2011 Toyota Tacoma Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
Compared with full-size trucks, the Tacoma disappoints for interior roominess and seating comfort, but compared with other mid-sizers like the Nissan Frontier it's competitive. That said, even though Double Cab versions have the space for four adults (two kids in back for Access Cabs, which have smaller back doors and seating), the rather skimpy, short and flat seats in front won't win you over for longer trips.

Refinement might be slightly disappointing to some; both engines are louder than we would have hoped. But while the Tacoma's interior isn't refined, it does feel durable, with solid-feeling Toyota switchgear throughout and chunky climate controls that would be easy to grip with icy or gloved hands.

Despite all these misgivings, the Tacoma feels very tight and refined inside; it's quite well isolated from the road and wind noise, although you do hear the engine whenever accelerating, even mildly, in V-6 versions. The cabin and bed, in several test vehicles over the years, have been free of rattles, too. The Tacoma's cargo bed is a composite material, a sheet-molded compound purported to be more durable and, at the same time, 10 percent lighter than steel.

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma has a roomy interior but it lacks comfortable seats and refinement, and has a rough ride in most trims.

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