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2019 Toyota Tundra Interior Review

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Interior: 7.7

The interior of the 2019 Toyota Tundra meets all the basic requirements: materials are mostly of good quality, space for passengers and in-cabin cargo is plentiful, and it comes with an attractive list of standard features. Appealing as this all sounds, the Tundra's cabin pales alongside some recently redesigned rivals.

  • "High-quality leather and simulated suede covers the seats and interior pieces, giving the Tundra an upscale look. Small details, including a poor-fitting trim piece on the steering wheel, keep the Tundra from scoring higher." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "As with most full-size pickups, the … Toyota Tundra's interior spans from that of a basic truck with a 3-passenger fabric bench seat to a luxurious family hauler with brown leather interior and wood trim." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Its typical mismatch of odd Toyota-spec materials and textures aren't bad or particularly offensive in this rugged application – but they're not as nicely considered or assembled as something comparable out of Detroit." -- Autoweek (2015)

Seating

Comfort levels are decent in the Tundra. Although it offers plenty of room for passengers to stretch out, this pickup truck's interior dimensions no longer outshine the crowd. Several freshly redesigned rivals now offer gobs of rear-seat space and lavish seating upgrades.

In its standard configuration, the Tundra seats six people. Some models also come with the option to swap out the front bench seat for a set of bucket seats, which lowers your passenger capacity to five. Cloth upholstery, four-way adjustable front seats, and a folding rear-seat bench with a 60/40 split is standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats are also available. Upgrading from the Double Cab to the CrewMax cab extends rear-seat legroom by 7.6 inches and adds full-size rear doors.

Tundra CrewMax models have a higher rating than Double Cabs when it comes to LATCH system ease of use, earning a second-place Acceptable score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two sets of lower anchors don't require much effort to connect a car seat, though the set of hardware directly behind the driver's seat is mounted a little too deep in the seat cushions. You'll have to search a little to find the three tether anchors, though you won't likely mistake these for other hardware.

Tundra Double Cab editions have the same number of lower and tether anchors. It takes digging in the seat cushions to locate both sets of lower anchors. The three tether anchors are difficult to locate and correctly identify. The IIHS gives this body style a third-place Marginal rating for LATCH system ease of use.

  • "The Tundra's standard front seat configuration is a 3-person bench, but fancier Tundras have front bucket seats with escalating levels of luxury and power adjustability. Those seated in the 60/40-split folding rear bench of the 4-door double cab will find it to be one of most spacious extended cabs on the market. There is no such qualifier needed for the CrewMax, which would make 7-footers feel at home with its extended legroom and reclining seatback. Note that every CrewMax's back seat slides fore and aft, but the double cab's is fixed by default with an optional sliding function." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "Seating comfort up front is as good as you'd expect. The rear seats in Double Cab models are noticeably roomier than those of other rival trucks' extended-cab models. The CrewMax crew cab's rear seat is notable for its abundant splayed-out legroom and its reclining seatback that make it arguably the most comfortable spot in the entire truck. The flip-up bottom cushions in back also provide plenty of storage for tools or other valuable items you'd prefer not to leave exposed in the open bed." -- Edmunds (2017)

Interior Features

Toyota's Entune infotainment interface isn't as straightforward as some competitors’ infotainment systems, but it's still easy enough to use. Apple CarPlay isn't currently available in the Tundra, though it is starting to show up in other Toyota models and will likely be available soon. In the meantime, Bluetooth audio streaming is standard, and limited smartphone integration is available via the Entune App Suite.

The Tundra comes with more standard features than some rivals. The base Tundra comes with the Entune Audio interface, a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, push-button start, a rearview camera, and Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). This set of advanced safety systems includes a pre-collision system that combines forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, brake assist, and automatic emergency braking. Additional components of TSS-P are lane departure warning, a sway warning system, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Available options include a 7-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, smartphone integration via the Entune App suite, satellite radio, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a power-sliding rear window, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "Even base SR trims have a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system in the dash, a far cry from the dial radio in your dad's pickup. Knobs and controls are easier to reach than in past Tundras, and sturdy enough to be used with gloves on." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Tundra is equipped with Toyota's Entune system, which when combined with an app on your phone, allows you to integrate various systems. It's OK, but rival infotainment systems are easier to use." -- Edmunds (2018)

Cargo

The Tundra Double Cab models come with either a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed or an 8-foot-1-inch long bed. All Tundra CrewMax trucks feature a 5-foot-6-inch short bed. A few bed accessories are available, such as tie-down cleats, but Toyota offers relatively few upgrades compared to some rival brands.

In both cab styles a fold-up rear seat with a 60/40 split is standard. This creates a large, secure area for hauling cargo inside, and complements several other convenient in-cabin storage areas.

  • "The folding rear seats in double cabs and CrewMaxes also provide a good amount of protected storage for valuable items you'd rather not leave in the bed." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "There are numerous storage compartments in the cabin. With front bucket seats, there's a huge center console bin; with the bench seat, the center cushion flips up to reveal a good-sized storage bin. In back, the seat cushions fold up to make a large, flat-floored cargo area; on the Double Cab, you can get a large storage bin underneath." -- Consumer Guide (2014)
  • "Another gripe about the Tundra is that nothing much is happening in the cargo bed. Compared with the Ram's clever cargo management system and bodyside storage compartments or the Ford F-150's bed extender and deployable tailgate step, it's not too advanced." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
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