Pioneer's flagship AVIC 8000NEX boasts dozens of media and navigation options -- including the first aftermarket appearance of Apple CarPlay -- but most users will find a better feature-to-cost balance lower in the brand's NEX lineup.
Here you'll find our current five overall-favorite car stereos, but check in regularly for updates as new products are released.
The flagship AVIC-8100NEX isn't just the top of Pioneer's line, it's one of the best, most fully featured receivers on the market. Just make sure you're not buying more functionality than you really need.
In one box, the Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT has all the must-have car tech features that most people could want, including hands-free calling, voice-controlled digital audio playback, and turn-by-turn directions with traffic data.
Pioneer's AVIC-X920BT not only addresses the core needs of most people, but also it's software is expandable to bring Internet radio into the car, harnesses your media library, and can help you get where you're going as economically as possible.
The Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT not only brings a robust set of features into the car in a single box, but it also provides a variety of quick and safe ways to access those features.
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The Pioneer AVIC-U310BT isn't perfect, but it meets most people's needs for navigation, hands-free calling, and digital audio playback at a very affordable price.
After a few months of on-the-road testing, I put Apple CarPlay and Android Auto head-to-head to see how they stack up.
Starting today, you can get Android Auto in your car with your Android 5.0+ phone and compatible Pioneer head units.
After a sluggish first year, Apple's in-dash smartphone software is finally picking up steam.
Last year, Pioneer hit the road with Apple CarPlay first. This year, it aims to do the same with Android Auto.