The 2001 Jeep Wrangler is a traditionally styled Jeep that more closely resembles the original military-styled jeeps than any other vehicle in the lineup. It's categorized as a compact SUV or compact convertible SUV with a front-engine and rear- or four-wheel-drive layout. Production spanned from 1987 to the present with the exception of the 1996 model year when there was no new Wrangler offered. All models are easily recognized for their utilitarian design, emphasizing the large tires and angular dimensions in the compact SUV body. After skipping the 1996 model year, the second generation went into production in 1997 through 2006. Only moderate changes were made to the body style.
The 2001 Jeep Wrangler is known for its rugged and unique exterior, all-road and limited off-road capability, and resale value. In fact, most of the recognition it received comes from these characteristics as opposed to any performance accolades.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Jeep Wrangler SE, Jeep Wrangler Sport, Jeep Wrangler Sahara
There were no significant changes to the 2001 Jeep Wrangler.
The 2001 Jeep Wrangler is a direct descendent of the WWII vehicles, and the Wrangler has not changed much in overall exterior style. Some exterior features include an optional convertible hard top and glass rear window for all models, standard skid plates, optional rear window defroster and wiper, and standard fog lights on the Sahara, with fog lights optional on all other models. The Sahara also gets alloy wheels, which are optional on other models.
The 2001 Jeep Wrangler can feel cramped when enclosed. The base model seats two, but offers a four-seat option, and the Sport and Sahara models seat four standard. With two in the back, it can become crowded. The SE and Sport models only offer air, speed control, and tilt steering as options. The SE has standard air, optional speed control, and standard tilt steering. A sound system of any type is only optional with the base model. The Sport has a four-speaker system standard, and the Sahara a five-speaker system standard. A CD player is standard on the Sahara and optional on other models.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Jeep Wrangler base models have a 120-hp, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and a 190-hp, 6.0-liter, six-cylinder engine is optional. Either one can be paired with a three-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission. It can feel rough around the edges in normal driving conditions but performs well off-road and is usually fun to drive once drivers get used to the noise and jostling.
All 2001 Jeep Wrangler models have standard dual front-impact airbags along with a passenger cancellation option when no passenger is in the front seat. Integrated roll-over protection is standard. ABS brakes are optional on the Sport and Sahara models but not available on the base model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Wrangler: 15/17 mpg city/highway
- All-road capability
- Fun to drive
- Resale value
You Won't Like
- Comfort on long trips
- Cargo/passenger space
- Fuel economy
An iconic and uniquely styled SUV.
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