Tacoma is a workhorse, but a poor choice as an everyday passenger vehicle, although it has a fairly refined and efficient powertrain, competent brakes and reasonable fuel economy. With the off-road-oriented suspension and tires, it's also one of the best off-road vehicles we've experienced. The downside is a poor ride and clumsy handling. A tip-up in a government rollover test is cause for concern.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Tacoma has 186,000+ miles of hard use, zero maintenance cost other than normal service, tires, oil, filters."

LARRY H., CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration/power could be better."

Anonymous, CO (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration not fabulous, but I don't need that. 4 wheel drive can get me anywhere in snow or mud, feel very secure in it."

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Added a TRD Supercharger to get increased mileage and acceleration."

CHARLES H., UT (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very Peppy when needing to pass and maneuver"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is a 4 cylinder and has no pick-up, using the cruise control on the highway causes the engine to over work do to the hilly nature of my area."

JANICE B., PA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I choose the bigger engine for power, and its acceleration is fantastic. The gas mileage sucks. Also, when carrying any weight it looses all power. Today, big trucks get better gas mileage than I do and can carry much more."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"peppy motor, fun to handle on short trips"

Anonymous, TN (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Four-cylinder engine is grossly under powered for this vehicle. Acceleration from a stop is slow and unpredictable."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good: smooth power and shifting bad: numb handling"

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Not much power in my model but this was a conscious choice in order to get optimal mpg in a pick up"

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is the worst, roughest riding vehicle of all of my cars."

ALLEN S., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"A 6-cylinder would have been better for acceleration and load carrying."

BILL G., CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats are not comfortable-think 1950's truck seats. There is a lot of tire noise due to those stupid oversized tires on this truck, this also causes the truck to have a bouncy ride and difficult to handle on rough roads and in snow. But they look good for what that is worth."

JANICE B., PA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is an exceptional pick up. This is my first time owning a Tacoma, but I won't buy anything else now. The seats could be more comfortable, and the noise could be reduced."

DAVID L., FL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Reliability, quality, and value"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Easy to get in and out."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Cab is noise. Can hear the radio very well."

CHARLES H., UT (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good seats for 380,000kms. Reasonable ride, radio died after 5 or 6 years but was ok when it did work, cruise is accurate, extremely reliable and durable, suitable fuel consumption (2.4 engine)."

CHARLIE W., NS (2001 Toyota Tacoma)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought this vehicle second hand at a very good price when it was two years old, and it has kept its value very well considering its age. Almost every week I have someone asking to buy it."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"My mechanic has told me that the engine in this Tacoma is excellent, and after 211,000 miles, I agree. It has been reliable, filled many roles, and is still going strong. Great value."

WILLARD M., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great price for longevity/ dependability."

DYLAN J., CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Be sure to rust check the frame, rusting problem, excellent value."

CHARLIE W., NS (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyota'sl over all depenablity"

LARRY P., OR (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I never had aproblem from day one."

JOHN K., NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's lasted 15+ years and still looks and drives really well."

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I bought my Tacoma truck new in 2001. It has been extremely reliable and virtually trouble free over the last 16 years. A great investment!"

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Bought vehicle used from an acquaintance. Vehicle had very low miles and was a bargain. Never regretted decision. Have used truck to pull a 16 foot rental trailer from Houston to Oklahoma. Never had a problem."

KENNETH A., OK (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"no major problems in the 13+ years I have owned it. Great truck!"

DAVE S., SC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Purchased through Costco's automobile purchase program, which worked VERY well."

Anonymous, OR (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"You have a car for a long time, never give me any problems."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck has been almost problem free for almost 16 years. Only a few small items have had to be replaced."

JORGE M., FL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is dependable again a nb do again"

JAMES C., NH (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has been one of the best vehicles I have ever owned, especially in terms of how little maintenance it has ever required, even now that it has well over 100,000 miles on it."

Anonymous, CO (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This was a used car at a very good price, given that these types of pickup trucks are fairly rare in this area. It a robust vehicule that is very versatile."

LIANE B., QC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma may not be the best handling and most comfortable of cars -- but it is tough. I take it off roading through the mountains, and it continues to be incredibly reliable."

DOUGLAS W., WY (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have not had any issues with the engine. The downside is the vehicle is starting to rust, but it's lasted a long time."

WESLEY S., IL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Purchased used and it has been well worth the money. Very happy with it overall."

TED H., NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I like the height of the seating as it is easier to see around you."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I get compliments all the time about the way it looks."

TED H., NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)
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