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2001 Plymouth Prowler

  • 2001 Plymouth Prowler Base Roadster
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      253/255
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $44,625
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2001 Plymouth Prowler Review

A fun car that turns some heads, but it can’t beat a high-quality sports car in terms of performance.

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Overview

The 2001 Plymouth Prowler serves as a concept car that harkens back to the halcyon days of driving, back in the 1950s when drag racing roadsters ruled the streets. However, while the Prowler looks great, most of its similarities to the hot rods of old end there. With wheels much higher in the front than in back, an automatic transmission, and a V-6 that provides some power, but not as much as you’d expect from a vehicle that looks like this, many drivers realize that the Prowler is mostly for show.

The aluminum body and old-school design of the 2001 Plymouth Prowler definitely turns of heads, and the leather seats look great but sacrifice some comfort for style. The Prowler makes for a fun car to take around town, but any sports car worth its salt beats it in power and performance.

Plymouth offers only one trim level of the 2001 Plymouth Prowler, a convertible with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Plymouth Prowler

What's New

New additions to the 2001 Plymouth Prowler include standard adjustable damper shocks. The 2001 Prowler comes in a new array of colors, including Midnight Blue Pearl Coat and Prowler Orange/Black ST.

Exterior

The aluminum exterior of the Plymouth Prowler really does look like an old-school hot rod, with 20-inch chrome wheels in back and 17-inch wheels in front, a larger grille, a convertible roof, and a rounded V-shaped body. Unquestionably, the 2001 Plymouth Prowler turns heads wherever you drive it.

Interior

The interior of the 2001 Plymouth Prowler marks a triumph of style over comfort. The leather front seats and big, symmetrical, center-mounted gauges may look good, but probably do not suit a cross-country drive. Drivers enjoy a six-way power driver’s seat, alloy trim on the dash, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, a leather steering wheel, and seven Infinity premium brand speakers with the 320-watt AM/FM stereo.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Plymouth Prowler does not get recognition for its handling, although with the adjustable damper shocks everyone enjoys a much smoother ride, and power steering improves on the hot rods of the 1950s. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine provides some nice power and acceleration linked to a four-speed automatic transmission, producing as much as 253 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, but fans of fast cars want a manual transmission and a V-8 engine. Optional adjustable damper shocks help drivers control an otherwise bumpy ride.

Safety

Buyers of the Plymouth Prowler probably don’t see safety as their first criterion for purchasing an automobile, but the 2001 Plymouth Prowler does have electronic brake force distribution and ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, along with an anti-theft alarm system, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, and child seat anchors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Plymouth Prowler: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Looks cool
  • Adjustable damper shocks
  • Decent power

You Won't Like

  • Emphasizes style over comfort
  • No manual transmission option
  • Little trunk space

Sum Up

A fun car that turns some heads, but it can’t beat a high-quality sports car in terms of performance.

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