Toyota Tacoma Interior
Reviewers, on balance, seem pleased with the 2007 Toyota Tacoma's simple interior design, supportive seats, and impressive list of standard convenience features. Still, many complain that only the Double Cab's rear seats are comfortable for passengers. According to Kelley Blue Book, "On the Double Cab, the big back doors open up to a back seat as roomy as that in many small sedans."
Auto writers are generally impressed with the interior's fit, finish and materials. "All of the latest-generation midsize pickups have decent interiors, but the quality of Toyota's interior materials seems just a little better," says New Car Test Drive. While BusinessWeek boasts that "interior appointments are outstanding," the adds that it's "thankfully simple rather than doodadded up." Consumer Guide lauds the "legible gauges" and the audio and climate controls, which are "mounted high on [the] central dashboard" and "within easy reach."
While the Tacoma Regular Cab can accommodate a maximum of three passengers, the Access Cab and Double Cab can accommodate four and five passengers, respectively. Kelley Blue Book reports that "the new seats are designed with pleasant bolstering and adjustability to fit most body types and sizes." Nevertheless, most reviewers agree that the only comfortable back seat offered is that in the Double Cab.
Whether sitting in the Regular Cab's front bench seat or the Access/Double Cab's bucket seats, reviewers generally agree with The Auto Channel's assertion that it feels "more car- than truck-like." An auto reviewer for the found that "the seats were rather low to the floor. I didn't sit in bus-like fashion. Instead, my legs jutted out in front of me. This provided great headroom -- I estimated at least 8 inches of clearance above my head -- but wasn't the most comfortable riding position." On this last point, The Auto Channel disagrees, stating that "the front seats are very comfortable." Cars.com concurs: "Front occupants have ample space. The seats are snug, supportive and well-cushioned."
Few reviewers disagree that the Double Cab's rear seat is much more comfortable than that of the Access Cab. According to the New Car Test Drive explains, "The seatback is angled back slightly, making it more comfortable. In a back-to-back comparison test, we found the back seats of the Tacoma more comfortable than those in the Frontier." Consumer Guide adds that the Double Cab provides "adequate leg room behind tall front-seaters.", "The flip-down rear seats in the Tacoma Access Cab model -- X-Runner or not -- makes riding back there feel like time spent in a penalty box. This area is best used for cargo; if you carry passengers in the rear regularly, they need to be short, tolerant or preferably both." If you're looking for a passenger-friendly cabin, the says that the "only comfortable, spacious rear seat is in the Double Cab."
Among the many standard features in the Tacoma Regular Cab are a bench seat, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system, and tilt/telescopic steering wheel -- which thesays is "a welcome and unexpected feature in a truck like this."
Additional standard features equipped on all Access Cabs include front bucket seats with passenger-side fold-flat seat and tumble-flat rear seats. The X-Runner comes equipped with additional standard features, including sport-styled seats, a sliding rear window, an upgraded stereo system, and steering-mounted audio controls. Further features standard on the Tacoma Access Cab include a 60/40-split rear bench seat and rear-seat climate ducts.
While New Car Test Drive notes, "The manually adjustable seats include lumbar adjustment but no adjustment for seat height or the angle of the seat bottom, whereas the power seats on the Nissan Frontier have these features."says, "Inside the Tacoma are all the creature comforts you would want,"
Althought NewCars.com asserts that there is "no clear winner between the Tacoma and the average compact crew cab truck with respect to transporting cargo," buyers should be aware that the Toyota Tacoma comes with many standard cargo-carrying features. For example, in addition to map pockets and numerous cup/bottle holders, the Access Cab comes outfitted with a front center and overhead console, as well as rear-seat storage. Moreover, the Double Cab adds rear bulkhead storage. New Car Test Drive notes that "the rear-seat in the Double Cab is also good for carrying cargo."