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MSRP: $18,125 - $28,385
Invoice: $17,162 - $26,297
MPG: 21 City / 25 Hwy
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Toyota Tacoma Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Toyota Tacoma's cabin isn't necessarily luxurious or opulent, but they report that it is well-constructed with durable materials that are nice for the class. Some note that there are a good number of plastic panels, but they don't seem to mind, saying this is in keeping with the utilitarian nature of the class.

  • "Most of the materials seem durable enough, though we wonder how long the silver-painted plastic trim will last before it starts to degrade." -- AutoTrader
  • "The interior of the 2013 Toyota Tacoma isn't especially luxurious, but it is much nicer than most midsized trucks." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "Tacoma's interior is well finished, with materials that are appropriately utilitarian. Unlike its rivals, the ambiance stops short of feeling low-buck." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The 2013 Toyota Tacoma interior isn't fancy and there's a fair amount of hard plastic throughout, but the big cabin is still one of the nicest in this workhouse utility segment." -- Edmunds (2013)

Seating

Regular Cab Tacomas seat three, Access Cab models seat four and Double Cab models seat five. Seating options include upgraded cloth upholstery, leatherette upholstery and heated front seats. Reviewers say that the Tacoma's front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of leg- and headroom. One critic mentions that large headrests in Double Cab models restrict rearward visibility. Most reviewers agree the Access Cab's rear jump seats are best left to kids in a pinch. They say that the Double Cab's rear seats are comfortable and spacious for adults, and one says they're better than the rear seats in the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab.

  • "The front seats have fine headroom and legroom. All models tested had available sport seats, which are comfortable and have good support. Step-in height is a bit lofty on 4WD and PreRunner models. Visibility is decent with the Access Cab, but tall head rests on Double Cabs restrict the view straight back." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "While the Access Cab's rear jump seats are only fit for small children (and then only in a pinch), the Double Cab's backseat is surprisingly adult-friendly, especially compared to the squished confines of the Nissan Frontier." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The Tacoma's front seats are wide and supportive, but the rear seats in the Access Cab are useful only for short trips and smaller people. (Seating improves greatly in the Double Cab model, which has a full bench seat in back with adjustable head restraints and under-seat storage.)" -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Interior Features

The Tacoma comes standard with Entune audio, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, USB and auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth. Optional features include power windows, door locks and mirrors, a backup camera, Entune Plus (which adds HD Radio and satellite radio), the Entune App Suite (which integrates apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio when paired with a compatible smartphone), navigation, a seven-speaker stereo system, keyless entry and cruise control.

Reviewers like the Tacoma's easy-to-see gauges and straightforward audio and climate controls.

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  • "In our interior evaluation, we immediately noticed the crisp black-on-white numerals in the gauge cluster, a welcome upgrade from the old orange numerals. The main controls are straightforward, and the touchscreen's virtual buttons should generally be operable with gloves on." -- AutoTrader
  • "Steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio and available Bluetooth are a welcome touch." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The gauges are legible, and switchgear operates with smooth precision. Audio and climate controls are mounted high on the central dashboard, but some functions are placed just out of easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

Tacoma Regular and Access Cab models come with a 6-foot bed, while Double Cab models are available with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. For interior storage, the Double Cab offers the most overall interior space and its rear seatbacks fold down. Reviewers say that under-seat bins in the Access Cab model are handy, while others appreciate the Tacoma's' composite bed material, saying it is resistant to damage. They also like the optional bed-mounted household outlet and bed rail-mounted tie-down cleats.

  • "The Access Cab's seat cushion flips forward to form a level load deck and reveals covered under-seat storage. It's rather handy and using that space for cargo storage is a much better idea than trying to put any people back there. Double Cabs have a split rear seat; the backrests drop and cushions flip forward individually to make a level floor that contains more covered bins." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Enhancing the Tacoma's utility readiness, the bedliner's composite material makes dents and dings a non-issue when hauling furniture, bikes or other materials with hard or pointed edges. The available bed-mounted household-style 115-volt AC outlet should also prove invaluable on camping trips and at tailgate parties." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "All Tacomas feature a composite inner bed with built-in storage compartments and four rail-mounted sliding tie-down cleats. Very handy and functional." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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