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Is there a Lot of Room in the Toyota Tundra Backseat? Big Enough for Adults?

Toyota Tundra on a parking lot

One truck, two different cabs, and three beds offer Toyota Tundra buyers many options. However, are those back seats big enough for adults? The Tundra Double Cab and Tundra CrewMax are sold as six-passenger pickup trucks.

However, the CrewMax provides a little more legroom than the Double Cab Tundra. Both the Tundra Crewmax and Double Cab may seat six adults. Still, the Crewmax will seat them more comfortably due to the added legroom I mentioned.

So, is there a lot of room in a Toyota Tundra backseat, and is it big enough for adults? It depends on which model you buy.

Tundra Double Cab backseat vs Tundra Crewmax backseat

White Toyota Tundra on a parking lot

Both trucks are Tundra’s, yet one has more legroom in its backseat than the other does. How is that, you ask? Cab size is what makes the difference!

Although they are both four-door Tundra’s with a backseat, the rear cab space of the Crewmax is a few inches deeper than that of the Double Cab. The door of the Crewmax is as wide in the back as it is in the front. That isn’t so on the Double Cab. Instead, it has a shorter rear door, denoting the shortened cab length, thus less legroom.

The Tundra Crewmax has more rear legroom than a Toyota Highlanders second-row seats. However, the Tundra Double Cab comes in a few inches shy of the Highlander’s 41 inches of legroom, at 34.7 inches. Almost eight inches and that is quite a difference in legroom.

However, it is also a significant factor in rear-seat rides and comfort for adults. It takes the ride in the backseat of a Tundra from mundane to luxurious.

It’s all about legroom with the two Tundra’s

Both models of the Toyota Tundra, the Crewmax, and Double Cab have rear-seat dimensions almost identical to each other. Shoulder and headroom are within an inch on both of these measurements and the measurements comparing front and back seat sizes. The most significant difference, which robs the double Cab of adult-sized space, is the diminished legroom.

This shortage of space makes it difficult for everyone but smaller adults to fit in the back seat. Even a short ride would be uncomfortable for someone tall. Can you get three adults in that space?

Yes, you can; however, it will be a tight fit, and I wouldn’t want to be one of the passengers in the backseat unless it was for a very short gad about town.

The Tundra Crewmax has better seating and a shorter bed, standard!

Toyota Tundra on the road

Although the Toyota Tundra Crewmax has more backseat legroom, it comes at a cost in towing capacity. While the Tundra Double cab has a 6.5-foot bed, the bed of the Crewmax is a short, 5.5 feet. So, that rear-seat legroom comes at the cost of bed length.

However, you also get that added eight inches of legroom. So, fortunately, if you feel you need a 6.5-foot bed on your Crewmax, it is an option. That’s not a genuine concern, though, as the Tundra Double Cab can be ordered with an 8.1-foot bed and the CrewMax with a 6.5-foot bed.

However, the Double Cab will still have less legroom than the CrewMax, no matter which bed you choose.

What do you need from your Tundra?

If you’re like me, you need a truck that works for you, and the appeal of a bed long enough to hold a sheet of plywood is attractive. Unfortunately, only the Double Cab Toyota Tundra is available with an eight-foot one-inch bed. Lucky for me, my backseat isn’t so much for people as it is for the dog and groceries.

So, the shortage of legroom is not an issue for me. However, the bed length is because I use my truck for hauling stuff, not people. However, your needs are likely different from mine.

If you have passengers with you often, a work crew to move about, or teenage passengers, the Double Cab may not be the best choice for you. The spaciousness of the Toyota Tundra Crewmax borders on luxury.

Is there a lot of room in the Toyota Tundra’s backseat?

It is in the backseat of the Toyota Tundra CrewMax. So much room that you will think you are in a luxury car or SUV when riding in the second row. However, the Toyota Tundra Double Cab doesn’t offer the same comfort level.

The absence of the extra eight inches of legroom than the CrewMax has is telling, and anyone that is very tall will find the rear seat quite uncomfortable. Fortunately, the Toyota Tundra comes in two body styles, with three bed sizes, so you can configure one to suit your needs. In addition, the option of three different power plants, including one hybrid unit, sweetens the pot.

Either model is an excellent choice if you are in the market for a new pickup truck. However, the one you choose should be the one that best suits you and your needs. For example, how important is it to you that the second seat is comfortable for hours at a time? 

Because a roomier back seat will cost a little more, but if you need it, it is worth the price.