The Dodge Intrepid is a 4-door sedan that originally debuted for the 1993 model year. The vehicle replaced the Dodge Dynasty and Dodge Monaco as the largest sedan in Dodge's lineup. The vehicle was discontinued following the 2004 model year and replaced by the Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum. As a member of the full-size sedan vehicle class, the Intrepid competed directly with such vehicles as the Buick Park Avenue, Pontiac Bonneville and Toyota Avalon.
Dodge Intrepid Styling
The Dodge Intrepid was structurally and visually similar to two other Chrysler vehicles – the Chrysler Concorde and Eagle Vision. All three were built on the LH platform and featured rounded corners, a long front hood, Cabin Forward design and slanted headlights.
A 2nd-generation design was introduced for the 1998 model year. The new designed featured a sleeker exterior. Inside, the vehicle accommodated either five or six passengers (depending on the inclusion of the optional front bench seat).
Dodge Intrepid Trim Levels
The 2nd-generation Dodge Intrepid originally came in a base and ES trim level. A sport-oriented R/T trim was added to the lineup in the 2000 model year, but dropped after the 2002 model year. The base model was renamed the SE for the 2001 model year and a midlevel SXT debuted for the 2002 model year. The final year lineup included SE, ES and SXT trim levels.
Standard features available on the SE included air conditioning, full power accessories, power steering, stereo system with cassette player and automatic-off headlights. The ES and SXT models largely varied in performance, and included standard feature upgrades such as cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, 8-way power driver's seat, split folding rear seat, CD player and fog lights.
Dodge Intrepid Performance
The original base engine for the 2nd-generation Dodge Intrepid was a 2.7-liter DOHC V6 that delivered 200 horsepower and 190 lb-ft. of torque. The ES debuted with a 3.2-liter V6 that offered 225 horsepower and 225 lb-ft. of torque. For the 2000 model year, the ES standard engine was downgraded to the base 2.7-liter, with the 3.2-liter becoming optional. The R/T and SXT trim levels received a power upgrade in the form of a 3.5-liter V6 that maxed out at 250 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque.
All Dodge Intrepid models came matched with a 4-speed automatic transmission. With the exception of the base model, all trims also featured manual shift capability. Fuel efficiency for each engine is as follows:
- 2.7-liter V6: 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- 3.2-liter V6: 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway
- 3.5-liter V6: 18 mpg city/27mpg highway
Dodge Intrepid Safety
Standard safety features available on the Dodge Intrepid included dual front airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes and an emergency inside trunk release. Front side airbags, antilock brakes and traction control were available as optional upgrades. In crash tests performed by the NHTSA, the Intrepid scored a perfect 5 stars in the category of rollover resistance. A 4-star rating was awarded in the categories of driver front impact, passenger front impact and driver side impact. In the category of rear passenger side impact, the sedan garnered a 3-star rating.
Dodge Intrepid Specs
2004 Dodge Intrepid specifications are as follows:
- Curb Weight: 3,469 lbs.
- Wheelbase: 113.0 inches
- Overall Length: 203.7 inches
- Overall Width: 74.7 inches
- Overall Height: 55.9 inches
- Front Headroom: 38.3 inches Max.
- Front Legroom: 42.2 inches
- Rear Headroom: 37.4 inches Max.
- Rear Legroom: 39.1 inches
- Cargo Volume: 18.4 cubic feet
- Fuel Capacity: 17.0 gallons