2001 Tundra New Car Test Drive
Toyota's full-size Tundra pickup truck has rewritten the rules when it comes to truck refinement. This truck is simply the smoothest, quietest, and most sophisticated truck we've ever driven. It's not quite as big and brawny as the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra. But it's easy to drive, brilliantly quick and responsive, and it's built to the high-quality standards for which Toyota is famous.
The Tundra comes with a truly exceptional 4.7-liter V8 engine that gives it more than enough power to compete with the big dogs. The Tundra can tow a 7,200-pound trailer or haul more than 2000 pounds in its 8-foot bed.
Toyota first launched the Tundra as a 2000 model, and there are few changes for 2001. It remains among the best in a field of great full-size half-ton pickup trucks.
Built at Toyota's assembly plant in Indiana, the Tundra is available as a two-door regular cab or four-door Access Cab. Two- and four-wheel drive versions are available, which employ similar suspensions and bed heights. Trim levels include base, SR5, and top-level Limited.
Prices start at $15,605 for a regular cab model with rear-wheel drive, a V6 engine and five-speed manual transmission. The V8-powered Limited four-wheel drive Access Cab lists for $29,065.
The Tundra offers two engines: a sophisticated double overhead-cam, 32-valve 4.7-liter V8, and a 3.4-liter double overhead-cam V6. The V8 produces 245 horsepower and 315 foot-pounds of torque. All V8 models come with 4-speed automatic transmissions.
The standard V6 is rated at 190 horsepower and 220 foot-pounds of torque. It comes with a choice of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.