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2001 Toyota Tacoma Review

Good power and nice features, but may not warrant its fairly high price.

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The 2001 Toyota Tacoma includes plenty of features that appeal to the average truck owner. If you don't like the one you look at, then just find a different version. Toyota offers plenty to choose from.

The interior seems a bit of a disappointment for anyone who appreciates a wealth of standard niceties. Even basic features remain optional.

Overall, this great truck deserves your consideration. You might, however, find that you can get more for your money elsewhere.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab pickup, Xtracab pickup, double cab pickup
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 3.4-liter V-6
Transmissions: manual, automatic
Models: Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner, Toyota Tacoma S-Runner V-6, Toyota Tacoma PreRunner V-6

What's New

Toyota makes a few updates for the 2001 Tacoma. A new StepSide version of the truck joins the lineup; the S-Runner sport truck debuts, as does a new Double Cab version. Toyota offers a few more exterior colors for 2001. The 2001 Tacoma also has a more rugged look, thanks to its alloy wheels and revised front styling.


The Tacoma's exterior depends on the model that you choose. Anyone interested in plenty of bed space should opt for the Regular Cab or the Xtracab Pruner. If you care more about interior room, then opt for the Double Cab. You lose considerable room in the bed, but you get a much larger cab.

Regardless of which version you choose, the 2001 Toyota Tacoma offers an aggressive exterior style. The sport S-Runner, of course, stands out as the coolest-looking version, but the Double Cab models have an authoritative look thanks to their large cabs.


The 2001 Toyota Tacoma's interior seems like a bit of a mixed bag. It has the kind of industrial design that you would expect from a working truck. It still has an outdated look, but the materials seem of a higher quality than what you find in many trucks. Unfortunately, many people, especially tall people, find the seats a little uncomfortable.

The interior doesn't offer much in the way of standard features. An AM/FM radio comes standard at the base trim level, but you don't get many extras. Toyota offers plenty of optional features that you can add to make the interior much more enjoyable. Those optional features include air-conditioning, bucket seats, tilt steering, and a compact disc player.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Tacoma provides three available engines. Anyone serious about power immediately gravitates toward the 3.4-liter V-6. With an optional supercharger, it pumps out 260 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque that will let you tow up to 5000 pounds.

The base two-wheel-drive 2001 Toyota Tacoma comes with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that offers 142 hp and 160 lb-ft of torque. Realistically, though, people looking for a work truck opt for the more advanced, powerful engines. The PreRunners and 4X4 models come with a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine with 150 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Double-Cab comes standard with the 24-valve, 3.4-liter V-6 with 190 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 comes remains optional for Xtracab models.

The 3.4-liter V-6 tows up to 5000 pounds, which exceeds the needs of most buyers. This powerful engine stands up to the competition. If you need a strong engine, then it's tough to beat this option.

The 2001 Tacoma handles exceptionally well. Your driving experience, however, depends on the model that you choose. The PreRunner, for instance, has excellent suspension tuning that makes it suitable for off-road driving. All of the 2001 Tacomas offer a quiet ride that adds to the driving experience.


The 2001 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t win any awards for safety, but that doesn't mean it's less safe than other trucks. In fact, it comes standard with most of the safety features that one would expect to find in similar vehicles: ventilated front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and a passenger-airbag deactivation switch. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain optional.

The Tacoma earns an Acceptable rating (the second highest) in frontal-offset tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has not tested the 2001 Tacoma.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tacoma Base: 19/23 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner: 17/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma S-Runner V-6: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma PreRunner V-6: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tacoma V-6: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engines
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Crew cab configuration

You Won't Like

  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Dated design
  • High price

Sum Up

Good power and nice features, but may not warrant its fairly high price.

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