Apple play radios: All Car Stereos at Crutchfield

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How to shop for Car Stereos

The car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. When shopping for a new stereo, how do you pick the right one? These tips and our website can help you narrow the choices.

A good place to start is to filter out all the stereos that won’t work with your car. That’s just one of the reasons we ask you to tell us what you drive — it’ll make your shopping easier.

Expert Advice

A new stereo can add features that your current stereo lacks and provide much better sound quality. Below is some basic info about shopping for a new car stereo. For more detailed buying tips, be sure to read our car stereo buying guide.

If a larger stereo (“double-DIN”) will fit in your car, then consider getting a touchscreen stereo. Touchscreen controls make it easy to adjust the stereo. They also tend to have more features than smaller car stereos and better smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Smaller, “single-DIN” stereos are usually more affordable, and you can still get a lot of great features.

What to look for

Make sure you get the options you want. Here are a few features to look for:

  • Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and music streaming. This is almost a standard feature, but there are still a few stereos that don’t have it.
  • Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. Many stereos will do both. You can learn more about phone integration in our Android Auto and Apple CarPlay articles.
  • Wireless CarPlay or Android Auto. Most stereos require a USB connection to your phone in order to use CarPlay or Android Auto, but some offer the greater convenience of a completely wireless connection.
  • Voice control. One of the newest features in car stereo, some stereos incorporate Alexa or Siri voice commands when connected to your phone.

Popular questions customers ask

Adding GPS navigation requires that you get a touchscreen stereo, of course, and you have two options. First, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay let you use your favorite GPS app including Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. If you want GPS navigation without tying up your phone, you’ll have to get a new stereo with built-in navigation.


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Yes, when connected via USB or Bluetooth, you can play music from your phone on the radio. And if you’re using CarPlay or Android Auto, you can control most music apps from the stereo’s touchscreen for a “true” car stereo feel.

Our vehicle database is unmatched. We’ve taken apart the dashes and door panels of more than thousands of vehicles and measured every space and bolt pattern. We’ll also make sure you get the right installation gear when you order.

You’ll need a special adapter to keep those handy buttons working with your new stereo. When you shop on our site, we’ll show you all the options for installation hardware, including the right adapter for the steering wheel controls.

New stereos will often work with your existing backup camera. We’ll let you know before you make your purchase. If your car doesn’t already have a camera, you’ll find compatible backup cameras under the stereo’s “Accessories” tab on our site.

Best Apple CarPlay Head Unit Car Stereos for 2022

If you’re still listening to music through your phone’s weak, crackly speaker on your drives, it’s time for an upgrade. It’s tough to beat the convenience of wireless streaming, but chances are you’ll need to upgrade your vehicle’s stereo head unit to use that feature. And iPhone users will want to make sure that they’re upgrading to one of the best CarPlay head units on the market right now. 

There are tons of benefits to using an Apple CarPlay head unit beyond access to great music, too: Anyone with an iPhone can use simple voice commands with CarPlay for navigation, taking calls, sending texts and more. What’s more, you don’t need a brand-new vehicle to experience any of this functionality in a safe, distraction-free way. Since Apple CarPlay’s 2014 debut, aftermarket stereo manufacturers have been designing head units with Apple’s automotive OS to fit a variety of vehicle models.

Beyond Apple CarPlay, many head units from the likes of Sony, Kenwood, JVC, Pioneer and others include HD radio, satellite radio, USB ports, CD and DVD players, preamps, built-in GPS navigation and wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. With all of their capabilities, there’s a reason the term “infotainment system” has caught on. Upgrading to a new Apple CarPlay head unit also opens the potential for a bigger display screen than what you may already have. Some new stereo system units may even add features your factory stereo didn’t have before, like the ability to add a backup camera or gauges for engine performance. 

With so many options, trying to figure out the best Apple CarPlay head unit for your vehicle can be tough. That’s why we spoke with the folks at Crutchfield to help us pick the best Apple CarPlay car stereo head units. Crutchfield has helped over 6 million customers upgrade their car audio experience since 1974. Check out some of the best Apple CarPlay head unit options below to find the right fit for your vehicle.

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There are no shortage of options if you want to add Apple CarPlay head units to older cars.

Kenwood

Criteria for choosing the best Apple CarPlay head unit

We’ve assembled our list of the best Apple CarPlay car stereo head units from models that fit the most common radio sizes: single DIN car stereo and double DIN head unit car stereo slots. These car stereo system picks are based on Crutchfield’s expert recommendations, user reviews and ratings at popular shopping sites. 

Before you dig in, find out exactly which Apple CarPlay car stereo will fit in your vehicle by using Crutchfield’s Find What Fits tool. Enter your vehicle make, model and year and you’ll be greeted with speakers, Apple CarPlay head units and more to outfit your ride. 

Three things to look for in a new Apple CarPlay head unit

  • Double DIN or single DIN: DIN is a standardized head unit size, so the two most common unit sizes are double DIN and single DIN. Single DIN stereo openings measure 2×8 inches, while double DIN openings measure 4×8 inches. If you’re replacing a double DIN unit, there are more options for adding smarts to your stereo. If you have a single DIN unit, that doesn’t automatically mean you’re out of the running for pairing your Apple iPhone to your car for Apple CarPlay, but you will have fewer choices.
  • Types of receivers: There are a few different head unit categories, each offering a different feature set depending on your needs. Can’t let go of discs? You’re in luck, as you can have physical and digital in one auto head unit package with a DVD receiver. Digital multimedia receivers don’t have an optical drive, but they can play back audio and video and many have touchscreens.
  • Features: When you’re looking for an Apple CarPlay stereo head unit, Apple iPhone integration isn’t all you’ll get for your dollar. If you want something closer to your smartphone look for a capacitive touchscreen rather than a resistive one. Many models also include pre-outs for adding external amps and subwoofers, in addition to HD and satellite radio tuners. For the ultimate convenience, look for a unit with Bluetooth and wireless Apple CarPlay app connectivity for your Apple device.

Best overall Apple CarPlay head unit details

Make Pioneer
Model AVH-W4500NEX
Head unit size Double DIN auto head unit
Screen size 6. 9 inches
Screen resolution 2,520×480
Screen type Resistive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs HDMI, 2x USB, 2x RCA, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio Yes
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive CD and DVD
Price $900

Best cheap Apple CarPlay head unit details

Make Pioneer
Model DMH-1500NEX
Head unit size Double DIN auto head unit
Screen size 7 inches
Screen resolution 2,520×480
Screen type Resistive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs USB, mini aux, mini AV, RCA, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio No
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive None
Price $400

Best single DIN Apple CarPlay head unit details

Make Alpine
Model Halo9 iLX-F309
Head unit size Single DIN auto head unit
Screen size 9 inches
Screen resolution 800×480
Screen type Capacitive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs HDMI, USB, mini aux, mini AV, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio Yes
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive None
Price $1,300

Best big-screen Apple CarPlay head unit details

Make Pioneer
Model DMH-WT8600NEX
Head unit size Single DIN auto head unit
Screen size 10. 1 inches
Screen resolution 1,280×720
Screen type Capacitive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs Micro-HDMI, USB, aux, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio Yes
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive None
Price $1,500

Best Apple CarPlay digital multimedia head unit details

Make Alpine
Model iLX-W650
Head unit size Double DIN auto head unit
Screen size 7 inches
Screen resolution 800×480
Screen type Capacitive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs USB, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio No
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive None
Price $400

Best wireless Apple CarPlay DVD head unit details

Make Pioneer
Model AVH-W4500NEX
Head unit size Double DIN auto head unit
Screen size 6. 9 inches
Screen resolution 2,520×480
Screen type Resistive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs HDMI, 2x USB, 2x RCA, 2x camera, Bluetooth
HD radio Yes
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive CD and DVD
Price $900

Best wireless Apple CarPlay head unit if money is no object details

Make Kenwood
Model Excelon DNX997XR
Head unit size Double DIN auto head unit
Screen size 6. 7 inches
Screen resolution 1,280×720
Screen type Capacitive touchscreen
Smartphone integration Wired and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Inputs 2x USB, mini aux, RCA, 2x camera, memory card slot, Bluetooth
HD radio Yes
Satellite radio Yes with tuner
Optical drive CD and DVD
Price $2,300

Before you buy

Depending on where you buy your Apple car stereo, it may come with free installation. Failing that, Best Buy charges $100 for installation and promises a factory-installed look without a loss of factory functionality. You’ll have to pay for any additional parts beyond the flat labor fee.

When it comes to self-installation of a head unit, you have a few options, but both involve premade wiring harness adapters. Scosche and Amazon sell a variety of connectors that eliminate the need for cutting and soldering into the factory wiring harness. You can also pick up adapters so you don’t lose features like OnStar, steering wheel controls or door chimes. These range in price from a few dollars to more than a few hundred bucks, depending on the complexity. You can buy trim pieces and mounting kits as well and chances are finding a YouTube how-to video for your stereo model and vehicle won’t be too difficult.

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Installing an Apple CarPlay head unit yourself can be made easier with available mounting kits.

Alpine

If you don’t have the time or energy to track everything down yourself, consider buying your Apple CarPlay stereo head unit from Crutchfield. Crutchfield’s trademark is making installation dead simple for do-it-yourselfers. By including premade wiring harnesses, connectors, trim pieces and vehicle-specific installation instructions with every head unit and speaker, Crutchfield takes the intimidation out of upgrading your stereo yourself.

Best of all, DIYing doesn’t mean you lose steering wheel audio controls, backup cameras or other factory creature comforts, either. That comes at a price, though. When you’re drafting your upgrade budget, expect to set aside between $300 to $500 in addition to the cost of your head unit for the necessary harnesses and data controllers. Older vehicles make for cheaper installs, however. The Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX’s install kit for a 2008 Ford Ranger lists for $56, for example, but it’s currently discounted by $50. 

“You can 100% get a very modern [smartphone-connected] radio experience in your car,” even if it’s over a decade old, said Adam “J.R.” Stoffel, a training manager who’s been with Crutchfield since 1996.

Written for CNET Cars by Timothy Seppala.

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iOS – CarPlay – Apple (UK)

With Apple CarPlay, you can quickly and easily connect your iPhone to your multimedia system, and with the Car Keys feature, your iPhone becomes an even more useful travel companion. This feature allows you to open and start your car using your iPhone. And while you’re driving, you can enjoy iPhone features safely with Apple CarPlay.

Car keys

Open and start your car with your iPhone.

In 2021, the first car models appeared that can be opened and started using an iPhone. You can easily give car keys to friends and family. And even if the iPhone runs out of battery, the car keys can be used for another five hours. 1

CarPlay

The perfect navigator.

CarPlay is a smarter and safer way to use your iPhone while driving. Get directions, send and receive messages, talk on the phone and listen to your favorite music. You can do all this on the car’s built-in display. More app categories are now available in CarPlay, and wallpapers can be selected for the CarPlay bar.

Maps

iPhone will show you the way.

The power and convenience of Apple Maps is available to you in your car. CarPlay can even predict where you want to go by analyzing the addresses in your Mail, Messages, Calendar and Contacts. Getting to the right place has become easier than ever. In addition, you can open a list of important or useful addresses with one touch to quickly find a point of interest, get directions to your favorite restaurant, or find out where the nearest gas station is located.

Telephone

Calls, as usual.

Call, call back and use the answering machine. Siri does a great job with all of this. Just asking is enough.

Messages

People used to read and write.

Now they listen and dictate.

Send voice messages using Siri on iOS and CarPlay. You no longer have to be distracted by your iPhone when you are driving. Now Siri can speak incoming messages, and you can simply dictate her answers. If you get directions in the Maps app, then Siri can tell those who are waiting for you the approximate time of your arrival.

Music

Ideal

music salon.

All the content available to you through your Apple Music subscription and various audio apps is at your disposal. This supports the built-in controls of your car. Search by artist, album, or song title. See what’s playing now and what’s next in line. You can even ask Siri to play your favorite song or act as your personal DJ.

Calendar

Everything is in the palm of your hand.

Even when you are on the road.

In the Calendar, you can quickly check your plans for the day. And if you have a meeting soon, just one touch is enough to get directions or dial the desired phone number. Your car’s speakers and microphone will be used for the call, which means you won’t have to take your eyes off the road.

Speak, touch and twist.

CarPlay is designed specifically for drivers and supports Siri voice control. It also works with car controls: knobs, buttons, touchpad and touch screen. And the applications themselves are adapted specifically for the car – they can be used,
without losing control of the road.

Siri

To enable Siri voice control, press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel.

Touch

If your CarPlay equipped car has a touchscreen, you can use it to control CarPlay.

Knobs and buttons

CarPlay also works with buttons, knobs and indicators in the car. If they are connected to the screen, then
they control CarPlay.

More

apps for the road.

CarPlay also lets you use other iPhone apps for messaging, listening to audiobooks, and listening to podcasts. And support for automaker apps makes it possible to control many car functions directly from CarPlay. 2 In the iPhone settings, you can specify how applications will be displayed on your car’s display. In addition, developers now have access to a variety of tools and templates to create new, safer ways to use iPhone in the car.

  • Podcasts
  • Bookmate
  • PlugShare
  • Viber
  • WhatsApp
  • Listen to audiobooks
  • Spotify
  • Yandex. Music
  • MLB 3
  • Stitcher
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Overcast
  • Audiobooks.com
  • Audible
  • VOX
  • NPR One
  • Downcast
  • YouTube Music

Use your favorite

navigation app.

CarPlay supports third-party navigation applications that can be opened directly from the control panel. This means that the choice of maps and routes has become even larger – getting to any point is even easier.

  • 2GIS
  • Google Maps
  • Yandex.Navigator
  • Sygic GPS Navigation Maps
  • MAPS.ME
  • Waze

CarPlay fleet.

More than 600 car models work with CarPlay.
Choosing the right one is easy and simple. 4

Complete list of models that work with CarPlay

More than 600 models to choose from.

See the full list of models,
working with CarPlay

CarPlay can be added to your car along with the audio system.

  • Alpine

  • Blaupunkt

  • Clarion

  • JVC

  • Kenwood

  • Pioneer

  • Sony

CarPlay is compatible with the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XSiPhone 10s
  • iPhone XS MaxiPhone 10s Max
  • iPhone XRiPhone 10r
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

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