Well, all I know about Neons is, they have a bad rep for reliability. Things may have changed some in the last couple of years, and maybe the SRT-4 is a little better. Daimler Chrysler is coming out with a lot new cars, and the media is giving them a lot of kudos (Chrysler 300 was Motor Trend car of the year). I'd have a look a Consumer Reports first before I got something like that.
Before getting my wife's 4Runner, and my Celica, I had always owned U.S. built cars (Pontiac, Ford, Saturn). After pouring thousands of dollars of maintenance into them, I've decided I'm done, and probably won't get another domestic car. But that's just me; you have to decide for yourself.
Hey, best of luck, whatever you decide to do!