Avg. Price Paid:$11,611 - $26,175
Original MSRP: $22,390 - $42,170
MPG: 14 City / 17 Hwy
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2008 Toyota Tundra Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Toyota Tundra was new.

Although the Tundra gets attention for a spacious cabin, its sub par quality leaves it near the bottom of the full size pickup interior rankings. According to the Arizona Republic, "The materials are dull-looking, with too much hard plastic everywhere you touch." Motor Trend says, "The interior falls short -- perhaps the last thing over which you'd expect Toyota to stumble."

But others note that the controls are designed with the needs of workers in mind. The Boston Globe says "There is not a button, knob, or handle you cannot use with gloves on." Cars.com thinks the Toyota "recognizes how the needs and tools of craftsmen have changed -- that the notion of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Models with bucket seats have a center storage console large enough for a laptop computer and fitted with rails to support hanging file folders."


The Tundra's three available cabs each offer a different seating configuration. The Regular Cab seats two up front, with no rear seats. The Double Cab and the CrewMax add seating for an additional three passengers in the back, with the CrewMax offering substantially more legroom and sliding seats. The seating earns good reviews. "My test Tundra had plenty of room for five tall adults," says the Chicago Sun-Times. "Even the rear doors open wide to allow easier entry and exit." 4-Wheel & Off-Road says, "On the inside, the Tundra is cavernous. Head, leg, and elbow room are generous at every seating position." According to Edmunds, "Front legroom shouldn't ever be a concern, because with 42.5 inches available, the Tundra has another best-in-class on its hands. A tilt-telescoping steering wheel also enhances spaciousness."

By some accounts backseat accommodations in the Double Cab are a bit cramped. "While the D-cab has a spacious and accommodating front seat," says the Detroit Free Press, "its rear seat offers less knee room than the Silverado crew cab." Car and Driver, however, feels that the Double Cab has "ample space in the rear cabin for three adults."

The larger rear seat area in the CrewMax draws almost universally good notices. Car and Driver says "the vast compartment behind the front seats of the Crew Max makes everything else, Double Cab included, seem cramped," and 4-Wheel & Off-Road finds the CrewMax "offers limousine-like acreage for rear-seat passengers and the industry's first sliding and reclining rear seat."

Interior Features

While 4-Wheel & Off-Road says "the Tundra is packed with interesting and usable features," most prefer to discuss the Tundra's more utilitarian virtues. Nonetheless the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says their test model "came with a host of amenities that in the past would have been reserved for luxury cars," but adds that "while those amenities made this a truck to enjoy, they did seem more designed for the so-called 'modern trucker' than the traditional pickup buyer who is looking for a ruggedly dependable work truck. Toyota sells those, too, with fewer amenities and lower prices." Standard amenities include an AM/FM CD player with auxiliary audio jack and four speakers, driver and passenger dual zone climate controls with sync mode, driver-side and passenger-side four-way adjustable seats, and a tilt steering wheel with column shifter.


The Tundra's cargo area is more than adequate. "Nowhere is the new model's greater size more meaningful than in the cargo bed, which has grown a few inches in most dimensions," says Cars.com. The Tundra's cab also has ample storage areas, "including a bin in the center console that swallows laptops like they were appetizers," says the Detroit Free Press. Kelley Blue Book adds that "even in the context of a regular cab, Toyota offers a generous amount of interior storage. Two glove boxes (upper and lower) set the tone, while the center console provides storage for a laptop computer or hanging files. Each front door holds two 22-ounce bottles, while rear doors on the Double Cab each hold one bottle."

Review Last Updated: 3/10/09

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