Originally Posted by kirk180
Quick update: Haven't pulled the trigger yet. I went out for a third test drive yesterday. Took it for a little longer drive this time (one hour). I want to pull the trigger for a lot of reasons, but can't because I'm unable to find a comfortable setting for my long legs in that seat! As much as I try to get past this, I can't. Whenever my right leg is off the gas pedal and on the floor, it's against the shifter and I find the bolstering of the seat there aches my thigh. I wanna be able to get past this. It's just not working. FWIW I'm almost 6'4", and whenever my feet aren't on the pedals, my knees are bunched up against the shifter and some uncomfortable spot on the door.
I have lower back issues, and believe that the Ridgeline has spoiled me with it's comfortable captains chair that's elevated well off the floor. I traded my Audi A3 S-line in because my back couldn't handle the feeling of my legs being way out in front of me for extended periods of time. What I can't figure for the life of me, is how Toyota continues to opt against putting a power front seat that elevates you off the floor, in a $30k+ truck. Hard to believe that any vehicle coming in over $30k could only have a 4 way manual seat.
Again, not a rant. Love the truck. Continue to try to make it work, but I just can't get comfortable. Great site here guys. Not sure if I should keep trying to find an answer, or continue lurking to see what the next gen brings. Surely it will have a power seat, right?
Lots of people complain about the "weird" seat position for the Tacoma. I would agree it's a little odd. Most who do complain find it's too low to the ground which for me causes my legs/knees to be at a weird angle when using cruise control or at a stop light etc. It does mildly bother my lower back.
Most likely the seat position is due to Toyota wanting great ground clearance but not wanting a too tall of a passenger compartment. The ground clearance is best in class if I remember correctly and really gives us the off-road edge.
I find as long as I stretch occasionally by forcing my knees together, pressing hard, while at a light or coasting my back isn't affected nearly as much. This stretches out the muscles pretty good. I drive a lot, 80 miles to work round trip M-F and the wife and I always are going on day trips. Yesterday we put 4 hours, 225ish miles in the truck. 2 kids in the back, access cab
I do find the seat position a bit low, but it wouldn't stop me from buying mine. I'd do it again.