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2000 Plymouth Prowler Review
Style with little substance.
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The 2000 Plymouth Prowler is one of those vehicles that was taken directly from the drawing board straight to the factory. Now, for those design minded drivers out there, the Prowler is a dream come true. It is chock-full of elegant lines and aggressive styling, as well as cool colors and a convertible top. It truly is a head turner. However, those drivers looking for a performance vehicle will be truly disappointed. A hot rod should move–and the prowler does, but with little excitement. The drive is too relaxed to make the drive exciting. If you are looking for a vehicle with style, choose the Prowler. Otherwise, walk on.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed auto-manual
Models: Plymouth Prowler
The 2000 Plymouth Prowler does not receive much in the way of new features. In fact, the vehicle remains relatively unchanged for this model year. The only obvious exclusion is that the Prowler Purple model is now replaced with the Prowler Silver paint job. New features include chrome wheels as standard, a new leather shift boot, and a speed-sensitive switch for the stereo volume.
The exterior of the 2000 Plymouth Prowler is what really makes this vehicle shine, while also hiding its inefficiency. The vehicle is based on old hot rod cars from the 1950s. Really, it’s more concept than practicality, but its owners care little when they’re turning heads as they drive by. The front of the vehicle is pinched so that is has a long, pointed nose. At the tip of the nose are two aggressively styled head lamps. The molding on the side is sharp and pinched to give the Prowler its distinctive hot rod look. The front wheels are slightly smaller than the back wheel to keep the nose close to the ground. To top it off, the vehicle has a convertible top to make it look even cooler. The front windshield is freestanding and small, leaning back into a small curve. Standard exterior features of the vehicle include power brakes, rear window defroster, convertible top, 17-inch chrome wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and power exterior mirrors.
The interior of the 2000 Plymouth Prowler is problematic. First, the seats are leather-wrapped, but incredibly uncomfortable. They do little to hold you in place when you get the vehicle tearing through a curve. There are a bunch of cheap, plastic bits borrowed from Chrysler. However, a lot of the other styling is truly brilliant. The dashboard is curved for aesthetic appeal. The instruments have a cool retro styling. Even with the retro features, there are plenty of contemporary gadgets to keep you entertained. Standard features in the 2000 Plymouth Prowler include bucket seats, a center console, a compact disc changer, keyless entry, lighted entry system, a premium audio system made by Infinity, 320-watt speakers, tachometer, trip computer, leather seating, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, tilt steering wheel, leather steering wheel trim, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a cassette player.
Space is very cramped inside the vehicle. Front headroom is 37.4 inches total. The front legroom is 42.9 inches. For all its hot rod styling, the Prowler is more show than performance. You’ll have the feeling sitting in the vehicle that you might be able to win a drag race, but don’t look any other muscle car drivers in the eye at a stop light; you’re bound to find yourself embarrassed.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Plymouth Prowler comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, SOHC V-6 engine that produces 253 horsepower with 255 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a lot of acceleration power, but does little to excite. We would expect such a vehicle to have a V-8 option, but alas, it isn’t so. To make matters worse, the engine is paired with the Chrysler Autostick auto-manual transmission. The auto-manual transmission is sloppy and is definitely no substitute for a manual shift, something you would expect in such a vehicle.
The 2000 Plymouth Prowler comes equipped with an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger airbags, and that’s about it. This car does not classify for much of the required safety features of other vehicles on the market. This being the case, the NHTSA and the IIHS did not perform safety tests on the 2000 Plymouth Prowler.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Retro styling
- Head-turning bravado
You Won't Like
- No V-8 engine available
- Very uncomfortable
- Expensive to buy
Style with little substance.
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