2001 Toyota Celica

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2001 Toyota Celica Review

Sexy enough for a night on the town; practical enough for the daily commute.

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The 2001 Toyota Celica represents a solid competitor in the sport coupe market. Designed for the young at heart who want more than simple transportation, it offers attractive styling, an aggressive attitude, and an interior that allows for two adults plus a decent amount of cargo. The Toyota Celica offers a good value in a fun package.

The 2001 Toyota Celica looks stylish inside and out, with a cockpit-like dash and big analog gauges. One of the best things about the Toyota Celica is that the rear seats can be folded forward, which allows for impressive storage space for a two-door car. Driver and front-passenger airbags come standard in both models, and side airbags remain optional for added safety.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback coupe
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Celica GT Liftback 2D, Toyota Celica GT-S Liftback 2D

What's New

The Toyota Celica got redesigned in 2000. It shows no changes for 2001.


The 2001 Toyota Celica boasts a cab-forward design that features racecar design elements with a high-fashion look. The panels look sharp-edged with plunging curves, and a tall tail and a deeply sloping hood help the Celica stand out from the other crop of sport coupes. The design has lots of dramatic contrasts, but the Celica looks striking and long on style. It looks more expensive than it is.

The Celica GT comes with 15-inch steel wheels with 195/60 R15 tires, while the GT-S features 15-inch alloy wheels on 205/55 R15 tires. Both models offer optional 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with lower profile speed-rated tires.

Options include a power sunroof and a rear window wiper, which the GT comes standard with power mirrors.


The Toyota Celica seats five people, but getting three passengers in the back seat proves challenging. With an overall length of just 170.4 inches, the 2001 Toyota Celica maximizes the interior space to allow for as much headroom and legroom as possible, but tall passengers may still feel a bit cramped, especially when stuck in the back seat.

The GT comes with a six-speaker stereo with a cassette and CD player, power windows, a tilt steering wheel, electric power steering, a 12-volt power port, and air-conditioning. The GT-S adds two more speakers, fog lamps, drilled aluminum sport pedals, power locks, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and cruise control. Other available options for both models include power locks and leather seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Toyota Celica comes in two versions: the base-level Celica GT, and the more robust Celica GT-S. Under the hood of the GT-S sits a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder, DOHC, aluminum engine. The GT-S boasts 100 horsepower per liter of displacement, with the engine generating 180 horsepower at 7600 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 6800 rpm. The GT-S power plant comes from Yamaha and utilizes Toyota's new VVTL-i engine technology. The system can adjust valve timing and lift to improve output and fuel efficiency. The GT’s 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 125 lb-ft of torque at 4200 rpm.

The 2001 Celica GT-S comes with the option of a six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with sport-shift. The Celica GT offers five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The four-speed automatic transmission comes with E-shift steering-wheel-mounted buttons in the GT-S. This allows for ""manual"" shifting of the automatic transmission. While this remains an exclusive feature in this class of vehicles, and the manual transmission in the GT-S features an impressive six forward gears, the execution of this feature remains less than stellar. The tightness of the gears can result in selection of the wrong gear.

Both the GT and GT-S have top-notch suspensions and braking systems that provide superior handling and performance. An anti-lock braking system remains optional on both models.


Standard safety features for the 2001 Toyota Celica include driver and passenger airbags and anti-lock brakes. Options for both models include side airbags that deploy from the front seats. The Celica also shuts off its fuel delivery system if the airbags deploy.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Celica: 24/30 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful transmission at high speeds
  • Attractive exterior design

You Won't Like

  • Cheap-looking interior
  • Poor outward visibility
  • Transmission performance lacking at low speeds

Sum Up

Sexy enough for a night on the town; practical enough for the daily commute.

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