2001 Plymouth Neon

  • 2001 Plymouth Neon Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      132/130
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,715
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2001 Plymouth Neon Review

Fun, affordable sedan that looks nice, handles well, and gets good gas mileage.

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Overview

The concept behind the 2001 Plymouth Neon is that of an affordable car that offers a fun drive. With the options for the Neon, it can definitely live up to the fun part, and if you remain selective about those options, for example, if you prefer or can live with a manual transmission rather than upgrading to a weak three-speed automatic, Plymouth covers the affordable part, too.

Drivers only get two model choices with the 2001 Plymouth Neon: the Highline sedan or the slightly larger LX sedan. However, Plymouth offers number of ?group? packages you can add on to your Neon that put the fun in this ride.

If you opt for the LX, keep in mind that to get a lot of the options that come standard on the base model, you have to pay a little extra for one of the ?Quick Order? packages.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Neon, Plymouth Neon LX

What's New

The Plymouth Neon underwent a major redesign last year which led to some big improvements in interior comfort and ride quality. In 2001, fewer changes show up, but they include new option packages like the Value Fun Group, which includes a sunroof, as well as options such as side-impact airbags, emergency interior trunk release, and leather seating.

Exterior

Plymouth offers a pretty nice range of paint jobs for the 2001 Plymouth Neon, with 10 colors, including Flame Red Clearcoat and Patriot Blue Pearlcoat. The longer wheelbase and wider track provides a smoother and more stable ride, and the car has a sleek, stylish look overall.

The Value Fun Group offers a variety of interior lighting options along with a power sunroof, and the Power Pak Group comes with keyless entry, a host of power options, a compact disc player, and 15-inch aluminum wheels with P185/60R15 BSW AS Touring tires.

Interior

Buyers get two choices for the 2001 Plymouth Neon interior, a Dark Slate Gray or Taupe, and they can upgrade to leather bucket front seats on the LX. The new longer, wider shape of the Neon provides a lot more space, and a higher driver’s seat improves visibility over earlier models. Rear seats fold down for additional trunk space, and the instrument panel looks sleek and easy to read.

Performance & Handling

While still working on a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a meager 132 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque, last year’s redesign has done wonders for the handling of the 2001 Plymouth Neon. The forward windshield helps with the noise, and the higher grand clearance, longer wheelbase, wider track, and stiffer frame all contribute to a much smoother ride. Power steering and premium shock absorbers add to the comfort and fun of this ride at high speeds.

Safety

To maximize safety in the 2001 Plymouth Neon, add on the Anti-Lock Brake Group package, which includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, a tachometer, and traction control. Standard safety features include front and rear headrests, electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, child seat anchors, and rear-door child safety locks.

EPA Fuel Economy

Plymouth Neon: 24/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Longer wheelbase and wider track lead to a smoother ride
  • Good gas mileage
  • Affordable

You Won't Like

  • Many ?standard? features cost extra on the LX
  • Still a bit noisier than it should be
  • Expensive automatic transmission with only three speeds

Sum Up

Fun, affordable sedan that looks nice, handles well, and gets good gas mileage.

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