Dodge Trucks and Cars For 2001
By Carey Russ
The newest Caravan minivan is the headline act in Dodge's light truck department, but that's not all that's new. The Dakota Quad Cab pickup made its debut in mid-2000, and enters its first full year of production. The Durango sport-utility gets a new interior and expanded lineup. The Ram full-size pickup and Ram full-size van have minor changes.
Behind its Dodge cross-hair grille is an all-new version of the Caravan. A wide variety of regular-wheelbase Caravan and extended-wheelbase Grand Caravan models are offered, including Sport and all-wheel drive configurations. The interior sets new standards in versatility and reconfigurability. Features on various models, including a power liftgate, dual power sliding doors, a removable power center console, add convenience. A redesigned chassis gives greater levels of comfort, and most engines are more powerful.
Dodge's Dakota is conveniently larger than most compact pickups but smaller than a full-size truck. Unlike other compact trucks, in addition to four-cylinder and V6 engines, it offers two optional V8 engines, a 230-hp 4.7-liter and a 250-hp 5.9-liter. A full lineup is available, with regular and "Club" extended cabs, and the four-real-door Quad Cab. The spirit of Dodge muscle cars of the past lives on in the Dakota R/T, a factory hot rod with the 5.9-liter V8, rear-wheel drive, and sport suspension.
The Durango SUV combines V8 power, interior space, and ability. 2001 enhancements include a new interior and new option packages. V8 engines are standard in all models, with a 230-hp 4.7-liter in most and the 5.9-liter "Magnum," boasting 245 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque, in the new high-performance R/T model.
The Ram started the pickup style revolution when it debuted in 1994. It's available with two- or four-wheel drive in regular cab, extended cab, and "Quad Cab" crew cab body styles with a choice of box sized and payload ratings. There are new colors and minor equipment revisions for 2001.
Ram Van and Wagon
Dodge's full-size cargo Van and passenger Wagon have minor interior and equipment changes this year.
Dodge Truck Specifications 2001 Caravan ENGINE 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder Peak horsepower: 150 @ 5200 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 167 @ 4000 rpm 3.3-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 180 @ 5200 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 210 @ 4000 rpm 3.8-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 215 @ 5000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 245 @ 4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive 4 - speed automatic CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Unit construction Front suspension: N/A Rear suspension: N/A BRAKES N/A EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: N/A Fuel tank: N/A gallons Dakota ENGINE 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder Peak horsepower: 120 @ 5200 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 145 @ 3250 rpm 3.9-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 175 @ 4800 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 225 @ 3200 rpm 4.7-liter V8 Peak horsepower: 230 @ 4800 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 295 @ 3200 rpm 5.9-liter V8 Peak horsepower: 250 @ 4400 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 345 @ 3200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front-engine, rear- or four-wheel drive 4 - speed automatic 5 - speed manual CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Body-on-frame construction Front suspension: independent double A-arm Rear suspension: solid axle with leaf springs BRAKES Disc/drum, antilock optional EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: 20/24 to 12/16 depending on model Fuel tank: 22-24 gallons