Which Aftermarket CarPlay Stereo Is Right For You?

JBL Legend CP100 CarPlay unit
image credit: JBL

More and more car manufacturers are offering Apple's CarPlay as a built-in option on their new vehicles, but for the vast majority of car owners, the only way to get CarPlay is to install an aftermarket head unit. 

These head units provide a touch screen, connections to the car's speakers and information systems, and a way for the driver to connect their iOS device (and, in many cases, their Android phone) to their car to experience the power and ease of use of the iPhone right from the dashboard.

There are 9 manufacturers offering over 30 aftermarket CarPlay head units. With so many options, it can be hard to figure out which is best for your needs. This chart aims to help with that. Head units are complex devices and they each offer many, many more features than can be shown here. Use this chart to narrow down your list of choices and then investigate each one at the manufacturer's website.

Don't skip the information after the chart. There are some important details there.

Aftermarket CarPlay Head Units Compared

 MSRPScreen Size
& Type
Amp &
Preamps 
SiriusXM Ready &
HD
Radio
CD/
DVD
USB

Turn-
by-Turn
Directions

 
Alpine        
iLX-007*$800 7"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W 

3 (2V)
  1
rear
  
i109-WRA**$3,5009"
Capacitive
TBD

3 (2V)
TBDTBDTBD  
         
Clarion        
NX807 $9007"6 x 50 W

(2V)
xx2
rear
x 
         
iCARTECH        
VX8***
$965
8"
Capacitive
4 x 40 W

(2V)
  1x 
         
JBL        
Legend CP100$4006.75"
Capacitive
TBD

2
  1
rear
  
         
Jensen        
VX4014$4006.2"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
TBD1
front
  
VX4024$4006.2"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
TBD1
front
  
VX7014$5007"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x1
front
x 
VX7024$5007"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x1
front
x 
         
JVC        
KW-M730BT$4996.8"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x2
rear
  
KW-V820BT$6006.8"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x2  
         
Kenwood   xx   
DDX9903STBD6.95"
Capacitive

4 x 50 W

3 (5V)

xx2
rear & detachable
  
DDX9902S$7506.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
xx1
rear
  
DDX9703STBD6.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & detachable
  
DDX9702S$700 6.95"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1
rear
  
DDX6903STBD6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
xx2
rear & detachable
  
DDX6902S$650 6.2"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
xx1
rear
  
DDX6703STBD6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & detachable
  
DDX6702S$600 6.2"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1
rear
  
DMX7704S$5507"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x 2
rear & detachable
optional 
DNX893STBD6.95"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
xx2
rear & detachable
x 
DNX773STBD6.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & detachable
x 
DNX693STBD6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
xx2
rear & detachable
x 
DNX573STBD6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & detachable
x 
         
Pioneer        
AVIC-8200NEX$1,4007"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear &
amp
x 
AVIC-8100NEX$1,200 7"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1x 
AVIC-7200NEX$1,200 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & 
amp
x 
AVIC-7100NEX$1,100 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1x 
AVIC-6200NEX$900 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & 
amp
x 
AVIC-6100NEX$700 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1x 
AVIC-5200NEX$750 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & 
amp
x 
AVIC-5100NEX$570 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1x 
AVIC-4200NEX$700 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx2
rear & 
amp
  
AVIC-4100NEX$700 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
xx1  
APPRADIO 4$600 6.2"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
  1  
         
Sony        
XAV-AX100$4996.4"
TBD

4 x 55W

3

  1
rear
  

* Does not include Bluetooth support

** Only works with select 2011 and newer Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited models

*** Only works on select Volkswagen, Skoda, and Seat vehicles (this product is sold in Germany and the website is entirely in German, which I don't speak. If you do, and see that I've made an error in my understanding of the product, I welcome corrections)

For units with turn-by-turn directions, the navigation features are built into the head unit itself, not derived from the smartphone. 

Additional Details

All of the CarPlay head units listed here include the following:

  • Bluetooth support, except where noted
  • Siri Hands-Free support
  • 800 x 480-pixel screens, except the iCARTECH VX8, which sports 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Support for steering wheel-based remote control kits, which are sold separately
  • 2-DIN size.

All prices in the chart are in US dollars.