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2019 Toyota Tacoma Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma's interior opts for durability over luxury, though you'll still find a few premium materials. The front seats are supportive and roomy, but the rear seats in Access Cabs are tight. The Tacoma offers lots of flexibility when it comes to hauling cargo, and the Entune infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "As is Toyota's tradition, assembly quality is excellent. The 2019 Tacoma interior uses high-quality materials on the doors, dash, seats and everywhere else." -- 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

Seating capacity in this truck depends on cab style. Extended Cabs (or Access Cabs) seat four people while Double Cabs (or Crew Cabs) seat five. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and provide good visibility. However, the steering wheel is awkwardly positioned for taller drivers and doesn't offer much adjustment. The back seats are adult-friendly in Double Cabs, but those in Access Cabs are best left for children.

The Tacoma has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connections. Double Cabs add a third upper tether anchor. It's hard to locate the upper tether anchors, and they're easy to confuse for other hardware.

  • "Seating is comfortable, and the cabin logically arranged with all the most important switchgear within easy reach." -- 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

Standard features in the Tacoma include three USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, Siri Eyes Free, and an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Hardware for mounting a GoPro camera is also standard, as are basic accessories such as power windows and door locks. Dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, satellite radio, HD Radio, a JBL premium stereo, wireless smartphone charging, a 7-inch touch screen, and a navigation system are available.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and Toyota’s Safety Sense suite, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and rear parking sensors are optional.

The Entune infotainment system is intuitive to use. The touch screen responds well to inputs, and menus are logically arranged. However, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available.

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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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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. Extended cabs (Toyota calls them Access Cabs) have a 6-foot-1-inch bed. Crew Cabs (or Double Cabs) can be set up with the 6-foot-1-inch bed or a shorter 5-foot bed.

Toyota offers several bed and storage features, such as a locking and removable tailgate, tie-down cleats, and storage compartments in the rear seats. Higher trims have a 120-volt outlet built into the bed. The bed itself is wide, and its features make it easy to secure and haul cargo. Its composite material design means it doesn’t need 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 … and both maintain a solid 53.4 inches of width at the tailgate. … 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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