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2013 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Tacoma was new.


Interior: 7.8

While no reviewer considers the 2013 Toyota Tacoma luxurious, they note that its roomy and attractively designed interior is a bit nicer than those of most trucks in the class. Additionally, most test drivers think that the Tacoma features a functionally designed cabin with price-appropriate materials.

  • "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 
  • "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 
  • "The 2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup's interior has a modern urban feel, with 2-tone gray or beige plastic panels highlighted with metal-look trim." -- 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 (2011)


The base Tacoma Regular Cab has a bench seat that seats three, as well as cloth upholstery and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Access Cab models seat four in front bucket seats and two folding rear seats, while Double Cab models seat five. Seating options include sport seats and heated front seats with leatherette upholstery.

Test drivers say that the Toyota Tacoma’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, though most note that the Access Cab’s rear jump seats only have enough room for small children. One reviewer writes that the Tacoma Double Cab eliminates this problem, offering a more comfortable back seat.

  • "The front seats have fine headroom and legroom. All models tested had available sport seats, which are comfortable and have good support." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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 
  • "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
  • "The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, a welcome and unexpected feature in a truck like this." -- The New York Times (2005)

Interior Features

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma comes with standard features that include air conditioning and a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port. Options and features available on higher trims include power windows and door locks, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a backup camera and an upgraded sound system with navigation and satellite radio.

Test drivers say that the 2013 Tacoma features large, clear gauges, as well as convenient steering-wheel mounted audio controls. While one reviewer says that the Tacoma’s switchgear has a quality feel, he also notes that some audio and climate controls aren’t ideally placed.

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  • "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 
  • "Steering-wheel-mounted controls for the audio and available Bluetooth are a welcome touch." -- Kelley Blue Book


The Toyota Tacoma offers two bed lengths: Regular and Access Cab models come with a 6-foot bed, while Double Cab models offer beds that are 5- or 6-feet long. Regardless of which length you choose, reviewers write that the Tacoma’s bed is highly functional, offering in-bed storage compartments and bed rails that feature sliding tie-down cleats. Additionally, the bed is made of composite material, which reviewers note makes it more resistant to dings and scrapes than a plain metal bed. One reviewer also notes that the Access Cab features convenient storage compartments under the rear jump seats.

  • "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." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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." -- Edmunds 
  • "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

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