Car Accessories

Thinkware Dash Cam X500
REVIEW

Thinkware Dash Cam X500

Financial responsibility laws for drivers often make dashcams superfluous, but if one makes sense in your driving climate, the Thinkware Dash Cam X500 not only reliably records collision footage but offers a few extras that might come in handy, such as speed camera warnings.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 1, 2015
iBolt xProDock Connect
REVIEW

iBolt xProDock Connect

The iBolt xProDock Connect's strong hardware and flexible software work well together, but the NFC gimmick feels like a DIY hack.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 11, 2014

MSRP: $39.95

iSimple BluClik
REVIEW

iSimple BluClik

The iSimple BluClik is an easy way enhance safety and keep hands on the wheel by adding simple media controls to vehicles without standard steering wheel buttons.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 9, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit
REVIEW

Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit

The Kinivo BTC450 is a good and inexpensive choice for adding Bluetooth to cars with an auxiliary input, but it is short on features.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 25, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Inrete Automatica
REVIEW

Inrete Automatica

Although an interesting idea in automatically updated portable storage, the Automatica's functionality is easily duplicated on a smartphone.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 22, 2013
Clingo Universal Car Phone Mount
REVIEW

Clingo Universal Car Phone Mount

The Clingo Universal Car Phone Mount would be an excellent smartphone mount if not for the need for frequent cleaning.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on December 17, 2012
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Pioneer AppRadio 2
REVIEW

Pioneer AppRadio 2 ( SPH-DA100)

For iPhone 4 and 4S lovers, the Pioneer AppRadio 2 is possibly the best aftermarket receiver that money can buy. For Android users, the choice isn't so obvious.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 24, 2012
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Grooveshark Bluetooth Car Kit for Android
REVIEW

Grooveshark Bluetooth Car Kit for Android ( by Livio Radio)

The Grooveshark Bluetooth Car Kit isn't the best hands-free calling option and its app integration needs finessing, but the hardware is an easy way to bring Internet radio and smartphone audio playback to almost any car.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 18, 2012
Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera
REVIEW

Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera

The Magellan Wireless Back-Up Camera boosts the functionality of the RoadMate 9055-LM and upgrades the safety and convenience of any vehicle with very little effort.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 23, 2012
Parrot Asteroid
REVIEW

Parrot Asteroid

The Parrot Asteroid falls a bit short on delivering the Internet and a rich app experience in the car, but it's still a solid receiver for users looking to add great digital audio connectivity and a top-tier hands-free calling experience to any vehicle.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2012
1 star User rating out of 2 votes

Pricing not available

CarCheckup System
REVIEW

CarCheckup System

The CarCheckup System lets you monitor data about your car, but does not offer much in the way of tools with which to process the numbers and really understand how your car is performing.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on September 2, 2011
Scosche MotorMouth II Stereo
REVIEW

Scosche MotorMouth II Stereo

The Scosche MotorMouth II stereo is a unique product that solves the problem of in-car hands-free calling in a unique way, but its ease of use is highly dependent on your dashboard's configuration.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 20, 2010
2.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Alpine iXA-W407 Digital Media Station
REVIEW

Alpine iXA-W407 Digital Media Station

We're pleased with the Alpine iXA-W407's "less is more" approach to in-car entertainment. The interface is less cluttered, more responsive, and easier to navigate than the previous generation's.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 2, 2010
Alpine CDE 102
REVIEW

Alpine CDE 102

The Alpine CDE-102 is an excellent OEM replacement stereo, but serious audiophiles and system builders should look further up the product lineup.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 25, 2009

Pricing not available

Scosche SolChat solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone
REVIEW

Scosche SolChat solar-powered Bluetooth speakerphone

The Scosche SolChat solar-powered Bluetooth car speakerphone has a nice feature set, decent performance, and offers a convenient way to go hands-free--and cord-free--in your vehicle.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 23, 2009
Alpine TUA T550HD HD Radio tuner
REVIEW

Alpine TUA T550HD HD Radio tuner

For users who spend much time listening to broadcast stations that offer HD Radio, the Alpine TUA-T550HD's increased sound quality and functionality make it a worthwhile addition to an Ai-Net compatible Alpine receiver.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 18, 2008

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JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44
REVIEW

JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44

The vast array of features offered by the JVC El Kameleon KD-AVX44 creates a car audio experience that rivals all but the best preinstalled receivers.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 27, 2008
PLX Kiwi
REVIEW

PLX Kiwi

While it is a good training tool to help motorists to drive more efficiently, the PLX Kiwi will not miraculously boost your fuel economy.

3 stars Editors' rating on August 18, 2008

Pricing not available

Alpine CDE-9874
REVIEW

Alpine CDE-9874

The Alpine CDE-9874 is a good value entry-level car stereo, perfect for those looking to play homemade MP3 discs or iPod tracks. Audiophiles might want to look a bit higher up Alpine's lineup.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 17, 2008
Sony CDX-GT420U
REVIEW

Sony CDX-GT420U

If you've got $130 and want a system that plays MP3s from a range of sources, the CDX-GT420U is a good bet. If you're looking for something visually or acoustically refined, look higher up on Sony's model lineup.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 9, 2008

Pricing not available

Parrot 3200 LS Color
REVIEW

Parrot 3200 LS Color

The Parrot 3200 LS Color combines everything we like about previous Parrot devices--including a simple control interface and a great voice recognition system--with a striking color display. The result is an attractive, easy to use aftermarket hands-free calling device.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 28, 2008
JVC KD-S100
REVIEW

JVC KD-S100

With its sophisticated digital processor and car-specific acoustic output, the JVC KD-S100 is an innovative addition to the aftermarket audio world. Its limited availability and vague pricing restrict its appeal, but new car owners may well see it as a worthwhile means of significantly improving their in-car audio.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 7, 2008
Alpine CDA-9885
REVIEW

Alpine CDA-9885

The Alpine CDA-9885 combines attractive styling and an easy-to-use music search interface with a host of expandability options, including HD Radio capability. However, those upgrading to HD Radio will have to deal with a clunky module and a hefty price tag.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 30, 2007
JVC KD-AVX33
REVIEW

JVC KD-AVX33

The JVC KD-AVX33 offers a hatful of media and communications car-tech features in one device. Its small screen and elegant faceplate design make it a stylish piece of hardware, but its usability is slightly hampered by a slow processor and lack of a touch screen.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 5, 2007
DreamGear i.Sound Wireless Waves FM Transmitter
REVIEW

DreamGear i.Sound Wireless Waves FM Transmitter

Unless it's selling in the dollar bin, steer clear of the i.Sound Wireless Waves FM transmitter.

1.5 stars Editors' rating on September 23, 2007

Pricing not available

Sony XAV-W1
REVIEW

Sony XAV-W1

The Sony XAV-W1 is a stylish new entrant into the aftermarket in-car audiovisual market. Its SACD-playback ability will interest serious audiophiles, while its stunning display and intuitive media-selection interface will attract anyone looking for a user-friendly in-car media player.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 11, 2007

MSRP: $799.95

Kenwood DNX7100
REVIEW

Kenwood DNX7100

With a built-in navigation system and a decent range of media playback options, the Kenwood DNX7100 cannot be faulted for its breadth of features, but the system is let down by its counterintuitive media-selection interface.

3 stars Editors' rating on July 24, 2007
JVC KD HDR1
REVIEW

JVC KD HDR1

The JVC KD HDR1 in-car stereo delivers HD Radio and most other digital-audio playback options for a very competitive price.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 22, 2007

Pricing not available

Sony MEX-BT2500
REVIEW

Sony MEX-BT2500

The Sony MEX BT-2500 is a good option for those looking to spend no more than $200 on a Bluetooth-enabled in-car stereo. Its straightforward design and intuitive controls make it easy to use, but its limited calling capabilities and poor outgoing sound quality let it down.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 6, 2007
Kenwood DPX302
REVIEW

Kenwood DPX302

The Kenwood DPX302 has basic digital audio support and some advanced audio-customization features, but its user interface is less than adequate, even for an entry-level car stereo.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on May 9, 2007

Pricing not available