Used 2005 Dodge Neon

2005 Dodge Neon
MSRP Range
$13,800 - $20,700

Pros & Cons

  • More fun in the curves than you might expect, strong brakes, good ride quality, rockin' sound system.
  • Lacks refinement levels of competitors, numerous low-grade interior components, can't get power rear windows.
Dodge Neon years

Edmunds' Expert Review

Those looking for a polished economy car would be better served elsewhere, but the 2005 Dodge Neon does have some likable traits, namely capable handling, a powerful audio system and a reasonable price.

Vehicle overview

Since the Neon's introduction in 1995, Dodge has struggled to address the chief criticism of its small car offering -- a lack of refinement. A raucous engine and high levels of cabin noise were the car's major weaknesses, while sprightly performance (with a manual gearbox) and a spacious cabin were its strengths. Subsequent years saw the introduction of a high-performance R/T model and a complete redesign in 2000 that updated the car's looks, reduced the engine's noise and vibration levels and improved the ride and handling. Some old-tech hardware, such as a three-speed (instead of four) automatic gearbox remained, however, and powertrain and interior refinement still lagged behind perennial class leaders like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, as well as most other Japanese-brand compacts. Even the domestic-brand Ford Focus far surpassed the Neon in these areas. A four-speed automatic transmission finally arrived for the 2002 model year. Last year, Dodge further updated the Neon with new front and rear fascias, light clusters and interior bits, including a new steering wheel to replace the strange-looking "upside-down" wheel previously used. In the constant fight to smooth out the Neon's 2.0-liter inline four, revised engine mounts were installed as was a taller fifth gear in manual-transmission SE and SXT models. Unfortunately, the R/T model and its 150-hp engine are gone for 2005. In its place is an appearance package designed to mimic the look of the powerful SRT-4. Although the 2005 Dodge Neon still loses out to most rivals when it comes to drivetrain refinement and interior accommodations, the car's sporty handling and good sound system mean that it is not without its charms.

Dodge Neon models

The four-door 2005 Dodge Neon sedan is available in two trim levels, SE and SXT. Base SE models come with a cassette player, a split-folding rear seat and a tilt steering wheel. Air conditioning and a CD player are optional. Moving up to the SXT adds an air conditioner; power front windows, mirrors and locks; CD player instead of the cassette player; and 15-inch alloy wheels. A Kicker audio system with eight speakers, a CD changer, cruise control and ABS are optional. The SXT trim qualifies for the SRT Design appearance package. The package includes new foglights, dual exhaust and a rear spoiler. There's also a Mopar ground effects kit available.

2005 Highlights

Trim levels are reduced to SE and SXT; the R/T is dropped in favor of an SRT appearance package. SXT models feature a new Kicker audio system.

Performance & mpg

A 2.0-liter, 132-horsepower inline four powers all Neons. Transmission choices include a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual. Fuel economy is good for this class, as manual-shift Neons are rated to get 29 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. Getting the automatic lowers mileage considerably -- 25 mpg city and 32 highway.

Safety

Front disc/rear drum brakes are standard, and ABS is optional on both the SE and SXT. Side airbags for front occupants are also optional. In frontal impact crash testing, the 2005 Dodge Neon scored four out of five stars; in side-impact tests, it got three stars for front and rear passenger protection. In frontal offset crash testing, the Neon earned only a "Marginal" rating, the second lowest possible.

Driving

In general, the 2005 Dodge Neon is not as quiet as other economy sedans, exhibiting plenty of wind, road and engine noise. It still lags behind most rivals in refinement, especially the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla, and acceleration is nothing to get excited about, either. Handling is solid for a small front-driver, with the Neon demonstrating an eagerness for the twisties through its well-weighted steering. The car provides both a comfortable ride for commuting and a fair amount of agility around corners all for a very reasonable price.

Interior

The cabin has a mix of soft-touch and cheap plastic surfaces. If one chooses the option of power windows, they still are only for the benefit of front passengers -- rear windows are still moved up and down by a good old-fashioned crank. An in-dash six-disc CD changer is optional on the SXT. Audiophiles will be pleased to know that the Kicker audio system packs 208 watts and has eight speakers with a separate amp.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Dodge Neon.

5 star reviews: 61%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 2%
1 star reviews: 4%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 201 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, I'd by another one if Chrysler still made them!
sharong61,

2By sharong61 on 03/05/11 14:30 PM (PST) I also purchased mine new in 2005 and have 92,000 miles on it as she's still going strong! I love how she hugs the curves, for a little 4 banger, she goes! I went to Tennessee and back last summer (1100 miles totalled) on 2.5 tanks of gas (30 gal. aprox) which averages out to 32-33mpg!! My stereo is kickass! I love the seats folding down in back (almost like a hatchback)and have had to put very little maintenance on her! Did get new tires 2 years ago and replaced brakes once and of course oil changes. She starts when it's cold, the a/c works great even after almost 6 years. Some lady slid into my rear at about 30mph last year, she even picked me up off the ground as we were both going down a hill! She demolished the whole front of her 2007 Ford Fusion, my bumper had 2 very small scratches and she put a dent in my muffler! I never even had it fixed to this day and people can't tell! My only gripe at all about Neons is that they slide easy on packed snow or ice as they are lightweight. Mine will be paid off in a few months and am debating on weather to sell her too as I don't think I'll find as good a car again! Chrysler was crazy to discontinue them! They'd be selling them like hotcakes right now!

4.875 out of 5 stars, kick ass ride
Baja Ben,

I love my car. you know its a good buy when every time I get out of it I think to my self damn I love that car. the bang for your buck vaule is unbeatable. it is nice to know that you could whoope on any car out there that is less then 50 grand. just watch out for poles

4.5 out of 5 stars, Does what it was made to do GREAT! Bullet proof engine
qwiksilvertrav,

Great car. Bought it new and have had it for 10 years now with 97k miles. Since 15k miles it's been running more hp/tq so putting extra stress on the engine. It now pushes almost 500 hp and the valve cover hasn't even come off...all bolt ons! Runs strong and it's STILL on factory internals. Unbelievable. Best bang for your buck period. Very solid car...have only had to replace wear and tear parts such as brakes, a wheel bearing, clutch, etc.

4.125 out of 5 stars, Very Pround SXT Owner
chel89,

I got the car new as a junior in high school in 2005. There were only two SXT's left on the lot, including an orange one with a spoiler. Picked it up for around 13K (on sale) at the time and instantly fell in love. The car has been extremely reliable and I've always felt safe in it. For a "compact car" I actually think it's quiet roomy. I've managed to keep the interior/exterior pretty immaculate for its age. The car isn't without problems. I've had to replace the Camshaft senor twice now (25$ part) and I find the car takes a toll on tires and breaks- so be prepared to replace these a tad earlier than suggested. I also had to replace all 4 motor mounts at 75K. (@81K ATM)

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Features & Specs

SRT-4 4dr Sedan features & specs
SRT-4 4dr Sedan
2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M
MPG 19 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
220 hp @ 5100 rpm

SXT 4dr Sedan features & specs
SXT 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl 5M
MPG 25 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 5600 rpm

SE 4dr Sedan features & specs
SE 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl 5M
MPG 25 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 5600 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Poor
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Poor
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Marginal

FAQ
Is the Dodge Neon a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 Neon both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2005 Neon gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 201 reviews) You probably care about Dodge Neon fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Neon gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Neon has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Dodge Neon. Learn more
Is the Dodge Neon reliable?
To determine whether the Dodge Neon is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Neon. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Neon's 4-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2005 Dodge Neon a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 Dodge Neon is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2005 Neon gets an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 (based on 201 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 Neon is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2005 Dodge Neon?

The least-expensive 2005 Dodge Neon is the 2005 Dodge Neon SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $13,800.

Other versions include:

  • SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) which starts at $20,700
  • SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $16,110
  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $13,800
Learn more
What are the different models of Dodge Neon?
If you're interested in the Dodge Neon, the next question is, which Neon model is right for you? Neon variants include SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Neon models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2005 Dodge Neon

Used 2005 Dodge Neon Overview

The Used 2005 Dodge Neon is offered in the following submodels: Neon Sedan, Neon SRT-4. Available styles include SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), and SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2005 Dodge Neon?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2005 Dodge Neon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2005 Neon 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2005 Neon.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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