2001 Chevrolet Prizm

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Chevrolet Prizm. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    36 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    125-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2001 Chevrolet Prizm Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Prizm is a clone of the Toyota Corolla with minor styling and equipment differences; but despite its close kinship, the Prizm has never been as successful as its Japanese cousin.

Both cars are built at a California plant that General Motors shares with Toyota. When Toyota switches to a new version of the Corolla in the next year or two, Chevrolet is expected to drop the Prizm.



Exterior
Available only as a four-door sedan, the front-drive Prizm is 174 inches long — about an inch shorter than the Honda Civic sedan and 7 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Cavalier.



Interior
The Prizm comes in base and more-expensive LSi price levels. Air conditioning is standard on both, but the LSi has several other standard features, including power windows and locks, cruise control, a rear window defogger, tachometer and tilt steering column.

Both models seat five, but only the LSi comes with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. Chevy lists trunk capacity as 12.1 cubic feet without the rear seat folded.



Under the Hood
The Prizm uses the same 125-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the Corolla. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and three- and four-speed automatic transmissions are optional.Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
Because it is a Corolla in disguise, the Prizm offers the same quality, reliability and smooth, refined performance. But because the Prizm isn’t as popular as the Corolla, new o...
Vehicle Overview
The Prizm is a clone of the Toyota Corolla with minor styling and equipment differences; but despite its close kinship, the Prizm has never been as successful as its Japanese cousin.

Both cars are built at a California plant that General Motors shares with Toyota. When Toyota switches to a new version of the Corolla in the next year or two, Chevrolet is expected to drop the Prizm.



Exterior
Available only as a four-door sedan, the front-drive Prizm is 174 inches long — about an inch shorter than the Honda Civic sedan and 7 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Cavalier.



Interior
The Prizm comes in base and more-expensive LSi price levels. Air conditioning is standard on both, but the LSi has several other standard features, including power windows and locks, cruise control, a rear window defogger, tachometer and tilt steering column.

Both models seat five, but only the LSi comes with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. Chevy lists trunk capacity as 12.1 cubic feet without the rear seat folded.



Under the Hood
The Prizm uses the same 125-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as the Corolla. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and three- and four-speed automatic transmissions are optional.Side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are optional.

Driving Impressions
Because it is a Corolla in disguise, the Prizm offers the same quality, reliability and smooth, refined performance. But because the Prizm isn’t as popular as the Corolla, new or used, it has a lower resale value.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(3.8)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(3.6)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car to have

by Daemon from Georgetown sc on August 18, 2018

It works perfectly and it never breaks down runs great around 38 mpg doesn't need much maintenance will get job done good speed for small engine Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have own.

by Katherine from GREELEY,CO on May 10, 2018

I think this car would meet all of my needs. I really like everything about the Chev Prizm. I just need one that is newer with just a few miles on it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Chevrolet Prizm currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2001 Chevrolet Prizm has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Prizm received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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