Before I begin my rant, let me preface by saying that I know there are a lot of Dodge Neon fans in the world. Yes, you sir and/or madam, you are acknowledged. Now on with the show.
I never understood the appeal of the Dodge Neon. It always seemed like one of those cars that you went out and bought because you'd never heard of anything else. Honda Civic? What's that. Toyota Corolla? No clue. How about a Volkswagen Golf? Nuh uh. You wanted something that both looked and felt like it was made out of plastic. Yes, Dodge gets credit for offering the track-focused ACR version to the general public, but to be honest the mid-90s were sort of that point in old episodes of VH1's Behind the Music when the announcer ominously goes "...and then, he hit rock bottom."
Don't believe me? Both the Neon and the infamously-bad Chrysler Sebring (still being sold in essentially the same form as the Chrysler 200) were introduced for the 1995 model year. Now that's not to say the Chrysler Corporation has been tainted forever – far from it, actually, as we rather liked the 2013 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona. It's just that standards have changed.