Used 2001 Plymouth Neon

2001 Plymouth Neon
List Price Estimate
$1,068 - $2,442

Pros & Cons

  • Large interior, competent handling, attractive interior and exterior styling.
  • Noisy engine, archaic three-speed automatic transmission, lack of feature content.
Plymouth Neon years
2001
Plymouth Neon for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

While fun to drive, the Neon lacks the polish and refinement found in other cars in the economy car segment.

Vehicle overview

DaimlerChrysler is billing the current-generation Neon as "quiet, sophisticated and still a lot of fun." Fun seems to be the catchword for the Neon. It's used repeatedly by the manufacturer including, "fun-to-drive handling and steering" and "fun-to-drive attributes." Its maker obviously wants people to know that while the Neon has grown up, it hasn't grown old.

While a fun factor still exists when piloting the Plymouth Neon, the "quiet, sophisticated" aspects are nowhere to be found. The standard 132-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four received refinements to the air induction and intake manifold systems last year to provide torque over a broader rpm range while simultaneously quelling engine noise, but the powerplant still makes too much racket at high rpms.

A word of advice: make sure you stick with the standard equipment five-speed manual transmission. Plymouth has the cojones to charge $600 for its lame-oid and out-of-date three-speed automatic while the cheaper Hyundai Elantra and Daewoo Nubira utilize four-speed autos. Whatever.

With a refined suspension that offers plenty of wheel travel, the Neon's ride is smooth, and it's further enhanced with premium shock absorbers and rear sway bars. The power rack-and-pinion steering and precisely tuned suspension also contribute to the Neon's cruising quality while making it an absolute blast when canyon carving. Stopping power comes from a front disc/rear drum combo, but buyers may want to opt for four-wheel discs with ABS and traction control.

We genuinely like the Neon's exterior features that include jewel-like headlamps, a sleek roofline, and large tail lamps. Utilizing a long wheelbase and wide track, the Neon also offers exceptional interior room and a stable ride.

Plymouth's version of the Neon comes in two models. Base Neons are simply called "Sedan" while upscale models benefit from "LX" badging. Standard items like a radio/cassette combo and four Big Gulp-sized cupholders are much appreciated, yet overall feature content is still lacking. You don't even get power rear windows, a tachometer, or cruise control as standard equipment on the "upscale" LX model. New options for 2001, including side-impact airbags and leather seats, have somewhat expanded the Neon's feature list. You can also get a sunroof as part of the Sun and Sound or Value/Fun option packages. We give Plymouth credit for creating an attractive cabin that appears very upscale and for offering a standard 132-horsepower engine, even in the base Neon.

Unfortunately, competitors like the Ford Focus, Mazda Protege and Nissan Sentra offer more bang for the buck in terms of both refinement and content while still providing enthusiasts with a fun-to-drive car. We bid a fond adieu to Plymouth.

2001 Highlights

Side-impact airbags and leather seats are now available in Plymouth's economy car. A center shoulder belt for the rear seat and an internal emergency trunk release further improve this Plymouth's safety consciousness. Both a Sun and Sound or a Value/Fun option group is available this year, each of which includes a sunroof. New interior and exterior options for the Neon pump some life in this fading brand, but if you've got a hankering for the Plymouth nameplate, act fast; as of 2002 Plymouth will be closing shop and subsuming its identity to the gods of DaimlerChrysler.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2001 Plymouth Neon.

5 star reviews: 47%
4 star reviews: 41%
3 star reviews: 12%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 17 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.875 out of 5 stars, A little about my car and a comment on another post.
patrickl79,

I purchased my 2001 used from a private seller. It had 120,000 miles and I only paid $500 for it. It was non - running the problem turned out to be bad battery terminals a easy fix for about $4. I love my car, its quick and sporty, handles well and seems to be well built and very reliable requiring only standard maintenance, something that most people simple forget or dont care to do. My only complaint is I wish the center console was bigger.

4.75 out of 5 stars, 2001 Plymouth Neon A LOT OF LITTLE CAR
jamesrizzuti,

The little Plymouth Neon is fun to drive, feels very solid on the road, and in general has a well designed interior. For a compact car, it has remarkable interior room for 4 adults, and the back seats fold down to allow more truck originated space. It's probably the best little car I've ever driven.

4.375 out of 5 stars, Good Car
Brown,

I bought my 01 Neon a year and a half ago or so and I have loved it. My Neon was really basic, no power windows or other options but it was really reliable. I only replaced the battery and the tires on it so maintenance was low. I bought used but had regular service and it treated me well. A/C and heat worked perfectly. 2.0 liter gave it extra kick for a 4 cyl. Inside room was quite large for the size of the car, back seat spacious for compact car. I wrecked it and have to buy a new car but would get another Neon anytime.

4.25 out of 5 stars, STILL a good car!
ehbowen,

I purchased my 2001 Neon new in November 2000 and kept it for more than eight years. It was the stickshift LX model, and I added a Chrysler-brand cruise control. Other than routine maintenance, the only service it needed was when the engine computer went into an error state. The car was still driveable and I drove it to the dealership, which repaired it under the emissions warranty even though the car had over 60000 miles on it at the time. The only negative I have to say about the car is that it's a little too low-slung; very easy to scrape the front end on sloped driveways. I sold the car to my 16-yr old niece last year, and she loves it-- it's STILL a good car!

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Features & Specs

Highline 4dr Sedan features & specs
Highline 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl 5M
MPG 24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 5600 rpm

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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver4 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver3 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact TestNot Tested
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Acceptable

FAQ

Is the Plymouth Neon a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2001 Neon both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Plymouth Neon fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Neon gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Plymouth Neon. Learn more

Is the Plymouth Neon reliable?

To determine whether the Plymouth Neon is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Neon. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Neon's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2001 Plymouth Neon a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2001 Plymouth Neon is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2001 Neon is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2001 Plymouth Neon?

The least-expensive 2001 Plymouth Neon is the 2001 Plymouth Neon Highline 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $12,715.

Other versions include:

  • Highline 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M) which starts at $12,715
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What are the different models of Plymouth Neon?

If you're interested in the Plymouth Neon, the next question is, which Neon model is right for you? Neon variants include Highline 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M). For a full list of Neon models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2001 Plymouth Neon

Used 2001 Plymouth Neon Overview

The Used 2001 Plymouth Neon is offered in the following submodels: Neon Sedan. Available styles include Highline 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2001 Plymouth Neon?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2001 Plymouth Neon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2001 Neon 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2001 Neon.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2001 Plymouth Neon and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2001 Neon featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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