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

MSRP Screen 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** $3,500 9"
Capacitive
TBD

3 (2V)
TBD TBD TBD
Clarion
NX807 $900 7" 6 x 50 W

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

(2V)
1 x
JBL
Legend CP100 $400 6.75"
Capacitive
TBD

2
1
rear
Jensen
VX4014 $400 6.2"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
TBD 1
front
VX4024 $400 6.2"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
TBD 1
front
VX7014 $500 7"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x 1
front
x
VX7024 $500 7"
TBD
4 x 40 W

3
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x 1
front
x
JVC
KW-M730BT $499 6.8"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x 2
rear
KW-V820BT $600 6.8"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x
(HD radio
TBD)
x 2
Kenwood x x
DDX9903S TBD 6.95"
Capacitive

4 x 50 W

3 (5V)

x x 2
rear & detachable
DDX9902S $750 6.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
x x 1
rear
DDX9703S TBD 6.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
DDX9702S $700 6.95"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1
rear
DDX6903S TBD 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
DDX6902S $650 6.2"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
x x 1
rear
DDX6703S TBD 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
DDX6702S $600 6.2"
TBD
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1
rear
DMX7704S $550 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x 2
rear & detachable
optional
DNX893S TBD 6.95"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
x
DNX773S TBD 6.95"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
x
DNX693S TBD 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (5V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
x
DNX573S TBD 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear & detachable
x
Pioneer
AVIC-8200NEX $1,400 7"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear &
amp
x
AVIC-8100NEX $1,200 7"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

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

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear &
amp
x
AVIC-7100NEX $1,100 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1 x
AVIC-6200NEX $900 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear &
amp
x
AVIC-6100NEX $700 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1 x
AVIC-5200NEX $750 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear &
amp
x
AVIC-5100NEX $570 6.2"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1 x
AVIC-4200NEX $700 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 2
rear &
amp
AVIC-4100NEX $700 7"
Resistive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
x x 1
APPRADIO 4 $600 6.2"
Capacitive
4 x 50 W

3 (4V)
1
Sony
XAV-AX100 $499 6.4"
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.