1996 Dodge Neon Trims and Specs

2 Dr STD Coupe
Original MSRP: $9,995
Airbags Dual front airbags
Brakes Power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type
Price $9,995 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 2.0L 132 hp I4
2.0L I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$9,995
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power Windows--
Power Door Locks--
Navigation System--

Engines

2.0L 132 hp I4
Power 132 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
2.0L I4

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height53 in

Cargo and Towing

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New in 1996 is the Dodge Neon base model two-door coupe, to go along with the Sport and Highline versions. Meant to be a bit sportier in style, yet still fitting within a tight budget,... Read More
New in 1996 is the Dodge Neon base model two-door coupe, to go along with the Sport and Highline versions. Meant to be a bit sportier in style, yet still fitting within a tight budget, the STD Coupe was virtually the same as the STD Sedan in terms of its engine and standard features. An SOHC 2.0-liter, 132-hp I4 and 5-speed manual came standard, with a 3-speed auto optional. The Competition Package featured the DOHC 2.0 I4. Dual front airbags and power brakes were the bare-bones features. Options added on leather trim, air conditioning, a radio, cruise control, tinted windows, ABS brakes, roof rack, power windows, and power steering.
Head gasket failure is the number one problem with 1996 Dodge Neons. Owners also report problems with oil and transmission leaks, failing O2 sensors, and poor window seals which cause excessive wind noise. Peeling paint is also common. On the upside, Neon Coupe owners love the durable engine, saying the car is relatively fast with good pickup. It performs well and is very comfortable inside.
4 Dr STD Sedan
Original MSRP: $10,495
1 national listing
Adds to 2 Dr STD Coupe:
No additional major features.
Airbags Dual front airbags
Brakes Power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type
Price $10,495 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 123 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$10,495
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power Windows--
Power Door Locks--
Navigation System--

Engine

2.0L 123 hp I4
Power 123 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height52.8 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
Not many changes to the 1996 Dodge Neon STD sedan. This four-door practical economy car was a great starter or small family car. Though it didn't offer much in the way of standard fea... Read More
Not many changes to the 1996 Dodge Neon STD sedan. This four-door practical economy car was a great starter or small family car. Though it didn't offer much in the way of standard features, it got great gas mileage. The 1996 Neon STD featured a 2.0-liter, 132-hp 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed manual transmission. In 1996, all Neons got 14-inch tires, an upgrade from the 13-inch previously. Dual front airbags were standard. Options included 4-wheel ABS, a 3-speed auto tran, cruise control, intermittent wipers, roof rack, power mirrors, air conditioning, leather trim, and tinted glass. A new Competition Package replaces the SOHC 2.0 engine with the DOHC seen in the Sport trims.
The 1996 Neon STD sedan has a lot of the same problems that all Neons had with head gasket failure. Owners also complaing about annoyingly loud wind noise, rattling, peeling paint, and general unreliability. Highlights include the surprisingly energetic engine, as well as precise handling and cornering, which make the Neon fun to drive. The sedan is adequately roomy for four.
2 Dr Highline Coupe
Original MSRP: $11,800
Adds to 2 Dr STD Coupe:
No additional major features.
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Convenience Features Center Console · Power steering
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Tinted
Price $11,800 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 2.0L 132 hp I4
2.0L I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$11,800
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksOptional
Navigation System--
StereoRadio

Engines

2.0L 132 hp I4
Power 132 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
2.0L I4

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height53 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
The 1996 Dodge Neon Highline Coupe is a blend of economy car with a bit of sporty flair. The Neon already performs well on the road, with a peppy engine. The coupe gives a sense of st... Read More
The 1996 Dodge Neon Highline Coupe is a blend of economy car with a bit of sporty flair. The Neon already performs well on the road, with a peppy engine. The coupe gives a sense of stylish fun to match. The Highline Coupe, similar to its sedan counterpart, comes standard with a SOHC 2.0-liter, 132-hp I4, but an optional DOHC at 150-hp is available. 5-speed manual tranny is standard, with a 3-speed auto option.
Standard features include tinted glass, a radio, dual front airbags, power steering, and intermittent wipers. A lot more cool options come with the 1996 Highline Coupe than the new STD coupe. In addition to the common ABS brakes, tachometer, air conditioning, roof rack, cruise control, and power locks and mirrors, the Highline includes a rear spoiler, integrated child seat, a cassette player, and keyless entry.
Drivers like the looks of the 1996 Highline Coupe and its sporty handling. The engine makes it fun to drive. The interior is comfortable and the trunk large. Reliability problems are the biggest downside, with particular attention to head gasket failure and oil leaks. Lousy window seals let in a lot of wind noise.
4 Dr Highline Sedan
Original MSRP: $12,000
3 national listings
Adds to 2 Dr STD Coupe:
No additional major features.
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Convenience Features Power steering
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Tinted
Price $12,000 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 132 hp I4
2.0L I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$12,000
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksOptional
Navigation System--
StereoRadio

Engines

2.0L 132 hp I4
Power 132 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
2.0L I4

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height52.8 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
The 1996 Dodge Neon Highline sedan added on to the base sedan features by including intermittent wipers, power steering, and an AM/FM radio standard. It was powered by the same SOHC 2.... Read More
The 1996 Dodge Neon Highline sedan added on to the base sedan features by including intermittent wipers, power steering, and an AM/FM radio standard. It was powered by the same SOHC 2.0-liter, 132-hp I4 and 5-speed transmission. A 3-speed auto tran was optional. The 1996 Highline also offered more options, such as power locks and windows, a tachometer, and a rear spoiler, to lend a sportier look to the basic 4-door sedan. A Competition Package featured the DOHC 2.0 engine.
The 1996 Neon earns praise for its fuel economy and availability of cheap parts for repairs. Drivers also says it's faster than it looks, has good pickup, and handles very easily. But the Neon is also plagued with transmission and famous head gasket problems. Some owners say the A/C does not work very well, diminishing in power over the years. Chipping paint is also a disappointment.
ac probs, head gasket, o2 sensor, paint
4 Dr Sport Sedan
Original MSRP: $13,200
Adds to 2 Dr STD Coupe:
No additional major features.
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System AM/FM radio
Brakes Power
Convenience Features Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $13,200 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 132 hp I4
2.0L I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$13,200
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesOptional

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio

Engines

2.0L 132 hp I4
Power 132 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
2.0L I4

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height52.8 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
What distinguished the 1996 Dodge Neon Sport Sedan from the other two sedan trims was mostly just extra standard features. It offered the same SOHC 2.0-liter, 132-hp I4 (with optional ... Read More
What distinguished the 1996 Dodge Neon Sport Sedan from the other two sedan trims was mostly just extra standard features. It offered the same SOHC 2.0-liter, 132-hp I4 (with optional DOCH 2.0) and 5-speed manual transmission. It too had 14-inche wheels, dual front airbags, and cloth seats. In addition to the Highline features, the Sport added tinted glass, tachometer, power locks and mirrors, fog lights, and rear window defrost. ABS brakes were no longer standard. The 1996 Neon Sport Sedan offered optional cruise control, air conditioning, roof rack, and power windows like the Highline, but added a cassette player, alarm system, power sunroof, and keyless entry.
Drivers like their 1996 Neon Sport Sedan for its easy handling and driving fun. The engine is peppy. Thanks to the cab-forward design, the interior is roomy for a compact car, if not a little plain and cheap-looking. Owners dislike the mechanical nightmares, especially with head gasket failures.
2 Dr Sport Coupe
Original MSRP: $14,067
Adds to 2 Dr STD Coupe:
No additional major features.
Airbags Dual front airbags
Audio System AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Convenience Features Center Console · Multi-function remote: trunk release · Power steering · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable
Exterior Features Rear spoiler
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Tires and Rims 14 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $14,067 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 2.0L 132 hp I4
2.0L I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$14,067
Invoice

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
3-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
22MPG city
30MPG highway
5-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
24MPG city
35MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side Airbags--
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningOptional
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio

Engines

2.0L 132 hp I4
Power 132 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 129 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
2.0L I4

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume12 gal
Front Legroom42.5 in
Back Legroom35.1 in
Wheelbase104 in
Length171.8 in
Width67.5 in
Height53 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
The top of the line trim in the 1996 Dodge Neon lineup is the two-door Sport Coupe. Making the most of the kicky engine, the coupe also offers supportive seats, good legroom, and sport... Read More
The top of the line trim in the 1996 Dodge Neon lineup is the two-door Sport Coupe. Making the most of the kicky engine, the coupe also offers supportive seats, good legroom, and sporty handling. The 1996 Sport Coupe comes standard with a 132-hp 2.0-liter SOHC I4, though it works best with the optional 150-hp DOHC 2.0 I4. It is the only Neon trim to come standard with 4-wheel ABS brakes.
Like the Highline Coupe, it features 14-inch wheels, tinted glass, center console, and intermittent wipers. Other standard features unique to the Sport Coupe include sports-style items such as fog lights, and a rear spoiler. Power locks and mirrors, tachometer, rear defrost, and remote trunk release are also standard. Roof rack, air con, integrated child seat, and cruise control are all optional.
Owners recommend the DOHC for maximum driving enjoyment. The Neon Sport looks good and has good pickup, and the handling is light and easy. Good trunk space and interior room for a coupe are also mentioned. Drawbacks continue to be reliability and a long list of repairs.