Dodge Neon1995-99 models
results also apply to: 1995-99 Plymouth Neon
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Dodge and Plymouth Neon were introduced in the 1995 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Neon in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into a deformable barrier. In the first test of this car, the dummy's feet/ankles were an earlier design from the one used in tests of other small cars. A second test was conducted with a new foot/ankle design, and similar results were obtained. This evaluation is based on both tests, except leg/foot evaluations are based on the second test only.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement wasn't well controlled during either test. There was too much rearward movement of the steering wheel during both tests, and, in the first test, this contributed to the dummy's head bottoming out the airbag and hitting the steering wheel. In the second test, the airbag didn't bottom out. Otherwise, dummy movement was similar in both tests.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. In the first test, head acceleration from hitting the steering wheel was low. In the second test, forces on the left tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be likely.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- Post-crash damage shot.
- Intrusion in the driver footwell area and rearward movement of the instrument panel compromised the driver space during the offset test.
- Built-in child restraints (optional, 1995-98 models only)
- Antilock brakes (optional)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1997 Dodge Neon Highline 4-door
- Class: Small car
- Weight: 2,588 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 104 in.
- Length: 172 in.
- Width: 68 in.
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
- EPA ratings: 25 mpg city | 34 mpg highway