2001 Dodge Neon

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2001 Dodge Neon Review

Dodge’s break into the economy segment.

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The 2001 Dodge Neon’s advertising often stresses its ?fun? factor. Even without the coupe option, the Neon sedan is a perky little vehicle with graceful styling. As an economy vehicle, it does not offer amazing performance, but it has good acceleration and cornering, despite the low cost. It comes light on standard features, but the various available options and upgrades can make a significant difference.

The 2001 Dodge Neon provides a good value for the money and a solid entry in the economy sedan market. The only real downside concerns the tight competition in this market. Several other vehicles offer similar features and performance for about the same price. Comparative shopping is a good idea when looking at the Neon, but few drivers feel completely dissatisfied with this vehicle. The Neon more than meets expectations for a vehicle in its price range. The market offers better, sportier coupes and sedans, but expect to pay significantly more to actually purchase one over the Neon.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Dodge Neon SE, Dodge Neon R/T, Dodge Neon ACR

What's New

The Dodge Neon R/T and Neon ACR models start new for this model year. Four new exterior colors and a new interior color also provide new options. The available option packages for the 2001 Dodge Neon have been revised.


Measuring in at 174.4 inches in length, the 2001 Dodge Neon classifies as a very compact sedan. The styling looks rounded and clean, bordering on cuteness. Steel wheels come standard, but otherwise, the varying models offer no major exterior differences. The paint selection falls slightly above average for a vehicle in this range.


Despite its small size, the Neon offers a roomy interior. It does not offer much in the way of interior amenities, though. An AM/FM radio and CD player mark standard equipment. Other basic amenities, like air-conditioning, must be added as upgrades. However, the 2001 Dodge Neon’s interior build quality is better than what’s usually found in this segment of the market. It might not offer much, but what it does offer comes well made.

Performance & Handling

The Neon has mediocre performance, which most consumers would expect for the price. The 2001 Dodge Neon offers moderate acceleration, but nothing that distinguishes it from the competition. The turning ability remains competent, but not quite on the same level as much of its competition. The standard brakes do not provide very good stopping power, but upgrading to four-wheel anti-lock brakes makes a huge difference.


The 2001 Dodge Neon features dual front airbags, electronic brake force distribution, and an engine immobilizer as standard safety equipment. Side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control remain available as optional features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Neon three-speed manual: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Dodge Neon five-speed automatic: 24/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Low price
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomy interior

You Won't Like

  • Automatic transmission impacts fuel economy
  • Tough competition
  • Weak standard brakes

Sum Up

Dodge’s break into the economy segment.

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