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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
“Tacoma still drives very much like a truck”
Kelley Blue Book
“front occupants have ample space”
“generous sound insulation hushes the cabin”
Car and Driver
Inside, the 2010 Toyota Tacoma isn’t as spacious as a full-size truck, and though there’s plenty of space in Double Cab versions for four adults (two kids in back for Access Cabs), the front seats are a little short and flat.
Reviewers aren't entirely in agreement here. ConsumerGuide criticizes the Access Cab body style as having “very little room even with the front seats well forward,” and further complain, in the Access Cab body style, “the rear bench has a low cushion and bolt-upright seatback, so even those who fit will grumble.” Edmunds, meanwhile, calls the Tacoma’s interior “a spacious cab with Camry-like comfort and ambience.”
All the fundamentals are here, though; the Tacoma’s payload is well into the three-quarter-ton category, depending on the model. 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.
As for arrangements in the front, reviewers at Cars.com attest 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 Double Cab’s legroom, angled seatback, and “easy entry and exit through fairly large doors,” are appreciated by ConsumerGuide and many other reviewers. 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 commend “the large rear seat that has a slightly reclined seatback and accommodates adults in comfort.”
Comparing the Tacoma to car-based entries such as Honda’s Ridgeline, Kelley Blue Book considers the Tacoma’s ride 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, “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.” Refinement might be slightly disappointing to some; both engines are louder than we hoped, although Car and Driver notes the lack of wind and road noise: “generous sound insulation hushes the cabin against wind noise and pebble spray from the wheels.”
Car and Driver praises the Tacoma’s body structure on a drive in Alaska, declaring its ride “expunged of creaks and body shivers, even when clobbered by the mini-McKinley frost heaves” (ironically, after 40,000 miles, they weren’t quite as thrilled). However, Edmunds’ reviewers complain about “occasionally rough ride quality.”
The 2010 Toyota Tacoma is characterized by a rather noisy cabin and trucklike drivability, countered with a roomy interior and thoughtful details.