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Original MSRP: $14,280 - $26,115
MPG: 20 City / 25 Hwy
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2008 Toyota Tacoma Interior

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Review Last Updated: 3/11/09

The 2008 Toyota Tacoma's interior leads the class with a long list of standard features and high-quality materials.  Still, the low-slung driver's seat and the cramped rear seats in the Access cab get negative reviews.

  • The interior feels "more car- than truck-like." -- The Auto Channel
  • "All of the latest-generation midsize pickups have decent interiors, but the quality of Toyota's interior materials seems just a little better." -- New Car Test Drive.
  • "Interior appointments are outstanding." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Tacoma's interior is well finished, with high-quality materials. The overall atmosphere on some versions, however, borders on bland or busy." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

While most reviews say that the Tacoma's seats are comfortable, a few wonder if hard-core truck buyers will appreciate it's car-like driving position.  The backseat in the Double cab earns the best reviews for comfort, while the backseats in the Access cab are almost universally disliked.

  • "The new seats are designed with pleasant bolstering and adjustability to fit most body types and sizes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats are very comfortable." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Neither the Toyota Tacoma nor the average compact crew cab truck has a marked advantage as far as seating capacity." -- NewCars.com
  • "But the back seat isn't fit for adults. The seats - which are reached via hidden doors that open rearward - are poor excuses for seats. They're simply padded back and bottom covers. Room in the back seat isn't the problem, but comfort is. The seat bottoms fold up to reveal storage boxes below. This back seat is good for stuff, and not so great for family and friends." -- San Jose Mercury News
  • "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." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

Most reviews note that the Tacoma's interior is welcoming and practical, with a surprisingly long list of standard features for this class. But the Tacoma's lengthy list doesn't extend to GPS navigation. If you're hoping for directional help, check out our GPS reviews for information on devices like the Garmin nuvi 5000, especially designed for large vehicles like the Tacoma.

  • "The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, a welcome and unexpected feature in a truck like this." -- New York Times
  • "Although the Tacoma's interior isn't particularly fancy, it provides plenty of practicality and comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "+The comfortable interior is functional, with easily read gauges and large controls that are within convenient reach and operate smoothly." -- MSN
  • "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." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

While the Tacoma's bed is the longest in the class, providing plenty of exterior cargo room, reviews note that interior cargo room is about average for the class.  The Access and Double cab models offer more interior cargo room.

 

  • There is "no clear winner between the Tacoma and the average compact crew cab truck with respect to transporting cargo." NewCars.com
  • "The rear-seat in the Double Cab is also good for carrying cargo." New Car Test Drive
  • "Storage space is plentiful" -- Edmunds
  • In the Double Cab, "To fold the rear seat, you first have to flip the bottom cushion up toward the front seats, remove the headrests, and then fold down the backrest onto the floor. So it takes three steps, rather than the one-step process in the Dodge, Honda, and Nissan." --Car and Driver

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