Crew cabs account for almost 50 percent of the half-ton market, which is why we asked for trucks with four full-size doors.
We moved the driver’s seat all the way back and judged each truck by how much room was left for the second-row passenger’s knees and legs, as well as by seat-bottom angle and back support.
The Toyota Tundra CrewMax had the most room and best seating position and comfort for its backseat passenger. Our thighs were almost level with our knees, and lumbar support was good. There was plenty of legroom.
We liked the Dodge Ram’s new crew cab configuration. It doesn’t disrupt the truck’s proportions like the old MegaCab configuration did, and there’s still plenty of room, though not as much as in the Tundra.
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra had identical second rows. They were comfortable, but a little on the small side. Entering the rear seat was a bit difficult because the door openings were on the small side.
The Ford F-150 was comparable to the Dodge Ram and GM trucks in comfort even though its second row was large in size, nearly as big as the Tundra. We didn’t like the low height and angle of its seat cushion. The seat was so low our knees were above our hips.
The Titan had the most cramped second row. Our knees almost touched the back of the driver’s seat and the bottom cushion was on the short side. Seat height was a bit below where we wanted it to be, and back support was lacking.