Interior room isn’t at a premium in the large 2008 Toyota Tacoma, but the rear seat in the Access Cab draws its share of complaints from reviewers around the Web. Edmunds calls the Tacoma’s interior “a spacious cab with Camry-like comfort and ambience.” But ConsumerGuide criticizes the Access Cab body style as having “very little room even with the front seats well forward,” and further complain that, in the Access Cab body style, “the rear bench has a low cushion and bolt-upright seatback, so even those who fit will grumble.”
The Double Cab’s legroom, angled seatback, and “easy entry and exit through fairly large doors,” however, are appreciated by ConsumerGuide and nearly every other reviewer. Motor Trend backs up the rear seat accolades: “Accessed through large doors, the back seat feels comfier than in some compact sedans, an achievement in this class of cramped quarters.” Car and Driver editors also appreciate “the large rear seat that has a slightly reclined seatback and accommodates adults in comfort.” As to arrangements in the front, reviewers at Cars.com find that “front occupants have ample space. The seats are snug, supportive and well-cushioned. Depending on the model, buyers can choose a front bench seat, bucket seats or sport seating.”
The critics go back and forth regarding the Tacoma’s quality, some faulting the chassis’ structural rigidity after 40,000 miles of abuse (Car and Driver: “door seals were squeaking, felt like things had had loosened”), others complaining about steering feel and feedback. In comparing it to car-based entries such as Honda’s Ridgeline, Kelley Blue Book finds the Tacoma’s ride/handling a bit rough around the edges.
All agree, however, that Toyota selects nothing but first-rate materials and switchgear for the interior. Furthermore, innovative touches such as the standard fiber-reinforced sheet-molded-compound truck bed add value and durability to the Tacoma’s design. Motor Trend praises the subtle details in the Tacoma, stating that “Toyota has found a way to make the patterns, colors, and surface textures on the dash, console, and door panels look engaging, something you might see in a considerably more expensive near-luxury sedan.” Car and Driver notes “generous sound insulation hushes the cabin against wind noise and pebble spray from the wheels.” [Note: this is a repeat of the sentence above.]