The Dodge Spirit was a mid-size sedan introduced by Chrysler Corporation in the late 1980s. Positioned as a practical and affordable family car, the Spirit was developed to cater to the needs of buyers looking for a roomier alternative to compact cars without moving up to a full-size sedan. The Dodge Spirit was introduced in 1988 for the 1989 model year. It remained in production until 1995.
The Spirit was based on Chrysler’s AA-body platform, which it shared with its sibling, the Plymouth Acclaim, and the luxury variant, the Chrysler LeBaron sedan. It was offered as a four-door sedan. Over its production run, the Spirit was available with various engines, ranging from a 2.5-liter inline-four to a 3.0-liter V6. There was also a turbocharged variant of the 2.5-liter engine available in some models. The Spirit came with either a manual or automatic transmission, depending on the trim and year.
The Dodge Spirit was positioned as a value-for-money proposition, targeting families and individuals looking for a reliable and roomy sedan without breaking the bank. The Dodge Spirit and its platform-mates were succeeded by the “cloud cars” in the mid-1990s – namely, the Dodge Stratus, Plymouth Breeze, and Chrysler Cirrus.