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The Best Car Stereos With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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We’re convinced that the easiest and safest way to use your phone while driving is to connect it to a stereo that has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. And after researching more than 75 models and testing 19, we found that the Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX is the best replacement car stereo for drivers who want those features. With wireless connectivity and an intuitive interface, this Pioneer model makes it easier than other stereos to stream music, navigate to a destination, and message by voice through your phone, while keeping distractions to a minimum.

Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX, versatile and easy to use

Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX

Versatile and easy to use
A sharp screen, intuitive controls, and a rare wireless connection to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto make it safer and easier to use your phone’s features while you’re driving.
We recommend
Sony XAV-AX100, lower price, fewer features

Sony XAV-AX100

Lower price, fewer features
You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an easy-to-use volume knob, but no wireless connection, no customizable display, and a smaller screen.
Budget friendly
Pioneer AVIC-W8500NEX, like our pick, plus built-in navigation

Pioneer AVIC-W8500NEX

Like our pick, plus built-in navigation
This Pioneer offers all of the features of our top pick, plus an integrated navigation system and a capacitive display for multitouch control—handy features, but they add hundreds to the price.
A better upgrade
Pioneer AVH-3500NEX, if you have a single-din stereo

Pioneer AVH-3500NEX

If you have a single-DIN stereo
With its slide-out 7-inch touchscreen, this is the best way to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a smaller, single-DIN stereo, but using it requires a wired USB connection.
Another good choice

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