• (4.8) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,263–$12,575
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 190-hp, 3.4-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 5,250 lbs.
2001 Toyota Tundra

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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.

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.

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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Great little full size truck

by Tow-Yota from Ohio on September 14, 2017

First-gen Tundras are only a little bigger than a Tacoma you would buy today, but they can still carry/tow the weight of a full-size truck. I bought mine in 2011 with 100K miles on it (two previous ... Read Full Review

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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.

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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).

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