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2020 Toyota 4Runner and 2020 Tacoma Will Rock Out with JBL Premium Sound

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma and 2020 4Runner will both feature some important upgrades within their multimedia portfolios. One featured aspect is in-vehicle JBL premium sound system. See how JBL will affect your in-vehicle entertainment.


Toyota and JBL formed a partnership in 1996 to deliver audio to your cars and trucks exactly as you would hear at legendary concerts and rock tours. Each Toyota model is uniquely fine-tuned with perfect speaker placement to bring you music that is crystal clear to all passengers in all rows of seating.

This multimedia team continues its tradition for premium sound with the introduction of both the 2020 Toyota 4Runner and the 2020 Tacoma.

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Toyota 4Runner and JBL

Toyota engineers took great care in designing a premium sound system for today’s Toyota 4Runner. With up to 3 rows of seating, music must be crystal clear for all passengers.

This intricate JBL system features 15 speakers, including a nearly 8-inch subwoofer and 10-channel 550-Watt digital sound processor amplifier. Digital sound processors deliver many important benefits, including working to achieve optimal audio power throughout a vehicle.

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner will continue offering JBL premium sound as standard equipment with the Limited, Nightshade Edition and TRD Pro models.

Also, plan on being able to utilize the many benefits of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM and Amazon Alexa commands in your next 4Runner. They will be standard applications across all levels.

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What about 2020 Tacoma?

Truck enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting the arrival of 2020 Toyota Tacoma. This will be a refresh year, so plan on valuable updates including new grilles, wheels, power driver’s seat (on SR5 and above) and even a new exclusive Army Green color. Plan on standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Expect 2020 Tacoma JBL premium sound to include 6 JBL speakers featuring subwoofer and 8-channel 440-Watt DSP (digital sound processor) amplifier. With a smaller cabin than the 4Runner, both drivers and passengers will enjoy the compact musical perfection within the cabin to the fullest.

For 2019 this sound system was standard on the Tacoma Limited and TRD Pro. Plan on this continuing to be offered in these grade levels for 2020 model year.

Let’s hear from the people…

I get a lot of feedback both from my readers and my Toyotajeff YouTube Channel viewers. This is where I get many ideas for my stories and videos. It was great to hear from people who have JBL sound systems in their Toyota vehicles and learn about their experiences.

Michael had some killer feedback. “We just purchased a 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum with the JBL Premium Audio System....The Sound is BEYOND AMAZING!”

“I’m a 2018 4Runner owner and it (JBL) sounds great in my vehicle.” Said music lover Dara.

Andrew reported in after visits to his local dealership. “I test drove the New Camry and Avalon both had JBL and yes they sound fantastic! The Avalon sounds the best but that because it has more power!! Really like both!”

Then, of course, there are true fans who simply love the entire brand, like my YouTube channel viewer Fabian. “I have a Tacoma with JBL, a JBL Flip 4, JBL headphones, JBL earphones, and JBL home speaker. LOVE THEM ALL!!!!”

Do you have a JBL sound system in your vehicle and how do you like it? Will premium sound be part of your search criteria during your next vehicle search?

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Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at ToyotaJeff1.


Aaron Smith (not verified)    June 13, 2019 - 11:20PM

The JBL “Premium” sound system is anything but. It is the single most disappointing thing about my 1794. When the dealer gave me a loaner during a service visit, I was shocked to find that that standard audio in the sedan they gave me blew the doors off the JBL. Add to that a useless app offering through Entune, and you have an embarrassment of a sound system in a top of the line vehicle. But hey, for only $1200 or so bucks you can fix it with aftermarket components.

Randy (not verified)    June 14, 2019 - 10:33AM

Toyota needs to Offer a little More than a JBL sound system, Tundra & Tacoma, designer needs to Be Onside with Consumers, Enough is Enough, let's get a Engine & Tranny Upgrade, Com'On
It's been Long Enough, Tacoma is Big Seller, and well Best Truck in World, let's get on with the Times please .....

Colin (not verified)    June 14, 2019 - 10:49AM

Go to or Tacoma World and search jbl. Afterwards please post an edit to this article about how enthusiastic Toyota owners are about their premium sound systems.

Muzzy996 (not verified)    June 14, 2019 - 1:20PM

Unless they start placing speakers in better locations other than below your knees it won't matter how many they put in or how many watts of power the system has. Luxury cars with speaker placement on the tops of door panels or pillars directing sound to your ears are doing a better job than my premium JBL sound package in my Tacoma.

Dustin (not verified)    June 14, 2019 - 11:05PM

I have a 2019 trdpro 4runner. The trans is old the power is low, I spent 50k and didn't get memory seats or a front facing trail cam but the absolute worst think about my blue baby is that horrible jbl

Nathan Wolfe (not verified)    June 15, 2019 - 9:28AM

The JBL System in mi 2016 Platinum Tundra is the biggest POS I have ever heard! The head unit has been replaced 3x and the amplifier replaces once. The radio still won’t save settings, and it sounds like crap! Anything above half volume and the music distortion is unbearable, and that with the sound settings all set in the middle! Now the Mark Levinson system in our Lexus sounds amazing! JBLcan shove it, I would NEVER own a vehicle with their system in it again!

Brian (not verified)    June 16, 2019 - 5:46PM

Any idea when we may some news about the 2020 Sequoia? I was ready to buy recently, but after looking at the competitors it is hard to spend the money on the Sequoia.

Noa (not verified)    July 29, 2019 - 6:34PM

I just took out the JBL system in my 2019 Tacoma Off Road. I put in a Kenwood 875S. The jbl is really weak folks. I love my Tacoma, but the overrated system is nuts. You have to turn it to the top to hear anything with the windows down. If anyone wants to buy my OEM JBL Premium system search on Ebay. Alohaaaa

SRXRS (not verified)    September 30, 2021 - 12:45PM

I have to second Nathan Wolfe on his comments on the JBL. New 2021 Limited Nightshade with JBL and total harmonic distortion (THD) must be off the charts on this embarrassment. The Mark Levinson on my 2003 Lexus sounds amazing and it's almost 20 years old. WTF.