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2001 Chrysler Prowler Review
Classic styling, modern technology.
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The 2001 Chrysler Prowler blends the style of a 1930s roadster with modern technology, making it an extremely unique vehicle. However, there is nothing really spectacular about the design beyond the novelty value. Most Prowlers find their way into the hands of collectors and people who want a unique-looking vehicle. Unfortunately, the Prowler’s extremely high price tag puts it out of reach for virtually every consumer.
It would be unfair to say that the 2001 Chrysler Prowler is not a solid roadster, but it would be a much more competitive vehicle if it had a lower price tag. The Prowler offers good acceleration and turning, but it simply does not compete with other roadsters in the same price range. At best, the Prowler might beat its competition in terms of luxurious standard amenities, but nothing else. When a Chrysler vehicle makes a Porsche look like an economic option, drivers really need to stop and consider their options. Drivers typically buy the Chrysler Prowler for its novel appearance and consider the performance and amenities little more than bonuses. The Prowler provides a beautiful car to look at, but otherwise, it seems impractical across the board, even by roadster standards.
Engines: 3.5-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Prowler
The 2001 Chrysler Prowler debuts as a new model.
The exterior marks the most distinctive aspect of the 2001 Chrysler Prowler as well as its main selling point. The Prowler is a convertible that looks like a 1930s roadster built with modern technology. It has a retro appeal, but maintains the graceful, flowing body of a modern vehicle, rather than the blocky, angular appearance of the roadsters with which it competes. At 165.3 inches long, the Prowler makes an extremely short vehicle.
The 2001 Chrysler Prowler’s interior feels comfortable for a two-seat convertible roadster. The standard amenities seem very luxurious. It offers power leather seats, power mirrors, power locks, power windows, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel controls, Infinity premium speakers, and an AM/FM radio as standard equipment. While overall it looks impressive, the interior of the Prowler provides nothing amazing for its price. The build quality and accessories seem of high quality, but that marks a standard for its competition as well.
Performance & Handling
Performance seems like a double-edged sword with the 2001 Chrysler Prowler. Compared to most vehicles, it has very fast acceleration and good turning. However, compared to other roadsters, especially ones in the same price range, the Prowler has weak acceleration, a low top speed, and poor turning. Overall, the Prowler remains far better than the average car, but it does not compete very well with high-end sport vehicles.
The 2001 Chrysler Prowler includes dual front airbags and electronic brake force distribution as standard safety equipment. Considering its price, The 2001 Chrysler Prowler offers surprisingly few safety features. Even less-expensive roadsters often offer anti-lock brakes, traction control, or stability control as standard features.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Unique retro styling
- Luxurious interior
- Excellent sound system
You Won't Like
- Extremely high price for anything beyond a collector’s item
- The Porsche Boxster offers much better performance and costs less
Classic styling, modern technology.
If You Like This Vehicle
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