The 2001 Toyota Tundra definitely has its good and bad points. On the plus side, it is an affordable, reliable truck with good safety features and a towing capacity of up to 7000 pounds when properly equipped. On the negative side, the base engine is fairly weak compared to other work trucks and lacks luxury features that are found on American competitors. The interior also may feel cramped and cheap.
Overall, the 2001 Toyota Tundra is a pretty good buy for those looking to use a truck casually. However, anyone who needs a serious work truck will probably find the Tundra's power a little underwhelming. If that's the case, then consider competitors made by Ford and Chevrolet.
Body Styles: regular cab, access cab
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tundra SR5, Toyota Tundra Limited
The 2001 Toyota Tundra has plenty of new options for buyers to consider. A TRD Off-Road package adds some features to the V-8 access cabs and gives an upgraded alternator to V-6 models. Another new package for the Limited trim level gives a body-colored tailgate and bumper. Meanwhile, the SR5 and Limited models receive an optional notepad holder, and the base regular cab no longer comes standard with a cassette player.
The 2001 Toyota Tundra comes in access cab and regular cab models. Those interested in a roomier bed will want to choose the regular cab since the access cab only comes with a short bed. As far as aesthetics go, the 2001 Tundra competes well with other trucks. It doesn't try to get fancy, but it doesn't let buyers down with dull styling either. It lands somewhere in the middle, which seems like the perfect place for a truck that works well as a work or leisure vehicle.
The 2001 Tundra still has some problems, but it is a significant step in the right direction. Tall passengers may feel claustrophobic when sitting behind the wheel. Trucks typically have fairly small rear seats, but even people of average height will find the Tundra's rear too small for comfort.
The 2001 Toyota Tundra does, however, have a cabin that reduces exterior noise much better than its American competitors do. Standard features can feel a bit cheap, especially those with plastic pieces. If some optional features are added, then the Tundras can have a fairly nice interior. People on the shorter side might even find the Tundra comfortable after they add leather seating.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Toyota Tundra's regular cab models come standard with a 3.4-liter, V-6 engine that offers 190 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 delivers power through either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Buyers who need more power will want to consider the 4.7-liter, I-Force V-8, which delivers 245-hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, the V-8 only comes with a four-speed automatic transmission, which will probably annoy drivers who prefer manuals. It also can tow up to 5000 pounds and handle a payload of 2000 pounds. With an optional tow package, it can handle up to 7000 pounds, which should exceed the needs of most people.
Overall, the 2001 Toyota Tundra offers good handling with responsive steering and very little tug on corners. Plus, the cabin helps block out most road noise, offering a considerably more relaxing ride than many work truck drivers have come to expect.
The 2001 Toyota Tundra received limited safety testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it its highest rating in frontal offset tests, but the organization did not conduct rear crash protection or side impact tests.
The 2001 Toyota Tundra does come standard with several appealing safety features, including electronic brake force distribution, ventilated front disk and rear drum brakes, and a passenger airbag deactivation switch.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Tundra V-6: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra V-8: 13/16 mpg city/highway
- Smooth V-8 engine
- High build quality
- Good maneuverability
You Won't Like
- Access cab doesn't offer much room in the rear
- Interior trimming looks cheap
- Front seats are slightly uncomfortable
- Limited trim level selection compared to competitors
Offers features and power appealing to general buyers.
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