slowly gathers speed. There's a small rush of power that starts somewhere around 4000 rpm, but there isn't great gobs of it. New motor mounts introduced for 2003 reduced noise somewhat; still, the 2.0-liter engine is relatively unrefined, and its boomy and raucous behavior is transmitted into the cabin. The manual gearbox works well enough, but has a clunky feel.

The suspension nicely balances ride quality and handling agility, making the Neon fun to drive on winding roads but pleasant when cruising around. The Neon responds well in emergency lane-change maneuvers. Its fully independent, strut-type suspension offers high ground clearance and long jounce travel, which reduces the chance of bottoming under heavy loads. Soft springs and premium shocks are tuned to enhance the Neon's ride quality. Indeed, we found that the Neon does not bottom out the way many cars do. When we hit a sharp dip, the Neon's suspension was soft enough to absorb the harshness of the dip, yet it was firm enough and had enough travel to avoid bottoming. As a result, the front of the Neon did not scrape on an abrupt dip on our test route where many others have scraped before. This makes for a more comfortable ride, with less need to slow to a walking pace for dips.

The front disc/rear drum brakes that come standard on the Neon stop the car quickly and are stable under hard use. The Neon stops more quickly than many of the other cars in its class. Still, we recommend the optional four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Whether the roads are slippery or dry, the antilock brake system helps drivers maintain steering control in panic braking situations. And disc brakes are less likely to fade on mountain roads than are the standard rear drum brakes.

The SRT-4 delivers serious sport compact performance. Its turbocharged engine develops 230 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 250 pound-feet of torque from 2200 to 4400 rpm. According to Dodge, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.8 seconds. The SRT-4 was developed with input from Dodge engineers who spend their weekends racing at Sports Car Club of America events. Last year, Dodge recalibrated the SRT-4's engine control module and specified larger, higher-flow fuel injectors, not only for more horsepower and torque but also for a broader torque band. That means less shifting under normal driving conditions. Neon SRT-4 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. A Quaife torque-sensing, limited-slip differential, provides more traction when accelerating out of the corners. Standard tires on the 2005 SRT-4 are B.F. Goodrich KDW II three-season radials, specifically developed to match the SRT-4's suspension and handling characteristics, with a tread pattern and rubber compound that maximize grip for cornering, accelerating and braking. Disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD) are standard on SRT-4. They work well, and the pedal feels good.

Summary

Dodge Neon is roomy and comfortable, though it isn't at the top of the class in refinement. The well-equipped SXT offers a strong value, while the racy SRT-4 delivers some of the best performance in its class.

New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough is based in Los Angeles.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
$13,615
Model lineup:
Dodge Neon SE ($13,615); SXT ($15,925); SRT-4 ($20,650)
Engines:
132-hp 2.0-liter sohc 16-valve inline-4; 230-hp 2.4-liter dohc 16-valve turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:
5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual front airbags, LATCH child-seat anchors, side-impact door beams
Safety equipment (Optional):
side air bags, ABS with EBD
Basic warranty:
5 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in:
Belvedere, Illinois
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Dodge Neon SXT ($15,925)
Standard equipment:
air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers, power front windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power mirrors, power trunk lid release, split 60/40 folding rear seats, variable intermittent wipers, rear defroster, visor vanity mirrors, floor mats, trunk light, tilt steering column
Options as tested:
Sport Appearance Group ($150) includes body-color instrument bezels, trunk-lid spoiler, fog lamps, special aluminum wheels
Destination charge:
545
Gas Guzzler Tax:
N/A
Price as tested (MSRP)
$16,620
Layout:
front-wheel drive
Engine:
2.0-liter sohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
132 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
130 @ 4600
Transmission:
5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
27/33 mpg.
Wheelbase:
105.0 in.
Length/width/height:
174.4/67.4/56.0 in.
Track, f/r:
58.0/58.0 in.
Turning circle:
35.7 ft.
Seating capacity:
5
Head/hip/leg room, f:
38.4/52.4/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:
36.7/52.9/34.8 in.
Cargo volume:
13.1 cu. ft.
Payload:
N/A
Towing capacity:
1500 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, MacPherson struts with asymmetrical lower arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension R:
independent, Chapman struts, one trailing and two transverse links per side, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:
6.1 in.
Curb weight:
2626 lbs.
Tires:
P185/60R15
Brakes, f/r:
disc/drum in.
Fuel capacity:
12.5 gal.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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