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1996 Dodge Intrepid

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About the 1996 Dodge Intrepid

The Dodge Intrepid was a 4-door full-sized sedan aimed at buyers who were looking for a sporty, yet spacious and comfortable large sedan. The second generation of the Intrepid was thoroughly redesigned, offering fresh styling, new engine choices, and trim options. 2004 was the last year of the Intrepid, as it was discontinued in favor of the then-new Dodge Charger and Magnum.

The Intrepid featured three engines in its model lineup. The 2.7-liter V6 was used in the SE base trim, producing 200 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 190 pound-feet of torque at 4,850 rpm. The 3.5-liter V6 proved to be a more popular choice, thanks to its higher power output and better reliability. This engine produced 232 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 241 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. An improved version of the 3.5-liter V6 was also available in the sporty SXT trim, producing 250 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 250 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm. All three engines utilized a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

The Intrepid was introduced as one of the original cab forward" LH cars in 1993, alongside the Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concorde. The Chrysler LHS and New Yorker would join the LH family a year later. The Intrepid's daring cab forward design combined with the large amount of interior and trunk space it created took the automotive world by storm. The second generation Intrepid underwent a redesign that was heavily influenced by the 1996 ESX concept car. The new design cues added to the Intrepid's sporty and aggressive looks. The Intrepid also saw brief use as a police vehicle for law enforcement agencies. In 2004, the Intrepid and other vehicles in the LH family were discontinued in favor of new full-sized rear-wheel drive offerings from Dodge and Chrysler.

Three trim levels were available for the Intrepid. The SE trim served as the base trim level, while the SXT served as the sporty mid-level trim. The highest trim level was the ES, which made most optional features on the SE and SXT standard equipment. Standard safety equipment on the Intrepid included anti-lock brakes, a trunk anti-trap device, and driver and passenger side air bags. Alloy wheels were available as an option on the Intrepid SE and as standard equipment on the SXT and ES trims.

The Intrepid SE clocked in at a MSRP of $21,385, making it relatively affordable for those in the market for a sporty full-size sedan. The mid-level SXT clocked in at $24,235 and the top-level ES trim topped the charts at $25,415. Cash rebates and incentives often played a role in bringing the Intrepid's price well below MSRP. Fuel economy fairs well in the Intrepid, with the 2.7-liter V6 delivering 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway. The 3.5-liter V6 engines gave up only 3 miles per gallon in city driving and 2 miles per gallon in highway driving. ... View more

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