• (4.9) 23 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,111–$14,643
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18-23
  • Engine: 142-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2001 Toyota Tacoma

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Vehicle Overview
Toyota introduces its first pickup with four conventional doors for 2001, the Tacoma Double Cab. The Tacoma is Toyota’s compact pickup, and it previously came only in regular-cab and extended-cab (called Xtracab) models with two front doors.

The Double Cab competes with four-door crew cabs from Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC and Nissan, and the Explorer Sport Trac, a four-door sport utility vehicle with an open cargo bed.

Also new for 2001 is the sporty S-Runner Xtracab, a two-wheel-drive model lowered 2 inches for a “low-rider” look. The S-Runner also includes body-color features on the grille, front and rear bumpers, lower side trim, door handles and mirrors.

Toyota added “stepside” versions of the regular cab and Xtracab with flared rear fenders in spring 2000. All 2001 models wear a restyled front end with a new grille, raised hood and multireflector headlamps.

The regular cab is 184 inches long on a 103-inch wheelbase, and the Xtracab is 203 inches long on a 122-inch wheelbase. Both have a 6.2-foot cargo bed. The new Double Cab is the same size as the Xtracab, but because it has a larger interior, the cargo bed shrinks to 5 feet.

About 20 percent of Tacoma sales are PreRunner models, which have two-wheel drive but are gussied up to look like 4x4 off-roaders. Standard features include higher ground clearance, mudguards and all-terrain tires.

Bucket seats are standard on the Xtracab Limited and Double Cabs and optional on other models, which come with a standard three-place bench. Xtracabs also have two rear jump seats. The Double Cab has a split, three-place rear bench that folds for extra cargo room.

The dashboard is well designed and convenient except for one big flaw: In their extended position, the slide-out dual cupholders block the climate controls.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available on the Tacoma. The base engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the first step up is a 150-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder. The top engine choice is a 3.4-liter V-6 with 190 hp.

The 4WD system on all Tacomas this year is 4WDemand, which allows shifting into 4WD High at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour with a floor-mounted transfer-case lever. A dashboard switch to engage 4WD is optional. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional on all models.

Driving Impressions
The rear doors on the Double Cab are narrow and hard to gracefully negotiate on high-riding 4WD models, but the rear seat has enough legroom for taller folks. Toyota’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder is weak and noisy, while the 2.7-liter engine is adequate in these trucks. The smooth, potent V-6 is the way to go — if you can afford the extra cost. Tacomas are more expensive than comparably equipped domestic pickups.

Where the Tacoma scores big points is in overall refinement and quality; these are well-made trucks that should be reliable and durable. Over time, the higher purchase price may prove to be worth it.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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Very Reliable Toyota Pick Up

by gregpurk from Derby, KS on October 19, 2017

I have owned my 2001 Toyota Prerunner pick up for 10 years now. When I purchased it, it had 55,000 miles on it. It now has very low mileage at $102,000. The only thing I have done to it is mainten... Read Full Review

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IIHS Ratings

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Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

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A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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