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2016 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Tacoma was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Most automotive journalists agree that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma's cabin is built with high-quality materials that are soft to the touch and a rugged design that is appropriate for a truck. Still, a few think that the cabin isn't as nice as that of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. Test drivers like the Tacoma's straightforward center stack controls, but they remark that the front seats are cramped and that it is hard to find a comfortable driving position.

  • "The components, the available gizmos, and the touch and feel of the materials, buttons, and switches should be more than enough to persuade a few Taco loyalists to come on down to Big Cal's Toyota Emporium and get the paperwork started." -- Motor Trend
  • "Inside, Toyota made the Tacoma look less like a car and more like a truck. This is a good thing. The blocky appearance and durable-feeling materials seem appropriate for a pickup's mission as a vehicle for work and play, and prove you don't have to give up nice things to drive a truck." -- Autoblog
  • "And as expected in a Toyota, everything is executed in quality materials and assembled impressively well, at least in the preproduction trucks we drove." -- Car and Driver
  • "In terms of ride and interior appointments, and probably styling, the new Tacoma seems a tick behind the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

Tacoma Access (extended) cab models seat four people and Double (crew) cab models seat up to five. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Critics note that front-seat headroom is compromised in models equipped with the available power moonroof, and most agree that the steering wheel doesn't offer enough adjustment, making it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Reviewers write that the Access cab's rear seats are cramped and best used to carry cargo, and they note that while the Double cab's rear seats are more welcoming, rivals like the Chevy Colorado crew cab offer more rear-seat space.

  • "If there's one interior drawback, it's that the Tacoma's cabin feels cramped. The lack of interior room is especially apparent when two fullsize adult men occupy the front seats - there's a distinct feeling of closeness, and when the front seats are pushed more than halfway back on their rails, there's a paucity of rear-seat space. If you plan to use the rear seat often, the four-door Colorado offers more than three additional inches of legroom." -- Autoblog
  • "Some cheap materials aside, our only major complaint was with the Tacoma's telescoping steering wheel, which didn't seem to extend far enough. We needed just a few more inches of travel for an ideal driving position." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2016 truck's seat bottom is higher off the floor than before and doesn't lift my knees up, which helps accentuate the feeling of newfound height. Photographer William Walker, at a huskier 6-foot-2, has to recline the seatback more than normal to help clear his head. We concur the tilt/telescope steering wheel doesn't tilt nearly high enough." -- Motor Trend
  • "Headroom is down a half-inch, and this is compounded by the intrusion of the newly available Double Cab sunroof and four-way seats that offer no height adjustment. This would be OK if the telescoping steering wheel pulled back far enough, but we could use another inch." -- Edmunds
  • "Conceding all that, the front seats have rather short bottom cushions, and the rear seats in the Access Cab models are better used as parcel shelves than accommodating even the youngest mammals. The Double Cab models are more usable … but the space back there isn't expansive. If you're looking to Uber with your Tacoma, don't expect to earn many five-star ratings." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a rearview camera, a GoPro camera windshield mount and the Entune Audio infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six speakers, Siri Eyes Free smartphone integration and a USB port. Optional features include navigation, a JBL audio system, proximity key, cruise control, Qi wireless charging for compatible devices, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

Reviewers say the Tacoma's various center stack controls work well. They note that there are knobs for tuning and audio volume, so you don’t have to flip through touch screen menus to adjust stereo volume or tune the radio, and that the touch-sensitive buttons on the side of the screen respond quickly to commands.

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  • "Fixed volume and tuning knobs are present, but the viewable screen is surrounded by an array of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons mounted flush under the same expanse of black glass. It looks great and...it's fast. As in, zero lag. Competing systems we've learned to tolerate now seem as if their circuits are bathed in chilled molasses. We're looking at you, Colorado." -- Edmunds
  • "The instrumentation is now contained inside a silver oblong structure that runs from the driver's door past the dash center. Meanwhile a color-keyed pad sits ahead of the front passenger with four circular vents strewn across the dashboard. It all works fine, is easy to read, and the available entertainment options are extensive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Instruments and controls are logically placed. And we must mention one genuine innovation on every 2016 Toyota Tacoma: There's a plastic built-in mount for your GoPro camera to the right of the rear-view mirror." -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

Access cab Tacomas come with a 6-foot bed, while Double cab models are offered with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. Test drivers report that the Tacoma's bed is deeper than in previous models, which means you can carry more cargo. They say there is sufficient width to haul full sheets of plywood, and they appreciate the standard movable tie-downs in the bed for securing cargo.

  • "No matter which bed length you choose, you'll find a durable and lightweight composite material making up the deck and side walls. A deck-rail system with four tie-downs is integrated into the bed for added utility, the tailgate is now damped, and there's an external AC power adapter near that tailgate." -- Autoblog
  • "Toyota has made the Tacoma more capable and easier to use. The lockable tailgate is damped, so it opens quietly and with ease. A new lockable 3-piece hard tonneau cover is available. Buyers still have a choice of 5- or 6-foot beds, but the bed is now deeper, so it can accommodate more cargo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Both 5-foot and 6-foot bed styles have been increased in depth by 7 percent to 19.1 inches. … This means you can carry a stack of 4-foot-by-8-foot plywood in the pickup bed on top of the wheel wells, hanging out of the open tailgate. Standard speed rails and fixed tie down points make it easy to secure that load of plywood, and a new locking easy lower tailgate simplifies loading and unloading." -- AutoTrader

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