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2012 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Toyota Tacoma was new.


Interior: 7.9

The Toyota Tacoma's interior leads the class with more standard features than most rivals and high-quality materials. 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, especially in extended cab models. However, not only are the Tacoma’s front seats comfortable and supportive, but the back row in the Double Cab is roomier than test drivers expected.

  • "As with everything Toyota builds, the 2012 Tacoma compact pickup's build quality and finish are above reproach.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 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
  • "The Tacoma's interior is filled with hard plastics, but this is par for the course among compact trucks. That said, the Tacoma actually has one of the nicer interiors relative to its competition.” -- Edmunds


Test drivers say that the Toyota Tacoma’s front seats are comfortable and more supportive than most, though the rear jump seats in Access Cab models don’t elicit praise from anyone. They’re tiny, cramped and uncomfortable. However, stepping up to a Double Cab eliminates this problem, and reviewers are pleasantly surprised that there’s plenty of space in the crew cab’s back seat, even for tall passengers.

  • "It is easy to find a good driving position thanks to the tilting and telescoping steering wheel. Similarly, the front seats are comfortable, spacious and offer numerous adjustments. Surprisingly enough, there is enough legroom in the backseats of the double cab for tall passengers.” -- Edmunds
  • "Access Cab has very little room, even with the front seats well forward. The rear jump seats have low cushions and bolt-upright seat backs, so even those who fit will grumble.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Most reviews note that the Tacoma's interior is practical and generally easy to use. Writers note that the Tacoma’s cabin isn’t particularly luxurious, but it’s higher-quality than many other compact pickups. Buyers can opt for a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio capability, as well as a rearview camera. It also comes a bit better-equipped than many other pickups, offering a standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel and two 12-volt power outlets.

  • "The gauges are legible, and switchgear operates with smooth precision. Audio and climate controls are mounted high on the central dashboard, yet are within easy reach.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The stereo system has a simple and intuitive layout. The buttons are easy to reach and have additional controls on the steering wheel to skip songs or adjust volume.” -- Edmunds


The Toyota Tacoma offers two bed lengths, but reviewers say that it has limited in-cabin storage cubbies. Toyota hasn’t published the interior cargo dimensions of any Tacoma models, but that’s fairly typical since many manufacturers don’t rate the cargo capacity of their pickup trucks.

  • “There is plenty of room in the 5-foot cargo bed (a 6-footer is optional) and it doesn't take a stepladder to access it since the walls of the cargo bed don't tower over your head the way they do in a full-size pickup.” -- Edmunds


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