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2017 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota Tacoma was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Reviewers report the cabin of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is solidly built, consisting of soft-touch materials, some hard (but durable) plastic, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a flexible cargo area. Uplevel models let you add in luxurious amenities like heated leather seats, wireless smartphone charging, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Passenger space isn't as plentiful as some, though – especially in the back seat.

  • "As expected, most of the materials seem to have been selected with durability in mind, not luxury, but there are some inspired choices here and there, including trim-specific dash inserts ranging from rubber (TRD trims) to simulated leather (Limited)." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside the cabin, there's nothing cheap or rough-hewn about the Tacoma. Indeed, luxury-level amenities like heated power leather seats, dual-zone climate control, smart key with push-button start and other features have been integrated into most trim levels." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

Seating capacity in the 2017 Tacoma depends on the cab configuration. With the extended cab (Toyota calls it an Access cab), the Tacoma seats four. The larger Double (crew) cab can hold up to five. Cloth upholstery is standard, and seating upgrades include leather upholstery and heated front seats. To secure child safety seats, a set of tethers and lower anchors is available in both outboard rear seats in all models with a back seat.

The front seats in the 2017 Tacoma provide a decent amount of support and comfort, though some reviewers say the bottom cushion is a little short. Between the limited steering wheel adjustments and the lack of seat height adjustments, some have a harder time finding a comfortable driving position. Still, the cabin feels suitably spacious for the driver and front passenger. The back seat of the Access cab is best left for cargo or vertically challenged travelers, while the Double cab has enough room to shuttle adults on short trips.

  • "Despite its recent revisions, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is fundamentally laid out in the same manner as previous Tacomas. It still has an unusual seating position that places the seat bottom low relative to the pedals and relatively snug headroom for taller occupants. The very limited reach of the steering wheel's telescoping function is another quirk that doesn't serve tall drivers well. … The Access Cab backseat is best for children, but the Double Cab's rear quarters are surprisingly adult-friendly, with adequate legroom and a seatback that's not excessively upright. Both cabs feature a folding rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "And as expected in a Toyota, everything is executed in quality materials and assembled impressively well, at least in the preproduction trucks we drove. 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-and likely to make up more than 70 percent of Tacoma production-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 (2016)
  • "During our day-long drive both on-road and off we found the Tacoma's front buckets to be quite comfy. Space is good in the front row, but we can't say the same for the back seat of all Tacoma models. If you plan on hauling people as well as cargo, you'll need to spring for the roomier Double Cab option as the Access Cab is simply too tight." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a rearview camera, hardware on the windshield to hold a GoPro camera, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free (for hands-free phone capability). Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, a JBL premium sound system, smartphone integration with apps like Pandora and Slacker, wireless smartphone charging, a proximity key, push-button start, a power sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Controls and gauges are laid out in a clean, logical fashion in the 2017 Tacoma. Reviewers are fond of the included GoPro camera mount and available features like push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Entune Premium Audio – which comes standard in TRD and higher trims – gets a special nod; test drivers say the interface is faster than what's available in competing models.

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  • "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 (2016)
  • "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. 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 (2016)
  • "The Tacoma has a fresh interior: there are higher-quality materials throughout, new gauges and multi-information display (you can see off-road settings, fuel economy and more here), and several new colors and materials choices, including available red weatherproof mesh inserts on the doors and dash on the SR5." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016) 

Cargo

All 2017 Tacoma models with an Access cab come with a 6-foot bed. Depending on which trim level you select, Double cab models can be set up with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. Standard cargo features include built-in storage compartments in the back-seat area, a locking and removable tailgate, four fixed tie-down cleats, and a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats. In uplevel trims, a 120-volt outlet in the bed is standard.

The Tacoma's cargo area is spacious enough to carry 4-by-8-foot sheets of wood – these don't lay flat in the bed, but rest on the wheel wells with some extra length reaching past the open tailgate. Test drivers appreciate standard features like the movable tie-down hardware and the composite material the inner bed is made of, which eliminates the need for a bed liner.

  • "The 2016 Tacoma retains the composite bed from last year, which makes the expense of an accessory bedliner unnecessary. A weather-protected 400-watt 120-volt power outlet remains, and the once-optional deck rail tie-down system is now standard. A damped tailgate is new this year, and its release handle now contains a standard back-up camera that's also useful for hitching trailers. Nighttime loading is aided by new LED lighting built into the third brake-light housing." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "Both 5-foot and 6-foot bed styles have been increased in depth by 7 percent to 19.1 inches, and both maintain a solid 53.4 inches of width at the tailgate (41.5 inches between the wheel wells). 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 (2016)
  • "Toyota has made the Tacoma more capable and easier to use. The lockable tailgate is damped, so it opens quietly and with ease. … 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 (2016)

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