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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Tundra CrewMax has the roomiest crew cab in the full-size segment
If there's a quieter truck out there, we haven't driven it
Overall quality of the interior disappoints
Toyota vehicles have long had a reputation for exceptional build quality, but for the 2008 Toyota Tundra, this area actually proves to be one of the car's few minor drawbacks. However, the 2008 Tundra redeems itself in terms of comfort and usability, both of which draw high praise from reviewers.
Seating capacity inside the 2008 Toyota Tundra ranges from three in the two-door Standard Cab to six in both the Double Cab and expansive CrewMax. ConsumerGuide writes that the front seats on all versions of the 2008 Tundra offer "generous shoulder space" and are "very comfortable, but are set relatively high so headroom ends up being tight beneath the sunroof housing." Edmunds adds that the "ample front seats are accommodating" on all cabs. The Double Cab and CrewMax both offer rear bench seating with ample space, though Kelley Blue Book thinks that the "non-adjustable rear seatback" in the Double Cab might be "a bit too upright for long road trips."
The CrewMax corrects this by offering seats that are "adjustable both for fore-aft positioning and seatback inclination," according to Kelley Blue Book reviewers. One characteristic of the Toyota Tundra CrewMax that reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably mention is the incredible rear space, which Edmunds says is the "roomiest rear seat of any pickup truck," offering a "limolike 44.5 inches of rear legroom." The rear seats of the Double Cab are also roomy, though ConsumerGuide characterizes it as "adequate" as opposed to the "expansive" legroom found in the CrewMax.
One of the highlights of the 2008 Toyota Tundra is the tremendous amount of storage space that it offers, which makes the Toyota Tundra an incredibly practical vehicle. Mother Proof reviewers rave about the fact that the 2008 Tundra offers "so much clever compartment space," including a "hidden shelf above the glove compartment" and "huge center console [that] includes space for a laptop and hanging files." Kelley Blue Book also mentions the "numerous storage areas and work surfaces" found inside the cabin of the 2008 Toyota Tundra, while The Detroit News points out that the interior can "serve as an office" while on the road.
Although many reviewers rave about the interior storage in the Toyota Tundra, another aspect of the interior tends to draw the ire of many: materials quality. ConsumerGuide feels that "the overall quality of the interior disappoints," as "too many cabin panels ring hollow and are hard to the touch." Edmunds appreciates that the designers "placed their emphasis on utility and durability," but one drawback to the 2008 Tundra's functionality is that "soft-touch surfaces are rare," and the interior is bathed in "a large amount of hard plastic trim." However, despite the poor quality of the materials, The Detroit News does point out that they are "thoughtfully constructed," and Edmunds adds "build quality is tight."
One benefit of the Toyota Tundra's high-quality, solid construction is the minimal road noise. Reviewers unanimously approve of the interior noise, or lack thereof, on the 2008 Tundra. ConsumerGuide praises the "laudably low wind rush," while Motor Trend writes that "cabin quiet...is probably the Tundra's most impressive quality," claiming that "if there's a quieter truck out there, [they] haven't driven it."
The inside of the 2008 Toyota Tundra is quiet enough that occupants will have no problem discussing the midgrade plastics.