If you’re like me, you remember the Dodge Neon in two generations. There was the first generation, which had a bunch of weird advertisements, and which everyone agreed was a pretty decent car. Then there was the second generation, which was sort of a flop. And that was the end of the Neon, which was replaced by the Dodge Caliber.
Not quite. It turns out Dodge recently resurrected the Neon specifically for the Mexican market. It’s now based on a small Fiat called the Fiat Tipo, but Fiat-Chrysler must’ve figured the Dodge name would do better in Mexico — and so, you can now purchase a Dodge Neon, once again, in North America. Wikipedia claims this Dodge Neon is also sold in the Middle East, meaning that we — as Americans — are missing out on the latest and greatest in compact vehicles from Dodge.
Now, I don’t read Spanish very well, but I’ve headed over to the website for Dodge Mexico (which, incidentally, offers the Mitsubishi Lancer as the Dodge Attitude — I’m not kidding) and I found the Neon, which is described as "stunning and sporty." Naturally, it’s neither, and it doesn’t have "power at every angle," which is also something Dodge says about it. But it does look like a cool little car — and I’m glad to know that at least somewhere, the Neon name has enough equity to justify a revival.
According to the Dodge Mexico site, the Neon starts at just 250,500 Mexican pesos, which is a mere $13,500 in U.S. currency — not bad, especially considering it’s probably not the base model in the lineup, considering they sell some form of Mitsubishi Lancer. Engines are a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder in the base model or a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder in other versions; trim levels are the SE TM, the SE and the SXT TA.
And now you won’t be surprised if you see a new Dodge Neon on the road bearing Mexican license plates. Find a Dodge Neon for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.