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Welcome to the Crutchfield Research Garage

Here at Crutchfield, we have a database of information for more than 25,000 vehicles on the road today. When we research a vehicle, it’s crazy how many measurements and photos we take. We routinely use this knowledge and our expertise to tell you about your car when you shop with us. But we want to do more. To that end, we've put together this "garage" where we profile some of the most popular vehicles that visitors look up on our website.

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Take a look at any of these profiles to see the kind of information available to our advisors. Even if your vehicle isn't on this list, our advisors have this kind of info available to them to help make expert recommendations about adding car A/V gear to your specific vehicle. Contact us for the best advice when you're shopping, and top-notch support afterwards.


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Acura

2004-2008 Acura TL
by Jon Paulette

The Acura TL is a sporty sedan that will please both drivers and passengers. Stereo replacement is very difficult, but you can improve your sound with new speakers.

Alfa Romeo

1987-1993 Alfa Romeo Spider
by Jon Paulette

If you love your classic Alfa but don't love the sound system, this article will tell you what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add some bass.

AMC

1973-1986 Jeep CJ5 and CJ7
by Jon Paulette

When you're climbing desert dunes or fording streams in your vintage Jeep, you're probably too busy to worry about sound. But in town, a quality stereo is nice to have.

BMW

The 3 Series has changed a lot over the years, but it's still a great car to drive. The stereo could be better, though, and we'll show you how to improve your sound.

Buick

2008-2012 Buick Enclave
by Jon Paulette

The Enclave has everything you'd expect in a Buick, including luxury car levels of noise suppression that make the cabin a terrific home for a new stereo system.

Cadillac

The CTS proved that Cadillac was serious about reclaiming its "Standard of the World" title. Comfortable and fun to drive, it's a great home for a new audio system.

2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade
by Jon Paulette

Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), an Escalade stands out. If you want a stereo that's just as distinctive, you've come to the right place.

Chevrolet

1997-2002 Chevrolet Camaro
by Jon Paulette

The final F-body Camaro is still slick, quick, and fun to drive, but if you really want to pump up the volume, you'll need to revamp the audio system.

2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
by Jon Paulette

Part pickup, part multi-tool, the original Chevy Avalanche is one cool truck. We'll help you find the stereo gear you need to make your Avalanche sound awesome.

2005-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt
by Rick Carlton

The Cobalt's factory stereo system was never its strongest feature, and it's only getting weaker now. Replacing it will make your car a much nicer place to spend time.

With the C6, Chevy stopped settling for making America's best sports car and got serious about beating the world's best. A new stereo will make your 'Vette even better.

2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
by Jon Paulette

The Chevrolet HHR gives you everyday utility and retro style. A design like this will look cool for years to come, so add a new stereo and make it sound cool, too.

2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala
by Jon Paulette

With stylish looks, a roomy interior, and decent road manners, the Impala is an outstanding highway companion. A new stereo will make the miles fly by even faster.

If you're looking for a truck that can do just about anything the average person needs to do, the Avalanche might be what you need. You'll want a new stereo, though.

The Silverado Crew Cab, like many modern trucks, offers an amazing combination of luxury and utility. If you still like your truck, why not upgrade your stereo system?

2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro
by Jon Paulette

The nouveaux Camaro is a thoroughly modern muscle car that combines present-day performance and old-school style. Stereo upgrades can be challenging, but we can help.

2013-up Chevrolet Spark
by Jon Paulette

When you spend the majority of your drive time cutting through city traffic, having less car makes more sense. A new stereo system will add more spunk to your Spark.

Chrysler

In a world full of dull, grey sedans, the PT Cruiser is one of those designs that really stands out. To make your car sound as nifty as it looks, add a new stereo.

The Crossfire is about as practical as a disco ball in a duck blind, but it isn't meant to be practical; it's meant to be fun. A new stereo will make it even better.

If you're looking for a versatile car with character to spare, the PT is a solid choice. There's room for your family and your stuff, plus an aftermarket stereo system.

With loads of space and lots of features, the T&C hauls kids and cargo in comfort. Upgrading the entertainment system will help make it "fun for the whole family."

Dodge

2002-2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab
by Charlie Pastorfield

The Ram Quad Cab is one of the most distinctive vehicles on the road today. The stock stereo isn't as cool, but there are lots of upgrades available for this truck.

2002-2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab
by Charlie Pastorfield

The regular cab Ram is a very nice pickup, but there factory stereos are a bit weak. Upgrading the audio system will bring quality sound to a great-looking truck.

2005-2011 Dodge/Ram Dakota
by Jon Paulette

The Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups, so it's ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need. It probably needs a new stereo, though.

There's no mistaking this big, brawny Mega Cab pickup for anything other than a Dodge. Replacing the stock stereo will really beef up your truck's sound quality.

Dodge has produced some of the best-looking pickups on the road, but the factory stereos aren't always as impressive. A new stereo will make a good truck even better.

With lines that evoke both the Power Wagons of the past and the semi-trucks of the present day, Dodge trucks just look cool. A new stereo will make yours even cooler.

2008-2010 Dodge Charger
by Jon Paulette

The Charger is handsome, roomy, comfortable and, if it's "got a Hemi in it," almost ridiculously powerful. It's also a perfect home for a big-time stereo system.

2008-2014 Dodge Challenger
by Jon Paulette

The Challenger is a muscle car for grown-ups. It's fun between stoplights, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser that will sound great with upgraded audio.

The redesigned 2008 Grand Caravan improved upon all that was good about Chrysler's genre-defining minivan line. There's also lots of room for audio and video upgrades.

Fiat

2012-2016 Fiat 500
by Jon Paulette

If you're looking for a (very) small car that's made for city living, the Fiat 500 is a great choice. Upgrading the rather weak factory stereo is a good idea, too.

Ford

1987-1993 Ford Mustang
by Jon Paulette

The 1987-93 Mustang was hugely popular when new and it's still a big part of the automotive world today. A new stereo is one of many mods available for your Mustang.

2001-2004 Ford Mustang
by Jon Paulette

Ford's 2001-04 Mustangs look sharp, handle well, and they're reasonably cheap these days. That should leave plenty of money in the budget for a new stereo system!

2001-2007 Ford Escape
by Rick Carlton

The Escape offers plenty of room for people, bikes, and whatever else you might want to carry. An aftermarket stereo system will be a great addition to this fun SUV.

2002-2004 Ford Explorer
by Matt Holliday

The Explorer is a classic example of the full-sized American SUV. Comfortable, capable, and luxurious, the Explorer makes a great home for a quality stereo system.

Ford must have had car audio fans in mind when they built this truck. The interior offers plenty of space, and the modular design makes installation surprisingly easy.

The F-150 SuperCab gives you more room for family, pets, and audio upgrades. The interior is spacious, and the modular design takes the hassle out of installation.

2004-2008 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
by Charlie Pastorfield

The F-150 SuperCrew can haul the kids to school and haul an old TV to the recycling center--on the same trip. There's plenty of space for entertainment upgrades, too.

2005-2007 Ford F250 & F350
by Jon Paulette

If the Ford F-150 is America's everyday truck, the F-250 and F-350 are America's workday trucks. If you enjoy music while you work, you'll want a stereo upgrade.

2005-2009 Ford Mustang
by Rick Carlton

The 2005-09 Mustang re-ignited the "pony car" wars with its combination of retro style and modern performance. It's also a great home for a powerful audio system.

With handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Fusion and Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you have, there's plenty of potential for audio upgrades.

Ford's 12th generation F-150 is a hard-working truck with a lot to offer. The factory stereo systems don't offer nearly as much, but we know how to fix that.

The F-150 SuperCab is a versatile, hard-working truck that's at home in the mountains or at the mall. But if you're serious about sound, you'll want a stereo upgrade.

Whether you and your crew are headed to a job site or a tailgate party. the F-150 SuperCrew has the space you need. There's also room for a serious stereo system.

2009-2012 Ford Flex
by Jon Paulette

Our profile of the 2009-2012 Ford Flex discusses what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add an amplifier and subwoofers.

2010-2014 Ford Mustang coupe
by Matt Holliday

In 2010, Ford treated the fifth-generation Mustang to a mid-cycle update. The factory stereos aren't bad, but you'll probably want to do some updating of your own.

GMC

Judging by how many you still see on the road, the 1999-02 Sierra is one tough pickup. The factory audio, on the other hand, is a bit weak, so you'll want to upgrade.

Harley Davidson

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is made for riders who enjoy taking long trips on nice days in maximum comfort. A stereo will make the open road even more enjoyable.

Honda

The late '90s and early 2000s cemented the Accord's reputation as a well-built, reliable car. If you want to upgrade the stereo, there's a lot of great gear available.

This Honda Civic was nice enough when new, but it's also an easy car to improve. If you want to upgrade the audio performance in your Civic, we have the gear you need.

2001-2005 Honda Civic sedan
by Matt Holliday

Reliable, affordable, and efficient, the Civic is a car people buy and hang onto. If your Civic is still running strong, a new stereo is probably a smart investment.

2003-2007 Honda Accord sedan
by Buck Pomerantz

The Accord sedan is attractive, comfortable, reliable, and lots of other good things. If you're still enjoying your Accord, upgrade the stereo and enjoy it even more.

2003-2008 Honda Pilot
by Jon Paulette

The first-gen Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a comfortable SUV. A new stereo is a good idea, too.

2003-2011 Honda Element
by Jon Paulette

The Honda Element is a versatile vehicle that can handle just about anything you throw at it or in it. There's also plenty of room for an impressive aftermarket stereo.

2006-2011 Honda Civic
by Rick Carlton

The Civic has evolved from its humble sub-compact beginnings to become a leading luxury compact. Here's what to expect when you replace your car's factory stereo.

2007-2008 Honda Fit
by Jon Paulette

The Fit is a cool-looking, comfortable little car that can get out of its own way on the interstate. If you want to get more out of your audio, here's how to do it.

2007-2011 Honda CR-V
by Jon Paulette

The third-generation CR-V is an excellent choice for all sorts of drivers, but if you care about sound, you'll definitely want to install an aftermarket stereo.

The Accord coupe is every bit as smart as the sedan, but with that extra sportiness that only a 2-door can provide. A new audio system will be a very smart upgrade.

Judging by the number of Accord sedans on the road, there are a lot more smart people out there than you'd probably think. Adding a new stereo is smart, too.

2009-2014 Honda Fit
by Jon Paulette

The second-gen Fit improved upon all that was good about the original and added some cool new stuff to the mix. Adding a new stereo will make your Fit even more fun.

2010-2014 Honda Insight
by Jon Paulette

The Insight's factory stereos ranged from bare-bones to not-bad, but if you're going to drive a car that's so quiet so often, it's smart to upgrade the audio system.

2012-2015 Honda Civic
by Jon Paulette

When the 2012 Civics debuted to less-than-rave reviews, Honda ordered a revamp for 2013. There are some differences, but replacing the stereo is reasonably painless.

Hummer

2006-2010 Hummer H3
by Jon Paulette

The Hummer H3 isn't for everyone, but if it's the truck for you, you're really going to enjoy it. With an upgraded stereo system, you'll enjoy it even more.

Hyundai

2003-2008 Hyundai Tiburon
by Jon Paulette

The Tiburon is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a sporty runabout that's easy on the wallet. Upgrading the audio will add a lot to an already-cool car.

2006-2010 Hyundai Sonata
by Jon Paulette

The Sonata is a smart, stylish sedan that's good enough to compete head-to-head with any car in its segment. The stock stereo could stand an upgrade, though.

Infiniti

Good looks and handling make the G35 a smart purchase for anyone who values the sedan practicality and the sports car performance. A new stereo is a smart buy, too.

Jeep

1973-1986 Jeep CJ5 and CJ7
by Jon Paulette

When you're climbing desert dunes or fording streams in your vintage Jeep, you're probably too busy to worry about sound. But in town, a quality stereo is nice to have.

1997-2001 Jeep Cherokee
by Jon Paulette

The Cherokee gets the job done on the road or off. If you're looking for a reasonably priced SUV that's ready for stereo (and other) modifications, it's a great choice.

1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler
by Rick Carlton

With the 1997-2002 Wrangler, Jeep made a legendary design better. Upgrading the stereo is reasonably easy, but there are a couple of areas that require some ingenuity.

1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
by Robert Ferency-Viars

The redesigned 1999-2004 Grand Cherokee retained its classic Cherokee style. If you want great sound in the great outdoors, we'll help you find the gear you need.

2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
by Traci Benoit

The Liberty Sport is a compact SUV that's as capable on rocks and trails as it is on city streets. If you want better sound, there's plenty of room for improvement.

2003-2006 Jeep Wrangler
by Charlie Pastorfield

Jeep Wrangers are more associated with rock climbing than rockin' car audio, but we can help you build a great-sounding system that's tough enough for the trail.

2004-2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
by Charlie Pastorfield

With the Wrangler Unlimited, there's room for a powerful new receiver, plenty of space for speakers, and a variety of interesting options if you want to add a sub.

The Wrangler is one of the only vehicles that's equally at home cruising the strip or crawling through the desert. A new stereo will be a welcome addition either way.

For 2015, Jeep continued to improve the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, a process which included new stereos. The stock audio gear is good, but you can do better.

Kia

2010-2013 Kia Soul
by Jon Paulette

The Soul is a nifty, fun-to-drive little box with a style all its own, plus you still get that remarkable Kia warranty. Getting a new stereo will be a big improvement.

Lamborghini

The Murcielago's V-12 engine sounds as good idling as it does at full shriek, but a little music can be nice, too. Upgrading the audio system is surprisingly easy.

Lincoln

2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car
by Jon Paulette

Quiet, comfortable, and unapologetically enormous, the Lincoln Town Car has yards of sound insulation that make it a great place for a serious stereo system.

Lotus

2005-2011 Lotus Elise
by Jon Paulette

The Lotus Elise is your basic full-blooded, no-kidding sports car. It doesn't offer a ton of space, but there is some room for improvement in the sound system.

Mazda

1999-2000 Mazda Protege
by Jon Paulette

The Protege was every car magazine's favorite economy sedan back in the day, and it's still a fun little car. A new stereo will make it even more enjoyable to drive.

2001-2005 Mazda Miata
by Jon Paulette

When you're driving a Miata on a curvy road, music probably isn't that important. But if you're driving a cool sports car, why not enjoy some great stereo sound?

Mercury

With handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Fusion and Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you have, there's plenty of potential for audio upgrades.

MINI

Thee 2002-06 MINI Cooper is a great example of how much driving fun can fit into a small package. But if you care about sound, you'll want a better stereo system.

Mitsubishi

The fourth-gen (and final) Eclipse is a more mature sort of car than its rowdy forebears, but it's still a blast to drive. Upgraded audio will make it even more fun.

Nissan

2002-2004 Nissan Altima
by Jon Paulette

When Nissan designed this Altima, they knew that anything with four doors and space for a child seat would sell like hotcakes. But they designed something fun anyway.

2003-2005 Nissan 350Z
by Traci Benoit

The 2003-05 350Z offers the performance you'd expect from a Z-car, but the stereo probably isn't as sporty as it was. An audio upgrade will add new zip to your Zed.

2005-2006 Nissan Altima
by John Pollard

With sharp styling and a slick engine, the 2005-06 Altima remains a popular choice for commuters and car lovers alike. A new stereo will make any drive more enjoyable.

2005-2012 Nissan Xterra
by Rick Carlton

The Xterra remains an impressive performer, on- or off-road. If you're still enjoying yours, upgrading the old audio system will add a lot to your future adventures.

Pontiac

1984-1988 Pontiac Fiero
by Jon Paulette

If you always wanted a good, clean Fiero, now's the time to live the dream. These cars can be fun in stock trim, but a new stereo will really bring your Fiero to life.

1997-2002 Pontiac Firebird
by Jon Paulette

The final Firebird was arguably the best all-around 'Bird yet. These cars are still a blast to drive, and a new stereo system will add to the excitement.

2001-2005 Pontiac Aztek
by Jon Paulette

The Aztek is like a motorized EDC bag, into which you can cram the stuff you need for tailgating, camping, or fleeing the zombie apocalypse. New stereo gear fits, too.

2005-2010 Pontiac G6
by Jon Paulette

The Pontiac G6 comes in a variety of body styles and trim levels, all of which are sleek, stylish, and ready for an upgraded stereo system. Get the gear you need here.

2006-2009 Pontiac Solstice
by Jon Paulette

The Solstice didn't save Pontiac, but it's a car worth savoring. Whether you have a convertible or a coupe, a great-sounding aftermarket stereo can make it even better.

Ram

2005-2011 Dodge/Ram Dakota
by Jon Paulette

The Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups, so it's ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need. It probably needs a new stereo, though.

2014-up Ram ProMaster
by Jon Paulette

The Ram ProMaster is a hard-working van that offers tons of space for audio upgrades. You can vastly improve your daily drive by upgrading the receiver and speakers.

Saturn

2007-2009 Saturn Sky
by Jon Paulette

A sports car from Saturn? Yeah, that happened. This ragtop is a fun, willing sports car that's up for any driving adventure. A new stereo will only add to the fun.

Scion

2004-2006 Scion xB
by Jon Paulette

The xB isn't for everyone, but if it's the car for you, you'll enjoy a vast amount of interior space, decent road manners, and an impressive list of standard features.

2005-2010 Scion tC
by Rick Carlton

The tC doesn't look particularly innovative, but a lot of thinking went into this sporty little coupe. If you're thinking about a new stereo system, we can help.

2008-2015 Scion xB
by Jon Paulette

The second-gen xB is longer, lower and wider, but it's still a practical people-mover with just enough of Scion's trademark Scion-ness to keep things interesting.

2013-2016 Scion FR-S
by Jon Paulette

The Scion FR-S is a sporty coupe for people who really like driving. If you want to add a more enjoyable stereo system to your car, you've come to the right place.

Smart

Just because you're driving a tiny car doesn't mean you have to put up with a tinny stereo. We can help you find the audio gear you need to make your smart fortwo sing.

Subaru

The WRX made its name by winning autocross and rally championships, and that performance pedigree really shows. A new stereo will make backroad blasts a lot more fun.

2003-2008 Subaru Forester
by Jon Paulette

If you're looking for a practical, reliable wagon/SUV, a Gen 2 Subaru Forester is a smart choice. Replacing the weak, old factory stereo is a pretty smart idea, too.

The Impreza wagon is a popular vehicle, especially in areas that suffer from harsh winters. Wherever you are, a new stereo will make your drive a lot more enjoyable.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback
by Jon Paulette

The Outback is the utility vehicle of choice for people who wouldn't be caught dead in an SUV. Installing a new stereo system will make you like your car even more.

2013-up Subaru BRZ
by Jon Paulette

Raw power isn't the only way to have fun in a car. There are plenty of grins to be had in a balanced car with motor, manners, and moxie. Like, for example, the BRZ.

Suzuki

2007-2013 Suzuki SX4
by Jon Paulette

Suzuki doesn't sell cars here anymore, but the SX4 is still a very nifty car that's a lot of fun to drive -- especially when you install an aftermarket stereo system.

Toyota

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla
by John Pollard

If you drive a Corolla and you're checking out your audio options, we've got good news. First, you bought a nice car. Second, you can install a great stereo system.

The 2005-11 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab is a rugged pickup with plenty of room for passengers and gear, not to mention a wide variety of audio upgrade possibilities.

2006-2012 Toyota RAV4
by Jon Paulette

When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model is a capable vehicle with lots of audio upgrade potential.

The second-gen Tundra is big enough, tough enough, and strong enough to match up with the best of the Big Three. The stock stereo isn't bad, but you'll want to upgrade.

Toyota went big in 2007, and the result was the second-generation Tundra. This pickup is tough enough for work or play, and you have lots of audio upgrade options.

2007-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
by Jon Paulette

The FJ Cruiser combines off-road ability with retro styling that helps it stand out from ordinary SUVs. All you need now is a stereo that stands out from other FJs.

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla
by Jon Paulette

The tenth-generation Corolla's enormous popularity means there are plenty of good used models out there waiting for a good new owner to install a great new stereo.

2010-2015 Toyota Prius
by Jon Paulette

With a new receiver in your Prius, you'll get more out of your smartphone, while aftermarket speakers will add new life to your music collection.

2012-2016 Toyota Yaris
by Jon Paulette

The Yaris is a great example of small car tech in the early 21st Century. It's a smart, peppy little car, and a new stereo will make it even more fun to drive.

Volkswagen

1998-2010 Volkswagen Beetle
by Traci Benoit

Replacing the New Beetle's factory stereo is fairly easy, but the speakers will require a little more work. If you care about great sound, though, it's worth it.

2009-2013 Volkswagen Routan
by Jon Paulette

The Volkswagen Routan offers an interesting blend of American ingenuity and Teutonic engineering. It's a comfortable minivan with loads of audio upgrade potential.

With a comfortable interior and refined handling, the Jetta will add a little European flair to your everyday drive. So why not add a new stereo to your Jetta?

This Beetle is longer, lower and wider than any before, but it's still a very cool small car. If you want a bigger, bolder, better stereo, you're in the right place.

Volvo

2001-2007 Volvo V70
by Jon Paulette

A properly maintained Volvo will run more or less forever, so if you plan to keep your car for the long haul, a new stereo will make those many miles more enjoyable.