Well your friend was 95+% in terms of physical size and a threat to the earth's ecological balance. Hopefully he did not reproduce. No one designs cars, especially economy cars, around a 95th percentile human.
Such a horrible car. I had one as a rental and it just shook and rattled. A good idea with poor execution. Not even the SRT-4 version to possibly entertain you. Hard pass.
Neons were great cars,lasted well,great mileage and comfortable,my wife had a Honda Accord and I had worn neon for daily driver,her Honda had no horsepower, no room,more road noise and had more problems than my neon.my wife sold the Honda and took over my neon.