Constructed at a new Toyota plant in southern Indiana, the Expanse likewise is the first pickup from a Japanese producer to use a V-8 engine. The Expanse's layout is the structure for the business's full-size sport utility vehicle, the Sequoia, generated at the same plant.
2001 Toyota Tundra
The Expanse comes as a routine taxicab with an 8-foot freight bed and also as an extended taxicab (called Access Taxicab) with a 6.5-foot bed. The Gain access to Taxicab has rear-hinged rear doors on both sides that can not be opened until the front doors are opened. The Expanse, however, has outside manages for the back doors instead of in the doorjamb.
Both body styles have a 128-inch wheelbase and also an overall size of 217 inches. Comparative, the Ford F-150 routine taxicab with an 8-foot bed as well as the F-150 Super Taxicab with a 6.5-foot bed are both 224 inches long.
The Tundra's maximum haul is 2,000 extra pounds, while the F-150's optimum is 3,180 extra pounds.
An appealing, properly designed dashboard places all controls where they are easy to see and reach in the Tundra, and front-seat residents obtain comfortable, spacious accommodations. Yet the three-place rear seat on the Gain access to Cab is too small for grownups unless the pole positions are pushed well onward. The back seat is as level as a board, with a short, tough padding and also back-rest. The rear pillow is split, and also both halves quickly fold to develop more storage space.
Regular taxis as well as Accessibility Taxicabs include either two pail seats or a front bench seat that holds three. Natural leather furniture is optional on the top-line Minimal design.
Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower 3.4-liter V-6 engine is basic and also teams with either a five-speed manual or four-speed transmission. A 245-hp 4.7-liter V-8 is optional and comes just with the automated.
The Expanse's four-wheel-drive system enables transforming in or from 4WD High on the relocation with dashboard controls. Four-wheel antilock brakes are optional across the board.
The Expanse offers fewer options in dimensions and also engines than its residential competitors, as well as it falls short in payload and also towing ability. Yet with the V-8, this is maybe the best, most fine-tuned pickup available. Everything fits and runs with precision, as well as the Expanse feels like it was made by Lexus-- Toyota's luxury department.