The 2005 Dodge Neon carries over from 2004 with few changes. The R/T model is dropped in favor of an SRT-4 appearance package, and SXT models now feature a new Kicker audio system.
The Dodge Neon has fallen under criticism for a noisy engine and cabin, yet simultaneously garnered praise for its nimble handling and spacious cabin since its introduction in 1995. The 2000 model year saw a redesign that updated the compact car’s looks, reduced the engine noise and vibration levels, and improved the ride and handling. For 2002, the Neon finally came with a four-speed automatic transmission, and in 2004 Dodge further updated it with new front and rear fascias, light clusters, and interior features. New engine mounts and a taller fifth gear in manual-transmission SE and SXT models help to smooth out the Neon’s two-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The high-performance R/T model is eliminated for 2005, replaced by an appearance package designed to mimic the appearance of the SRT-4. Although the 2005 Dodge Neon still lacks refinement and interior quality, its sporty handling and good sound system are appealing.
The 2005 Dodge Neon lineup has been streamlined. Three models are available: the basic SE, the sensibly equipped SXT, and the high-performance SRT-4. (Gone is the R/T.) All Neons are four-door sedans with four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive.