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2018 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma definitely feels like a truck inside, but that’s not an insult. It prioritizes durability, but there are still lots of premium materials scattered about. It also has a user-friendly infotainment system and comfortable, supportive seats – though the rear seats are small in the Access Cab. The bed is available with features that give you more flexibility when hauling cargo.

  • "As is Toyota's tradition, assembly quality is excellent. The 2018 Tacoma interior uses high-quality materials on the doors, dash, seats and everywhere else. Overall the Chevy Colorado's interior is more car-like and it's quieter, but the dynamic design of the Tacoma's dash and controls is more interesting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 …" -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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

The Tacoma seats four in Extended Cab models (Toyota calls them Access Cabs). The Double (Crew) Cab can hold up to five. Cloth upholstery comes standard, while leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

The Tacoma’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, and drivers have good visibility in all directions. However, the steering wheel and pedal position may be awkward for taller drivers, and they aren’t adjustable. The Double Cab’s rear seats are relatively adult-friendly, but the Access Cab’s rear seats are best left for children.

The Tacoma has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child seats. The tether anchors are hard to find, and you might confuse them with other hardware. The lower anchors don’t have many issues, though you may find they’re set a little deep in the seats.

  • Seating is comfortable and overall visibility is excellent; however, the Tacoma's pedal and steering-wheel placement may be an issue for shoppers with long legs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 (2017)
  • 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 Tacoma comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, and hardware on the windshield to hold a GoPro camera. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, 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 moonroof, and an upgraded Entune system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera and, new for 2018, the Toyota Safety Sense suite. Safety Sense includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The big news on the features front is that, with Safety Sense included in every model, the Tacoma has more standard active safety features than most of its rivals. In other good news, this pickup has the user-friendly Entune infotainment system, which boasts a responsive touch screen and intuitive menu layouts.

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  • It gets push-button start, and the handy multi-information display between the main gauges displays fuel economy, outside temperature and even off-road info such as trail mode or angle of the Tacoma on a steep hill. The new Tacoma also comes with a new version of Entune, the connectivity and entertainment-control center, and Qi wireless charging. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available on any model. Neither are power seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Car and Driver (2016)

Cargo

Like most trucks, the Tacoma offers multiple bed lengths. Access Cabs come with a 6-foot bed. Double Cab models can be set up with either a 5- or 6-foot bed, depending on the trim level.

There are a number of bed and storage features, including built-in storage compartments in the back seat, a locking and removable tailgate, four fixed tie-down cleats, and a deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats. In higher trims, a 120-volt outlet is built into the bed.

The Tacoma doesn’t need a bed liner because the inner bed is made of a composite material. The numerous bed features make it easy to carry and secure cargo, and the Tacoma’s bed is wide enough for sheets of plywood – though they won’t quite lie flat.

  • "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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