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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
limo-like 44.5 inches of rear legroom
laudably low wind rush
If there's a quieter truck out there, we haven't driven it
The 2009 Tundra draws high praise from reviewers for its comfort and usability. A minor drawback actually proves to be the truck’s build quality—normally an area in which Toyota sets the benchmark.
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," says Kelley Blue Book. Seating capacity inside the 2009 Toyota Tundra ranges from three in the two-door Standard Cab to six in both the Double Cab and expansive CrewMax. Consumer Guide reports that the front seats on all versions of the 2009 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 rear seats of the Double Cab are also roomy, though Consumer Guide characterizes it as "adequate" as opposed to the "expansive" legroom found in the CrewMax. A 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."
MotherProof reviewers rave about the fact that the 2009 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 2009 Toyota Tundra, while The Detroit News points out that the interior can "serve as an office" while on the road. One of the highlights of the 2009 Toyota Tundra is the tremendous amount of storage space that it offers, which makes the Toyota Tundra an incredibly practical vehicle.
Although the interior storage in the Toyota Tundra is a high point for reviewers, the quality of the material used tends to draw their ire. Consumer Guide 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 2009 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."
Consumer Guide praises the "laudably low wind rush," while Motor Trend declares 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 solid, high-quality construction garners the reviewers' unanimous approval of the interior noise, or lack thereof, on the 2009 Tundra.
Occupants of the ultra-quiet 2009 Toyota Tundra will have no problem discussing the truck’s mid-grade plastics.