Half the fun of owning a Toyota Tacoma is modding it. But there are lots of mods out there—many are expensive, but not all of them are worth it.
I’ve owned Toyota vehicles for nearly 10 years and I’ve been putting them to the test by overlanding across the USA and Mexico. In that time, I’ve tested everything from tires to roof racks, tiny interior enhancements to rooftop tents, and everything in-between.
I wrote this list to include some of my absolute favorite Toyota Tacoma mods for both the 2nd gen Tacoma and the 3rd gen Tacoma. Many of them are currently installed on my overland Tacoma build, so you can rest assured knowing they’ve been put to use
Best Tacoma Interior Mods
First up, let’s take a look inside the vehicle. The following Toyota Tacoma accessories and mods are for comfort, style, and utility inside the cab.
1. Scoshe Magnetic Phone Mount
I absolutely love this thing. I’ve used a lot of phone mounts, but the Scoshe magnetic phone mount has been my favorite. It’s easy to use and just works.
Note that you have to install a metal plate on the back of your phone case and this can mess with wireless charging. Also, it’s not the best mount for off-roading—your phone will bounce around like crazy when you hit those bumps and rocks.
2. Pop & Lock Power Tailgate Lock
I spent a whole year locking and unlocking my tailgate by hand. It got old quick. I finally got fed up with it and ordered the pop & lock power tailgate lock so I could lock the trunk when I pressed the button to lock the cab.
Why the Toyota Motor Corporation didn’t install this in the factory is beyond me. But do yourself a favor and get one of these right away! They are fairly easy to install and save you a lot of headaches.
3. Center Console Organizer Tray
This one is another no-brainer—the center console doesn’t come with any kind of organizer tray in it from stock. This center console organizer tray gives you a lot of extra usable space in there.
4. Floor Mat Anti-Slip Fastener Clips
Few things are as annoying as your floor mat moving around on you all the time. So grab some floor mat anti-slip fastener clips from Amazon for a few bucks!
5. Rubber Floor Mats
Speaking of floor mats—these rubber ones are much easier to clean and grippier than some of the stock Tacoma floor mats.
6. Premium Audio Upgrade – Tweeters / Front Speakers / Rear Speakers (Less Than $250)
This is one of the first Tacoma mods I made on my truck. The factory Toyota Tacoma speakers leave a lot to be desired. For less than $250 you can get a sound setup that matches all but the most nerdy sound systems. (Note that this is only for the 3rd gen Tacoma.)
You’ll need to buy the following parts:
- Front Speakers
- Rear Speakers
- Pry Tools Kit (Optional, but worth it)
7. Phone Holder Attachment
If you got the Scoshe mount already, you might not need this. But I still find that having some extra storage space in the front comes in handy for all the random crap in your pockets.
8. K&N Performance Air Filter
While this won’t completely change your vehicle, a K&N performance air filter will add a few HP and improve your engine’s air intake over the factory air filter. Plus a small boost to MPGs never hurt anyone!
You don’t even need any tools. Just pop out the old air filter and put in the new one. You will need this cleaning spray to keep it clean though (unless you feel like buying a new one every few months).
9. K&N Air Intake System
If you want to really upgrade your air intake, K&N also has an air intake system you can install. They claim you get up to 9.5 more HP from your engine.
10. Pedal Commander Throttle Response Controller
The Pedal Commander Throttle Response Controller improves the sluggish acceleration most 3rd gen Tacoma owners complain about. I installed one in mine and it’s probably one of my top three favorite truck modifications!
We did a thorough review of the Pedal Commander and explained all of the pros and cons in depth—so be sure to check that out!
Best Tacoma Exterior Mods
Next up, let’s move on to the exterior Toyota Tacoma mods to add utility and make your truck look even more badass!
11. TRD Pro Style Grille
If you love the look of the TRD Pro style grilles but didn’t buy the TRD pro, you’re in luck! You can buy the grille separately and install it yourself. Installation is super easy, too.
12. Anytime Front Camera
One of my only complaints about the Toyota Tacoma is how fat the hood is. It’s really hard to see what’s in front of you over the hood. That’s why I highly recommend getting this Anytime Front Camera so you can avoid hitting rocks or driving off edges.
13. Gator Tri-Fold Tonneau Bed Cover
Having a bed cover means you can store things in the back and lock them in, protect them from weather, and keep them away from prying eyes.
This Gator Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover is a nice affordable option that’s really easy to install.
14. Diamondback Bed Cover
Speaking of bed covers—I absolutely love my Diamondback HD Bed Cover. It’s a much pricier option, but it comes with the added benefit of being able to hold up to 3,000 lbs!
Diamondback also has the cheaper SE option. Tonneau covers are one of the best truck bed storage accessories to help you protect and organize your stuff.
15. Vinyl Decal Tailgate Inserts
If you’ve ever wanted your “TACOMA” text on the tailgate to stand out more, these black vinyl decal inserts are exactly what you need!
16. Redline Hood Struts/Lifts
Are you sick of putting that metal pole in place to hold the hood up? Never again with these Redline Hood Struts. They’re easy to install and make working on your Tacoma so much easier!
17. Cali Raised Replacement LED Fog Light Pods
The factory fog lights on the Tacoma leave a lot to be desired. These Cali Raised Replacement LED Fog Light Pods are much brighter, and again, have super easy installation.
18. Window Tint
Window tint keeps out prying eyes and is an affordable upgrade that also looks great. What’s not to like? Call up your local window tint dealer for a quote.
19. AC Drain Mod
2nd gen Tacomas have an issue with the AC leaking right on the frame, which can cause rust over time. This AC drain mod fix only costs $20 and can save you from a rusted frame.
20. Hood Bulge Glare Blocker Sticker
While the TRD Pro Tacoma hoods are super sexy, the hood bulge on them causes really bad glare in the sunlight. Adding one of these black glare blocker stickers to it will prevent that—and, in my opinion, looks way better!
21. OEM Bed Mat Short Bed / Long Bed
If you’ve ever put anything in your truck bed, you know how slippery that plastic is. These OEM bed mats (short bed / long bed) give you a rubber surface that prevents everything in your trunk from constantly sliding.
22. Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
Want that wide, aggressive truck stance but don’t want to buy wider tires? These Spidertrax wheel spacers solve the problem!
23. Prinsu Roof Rack
The Prinsu roof racks not only look great, but they also give you lots of extra storage space to hold kayaks, a portable shower system, or whatever you might need.
Related Reading: These Are The Best Overlanding Roof Racks
24. MOVE Bumper
Getting an aftermarket rear bumper is one of the best ways to improve the look of your Taco (in my opinion, anyway). Once my sister’s friend backed into my truck in the driveway and smashed the rear bumper, I decided it was time for an upgrade.
These weld-together MOVE bumpers are one of the cheapest options for a bumper install you will find. Of course, you have to be able to weld it yourself, so it’s not for everyone.
25. Hiline Series Front Bumper
One of the things I really wanted on my Taco was a winch for off-road excursions. But to install a winch, you need a custom front bumper that has room for it.
I wasn’t ready to completely cut off the entire front of my Tacoma, so I instead opted to make a small cut and install this lightweight, low-profile hiline series bumper.
26. Toyota Tacoma PRO Grille Letter Compatible Overlays
These cool grille letter overlays make your TOYOTA sign different colors. Neat!
27. Upgraded Suspension
If you’re serious about beefing up your Tacoma, it’s a good idea to invest in some better leaf springs. They will eliminate rear-end sag and give you a slightly higher payload for all the other mods like a bumper, rooftop tent, and rack system.
You can also look into upgrading the front-end coil-over springs and shocks for a smoother ride and overall better payload capacity. We recommend the Fox 2.0 shocks.
Toyota Tacoma Lighting
Improving the lighting on your truck is not only safer, but can also improve the look of your vehicle. These are some of my favorite lighting mods:
28. Cali Raised Behind Grille LED Light Bar
Light bars are great for off-road excursions after dark. This one by Cali Raised LED goes in the perfect spot just under your grille.
29. Tacoma Raptor Light Kit
Love the look of the Ford Raptor? These Tacoma raptor light kits can be installed to match it!
30. Matt Gecko Under Bed Rail LED Lights
If you want to see in your truck bed at night, check out these Matt Gecko Under Bed Rail LED lights.
31. Cali Raised LED Side Projection Ditch Lights
Ditch lights are a life-saver at night if you’re going off-road. They light up the sides of the road to, as the name implies, see any potential ditches or other hazards. Plus, they look cool!
32. LED Interior Lights
If the factory interior lighting isn’t good enough for you, try upgrading to these LED options.
Toyota Tacoma Accessories
The following section is for accessories that didn’t really fit in the other categories.
33. Meso Customs Minimalist Key Fob
Want a more rugged key fob? Look no further than this one from Meso Customs.
34. N2 Designs Remote Start
If you live in a hot or cold climate, having a remote start can be nice to temperature control your vehicle before you get in without going outside. What more do I need to say about it?
35. Air Compressor
A good air compressor can help you inflate and deflate your tires for off-road riding. You can either get a cheap portable option like this one or invest in an on-board system like this one.
Related Reading: These Are The Best Off-Road Air Compressors for Overlanding
Last but not least, a sunshade can keep your vehicle cooler in the summer and protect your leather and vinyl interior. Whoo!
37. 270 Degree Awning
Looking for some more shade around your vehicle? Grab yourself a 270-degree awning!
Other Tacoma Gear Guides
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of Tacoma modifications and accessories. Itching to learn more? Here are some other guides you may like:
- Best 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma Rock Sliders
- Best 2nd & 3rd Gen Tacoma Roof Racks
- Best Rooftop Tents for the Toyota Tacoma
- Best Lift Kits for the Toyota Tacoma (All Gens)
Are you a Toyota Tundra owner? Check out our guide to the 27 Best Toyota Tundra Mods and Accessories (3rd Gen)