Photography: Craig Perronne

Third-generation Toyota Tacoma owners have three options when it comes to audio. There is Entune Audio, Entune Audio Plus, or Entune Premium Audio with 6.1- or 8-inch touchscreens. For our Project Taco Truck Tacoma, we made sure to order the TRD Off-Road package. It comes with a rear locker and Entune Premium Audio with an 8-inch touchscreen. We knew we would put the locker to good use. And, we thought the bigger screen and extra functionality of Entune Audio Plus would be worth it too.

While we were right about the locker, Entune is definitely a clunky and frustrating system to use. It is no match for the user-friendliness and ease of use of either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Both Apple and Google have teams of highly-paid and probably overworked engineers that work on both systems. Both receive constant updates and refinements. In stark contrast, Entune feels like an afterthought that one developer tinkers with in his spare time on random weekends. Why Toyota didn’t ditch Entune long ago was always a bit of a mystery. Especially when much better options like Apply CarPlay and Android Auto exist. Thankfully, the 2020 Tacoma will finally come with both.

We like our 2017 Toyota Tacoma Project Taco Truck and have no intention of getting rid of it. Thankfully, Alpine offers an elegant solution to our Entune woes without having to purchase a 2020 Tacoma. The Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309TCM replaces the factory unit with a gorgeous 9-inch display. The Halo9 comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a ton of features. For more bass, Alpine’s PSU-300TCM subwoofer was an easy choice. Let’s take a look at how it all went down.