2016 Toyota Tacoma: Oh Yeah, It Has a Factory Go-Pro Camera Mount
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 25, 2016
I know it's there, but I keep forgetting about it. Our 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup has a factory-installed Go-Pro mount bonded to the top edge of the windshield. It's easy to overlook because this unobtrusive bit of plastic is positioned high up on the glass where it's out of sight, out of mind.
It's just a clip, the receptacle half of a standard Go-Pro mount, the part you would stick to your motorcycle or bicycle helmet. The camera and the mating half of the buckle-style snap are not included, of course, but anyone who owns a Go-Pro has those.
Count me in that group.
The location is a good one. It's high up where it offers the camera a good view over the hood, and it's easy to get to when it's time to start or stop a recording. But the camera itself doesn't block the view because it's to the right of the rearview mirror housing where there's nothing much to see.
My biggest concern has to do with what this does to the replacement cost of the windshield. The anti-glare treatment encompasses the area where the mount resides, and Toyota has actually engineered and tested the adhesive used in the installation to make sure this mount doesn't pop loose with the weight of a camera attached in standardized crash tests.
It's more robust than it would be if you or I stuck one on ourselves, in other words.
I'm sure you can get a replacement windshield without the mount, and I suspect many people looking to save a few bucks will go that route. But what if you want to keep the feature alive and well? I could make some calls and find out, but I'd rather just cross that bridge if and when we come to it.
As for me actually using the mount to record some cool off-road video, that will have to wait. We had houseguests this weekend, so I couldn't go anywhere interesting. I'll try to whip something together next time I go out — if I manage to remember it's up there.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 12,121 miles