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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Dodge Intrepid Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Dodge Intrepid Overview

No Need to Call Shotgun With This Car

The Intrepid looks much bigger than it really is. It's the cab-forward styling and bowed sides that contribute to its sumo-like stance. But once inside, you will find that most of the Intrepid's size advantage translates to leg and shoulder room for the rear seat passengers. In fact, both the Impala and the Taurus match the Intrepid in passenger volume and have more than in inch more headroom, despite their considerably shorter wheelbases.

The Intrepid's interior is smartly styled and highly functional. The seats are wide and firm, with good lower back support on the driver's seat, which has manual lumber support. The front-seat head restraints do not adjust fore and aft, but do come up high enough to prevent whiplash. The rear-seat passengers do not have head restraints. As we mentioned before, back seat room is the Intrepid's trump card; you can actually sit three abreast without squishing the center person. Your rear seat passengers will appreciate the wide door openings and the added convenience of rear-seat air ducts located on the back of the center console. We did like the optional 240-watt Chrylser/Infinity audio, which sounds terrific.

Outside, the Intrepid's aggressive styling and large alloy wheels ensure this car will not be mistaken for Taurus or Accord. Given the Intrepid's width, we were a little surprised that it did not have folding side mirrors, which can greatly aid when parking in a tight space. The large trunk can hold plenty of cargo but the high lift-over (the distance you have to lift an item to get it over the lip of the trunk) may prove troublesome for some.

Once in motion, the Intrepid's handling belies its hefty size. With sports-car-like agility, the big Dodge can dart around obstacles, overcome tight S-curves and sail over great stretches of paved highway. The short hood makes cutting corners a breeze, though you need to remember there is great deal of automobile being dragged around behind the driver's seat. Quick lane changes require multiple glances into the side mirrors to ensure the coast is clear. The 3.5-liter V6 pulls strongly and smoothly, though it felt rough when at idle. The 4-speed automatic performed well, but we couldn't help think how much fun the AutoStick manual transmission would be on this car (it's only available on the racy R/T model).

If you demand style, power and lots of back-seat space, the Intrepid will prove a very satisfactory ride.

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