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2001 Dodge Intrepid

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$522 — $4,538 USED
Sedan
5-6 Seats
22-24 MPG
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2001 Dodge Intrepid Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Dodge’s most popular car adds side-impact airbags for the front seats as a new option this year, joining the similar Chrysler Concorde, LHS and 300M in offering that feature.

All four cars are built from the same basic front-drive platform, but all have different styling and varying missions. While the Chrysler models are aimed at luxury buyers, the Intrepid is geared toward people who want a sporty family sedan or performance-oriented big car. A high-performance R/T (road/track) model joined the Intrepid lineup early in calendar-year 2000 as a prelude to Dodge entering the NASCAR stock-car racing series in 2001. An Intrepid-based stock car will debut at the Daytona 500 in February.

Exterior
Like its Chrysler cousins, the boldly styled Intrepid turns more heads on the road than other full-size cars. The “cab-forward” design pioneered by Chrysler pushes the wheels to the ends of the car, and the low nose and high tail give it a sleek, aerodynamic shape with a coefficient of drag of .30 — better than some sports cars.

The Intrepid is nearly 204 inches long — 4 inches longer than a Chevrolet Impala and about an inch longer than the Pontiac Bonneville — and rides a 113-inch wheelbase.

Interior
Five-passenger seating is standard, but an optional front bench seat gives the base SE model seats for six. The ES and R/T models are available only with front buckets. All doors open wide enough for easy entry and exit, and the spacious Intrepid accommodates tall passengers f...

Vehicle Overview
Dodge’s most popular car adds side-impact airbags for the front seats as a new option this year, joining the similar Chrysler Concorde, LHS and 300M in offering that feature.

All four cars are built from the same basic front-drive platform, but all have different styling and varying missions. While the Chrysler models are aimed at luxury buyers, the Intrepid is geared toward people who want a sporty family sedan or performance-oriented big car. A high-performance R/T (road/track) model joined the Intrepid lineup early in calendar-year 2000 as a prelude to Dodge entering the NASCAR stock-car racing series in 2001. An Intrepid-based stock car will debut at the Daytona 500 in February.

Exterior
Like its Chrysler cousins, the boldly styled Intrepid turns more heads on the road than other full-size cars. The “cab-forward” design pioneered by Chrysler pushes the wheels to the ends of the car, and the low nose and high tail give it a sleek, aerodynamic shape with a coefficient of drag of .30 — better than some sports cars.

The Intrepid is nearly 204 inches long — 4 inches longer than a Chevrolet Impala and about an inch longer than the Pontiac Bonneville — and rides a 113-inch wheelbase.

Interior
Five-passenger seating is standard, but an optional front bench seat gives the base SE model seats for six. The ES and R/T models are available only with front buckets. All doors open wide enough for easy entry and exit, and the spacious Intrepid accommodates tall passengers front and rear.

At 18.4 cubic feet, the trunk provides ample cargo room, though the high liftover makes loading heavy items a chore. A split, folding rear seatback is standard on the SE and optional on the other models. One major difference from Dodge’s styling compared to the similar Chrysler models: The Intrepid has a much larger rear window, giving the driver a better view for parking and changing lanes.

Under the Hood
The SE and ES models come with a standard 2.7-liter V-6 engine that generates 202 horsepower, and a 225-hp 3.2-liter V-6 is optional on the ES. A 242-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine is exclusive to the R/T, which also has a stiffer suspension and 17-inch wheels and performance tires.

All models come with a four-speed automatic transmission. The transmission on the ES and R/T adds the Autostick feature, which allows manual shifting by tipping the shift lever left or right.

Driving Impressions
Alluring styling, a spacious interior and capable performance make the Intrepid an attractive proposition from both a functional and a visual standpoint. It is a family sedan that looks like a big, four-door sports car.

Those who demand strong acceleration in a big sedan will be more satisfied with the 3.2-liter V-6 available in the ES — and happier still with the stronger 3.5-liter in the R/T. The 2.7-liter engine has to work pretty hard to deliver adequate performance.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
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Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(5.0)

VERY CLEAN, VERY GOOD RIDE, GREAT VALUE

by RevDrJim from Lees Summit on June 15, 2018

This car is in very good condition in every way. I enjoyed driving it, has a 3.2 L V-6 with very good acceleration and power, handles well in all weather with FWD. Reliable transportation with high ... Read full review

(4.0)

Extremely reliable car

by Ravyv from Denver, CO on October 4, 2017

The engine was built to last. Has been an extremely reliable car with regular maintenance. For an older car it maintains well. I would say that as a person who works on it can be difficult to work on ... Read full review

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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 Intrepid 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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