There’s some exciting news has been unveiled about the 2024 Toyota Tacoma. It’s full of unique, new features and has the truck community pretty excited.
With no new generations since 2016, this will be a highly-coveted Toyota truck. That’s why you want to learn all about it before it shows up at the dealership.
One such feature worth learning more about is the Tacoma’s removable JBL speaker.
In this guide, I explain the new JBL speaker to you. I show you where it’s located and describe how to use it. You’ll also learn what trim levels it comes with.
We’re still learning more and more about the 2024 Tacoma every week. Since they aren’t available on the market yet, we don’t have quite all the information about the JBL speaker. I’ve done my best to gather as much information as possible and will continually update this article as I learn more.
I’ll start by mentioning what makes this JBL speaker different than existing JBL speakers on the market.
This is a custom speaker designed specifically for the Tacoma. You won’t find it available in JBL’s typical product lineup.
In regards to their offerings with Toyota, JBL has said: “…in a custom blend of art and science, they select, piece, and fine-tune every speaker to the interior of the vehicle.”
Based on the photos released so far, it’s a pretty visually appealing speaker. It has a unique shape that pairs well with the new Tacoma design. The speaker is not huge and cumbersome, but it’s still large enough that you’ll get impressive sound quality and volume.
Since JBL took the time to finely tune this product specifically for the Tacoma, it is sure to fit your needs for various scenarios.
Great for any occasion
I think this will be very useful for camping and adventure. You can use it to easily stream music around your campsite.
This new speaker will also be great for other occasions such as tailgate parties or even on a job site. Because of its convenience, it is useful in many different scenarios.
Robust Build Quality
If you’ve used a JBL bluetooth speaker before, you know about their build quality.
JBL bluetooth speakers are very durable. They are waterproof and dirt resistant as well (JBL). I would expect this to be the case for this speaker as well.
This is great for Tacoma owners, since many people will be using this speaker on adventures involving rough terrain and dirt, where durability will be essential. I’m confident that this speaker does not disappoint in terms of durability.
There are some other cool features that separate this speaker apart. I’ll talk more about these features in a bit.
Where It’s Located
This removable speaker will be mounted on the dash, right behind the main touchscreen display, as I’ve highlighted in the photo below.
With the simple push of a button, users can eject the speaker for use remotely. This is a great location for this speaker since it is within reach of both the driver and passenger.
When it’s time to hit the road again, the speaker can be inserted back to its original location.
How It Works
Once again, we still don’t have a ton of information at this point, but there are some pretty exciting details to share.
Of course, this is a bluetooth speaker, so you won’t need any cords or connections to stream audio from your device. This is expected.
What’s cool about the removable speaker in the Tacoma is that it acts as an extension of your truck’s audio system, just like in the 2022 Rivian R1T. This improves the overall quality and surround-sound experience of the speakers in the cabin.
When you’re ready to take your sound outside of the truck, simply eject the speaker out of its place and take it with you. It’s a very easy process.
Another fantastic feature is that you can pair your speaker with other Tacoma owners. If you have a few Tacoma buddies around, you can connect your speakers to stream the same audio at the same time. You can connect up to 100 of these JBL speakers together!
When the battery gets low, simply return it to its center mounting spot for a recharge. There is no information available yet about battery life, but I will update this article when that information is available.
Compatible Trim Levels
With previous Toyota trucks, the JBL premium sound system equipment has never been included with the base model. For that reason alone, I can speculate that it’s not coming with the base Tacoma.
Surely, there may be an option to add it as part of a package with other equipment. That would be exciting for drivers. If this is available as an option, I’m not sure how much it will be priced at. Once Toyota releases that information, I will update this article so you can make the most informed buying decision.
My best analysis is that it will be included with the higher trim levels. Here are the trims I expect this speaker to be available on:
- TRD Pro
- TRD Off-Road
- TRD Sport
- TRD PreRunner
It shall also be interesting to see if Toyota offers this removable speaker as a standalone feature or if it’s included with the Premium sound system.
Similar Features on Other Vehicles
Toyota isn’t the only automaker offering this type of technology. For example, with the Rivian R1T Launch Edition, the Adventure Package includes a removable portable speaker.
Rivian’s speaker docks in front of the center console and charges itself wirelessly. It can also be charged with USB-C technology in the cabin.
With the Rivian setup, the speaker can be used to extend the truck’s stereo system, just like the Tacoma. Otherwise, it connects to a compatible smartphone so users can stream or play the device’s existing library.
Toyota’s History With JBL
Not only has JBL been offering premium sound in Toyota vehicles since 1996, but the company is also a proud sponsor of Toyota Motorsports. Today, you can find JBL offerings in the majority of the Toyota lineup, proving it has become a great partnership.
There are two recent technologies offered by JBL for Toyota that truly stand out among the competition.
- Clari-Fi®: Analyzes and restores high-quality audio files, bringing out the best from digitally compressed music.
- QuantumLogic® Surround (QLS): This proprietary technology separates sources into individual audio streams, the room sound, instruments, and performers. The signals get redistributed to the speakers best tuned for each sound to create a surround sound experience for every listener in the cabin.
Get Ready for an Immersive Experience
I am left thinking about all the places I’ll want to use this speaker. I can’t wait to test this out on camping trips, tailgating adventures, and other excursions!
While I am excited to try out the JBL removable speaker, there are many other aspects to look forward to with the 2024 Tacoma lineup. I imagine this will be but one of many features I want to experience.