HolidayBuyer's Guide

Best car stereos of 2016

The best in-dash receivers on the market today.

  • Price Unavailable Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Pioneer AVIC Z130BT

    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.

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  • Sony MEX-GS600BT Bluetooth audio receiver

    The Sony MEX-GS600BT's App Remote function is not very useful without a dashboard mount for your phone, but everything else about this full-featured car stereo makes it easily recommendable.

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    $199.99 MSRP Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
  • $130.00 MSRP Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 7 Design
    • 5 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Alpine CDE-141 CD/MP3 receiver

    The Alpine CDE-141 won't blow you away with bells and whistles, but this entry-level car stereo gets the basics right at a competitive price.

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  • Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS

    The Pioneer DEH-X9500BHS packs in a remarkably wide range of audio sources for a single-DIN receiver, including some rudimentary app integration.

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    $300.00 MSRP Not Available

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
  • $437.37 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 6 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Parrot Asteroid

    The Parrot Asteroid Smart is a smartly designed and flexible multimedia receiver that hangs its hat on an app market that, for now, doesn't offer much choice.

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