The Neon was one of the most popular compact cars that Chrysler sold in the 1990s. The design of the Neon was straightforward and value-oriented. The performance of the DOHC engine was lauded by the automotive press. But there were shortcomings with the second generation of the Neon (via Readers Digest).
The second generation Neon lacked the groundbreaking design of the first car. The second time around, the car felt cheap, and reliability was questionable. It was discontinued in favor of the Dodge Caliber, another lackluster compact car that was eventually discontinued.