There’s a long list of advantages to owning a truck, including high horsepower, rough terrain traversal, and the ability to tote and store items on the bed. But if you don’t have the right bed cover, your truck and cargo will have to endure water damage, weathering, and other conditions. A heavy-duty lid will keep everything secure and minimize damage to your vehicle.
Among trucks, the Toyota Tacoma series is among the most reliable heavy-duty vehicles on the current market. Due to its popularity, there are many bed cover options for the Tacoma to consider. While they can be expensive, these bed lids are built to last and save you from wasteful water damage. Let’s talk about five of the best truck covers that money can buy.
The LEER ROLLITUP fits any Tacoma with a short bed manufactured since 2016. It’s a heavy-duty, marine-grade vinyl cover that is flexible, durable, and soft. It’s a roll-up-style cover with a tailgate lock weighing about 22 pounds.
The design features a tension adjusting system to keep the cover from wrinkling. It fits directly onto the side rails of your truck bed to help moisture runoff. It is reinforced by rust-free aluminum clamps on the sides, inner corner braces, and three crossbars that support it when it lies flat.
It’s easy to access your bed whenever you’re ready. You don’t have to remove the tonneau. Use the cable release on the tailgate and undo the velcro hooks on the sides to roll the cover back, granting you access to your truck bed. Once you are finished, roll it back forwards and reset the hooks and lock for complete security.
Installing this model is trivial. You don’t need a drill or other equipment because the package contains everything you need to install it. The instructions are easy to follow. Installation only takes about fifteen minutes.
Truck bed covers tend to be expensive, but the ROLLITUP is one of the most economical models I could find. Its durability is decent, and it’s easy to set up, but you can find many more defensive covers if you’re willing to spend a bit more.
- Good price
- Easy installation
- Can’t hold much weight
Tyger Auto is a trusted brand that makes great vehicle accessories. The T3 is a folding cover that fits any Tacoma produced in 2019 and beyond with a five-foot bed. The vinyl featured in this design is dual-coated for extra strength while maintaining a soft, flexible exterior. It weighs about 28 pounds in total and is completely watertight.
Internal braces create an aluminum frame for the cover held down by stainless steel clamps. Horizontal crossbars within fold along with it for added structural support. A lock on the inside of the tailgate keeps the bed secure.
Folding covers are more convenient than their rolling counterparts because they peel back more easily. They usually have better reinforcements than rolling lids with hinges built into the frame. The T3 is a tri-fold cover that grants easy access to your bed after just two folds.
All the tools you need to install the T3 come in the package, and setting it up can take as few as five minutes. However, if you have equipment over the bed rail, you may need to drill some holes to install the cover.
The T3 has a middle-ground price for soft covers. It’s more expensive than the LEER model, but it comes with a limited lifetime warranty to protect your investment. It’s durable, easy to use, and completely weatherproof, making it an excellent choice for any Tacoma five-foot truck bed.
- Folding cover
- Lifetime warranty
- You need a drill to install
- Five-foot truck beds and 2019+ only
The TruXport is a stylish multi-material roll-up cover that works on any Tacoma truck produced between 2016 and 2021. Both five-foot and six-foot size options are available for the same price. The cover’s main component is leather-embossed vinyl which creates a durable, weather-resistant barrier.
The cover rests about a foot and a half above your truck bed with included rail attachments. Dual paddle latches at the rear hold the lid securely in place while support bows reinforce the cover against buildups of rain and snow. A preset tension control spring system prevents the cover from wrinkling or loosening.
The TruXport’s leather grain exterior aesthetically matches almost any Tacoma. It’s not only for looks, however. Working together with the vinyl underlayer, the cover can resist several inches of snow or rain without any leaks.
One of the downsides of the TruXport is that installation is not quite as easy as the product details suggest. You do need a Torx wrench for setting up the rail attachments if you want your bed cover to be as secure as possible. While you could make do without it, you wouldn’t want a loose lid.
Overall, the price is a bit high for a soft truck bed cover, but it still has plenty of merits, including stylishness, tough materials, and a wide range of compatible vehicles. Plus, every lid is insured with a five-year warranty.
- Stylish and functional dual-material cover
- Withstands fair amount of snow
- Inconvenient installation
- High price for a soft cover
So far, we’ve only talked about soft bed covers, but hard covers are also great tools for a Tacoma. This model fits any Tacoma between 2005 and 2015, and both five-foot and six-foot options are available without a price increase. This folding lid is made of high-quality polished chrome and is secured by a double tailgate seal.
The chrome frame is supported by shock-absorbing corner bumpers and side rails. The paint on the cover is stylish and keeps a low profile.
What separates a hard cover from a soft one is how much weight it can hold. Pliable vinyl covers can withstand slight rain or snow, but they can collapse under the buildup. The MX4 supports at least 400 pounds of weight, making it one of the strongest truck bed lids in the industry.
Installing this 72-pound cover isn’t as effortless as with other models. However, the package includes easy-to-follow instructions, and BAKFlip has a series of helpful YouTube videos that demonstrate the process reasonably. You will need a drill with a 7/8th bit to complete the installation.
One obvious downside of the MX4 is that the price tag is steep. You’re paying for heavy strength, looks, and protection, but many Tacoma owners probably don’t require 400 pounds of support. If you invest in the MX4, you can rest easy knowing it’s backed by a five-year warranty.
- Accommodates a huge range of vehicles
- High-quality chrome withstands 400 pounds
- Very steep price
- Hard to lift, tough installation
The Rough Country hard cover is more economical than the BAK model. It fits recent Tacoma trucks between the years 2016 and 2020. The design is made of low-profile aircraft-grade aluminum with a tailgate lock. It’s a trifold cover that folds back to grant you access to 2/3rds of your bed at any time.
This cover is a flush mount that sits inside the bed rails rather than on top. That allows it to fit more firmly on your truck and maintain a lower profile. This also affords the cover better security against theft. The downside of a flush lid is that if you don’t secure it well enough, rain can slip through the cracks and won’t run off as easily.
It has a sleek black textured finish which matches any truck color seamlessly. Installing the cover is easy and does not require a drill.
Among hard tonneau covers, the Rough Country model has a great price. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which is difficult to beat.
- Good price for a hard cover
- Flush fit is more discrete
- No drill required
- Lifetime warranty
- Only grants access to 2/3rds of your bed
- Not the best defense against water
When you shop for a truck bed cover, you should consider the scenarios that your vehicle often encounters. Frequent rain and snow are some of the biggest reasons to get a cover. You may also have cargo you want to secure or want an aesthetic lid.
There are several kinds of fits, including flush covers, folding models, and rolling lids. They each have strengths and weaknesses, such as their resistance to water. They also come in soft and hard varieties, so consider the weight you need a bed cover to endure before you buy.