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)

"Although only a six cylinder I've used it to pull a dual-axle trailer 600 miles at highway speeds with no adverse affect. The truck just keeps on going."

Anonymous, OK (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"2001 vehicle and have had very few issues after 179,000 miles. Radio and clock no longer work but that is to be expected. For a 4 cyl it does fine getting on the freeway. Only issue is the mph (19) and the fact I am constantly being asked to assist in house moves."

Dave R., CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Good acceleration"

Anonymous, HI (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great 4WD performance off road."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I use the truck to haul product for outdoor landscape projects. with a manual transmission, I have adequate power control and acceleration when needed"

Todd L., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Even after 17 years the Tacoma still has good acceleration from the V-6. Handling is good for a truck - it's very easy to maneuver in traffic and in a crowded parking lot."

Brent M., IN (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The engine still has no issue. It handles well, and it accelerates as it did when i first got."

Wesley S., IL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Great acceleration. Handling is very good for a truck"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Handles well with light, or heavy loads. Remains stable in buffeting winds. Engine adequate for heavy loads, but not enough H.P. when entering onto heavy Interstate traffic, even without a load. The 4 cylinder engine is a bit too small."

Robert G., OH (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It is a 5 speed manual transmission and has excellent acceleration It holds the road well and is comfortable on the highway."

Anonymous, NV (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck is a 4 cylinder and has no problem on hill or with a full load. However, acceleration is nonexistent. Handling is terrible due to the tire selection on this truck. It literally bounces on the road and a pot hole could throw you into the next lane."

Janice B., PA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Acceleration slow. Handling good. Dependable no major repairs"

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is a small truck and does ride like a truck. Still the ride is not too harsh. I've taken this truck on numerous drives of over 500 miles in a day. I even used this truck to pull a dual-axle rental trailer 600 miles when moving. The truck was able to handle the move without difficulty."

Kenneth A., OK (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"For a 2001 Tacoma it's got some get up and go and handles well."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"acceleration is acceptable for the size of engine, handling is very good"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"it bounces a lot the ride is rough and does not accelerate good at all."

Anonymous, TN (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)

"It could use leather seats, seat heaters and coolers and more sound deadening."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck has a very stiff suspension and rides accordingly, very rough! Interior is very basic. Lots of tire noise."

Janice B., PA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has a harsh ride. Most bumps feel like jolts. It is a truck."

James B., NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 2001 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Extracab features the roughest ride of any vehicle ever ridden in."

Allen S., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Seats should be higher."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a truck. You sit more upright than in a sedan but that is more comfortable to me. It's not a Mercedes but then I don't expect it to be. It gets the job done reliably."

Anonymous, OK (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The Tacoma interior has last quite long. The seats are still comfortable. I've had no issue with the interior."

Wesley S., IL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The seats are uncomfortable on a long ride."

G D., AZ (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck rides rough."

John D., OH (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Toyota should make these seats adjustable for a smaller person, back, forward, up, down, etc."

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck is awkward to enter. You climb up and duck to get into the seat. Once in you're ok. The ride is rough and noisy on a gravel road, lots of bouncing. It is truck and when I need to haul stuff and when the weather is bad I am glad to have the 4 wheel drive and low transfer case. The 4 cylinder automatic is great on long trips getting 23 mpg. So a trade off."

Anonymous, NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This is the roughest riding vehicle I ever drove."

Allen S., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Very comfortable seats, bumpy ride, but it is a truck. Biggest complaint is noise. It is a very noisy, loud truck at any speed over 50mph. Very annoying."

Brad H., TX (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"the truck is uncomfortable to ride in it has a bench seat you can not adjust it at all"

Anonymous, TN (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)


Neco H., CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have poeple all the time asking me to sell them this truck. I have only had a couple of problems with this truck since it was new. Very reliable and paid off for 15 years thats value."

Paul A., FL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The truck looks new and is 17 years old It seems it’s going to last forever"

Debbie C., ID (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The 2001 Toyota Tacoma has held a high resale price for many years, better than any other vehicle that we have owned."

David B., MT (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It has 164000 miles and has cost very little in the way of repair or replace cost. Fuel mileage could be better for small truck."

Paul K., WA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Still running great at almost 200000 miles, with few maintenance costs."

Byron V., GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's a 17 year old car with aver 285,000 miles that still runs great with little to no repairs."

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"This truck just keeps going & going. I bought it new and have gotten more than my money's worth after 17 years. No real problems with it, just basic maintenance keeps it running well."

Carol G., OH (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Has stood the test of time! No mechanical problems at all. Only problem is battery light stays illuminated & not error code shows up when put on a scope"

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"17 years and still going strong. Does what I need it to do."

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"this truck has been very reliable"

Daryl P., NC (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"I have 192000 miles with no problems except for the front end failure that costed $3000 to repair. all other costs are normal maintenance. I am very happy with this truck"

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Best quality vehicle I have ever owned."

Anonymous, AL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"The price is very fair for how good it performs and how reliable it has been. Only a couple little things have had to be repaired over the span of 16 years and a quarter million miles"

Joel S., GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"It's got 180000 miles on it and it runs like a top. No major repairs, just new tires and battery. I hope it runs forever."

Byron V., GA (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Real work horse. It just keeps going with a minimum of upkeep. Dependable. Only problem not much power when fully loaded perhaps a v6 if carrying heavy loads. Would buy it again. No major repairs and have over 170000 miles."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Tacoma)

"Maintenance costs have been limited to oil and filter changes, brake pads and rotors."

Larry H., CA (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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