2016 Toyota Tacoma: Good Stereo, Not Great
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 2, 2016
When a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes on the radio during my commute home, I do the only responsible or sensible thing I can think of. I turn the volume up as high as it will go and sing along. In our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma that meant I cranked the knob to 62. Seriously, that's the maximum.
Unfortunately, it simply wasn't loud enough.
Our TRD Off-Road Tacoma has the standard six-speaker "Entune Premium Audio" system. Don't get me wrong, the sound quality is good. It's definitely sufficient for some mid-level rocking out. Problematically, though, I could hear the sound of my own voice over Freddie Mercury's, and that was just unacceptable.
If it were my money, I'd opt for the available JBL system that Toyota offers as a part of the Premium and Technology package. The bundle certainly isn't cheap at about $3,500, but it gives you six upgraded speakers plus a subwoofer, and you get a number of other likable features, too, including dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and a sunroof.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor