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Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

Allows you to connect the factory USB port on select 2010-up Toyota vehicles to a new car stereo

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Our take on the Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

Metra's AX-TOYUSB-2 cable allows you to keep the factory USB port in your Toyota when you install a new car stereo. One end of the cable connects at the factory Multi-Media Interface ECU, an electronics module located in the dash or console depending on the specific vehicle, while the other end plugs into the USB port on the back of your new car stereo. You must install a car stereo with a rear USB port. Warranty: 60 days.

Keep your Toyota's USB port

Metra's AX-TOYUSB-2 cable allows you to keep the factory USB port in your Toyota when you install a new car stereo. One end of the cable connects at the factory Multi-Media Interface ECU, an electronics module located in the dash or console depending on the specific vehicle, while the other end plugs into the USB port on the back of your new car stereo. You must install a car stereo with a rear USB port. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Worked great on my 2013 4Runner with a Kenwood head unit.. The biggest issue was pulling the glove box to access the electronic box that this adapter plugs into.

Butch, Richmond, VA

What's in the Box:

  • 23" USB retention harness
Reviews

Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(20 Reviews)

Works perfectly on 2013 4Runner

Butch from Richmond, VA on 2/22/2017

2013 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great on my 2013 4Runner with a Kenwood head unit.. The biggest issue was pulling the glove box to access the electronic box that this adapter plugs into.

Pros: Works and fits great.

Cons: Not the adapter's fault, but the glove box had to be pulled to access the electronic box that this adapter plugs into. Overall, though, it wasn't so bad.

2010 Tundra USB adapter

Brian from IL on 2/5/2017

2010 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great, not exactly easy to find in 2010 Tundra, but left a video showing the connection

Pros: Works great to keep factory USB operational

Cons: No instructions with it, had to go looking under dash

Works good

Anonymous from Biloxi, MS on 1/28/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely required to make tundra oem USB port work. It does not plug directly into the USB. It adapts at the audio module. Do some research and it will be an easy job for you.

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Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

Ross from San Antonio, TX on 12/10/2016

2016 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product fits a brown USB connector that is located behind the glove box of various Toyota models. Not True Of The 2016 4Runner SR5 Premium. I ripped apart my entire dash trying to find this elusive plug. In my vehicle, the plug is gray and is plugged directly into the back of the stock head unit. This adapter does not fit that plug. The PAC-USB-TY1 is the part you need. I hope this info saves someone the 2 hours of my life that I spent trying to find a way to make this part fit my vehicle.

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Crutchfield response on December 19, 2016 Thanks to this customer's review, Darren, our Car Integration Buyer, was able to identify the problem within our database and correct it. We apologize for the trouble this caused during this customer's installation.

Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

Anonymous from Columbia, SC on 11/29/2016

2013 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked exactly as described!

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Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

Anonymous from Bedford, TX on 11/21/2016

2012 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked good!

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Metra AX-TOYUSB-2 USB Port Cable

David from California on 9/16/2016

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great! After Toyota installed an aftermarket Rosen navigation system in my Tundra the USB port didn't work anymore and Toyota failed to inform me of this and I didn't know until the installer told me. Wasn't happy but dealt with it. After finally getting rid of the Rosen unit and purchased the Pioneer NEC 8100 and seen this cable as a fix to use the OEM usb port. Worked great but getting to the connection is the trick. It's plugged into a module behind the glove box. Once you unplug take that plug and plug it into this cable then plug the USB into ur radio and it should work like a charm. Works for charging and data.

Pros: Keep OEM USB port.

Cons: Connecting to OEM plug.

Doesnt work on a 2012 Rock Warrior

Not all Tundra's from Salmon, ID on 6/30/2016

2012 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Doesnt work on a 2012 Rock Warrior

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

Doesnt work on a 2011 Rock Warrior.

Nathan from Georgetown Ky on 5/25/2016

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adaptor was well packaged and looked to be well made but did not fit my application.

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Cons: Did not fit

Crutchfield response on May 25, 2016 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Works great on 2011 4Runner

Kasey from Colorado on 2/19/2015

2011 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The adapter works great, once you find the plug to connect it to. It does not connect to the USB connector in the glove box, but rather to a plug that is connected to a box behind the glove box/knee air bag. It would be helpful if it was a bit longer, as I had to remove the wire wrap on the stock loom in order to get have enough length to reach the aftermarket stereo.

Pros: Does what it is intended to do.

Cons: Could be longer.

Fits, works, but Clarion HU's do not like it.

Power from Michigan on 1/19/2015

2010 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this on a 2010 Tundra. This will work on any Tundra gen2 or newer. You do have to find where it plugs in. Another review said it would not connect, they were trying to plug it directly into the factory port and it actually plugs into the metal control box behind the lower pass dash/glove box/knee air bag area. With a Clarion NX604 the cable will not allow transfer of data directly. You have to connect this adapter to the provided cable from Clarion. The HU will then play files but it is slower and more glitchy with it. I will likely return this cable due to these glitches and lagginess with the Clarion HU. Seems to work fine with other HU's. And does function with the provided cable from Clarion, just not perfectly. Also I installed a Crux SW adapter and that itself has a factory usb/aux audio output via rca, just will lose control through any HU.

Pros: Works when you actually know where to connect it.

Cons: Have to figure out where to connect it, and in the case of the Clarion nx604 it is laggy. Also charging speed was reduced, likely due to many cables and connections between the Idevice and the actual HU.

Worthless

Chris B from Oklahoma on 12/23/2014

2011 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worthless on a 2011 Toyota 4Runner. It has to attach to the head unit and the computer interface behind the glove box. I could not gain access to the area behind the glove box. Called Crutchfield tech support and they could not find out how to gain access either. I ended up not using this adapter and just ran the USB cable provided with the head unit to the interior of the cab.

Pros: None

Cons: Could not install

Didn't fit

unsure from Florida on 12/22/2014

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This part does not fit a 2011 toyota tundra double cab with a usb and aux in the same spot. im sure it's a great item and works well but it just does not fit the mentioned setup.

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Cons: does not fit my car like Crutchfield said it does. i couldn't install it

Crutchfield response on December 24, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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7065941962 from Lagrange, GA on 8/17/2014

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great

Pros: Able to hook up the original usb in my truck

Cons: Instructions not real good

Works amazing in my 2013 Tundra

GeoffN from Phoenix, AZ on 5/29/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was easy enough to install and works exactly as it should. I have tested this adapter with numerous USB devices and I have also used a Pioneer HU as well as a Kenwood HU and they both play nicely with this adapter. My only regret was not buying this sooner! If you have a Toyota with an aftermarket radio, BUY THIS

Pros: Easy install. Works as advertised. Cleaner dash. Retain factory functionality.

Cons: None.

2013 tundra

Jason from Virginia on 4/13/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield lists this as "does not fit" for the tundra, however it works perfectly was able to retain my oem USB plug with the kenwood h/u

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2013 Tundra

Gary from Texas on 3/17/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly to connect my existing factory usb port to the Kenwood stereo I bought. If you remove the access panel underneath the passenger side dash, you can reach the metal box that has the factory plug. Pull out the brown factory plug and connect to this adapter. From there you just fish it up to the radio and plug it in.

Pros: Works Perfect

Cons: None

Nifty nifty

Martin from Atlanta on 2/2/2014

2012 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once I found out where to plug this, it worked perfectly! As long as you have a rear USB on your radio then you can keep the factory usb outlet on the dash. FYI: the brown part of this plugs into another brown connector behind the glove box, so you have to take that out. Nobody seemed to know that but its really very simple

Pros: works, easy to use,

Cons: took a while to figure out where to plug it in. I think its a new product so Crutchfield didn't seem to know much about it (they should now though)

Great product to retain factory USB

Mike from Phoenix, AZ on 1/7/2014

2011 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter makes using the factory USB port built with an aftermarket radio a breeze. Works as expected once you find the correct vehicle plug. Mine was buried deep under the dashboard.

Pros: Works as expected. Makes factory USB port work with aftermarket radios.

Cons: None.

USB adapter for 2013 4runner

Anonymous from Va on 8/31/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Part did not fit. But crutchfield customer service was very prompt and gave no hassles to return the item.

Pros: Easy return No hassles or questions

Cons: Did not fit

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Features

USB Adapter Harness: The AX-TOYUSB-2 lets you retain the factory USB port in select 2010-up Toyota vehicles when replacing the factory radio with an aftermarket head unit that features a rear USB input.

Note: Additional kit and harness will be necessary to replace your Toyota factory radio with an aftermarket receiver.

CarPlay & Android Auto Incompatibility: The AX-TOYUSB-2 is not compatible with CarPlay or Android Auto.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Ease of installation [ Kyle  Feb 19, 2017 ]
So I could maintain factory use of my usb/ auxiliary switch in my truck [ Andrew  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Want to keep my factory USB in new radio [ Russell  Feb 05, 2017 ]
I chose this because I wanted to maintain a clean factory appearance with my vehicle. [ Nathan  May 12, 2016 ]
Recommended by the advisor [ Drue  Jan 28, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Maybe I'm totally confused, but I could not see any possible configuration for the cable to work in my Tundra and returned it to Crutchfield. [ Ronnie  Jan 02, 2015 ]
not sure I called crutchfield for assistance on this cable but they had no idea where it plugged into [ Desi  Jan 02, 2015 ]
It connects the oem ish connector to the aftermarket stereo. It was a bit difficult to locate the plug though. It is way over under the passenger side kick panel. [ Christopher  Jan 02, 2015 ]
I have one on my 13 Tundra with an Alpine ics-x7hd HU and the brown end needs to be plugged into what I believe is the multi-media interface (located under the left side of the glove box). Once you remove the radio and HVAC controls you will be able to see it from that opening as well. The plug connector you need to plug into is the same color as this cable and there is only 1. The USB will plug into the USB port on the rear of your HU. It is a Pain to get to. [ christopher  Jan 01, 2015 ]
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