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It’s Time To Upgrade Your Toyota Tacoma Head Unit
Sony 5500 Toyota Tacoma

By: Cliff John, Trail Grid Pro

Your Toyota Tacoma’s head unit may be missing some of today’s latest technology. To solve that, we’ve partnered with Sony Corporation, PAC Audio & Metra Electronics to bring 2012 – 2019 Toyota Tacoma owners a completely plug and play Sony head unit upgrade that you can install yourself in one hour. Our bundles give you the technological conveniences you’re craving like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink screen-mirroring – all on a 6.95″ or 9.0″ capacitive touch-screen. 

Read on to learn more!

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto In Your Tacoma

Fact: you love your Toyota Tacoma. It’s an amazing vehicle! The Tacoma is also an easily modified ride and folks often spend a lot of time and money on tires, lifts, bumpers and more to make our vehicle a wheeling king. However, I think it’s time we start spending a little more attention to our Toyota Tacoma’s head unit.

Did you know? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have revolutionized the mobile car audio experience. You can now enjoy the technological conveniences of the Apple and Android mobile car audio interfaces no matter what kind of vehicle you own!

Toyota was late to add Apple CarPlay/Android Auto in their stock audio interfaces. The first Toyota Tacoma produced with full-featured CarPlay and Android Auto was in model year 2020, which left some 2019 and down Toyota Tacoma owners wishing they had it.

2020+ Toyota Tacoma Owners

Concerning the interior of newer and older Tacomas; there are a few details to discuss. Big fans of the 2020 Tacoma knew it had Apple CarPlay & Android Auto before they even got to the dealership – if you’re like me, it’s a really important feature! 

Most of these buyers didn’t know that if they had bought the same really expensive truck in 2019 – not only would they not have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but they would have a 6.2″ or 7″ screen versus the 8″ given to 2020+ owners.

You can see how that would be incredibly frustrating for 2019 and down owners. So, what’s the solution?  

Why Sony In Your Tacoma?

I’ve been very fortunate to partner with Sony Corporation for many years now – I had previously worked with Sony in the Harley-Davidson motorcycle audio sector. What I’ve learned by working closely with Sony over the years is they truly care about their vendor partners (that’s us) and about their end user (that’s you). Like Apple, they aren’t always the first to the market with the newest technology, but they are always one of the best and most reliable when they make the decision to upgrade their head unit options.

Sony backs up their commitment to quality with an unrivaled three-year warranty on most of their audio systems. Sony has exactly zero repair facilities in the United States. If anything goes wrong with your system during your warranty period, Sony replaces it. It’s that easy.

But, don’t take it from us – read all about why our customers love our Sony + Trail Grid Pro Tacoma Kits: Tacoma Head Unit Reviews

Sony Plug & Play Bundles For 2012 – 2019 Tacoma’s

So, here’s our solutions.

As mentioned above, we’ve partnered with Sony Corporation, PAC Audio & Metra Electronics to bring 2012 – 2019 Toyota Tacoma owners a completely plug and play head unit solution that you can install yourself in around one hour! 

Our bundles give you all the technological conveniences your 2012 – 2019 Tacoma is lacking, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WebLink screen-mirroring – all on a 6.95″ up to 9.0″ capacitive touch-screen, depending on the bundle you choose.

Our bundles maintain your steering-wheel controls, rear back-up camera (if applicable) and is compatible whether you have a JBL amplified system or the factory base system. We also include a USB adapter kit so you can maintain your factory USB location in your truck (if it’s currently located under your head unit). If you don’t have a front facing USB location, we include a kit to create one.

Currently, we have four Sony head unit bundle options for 2012 – 2019 Tacoma owners:

  • Sony XAV-AX8100 Plug & Play 2016 – 2019 Tacoma Bundle9.0″ touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, WebLink screen-mirroring and newly added HDMI connectivity, 55w x 4 internal power and a 3-year warranty. Maintains steering wheel controls, rear back-up camera (if applicable), factory USB location, Sirius/XM and more!
  • Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play 2016 – 2019 Tacoma Bundle – a 6.95″ anti-glare capacitive touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, WebLink screen-mirroring. An onboard 100w x 4 internal amplifier, 6.95″ anti-glare capacitive touchscreen and a 3-year warranty. Maintains steering wheel controls, rear back-up camera (if applicable), factory USB location, Sirius/XM and more!
  • Sony XAV-AX5500 Plug & Play 2016 – 2019 Tacoma Bundle 6.95″ touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, WebLink screen-mirroring. Onboard 55w x 4 internal power, 6.95″ capacitive touchscreen and a 3-year warranty. Maintains steering wheel controls, rear back-up camera (if applicable), factory USB location, Sirius/XM and more!
  • Sony XAV-AX7000 Plug & Play 2012 – 2015 Tacoma Bundle6.95″ anti-glare capacitive touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, WebLink screen-mirroring. Onboard 100w x 4 internal amplifier, 6.95″ anti-glare capacitive touchscreen and a 3-year warranty. Maintains steering wheel controls, rear back-up camera (if applicable), factory USB location, Sirius/XM and more!

Why Do I Want To Install My Tacoma Sony Bundle?

Even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly handy individual, here’s a few reasons why you should consider doing your own installation.

It’s Easy – Take out a few 10mm bolts, plug in a few plugs and viola! It’ll work. Every time.

We Have Easy-to-Follow Installation Videos – we currently have a very popular installation video to assist your 2016 – 2019 Tacoma Sony Head Unit Bundle installation

It Requires Simple Tools – Do you have a 10mm socket-wrench, a small flathead screwdriver and a small Phillips head screwdriver? Boom, you’re set. A small pair of scissors or a blade may come in handy if you need to remove some tape from your factory wiring harnesses. That’s it. You can do this!

You’ll Save Cash – by purchasing your fully-assembled bundle from us, you save big compared to retail. Not only that, you don’t have to handle all the wiring – we take that off your hands. Next, you don’t have to scour the internet looking for your Tacoma’s compatible parts and settings. We got you. Lastly, you don’t have to pay someone to put it in – saving you hundreds of bucks.

You’ll Feel Awesome –  There’s a real sense of accomplishment when you do work on your own. Trust me, it’s infectious. Invite a friend over, take pictures, post them on Facebook, give high-fives. After you install this yourself, it’ll light a little fire to try and tackle other projects.

2016 – 2019 Toyota Tacoma Installation Video

As mentioned above, we have an easy-to-follow installation video that is applicable for any 2016 – 2019 Toyota Tacoma owner. Our 2012 to 2015 Tacoma install video will be out soon!

Grab Your Sony Tacoma Head Unit Bundle

If you’re ready to upgrade your head unit simply head over to our Toyota Tacoma Sony Shop, choose your model, complete a few questions on the product page and checkout. We offer Free US Standard Shipping via UPS Ground and have a 60-day no-questions-asked return policy.

We have easy checkout options with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and you can even get 0% interest for 6 months via PayPal Credit (see product pages for details).

Are you interested in our Toyota Tacoma Sony bundles but have a question first? Simply complete the form below and our team will get back to you promptly!

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