2001 Toyota Tundra

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of the 2001 Toyota Tundra. Base trim shown.

2001 Toyota Tundra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Tundra was introduced for 2000 as the first full-size Japanese pickup, and it carries over for 2001 with minimal change. The Tundra replaced the midsize T100 in Toyota’s lineup and challenges the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and the GMC Sierra, the full-size domestic pickups.

Built at a new Toyota plant in southern Indiana, the Tundra also is the first pickup from a Japanese manufacturer to offer a V-8 engine. The Tundra’s design is the foundation for the company’s full-size sport utility vehicle, the Sequoia, produced at the same plant.



Exterior
The Tundra comes as a regular cab with an 8-foot cargo bed and as an extended cab (called Access Cab) with a 6.5-foot bed. The Access Cab has rear-hinged rear doors on both sides that cannot be opened until the front doors are opened. The Tundra, however, has exterior handles for the rear doors instead of in the doorjamb.

Both body styles have a 128-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 217 inches. By comparison, the Ford F-150 regular cab with an 8-foot bed and the F-150 Super Cab with a 6.5-foot bed are both 224 inches long.

The Tundra’s maximum payload is 2,000 pounds, while the F-150’s maximum is 3,180 pounds.



Interior
An attractive, well-designed dashboard places all controls where they are easy to see and reach in the Tundra, and front-seat occupants get comfortable, roomy accommodations. But the three-place rear seat on the Access Cab is too small for adults unless the fro...
Vehicle Overview
The Tundra was introduced for 2000 as the first full-size Japanese pickup, and it carries over for 2001 with minimal change. The Tundra replaced the midsize T100 in Toyota’s lineup and challenges the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram and the GMC Sierra, the full-size domestic pickups.

Built at a new Toyota plant in southern Indiana, the Tundra also is the first pickup from a Japanese manufacturer to offer a V-8 engine. The Tundra’s design is the foundation for the company’s full-size sport utility vehicle, the Sequoia, produced at the same plant.



Exterior
The Tundra comes as a regular cab with an 8-foot cargo bed and as an extended cab (called Access Cab) with a 6.5-foot bed. The Access Cab has rear-hinged rear doors on both sides that cannot be opened until the front doors are opened. The Tundra, however, has exterior handles for the rear doors instead of in the doorjamb.

Both body styles have a 128-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 217 inches. By comparison, the Ford F-150 regular cab with an 8-foot bed and the F-150 Super Cab with a 6.5-foot bed are both 224 inches long.

The Tundra’s maximum payload is 2,000 pounds, while the F-150’s maximum is 3,180 pounds.



Interior
An attractive, well-designed dashboard places all controls where they are easy to see and reach in the Tundra, and front-seat occupants get comfortable, roomy accommodations. But the three-place rear seat on the Access Cab is too small for adults unless the front seats are pushed well forward. The rear seat is as flat as a board, with a short, hard cushion and backrest. The rear cushion is split, and both halves easily fold up to create more storage space.

Regular cabs and Access Cabs come with either two bucket seats or a front bench seat that holds three. Leather upholstery is optional on the top-line Limited model.



Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 engine is standard and teams with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A 245-hp 4.7-liter V-8 is optional and comes only with the automatic.

The Tundra’s four-wheel-drive system allows changing in or out of 4WD High on the move through dashboard controls. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional across the board.



Driving Impressions
The Tundra offers fewer choices in sizes and engines than its domestic rivals, and it falls short in payload and towing capability. But with the V-8, this is perhaps the smoothest, most refined pickup available. Everything fits and operates with precision, and the Tundra feels like it was made by Lexus — Toyota’s luxury division.

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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great experience for 18 yrs

by PopPop from Hampton, VA on July 10, 2018

Bought 2001 V-6, 5-speed SR5 new Dec 2000. 180K and still drives well. No major problems - has been well maintained by excellent mechanic. Both CConverters need to be replaced, but haven't done it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best truck I have owned so far...

by Irish Kid from Colorado on November 29, 2017

I recently sold this truck to purchase a 2018 Tundra. My 01 was an amazing truck...241,000 and it drove and ran like a truck with far less miles. I let the truck sell it self. An employee of the shop ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2001 Toyota Tundra currently has 6 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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 Tundra 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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