2011 Toyota Tacoma Interior
The 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 creates a driving position that's more like a car than a truck. That could be a good thing for some buyers, but may turn off die-hard truck fans. Also, cramped rear seats in the Access cab cause the Tacoma to lose a few points with reviewers, but cramped rear seats are pretty common in this class.
- "The Tacoma interior gets a higher grade than other compact trucks, with a simple but effective layout, supportive seats and attention-to-detail build quality." -- PickupTrucks.com
- "Tacoma's interior is well finished, with high-quality materials. The overall atmosphere on some versions, however, borders on bland or busy." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Tacoma doesn't break any new ground in terms of interior design, but it is well built with quality materials and offers plenty of practicality."--Edmunds
While most reviews say that the Tacoma's seats are comfortable, a few wonder if hard-core truck buyers will appreciate its 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.
- "Some of our editors have expressed displeasure with the Tacoma's low-slung front seats, noting that pickups are best served by seats that are higher from the floor."--Edmunds
- "Fine headroom and legroom. All models tested had available sport seats, which are comfortable and have good support for fast cornering. Shorter drivers may wish for seat-height adjustment, which isn't offered." -- Consumer Guide
Most reviews note that the Tacoma's interior is welcoming and practical, with high build quality. Buyers can opt for a six-disc CD player with satellite radio capability and an auxiliary input jack, as well as a rearview camera.
- "The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, a welcome and unexpected feature in a truck like this." -- New York Times
- "The attractive metallic interior trim found in higher trim levels adds a bit more refinement, especially when compared to its more industrial rivals. Furthermore, the gimmick-free cockpit benefits from easy-to-read gauges and intuitive controls."--Edmunds
- "Legible gauges with smooth-working switchgear. Audio and climate controls are mounted high on the central dashboard, yet are within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide
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.
- "Access Cab's seat cushion flips forward to form a level load deck and reveals covered under-seat storage. Double Cabs have a split rear seat; the backrests drop and cushions flip forward individually to make a level floor and expose storage bins, as well as covered under-seat storage. Cargo beds have four adjustable tie-down hooks along the top rail, two lower hooks, and an optional 115-volt outlet."--Consumer Guide
- 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