Introduced in 1993, the Intrepid was part of Chrysler's LH-car trio, which also included the sporty Eagle Vision and the luxurious Chrysler Concorde. While the Dodge shared many mechanical components with its sister vehicles, it was aimed at the competitive midsize family sedan market, where it sold against such other front-wheel drive 4-doors as the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Camry and Pontiac's Grand Prix and Bonneville.
While most of its competitors were midsize cars, Chrysler's unique "cab-forward" design created enough interior volume for the EPA to classify the Intrepid as a Large Car.
The Intrepid was intended to appeal to a wide range of buyers with a common interest: finding a modestly priced 4-door sedan big enough to carry a family in comfort.
Two trim levels were offered: Base and ES. Both featured a 3.3-liter 161-hp ohv V6 engine. Optional powerplant was a 3.5-liter 24-valve 214-hp sohc V6. Both had an electronically-controlled 4-speed automatic transaxle that was refined for 1995. A flexible-fuel 3.3-liter engine was available in California only. It could run on 100% gasoline, an 85%/15% methanol/gasoline mixture (M-85), or any combination of the two.
Standard equipment included dual airbags, AM/FM/cassette stereo, air conditioning, speed-sensitive power steering, childproof rear door locks, tinted glass, courtesy lights, power mirrors, rear-window defroster, tilt steering wheel and power windows. The ES added 4-wheel disc ABS (optional on the base model) and power door locks. Options included traction control, power moonroof, bench front seat and an integral child safety seat.
As of mid-1994:
- $17,974 (1995 Dodge Intrepid)
- $20,844 (1995 Dodge Intrepid ES)
As of August 7, 1995:
- $18,445 (1996 Dodge Intrepid)
- $22,260 (1996 Dodge Intrepid ES)
As of July 27, 1997:
- $19,445 (1997 Dodge Intrepid)
- $22,910 (1997 Dodge Intrepid ES)
- $535 (1994-1995 models)
- $550 (1996-1997 models)