The Dodge Shadow was introduced in 1987 and marketed only seven years before it was discontinued in 1994. As it was, the Shadow was a direct replacement for three cars in the Dodge lineup: the Charger, the Omni and the Alliance. However, the limited success of the Shadow led to its early demise and replacement by the highly successful Dodge Neon in 1995. The Shadow is a compact car sold in three body styles: 2-door convertible, and 3-door and 5-door hatchback.
Because the Dodge Shadow provided eight engines during its seven-year history, the vehicle had varying power. At the minimum, the Shadow was equipped with a 2.2-liter I4 four-cylinder engine that produced 93 horsepower and 122 foot-pounds of torque. To provide maximum power, the Shadow also had an optional 3.0-liter V6 that produced 142 horsepower with 171 foot-pounds of torque. The interior was spacious enough for four passengers, and the Shadow's four and five star crash ratings ensured a safe and comfortable ride.
The Shadow was only available for seven years, so its history is limited to one generation. Although the body style was similar throughout those seven years, the interior and engine options gave new buyers something to anticipate. The convertible model was not part of the original lineup; instead, it debuted in 1991 along with lower prices for the hatchback models. An optional five-speed manual transmission could replace the three-speed and four-speed automatic transmissions to give additional power to the four-cylinder and V6 engines.
Some interior options of the Dodge Shadow include power windows, doors and locks, as well as cruise control, delay wipers, tilt wheel, and overhead map lights. A power driver seat and light package" that added lights in the glove box, trunk and under the hood, were optional. Shadow models with turbocharged engines included a boost gauge and message center.
The trim levels given to the Dodge Shadow include S, ES, America and Highline on sedan and coupe models, and Highline and ES on the convertible models. Despite its short-lived history, the Shadow was able to capture a few awards along the way, including the IntelliChoice awards for Best Deal of the Month and Best Overall Value of the Year for the 1991, 1993 and 1994 model years. Once the Shadow was discontinued, Dodge turned its attention to the new Neon for the next 10 years.
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