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2001 Jeep Wrangler

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2-4 Seats
17-19 MPG
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2001 Jeep Wrangler Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Jeep’s entry-level SUV, a direct descendant of the World War II military Jeep, carries over with a handful of new features for its final season in this form. A restyled Wrangler is due as a 2002 model, and expectations are that it will retain its traditional rugged, sporty character. Wrangler was last redesigned for 1997. Major mechanical changes, including a new suspension, are expected for 2003.

The 2001 Wrangler comes as a two-door convertible with a standard folding soft-top and an optional removable hardtop.

Exterior
There’s no mistaking the Wrangler’s heritage, starting with an upright vertical grille that mimics the World War II version. A folding windshield, folding convertible top and half steel doors with zip-out plastic side windows add to the paramilitary appearance.

The folding soft-top is a thicker, four-ply design for 2001 that Jeep says will be more durable and will create lower decibel levels inside. A metal hardtop and roll-up side windows are optional.

Interior
All models come with front bucket seats. A two-place folding rear bench is standard on the Sport and Sahara models and optional on the base SE.

The optional Add-a-Trunk feature, which provides a lockable storage compartment in the cargo area, is now made of injection-molded compound and comes with thumbscrews that make it easier to remove or slide forward.

Under the Hood
The base engine is Jeep’s trusty 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which generates 120 horsepower. A 190-hp 4.0-liter six-cylin...

Vehicle Overview
Jeep’s entry-level SUV, a direct descendant of the World War II military Jeep, carries over with a handful of new features for its final season in this form. A restyled Wrangler is due as a 2002 model, and expectations are that it will retain its traditional rugged, sporty character. Wrangler was last redesigned for 1997. Major mechanical changes, including a new suspension, are expected for 2003.

The 2001 Wrangler comes as a two-door convertible with a standard folding soft-top and an optional removable hardtop.

Exterior
There’s no mistaking the Wrangler’s heritage, starting with an upright vertical grille that mimics the World War II version. A folding windshield, folding convertible top and half steel doors with zip-out plastic side windows add to the paramilitary appearance.

The folding soft-top is a thicker, four-ply design for 2001 that Jeep says will be more durable and will create lower decibel levels inside. A metal hardtop and roll-up side windows are optional.

Interior
All models come with front bucket seats. A two-place folding rear bench is standard on the Sport and Sahara models and optional on the base SE.

The optional Add-a-Trunk feature, which provides a lockable storage compartment in the cargo area, is now made of injection-molded compound and comes with thumbscrews that make it easier to remove or slide forward.

Under the Hood
The base engine is Jeep’s trusty 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which generates 120 horsepower. A 190-hp 4.0-liter six-cylinder is optional. Both engines come with a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Part-time four-wheel drive (for slippery surfaces only) is standard across the board.

Driving Impressions
Though Wrangler is far more civilized than the original Jeep, it maintains the same rugged character and appearance. It clearly is not for everyone, catering mainly to adventurous younger buyers who are willing to overlook the unrefined nature of this beast. Wrangler remains an icon of the SUV market and a true offroad vehicle.

 

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.8)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(4.0)

Just plain fun.

by Dan from Anchorage on October 8, 2019

It might not be the most comfortable vehicle but it definitely is one of the most fun. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed owning it and customizing it to make it my own. Read full review

(5.0)

I love my Jeep

by Cpainter from Greenville sc on January 9, 2019

My Jeep is so fun to drive. It was nearly in perfect condition for a 2001. I am impressed so far. I would go there again Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 Jeep Wrangler currently has 7 recalls


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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 Wrangler 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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