Known to be roomy, cute, and quick, the Neon model is shared by a number of Chrysler Corporation’s makes such as Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth depending on the location. Plymouth Neon was sold mainly in the US until the brand itself was discontinued the year 2002, making the model one of the last ones produced under the brand. The Plymouth Neon was crafted with the goal of beating every car in the competition in every aspect possible. It boasted of a 132-horsepower engine, making it run up to 30 hp ahead of other vehicles in its class. Over the years, the Neon model was a good purchase, be it Chrysler, Dodge, or Plymouth.
1994 - 1999: The first generation
When the Plymouth Neon was first released the year 1995, it was very much celebrated because it was better than most cars in its generation. It had higher torque rate, larger interiors, better handling, innovative environmental features, and more standard functions. The best part is that all of these came at an incredibly affordable price, making the model a safe bet for a family car or an everyday vehicle.
Its standard features include SOHC or DOHC engines that bring out better performance output compared to most competing vehicles. It also carried a computer-controlled speed limiter for increased safety when driving the streets. The first generation of the Plymouth Neon also had remarkable handling and cornering capabilities, thanks to its adjustable camber.
The most noteworthy characteristic of the Plymouth Neon when it was released was its appearance. While it did not push borders with outrageous designs, the model turned heads with relatively small yet astounding details. It featured exteriors colors that were too bold to ignore such as Nitro Yellow-Green, Lapis Blue, Aqua, and Magenta. In addition, its wheel covers had a bubble design, adding a playful personality to its exterior styling.
2000 - 2002: The second generation
A number of enhancements were given to the second generation of the Plymouth Neon. As a matter of fact, the company advertised a thousand refinements compared with the first generation. The first of these refinements was the application of NVH principles to the engine wherein noise, vibrations, and harshness were drastically lessened through changes in various engine components. This made the Plymouth Neon a powerful and pleasing car to drive. It was also driven with a five-speed manual transmission to improve acceleration while conserving fuel. The DOHC engine was dropped for the second generation, making the 2.0L SOHC engine a standard among all units.
During this time, the coupe model was also dropped and the four-door sedans were the only Plymouth Neon sold. Its frameless windows were also turned into full-framed doors, changing the way the vehicle looks like. The Plymouth Neon also increased in weight because of its greater size and new interior with side impact bags and leather seats. Despite these improvements, the Plymouth Neon met its untimely demise when the Plymouth make was discontinued the year 2002, making the car the last model ever produced under Plymouth. Chrysler continued to sell Neon until the model was finally discontinued the year 2005.