If you’re reading this, I can only assume that you own a 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 Toyota Tacoma. I can also assume that you hate the stock grille that came with your truck and you want to give your rig a bit of a facelift. If that's true, read on.
Whenever I create posts that feature direct competitors, I'm always asked... why? I believe we live in a world of abundance and there's plenty of business to go around. Also, at the end of the day, I talk with and sell my product to a different set of people than the folks who sell custom, high end grilles. That's just the way business goes and it makes me sad when people/competitors/haters/etc. get nasty.
In this post, I highlight the brand and one of their grilles that I think is pretty cool. Most of these companies sell several different models, so don't get scared off by the high price tags just yet. So if you're looking for a Toyota Tacoma aftermarket grille, read on.
Empyre Off Road
Guess I'll start with our grille first. The Empyre Off Road grille is a minimalist option if you're looking to keep the cost low and quality high. Our customers really love the removable stainless steel backer that makes the "TACOMA" or “TOYOTA” text pop and stand out on the road.
Another selling point is that there are two different materials to choose from, cold rolled steel and aluminum. The great thing about aluminum is that it's lightweight and won't rust if the powder coating scratches or chips from rocks. Aluminum is definitely a customer favorite.
Make: Empyre Off Road
Model: Tacoma Grille Insert
Non-TSS Price: $325 - Aluminum / $250 - Steel
TSS Price: $350.00 - Aluminum / $280.00 - Steel
Pros: Solid construction, two text options (Tacoma and Toyota), TSS option, inexpensive. We offer a 60-day money back guarantee. If you don't love it, you can return it for a full refund.
Cons: One design
Cali Raised Faux TRD Pro Grille
The Cali Raised Faux TRD Pro Grille, which we sell here at Empyre Off Road is another great option for Tacoma enthusiasts. Cali Raised has spent a ton of time perfecting this grille and is a step above any of the Chinese knock-offs you can find on eBay. This grille gives you the look of an expensive TRD Pro Tacoma without having to spend the big bucks.
Make: Cali Raised
Pros: Made out of high-quality ABS plastic and works with the TSS sensor
Cons: No customization
300 Industries covers the gambit of selection and price range. You have forty-nine options to choose from, and prices that range from $400 to $1,050. The level of customization drops as the price goes down, but with that amount to choose from, you’re bound to find something you like, but at a price.
Make: 300 Industries
Pros: Highly Unique, lights up
Cons: Expensive, no customization
Custom Car Grills
The guys at Custom Car Grills also have a few options to choose from, but some of their more popular models would be their mesh grill, and their mesh grill with letters. Both are pretty plain, but in a stylish way. If you decide to go with the “TACOMA” or “TOYOTA” lettering, you'll get a nice subtle black finish layered on with aggressive lettering.
Make: Custom Car Grills
Pros: Subtle look, inexpensive
Cons: Few options
Grillcraft makes one of the most minimalist grilles on the market, which isn't a bad thing at all. If you are looking for something subtle and different, the MX model could be the one. It is a simple black mesh. No Toyota or Tacoma logo of any kind.
The MX is a nice, clean way to dress up your truck.
Pros: Subtle look, inexpensive, lifetime warranty
Cons: No options, company branded
Bullet Proof Fabricating
BPF is one of few grille manufacturers who provide an aluminum option. This grille is a nice lightweight option, and the design is a great improvement over what comes stock on 3rd gens. I would say it's a marriage of a bezel, mesh, and logo that go well together.
The one thing that I don't love about this grille is that you have to pay extra to remove their company logo in lieu of the Toyota logo.
Make: Bullet Proof Fabricating
Pros: Good triple look design, lightweight, free shipping
Cons: Extra cost for “TOYOTA”, brand name too prevalent
Bay Area Metal Fabrication
Last but not least is a company called Bay Area Metal Fabrication. The folks at BAMF offer two different types of grilles, the Eco Insert ($284) and the hugely popular Recessed grille ($600).
I absolutely love the recessed grille as it gives the Tacoma an extremely aggressive look. Both options also allow you to order a color matched backplate that slides behind the “TOYOTA” or “TACOMA” logo.
Pros: Good design, customizable
Cons: High priced
So, there you have it. I hope that this post has been helpful and has given you a few other options to consider when looking to replace your stock grille. Please let us know if you have any questions.