2001 Toyota Celica

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Key Specs

of the 2001 Toyota Celica. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    140-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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2001 Toyota Celica Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
After undergoing a total redesign for 2000, nothing is new this year for Toyota’s long-lived sport coupe, now in its seventh generation. The Celica name dates back to 1971, making it almost as old as the Corolla sedan. Convertibles have been offered in the past, but today’s Celica is a front-drive hatchback coupe that comes in GT and GT-S trim levels, with two different 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines.

Toyota aims the current Celica at Generation X, namely buyers younger than those who drove home earlier versions of the sport coupe. The median age of buyers is in the low 30s.



Exterior
The styling at Toyota’s California design studio was inspired by racing cars, which translates to a fresh look and a low stance for the Celica. Longer in wheelbase than its predecessor, the current Celica is shorter overall, which reduced the car’s front and rear overhangs. In addition to a low nose, the body features a steeply raked windshield and tall tail end, as well as sharp creases along the body’s sides. In contrast, the older Celica exhibited softly rounded contours. Narrow windows impair both rear and over-the-shoulder visibility.

Fog lights are standard on the GT-S, and a power sunroof and rear spoiler are optional on both models. All-disc brakes are used for the GT-S, but the GT makes do with a front-disc/rear-drum setup. Both models ride 15-inch tires, but GT-S rubber is a little wider, which befits its sportier image.



Interior
Celicas have space f...
Vehicle Overview
After undergoing a total redesign for 2000, nothing is new this year for Toyota’s long-lived sport coupe, now in its seventh generation. The Celica name dates back to 1971, making it almost as old as the Corolla sedan. Convertibles have been offered in the past, but today’s Celica is a front-drive hatchback coupe that comes in GT and GT-S trim levels, with two different 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines.

Toyota aims the current Celica at Generation X, namely buyers younger than those who drove home earlier versions of the sport coupe. The median age of buyers is in the low 30s.



Exterior
The styling at Toyota’s California design studio was inspired by racing cars, which translates to a fresh look and a low stance for the Celica. Longer in wheelbase than its predecessor, the current Celica is shorter overall, which reduced the car’s front and rear overhangs. In addition to a low nose, the body features a steeply raked windshield and tall tail end, as well as sharp creases along the body’s sides. In contrast, the older Celica exhibited softly rounded contours. Narrow windows impair both rear and over-the-shoulder visibility.

Fog lights are standard on the GT-S, and a power sunroof and rear spoiler are optional on both models. All-disc brakes are used for the GT-S, but the GT makes do with a front-disc/rear-drum setup. Both models ride 15-inch tires, but GT-S rubber is a little wider, which befits its sportier image.



Interior
Celicas have space for four, though the pair in back better be prepared for a tight squeeze while climbing inside and after they’re in position. The rear seat is best for children or cargo, and the split seatbacks fold to add stowage space. Bucket seats up front have more space for occupants, though the overall interior still is on the cramped side. Dashboards have a modern look and a convenient layout.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, CD player, power mirrors, tachometer, rear defogger and variable intermittent wipers. The GT-S adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, cruise control and an intermittent rear wiper/washer. Doors have map pockets, and a covered storage bin sits in the center console.



Under the Hood
The 1.8-liter VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) four-cylinder engine in the Celica GT develops 140 horsepower. A 180-hp, 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder with a different design and VVTL-i technology goes into the sportier GT-S edition. The GT has a standard five-speed-manual gearbox, but the GT-S stick has six speeds. A four-speed-automatic transmission is optional for both, but the one in the GT-S offers manual gear selection using four buttons on the steering wheel. Although the GT engine will run on regular fuel, the GT-S commands premium at the pump.

Side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are available only as options for the Celica, while daytime running lights are standard.



Driving Impressions
Sleek and low, the Celica looks sharp with its angular design. But on the road, too many irritations crop up to give it a true “thumbs-up.” Ardent fans will disagree with a passion, but this Toyota is definitely not a top choice for everyday driving; it even has some drawbacks as an occasional enthusiast’s car. Those who are considering a current Celica are advised to take it on a substantial test-drive under various conditions before making a decision. Unlike most Toyotas, this one could prove to be disappointing to some owners.

Taut, precise handling is the Celica’s number one blessing. The coupe responds well to steering inputs, producing minimal body lean through curves and remaining neatly stable on the highway. Now and then, while rounding a quick curve, the rear wheels feel as if they just might lose grip if pushed a little more. Even if such an occurrence never happens, those thoughts affect the driving experience. Ride comfort is fine on the highway but can become harsh in urban commuting.

With its high-revving engine, the Celica is fast from a standing start. Unfortunately, that action is accompanied by some brash, raspy sounds from the four-cylinder, and automatic-transmission downshifts are not the most genteel. Visibility is impaired in most directions, and gauges are difficult to read due to the positioning of their numerals.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very reliable and super fun to drive!

by Jimmy Jamz from Fairfield Ct on April 19, 2018

It's everything expected! It moves and it handles and gets decent gas mileage! I have owned other Toyota and this is clearly better then the sporty Carola and the Nissan Sentra spec v. I have had a ... Read full review

(5.0)

most stylish

by flick64 on January 7, 2018

the Toyota celica gt was probably the most stylish of all autos owned by my family. They should've kept this car in production. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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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 Celica 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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