2016 Toyota Tacoma: Less Than Ideal Seating Position
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 9, 2016
I'm not all that fond of the driver seating position in our 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Relative to many other vehicles, the Tacoma's seats are mounted closer to the floor. I'm 5-foot 10-inches tall, but my legs are proportionally long. So in order to get enough thigh support and have my feet in the right places for the pedals, I need to slide the driver seat back. But then my arms are extended out more than I prefer to reach the steering wheel.
Our Tacoma isn't super easy to get in or out of, either. The step-up height is elevated (all rear-drive Tacomas have the same stance as the 4WD versions this year) and the steering wheel can get in the way when I'm moving my legs in and out.
The low seat has been a Tacoma trait for a while now, though apparently Toyota's engineers raised the front seat height for this new generation. I've looked over some Edmunds.com 2016 Tacoma consumer reviews. Some people have complained about what I've stated above, but there are just as many reviews with five stars for comfort. Plus, it's probably something you just get used to over time, as the multitudes of happy Tacoma owners would attest to.
I'm not necessarily uncomfortable. The seat itself is fine. But if you're shopping for a midsize pickup and also looking at the Chevrolet Colorado (and GMC Canyon twin), pay attention to driver seat comfort/positioning and the ease of getting in and out. In my experience, the GM trucks are superior trucks in this regard.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 8,793 miles