Facts about the Dodge Neon Engine

The Dodge Neon was a once popular car for the Chrysler Corporation. The vehicle was produced and sold from 1995 until 2005. During that time the Neon achieved a great amount of success in terms of sales in various international markets including the United States and Europe. During its run, the Dodge Neon used a 1.8 or 2.0 liter SOHC or DOHC engine. This article will share a little more information about these engines types for owner use or for a prospective buyer.

Inline Four

The 1.8 and 2.0 liter engines for the Dodge Neon are inline four engines also known as straight line engines. This means that the engine cylinders are arranged in a single line. The engine only has four cylinders.

Performance Versus Efficiency

The 1.8 and 2.0 liter engines are not monsters in terms of performance. Supercharged versions that were available on some models would increase the performance of the Dodge Neon but these cars would still not match the power of larger, more capable engines. However, gas mileage for the vehicle is excellent and most models could get 25-30 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, let alone on the highway.


Compared to other vehicles its size, the Dodge Neon sports a competitive engine. The top performing engine, which was the supercharged versions for both the first and second generations of the Dodge Neon, was able to produce up to 150 horsepower. This is more powerful than a comparable Honda Civic, which was a direct competitor, or other compact cars of the time. So, although the Dodge Neon engine will not stand up well, in most cases, to a larger engine, it can give other four-cylinder engines a run for their money.


The engine in a Dodge Neon was intended for use by people who wanted control over the car’s power. Most models came in a manual version, offering up to a five-speed transmission. For that reason the Dodge Neon became the go-to for people who wanted a compact manual vehicle. The manual aspect also gave drivers greater control over the performance of the car.


Generally speaking, a smaller engine is easier to service. For example, there are less cylinders which means fewer spark plugs and wires to be concerned with. If the gasket seals become worn, there are fewer to tend with and they are generally easier to get to than those on a larger engine.

The SRT-4

The Dodge Neon SRT-4 was the only version of the popular car to use a 2.4 liter engine. It was noted as being able to produce up to 235 horsepower which made it rival larger V6 engines in terms of power. However, the gas mileage did suffer a bit due to the increased output. It was paired with a five-speed manual transmission, which made it ideal for the speed and control from a compact car.

The Dodge Neon will forever be one of the more popular compact product lines from Chrysler. Though not in production now, there are many used models available for sale. If kept in good condition, a used Dodge Neon could make a good buy for the person looking for a car that has reasonable performance as well as efficiency. The engine is just the tip of the iceberg as the other aspects of the car offer a variety of different features.