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2021 Toyota Tundra Interior Review


Interior: 6.5

Inside, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is showing its age. The cabin looks outdated, and there are low-rent materials throughout. The seats are spacious but not especially comfortable. There's a pleasantly lengthy features list that includes a solid infotainment system, though some competitors have more intuitive setups.

  • "Step inside, and the Tundra's age becomes painfully obvious. There's a lot of room in here for passengers, but with a dated design, small storage compartments, a center console that doesn't even open all the way and uncomfortable seats, Toyota's full-size truck is hard to live with." -- CNET (2020)
  • "The Tundra's interior is spacious and dotted with oversized features, but it's an outdated presentation and the materials in most models feel cheap and rubbery." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "The Tundra's interior is functional but dated by segment standards. … Build quality is OK, but we found issues with small items. The gas door wouldn't close all the way and most knobs and dials felt cheap, no matter how tight the tolerances were. There weren't any noticeable squeaks or rattles, or any large panel gaps, during our test." -- Edmunds (2019)


The Tundra is available with 5-foot-6-inch, 6-foot-6-inch, and 8-foot-1-inch beds, depending on cab configuration. The bed has a high floor and tall sides, which can make it tough to load heavy cargo, though the same can be said about some other full-size pickup trucks. There's a good amount of storage space in the cabin.

  • "An abundance of cargo and storage space is expected with a pickup. While the Toyota is merely adequate in most areas, our testing revealed that the cavernous crew cab is able to hold 21 carry-on suitcases with its rear seat folded, two more than any other pickup." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "Also, the bed is large but very high, and load height is an issue. … Not only does the rear seat have a large hump in the center of the floor, the rear seat bottom is massive and takes up lots of space. The raised platform underneath prevents the loading of flat items. The back seat offers lots of cubic space, but it's not laid out well. Fitting big cargo items is difficult." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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)


The Toyota Tundra seats up to six people. A front bench seat and cloth upholstery come standard. Front bucket seats, vinyl or leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated and ventilated front seats are available. 

Both rows of seats provide enough space for adults to fit comfortably, and the rear seats in CrewMax models have an abundance of legroom. The Tundra's seats aren't that comfortable, however; most rivals have plusher cushions.

For installing child safety seats, the Tundra has two complete sets of rear LATCH connectors, in addition to a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The system’s ease of use depends on cab setup. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH system in CrewMax models the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, as the tethers can be hard to find. Double Cab models have this problem too, and in addition, the tethers can be confused for other hardware, and the lower anchors are set deeply in the seats. For these reasons, the IIHS gave the Extended Cab’s setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal.

  • "Although its rear-seat legroom is among the best for crew cabs, the quality and layout of the Tundra's cabin are unimpressive, as well as short on amenities found in the fresher competition. The only salvation is the 1794 Edition, which has luscious saddle-brown leather-trimmed seating and ultrasuede accents." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "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." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "These are some of the worst seats in a full-size truck today. They're stiff and poorly supported and they lack lumbar adjustment. They also don't go low enough, so even average-height drivers will always have fitment issues. They're barely passable on road trips, likely causing discomfort after just a few hours on the road." -- Edmunds (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Tundra include a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, three USB ports, voice recognition, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Entune infotainment system has its good and bad attributes. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to sync your smartphone with the truck. On the other hand, some of the touch screen's buttons are small, and the menus are difficult to navigate. Other controls are easy to see and use.

Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a power-sliding rear-window in Double Cab models or a power-retractable rear window in CrewMax models, an 8-inch touch screen, a seven- or nine-speaker stereo, a 12-speaker JBL premium audio system, and navigation.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Available driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "At least the in-car technology is getting better, with an available, 8-inch touchscreen running Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto finally join the party for 2020, but the rest of Entune remains about as serviceable as last year's tomatoes. The native navigation system is clunky, with multiple clicks needed just to enter an address, and the rest of Entune is hard to work through and frustrating to use." -- CNET (2020)
  • "The Tundra's infotainment system is tolerable, functioning adequately and responsively but never intuitively. … The Entune system will not delight users with its tiny onscreen buttons, but our testing showed that its response time is faster than popular smartphones. Thankfully, the newly available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make the system more intuitive and modern." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "The controls are large and well labeled with clear fonts. There are six main buttons next to the touchscreen and three main climate-control knobs. The Tundra may not have an upscale interior, but it is certainly easy to understand and use right away." -- Edmunds (2019)
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