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2003 Dodge Intrepid Trims

ES

7 national listings
Avg. Price: $4,092

For a classy car that satisfies both the parent and the sports racer, the 2003 Intrepid ES fits the bill. Powered by the peppy 3.5-liter, 234-hp V6 engine, it has great acceleration and is fun to drive. Standard features found in the ES and not in the SE include keyless entry, fog lights, a garage door opener, a trip computer, power driver's seat, rear split bench, automatic climate control, a security system, and leather trim on the steering wheel and shifter.

What could be left for options? Not much, since it's all included standard. How about four-wheel ABS, a power sunroof, and daytime running lights? Intrepid ES owners love its peppy engine pickup and small-car handling despite its large size. The sporty exterior is attractive, and the interior is incredibly roomy and comfortable.

SE

41 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,961

The 2003 Intrepid SE base model gets few changes this year, but remains popular because it is an affordable family car that also offers a lot of extras as standard. A 2.7-liter, 200-hp engine comes standard, with option for the 3.5-liter, 234-hp V6. Standard features such as power windows and locks, air conditioning, dual front airbags, center console, power outside mirrors, and lighted entry maket the SE not your ordinary base model.

The 2003 Intrepid SE can be upgraded to include ABS, cruise control, power driver's seat, sunroof, traction control, split rear bench, and keyless entry. Drivers love its great handling, though complain that the 2.7 V6 is too weak for such a large car. Trunk space is huge, but hard to get into through the small opening. Exterior noise is still loud, despite Chrysler's attempts to dampen it by thickening the glass.

SXT

Avg. Price: $4,555

The R/T is gone this year, replaced by the SXT, which inherits its 3.5-liter, 250-hp V6 engine and much of its performanced-tuned suspension and steering, making this the sportiest family car in the Intrepid line.

It does not come standard with the 17-inch chrome wheels or ABS that the R/T had or the garage door opener, traction control, trip computer, or security system that the ES now offers, but the SXT still has plenty of standard features similar to the ES. Its main difference is the high-output engine. As in the ES, options include ABS brakes, sunroof, and daytime running lights. The Intrepid always gets rated highly for handling and speed, as well as comfort and cargo space. Minor complaints focus on a plain interior, not enough options, poor rear visibility, and loud road noise.