A lot of newer cars these days have Android Auto built in, but certainly not all of them. Whether you have a new car that doesn’t support Android Auto or an older vehicle that predates the technology, you can still get all the same functionality with Android Auto head units that can be installed aftermarket.
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When it comes to Android Auto head units, there are quite a few options available at different price points. Having trouble deciding? That’s what this post is for.
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To make your purchasing decision a bit easier, we have compiled a list of the best Android Auto head units you can currently get. Manufactured by companies like Sony, Kenwood, Pioneer, and others, they are priced between $300 and $800, so we’re sure you’ll be able to find one that fits your budget.
The first Android Auto head unit that made it to the list is the Kenwood DDX9705S. It features a 6.95-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and also has a few physical buttons at the bottom for easy access to certain functions and the menu. Apart from connecting to your phone, the unit is also capable of playing DVDs and VCDs.
Other features worth mentioning are Bluetooth connectivity, built-in HD radio and SiriusXM ready, and the option of connecting two smartphones at the same time. This is one of the newer versions of the Kenwood head units that allows for wireless Android Auto connectivity so you don’t have to worry about cables anymore. It is expensive though with a price point of $750.
The Sony XAV-AX5000 is the latest Android Auto head unit from the company and is a big upgrade when compared to its predecessors (AX100 and AX200). This head unit comes with a 7-inch capacitive display with an 800 x 480 resolution. Built-in physical buttons let you control the volume, skip tracks, and return to the home menu with ease.
You get Bluetooth connectivity, USB support, HD radio, SiriusXM access, and of course, Android Auto and Apple Car Play support. Even with the upgraded display and added features, the Sony XAV-AX5000 is priced the same as previous Sony units were at around $400. If you’re okay with using a cable to connect to it to your smartphone, this is much more affordable than the devices that support Android Auto Wireless.
This is a high-end unit that’s also the most expensive one on this list. It’s equipped with a 7-inch capacitive display that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It has the map of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico on board provided by HERE along with 7.9 million points of interest. It is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Pioneer’s device supports Bluetooth connectivity as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio and has 16GB of storage. It also offers a bunch of different customization options, as it allows you to choose from five display colors, 112 key colors, and more. As already mentioned, the AVIC-8201NEX is quite expensive and will set you back around $700 on Amazon.
Kenwood eXcelon DDX9905S
This is the second Kenwood device on this list and also the second that features Android Auto Wireless. The eXcelon DDX9905S isn’t too different from the 9705S above but it bumps up to display resolution of the 7-inch screen to 720p. All other features remain the same. It supports Bluetooth, can connect two smartphones at the same time, and is compatible with various internet radio apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio, and others. It also has a built-in HD Radio tuner. The extra resolution comes at a price though, with the eXcelon DDX9905S priced at $899.99.
The JVC KW-M845W is the third head unit on this list to feature Android Auto Wireless connectivity via its built-in Wi-Fi. The device features a 6.8-inch display with an 800 x 480 resolution, but it is of the resistive variety. Two USB ports are available, it allows up to 5 simultaneous Bluetooth connections for audio and 2 fully connected smartphones that can access all features. It also comes with a remote to serve as steering wheel control. This Android Auto head unit is priced at $649.99.
These are our picks for the best Android Auto head units that you can get right now. Of course, there are quite a few other great options available that might not be included in this post. If you think we have missed any major ones, do let us know by posting a comment down below.