The Spirit was a midsize sedan that provided 6 seats and 4 doors in a conservatively-styled front-wheel drive package and included a generous list of standard equipment at a comparatively low price. The Spirit competed with the Ford Mondeo, the Chevrolet Corsica and its corporate twin, the Plymouth Acclaim.
Early in the 1990s, the Spirit was available with four trim models: base, ES, LE and R/T Turbo.
New for 1992 were revised gear ratios for the R/T Turbo, and the LE received 3-speed automatic transmission.
The 1993 Spirit was reduced to only two trim levels: Highline and ES.
As of 1994, there was only one trim level, and a choice of two engines, which made ordering the Spirit a lot simpler than some other models. The standard powerplant was a 100-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The optional engine was a 142-hp 3.0-liter single-overhead-cam V6. Both engines drove the front wheels through a 3-speed automatic transaxle. This was the last model year for 4-speed automatic transmission and the optional fold-down rear seatbacks.
Standard equipment included a driver's airbag, air conditioning, rear-window defroster, floor mats, tinted glass, remote-control outside mirrors, 4-speaker AM/FM/cassette sound system, cruise control and tilt steering wheel. Options (aside from the V6 engine) included ABS, power locks/windows/seats/mirrors and a "gold option package" that included cast-aluminum wheels with gold accents, a luggage rack, one-size-larger tires, body side moldings with a gold stripe, body-color fascias with gold accents and special gold decals. The standard seating arrangement was a 50/50 split front bench with folding arm rests and dual recliners.
The introduction of the new Dodge Stratus marked the last year for the practical but aging Dodge Spirit. It was one step up from the new Dodge Neon in both exterior size and price. For this model year, the 50/50 split rear bench seat was fixed, and the antilock brakes were removed.
- $12,470 (1994 Dodge Spirit)
As of mid-1994:
- $14,323 (1995 Dodge Spirit)
- $505 (1993-1995 models)