The Volkswagen Routan offers an interesting blend of American ingenuity and Teutonic engineering. It's based on Chrysler's fifth-generation minivans, but there's much more to the Routan than a simple case of badge-engineering.
The fifth-generation Chrysler Town & Country offers everything you'd want in a luxurious people mover. With loads of space and lots of features, the T&C lets you haul kids and cargo in comfort. Upgrading the entertainment system will help make it "fun for the whole family."
The Nissan Xterra has enjoyed wide appeal since its introduction, and held a singular position in Nissan's product mix until 2008, when the Nissan Rogue was introduced. Even after the Rogue came to town, the Xterra's sporty design and performance help it hold its own in the light SUV and crossover market.
The second-gen Fit improved upon all that was good about the original and added some cool new stuff to the mix. It's a little bit bigger, a little more refined, and a little more composed, but it still has the practicality and tossability that made the Fit a hit in the first place.
The 2007-2008 Fit looks kinda cool, holds a surprising amount of stuff, gets out of its own way on the interstate, and actually provides comfortable seating for at least two adult humans of normal size. No wonder it was a perennial fixture on numerous car magazine "Best of" lists.
The Scion tC doesn't look like a particularly innovative piece, but a lot of thinking went into that sporty exterior. Building a brand from scratch isn't easy, but cars like the tC made Scion an immediate success. Building a great audio system in your tC is actually easier than you think, and we're here to help.
When Nissan designed the 2002-2004 Altima, they knew that anything with four doors and a place to tie down a child seat would sell like hotcakes. But they designed something interesting anyway. This Altima is roomy, practical, safe, and - surprise, surprise - fun to drive.
The redesigned 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan improved upon all that was good about Chrysler's genre-defining minivan line. The GC is a comfortable, capable people-mover with plenty of room for audio and video improvements.
The Cobalt replaced the Cavalier as Chevy's midsize car, and boasted upgraded 'everything,' including a bottom-to-top suspension and chassis re-design. But the car's sound system is starting to age a little, and has room for improvement.
The 1999-2000 Mazda Protege was every car magazine's favorite economy sedan back in the day, but it's been kind of forgotten over the last decade or so. That's a shame - unless you're thinking about buying one. The car has great bones, a comfortable interior, a willing engine, and a reputation for rather sporty handling.
The 2006-12 Chevy Impala has quietly built up quite a following. Considering its stylish looks, roomy interior and decent road manners, we're not a bit surprised. In base form, the Impala is a sane, solid family car. In high-performance SS trim, the Impala is impressively fast and almost totally invisible.
In some ways, the first-generation Infiniti G35 was arguably a better "European" sports sedan than some of its European competitors. Good looks and good handling make the G35 a smart purchase for anyone who values the practicality of a sedan and the performance of a sports car.
This Honda Civic was nice enough when new, but it's also an easy car to improve. A wide variety of go-fast parts are available, plus it's also a great car for first-timers to work on. If you want to upgrade the audio performance in your Civic, we have the gear you need to do the job right.
The late '90s and early 2000s cemented the reputation of the Accord as a well-built, reliable, and popular car. Top seller nationwide in its class in 2001, you'll still see plenty of 1998-2002 Accord sedans on the road. If you're interested in updating the sound system in your Accord, there are plenty of good options available.
The 2002-07 Jeep Liberty Sport is a compact SUV that's as capable of tackling the rocks and trails as it is at handling city streets. The factory audio options were somewhat limited, so if you want to take your tunes to a new level, there's plenty of room for improvement in this Jeep.
Craig, a Crutchfield customer, came to our Charlottesville, VA, retail store with a conundrum: he loves his RV and takes it on trips with his family quite frequently, but he was less than impressed by its old tube televisions and lack of an audio system. Our retail store came to the rescue.
Crutchfield editor Steve puts together a new home theater system. He wanted surround sound, but also needed a system that does justice to music.
The Kia Soul is a nifty, fun-to-drive little box with a style all its own. Kia has definitely come a long way from their origins of producing unremarkable cars that came with remarkable warranties and yes, you still get that remarkable Kia warranty.
The 2008-11 Subaru Impreza Wagon is a popular AWD vehicle, especially big with the tuner crowd and in areas that suffer from harsh winters. The WRX version, in particular, has made its mark as a sporty, high-performance vehicle with lots of room for mechanical, cosmetic, and audio upgrades.
We wanted to answer the most basic question about car audio: is it really worth it to upgrade? Using a 2004 Ford F-150 as our test vehicle, we installed some great gear, then documented the system performance and improvements along the way: