GPS & Car Accessories: Articles & Videos

A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

A guide to iPod® and car stereo compatibility

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Whether you're shopping for a new stereo and want to make sure that you'll get the best experience when using your iPod or iPhone in the car, or if you just want to add iPod controls to a stereo you already have, this article will help.

 
Car Security FAQ

Car Security FAQ

by Crutchfield Writing Team

How difficult is it to install one of your car security systems? Which harnesses are available for my vehicle? Which system is best for me? What's a relay and how do I know if I need one? Plus more...

 
Subwoofer Installation Guide

Subwoofer Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

 
A Quick Review of the Escort Passport iQ

A Quick Review of the Escort Passport iQ

by Dominic Devito

A recent out of state trip was the perfect opportunity to test drive the Escort Passport iQ, which is a radar detector with a built-in navigator (or is it the other way around?).

 
Life with a Factory Stereo

Life with a Factory Stereo

by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.

 
Understanding Cell Phone Laws

Understanding Cell Phone Laws

by Jo Greene

Bluetooth technology in your car is a great step up in convenience, but it may end up being a necessity depending on where you live. Many states are working on legislature requiring headsets or hands-free technology to talk on the phone while driving. This article explains how the laws are enforced, and how you can find out about the laws in your state.

 
Component Speakers Installation Video

Component Speakers Installation Video

by Todd Cabell, Danae Marshall

A 5-minute video that shows the basics of installing a component speaker system in a car.

 
Car Security Glossary

Car Security Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and specs found in car security systems.

 
Taking Portable Navigation for a Test Drive

Taking Portable Navigation for a Test Drive

by Dominic Devito

With so many navigation options available, why should you invest in a portable GPS navigator for your car? We took a drive with four portable GPS navigators to demonstrate how their extra features make them a great choice for staying on track, especially when compared to a standard smartphone app.

 
Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

by Jo Greene

Driver distraction is a growing concern. At Crutchfield, we want to help you use and enjoy the fun car audio/video gear we sell, and we want you to stay safe while using it on the go. We've compiled a list of common-sense tips to help manage distractions while you're on the road.

 
Traffic Information Services

Traffic Information Services

by Matt Freeman

Make your drive easier by being aware of the traffic ahead. This article gives you a quick overview of live traffic information services for use with portable and in-dash navigation devices.

 
Bluetooth® protocols explained

Bluetooth® protocols explained

by Matt Freeman

Bluetooth isn't just about hands-free calling. It also gives you wireless music streaming from smartphones and other Bluetooth devices. In this article, Crutchfield walks you through what you need to know to about using Bluetooth in the car.

 
Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 3

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 3

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

You don't need to feel like you're stuck with the few features that happen to be built into your factory stereo. In this short video, Crutchfield experts explain how easy it can be to add the options you want, like iPod control or hands-free calling, to your factory stereo.

 
Amplifier Installation Guide

Amplifier Installation Guide

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Step-by-step guide to amplifier installation.

 
Tips on Installing a Navigation System

Tips on Installing a Navigation System

by Crutchfield Writing Team

Some GPS navigation units mount in the dash, while others install in a remote location, separate from the car's sound system. No matter what type of navigation device you purchase, here are some installation topics to consider before getting to work.

 
Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Car Speakers Listening Test

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.

 
Video: On the Road with the OnStar® FMV Mirror

Video: On the Road with the OnStar® FMV Mirror

by Zak Billmeier

Now you can get OnStar® in almost any car. The OnStar FMV is a replacement for your vehicle's rear-view mirror, and gives you access to OnStar services like Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. You'll also get Bluetooth for hands-free calling. OnStar has well-trained, friendly Advisors just a tap of a button away if you need them, 24 hours a day.

 
Car amplifier buying guide

Car amplifier buying guide

by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

 
Video: Installing a Viper Remote Start System

Video: Installing a Viper Remote Start System

by Robert Ferency-Viars

One of the best tools in the fight against cold temperatures is a remote start system for your car - so when it's freezing outside, your vehicle will be all toasty and ready to roll when you get in it.

 
Car Stereo Installation Guide

Car Stereo Installation Guide

by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.