Articles & Videos: In-dash GPS Navigation

Maps and driving directions are great, but they assume you're the only driver on the road. JVC not only gives you turn-by-turn directions with the KW-NT500HDT navigation receiver, but also uses a traffic info receiver to give you an alert if there's trouble up ahead. In addition, you'll get built-in Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and Pandora Internet radio control, along with the fastest GPS processor in town. Take a look in this video demo.

Kenwood's upped the speed limit with their Excelon DNX9990HD navigation receiver. It offers a user interface that's way faster than last year's models, so you can dive right in and explore easy-to-read maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. And there are a lot of other attractive features to explore — check it out in this demo video.

Smartphone lovers have a friend in Pioneer. The 2013 line of Pioneer receivers features unparalleled connectivity to your iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 (with separate adapters), and you can connect your Android phone through the Bluetooth connection. Plus you'll get all the other things Pioneer brings to the table: sweet sound, snappy navigation, and reliability.

The Kenwood Excelon DNX690HD navigation receiver offers the lastest in Garmin navigation, combined with cool features like Bluetooth®, an HD Radio™ tuner, and Pandora® control with iPhone® and Android™. Take a look at it action in this Crutchfield display and controls demo video.

Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. You control the action just by flicking your finger across the screen, like you'd do with your smartphone. You'll also have DVD playback, hands-free calling through your compatible phone, and a plethora of sound source options right at your fingers.

Your single-DIN (2" tall) dash opening shouldn't stop you from taking advantage of in-dash navigation and DVD compatibility. Clarion's NZ503 navigation receiver sports a retractable 7" color touchscreen display that gives you access to detailed maps and a whole lot more. Check out the NZ503 in this demo video.

Whether you're hitting the road for a family vacation or braving the daily commute to work, you want a trustworthy guide leading the way. JVC's KW-NT310 navigation receiver features a beautiful 6.1" touchscreen that gives you quick access to its maps and 8 million points of interest. And the it's loaded with features that'll come in handy.

JVC's KW-NT510HDT navigation receiver features rapid traffic updates and other alerts through its dedicated HD Radio™ tuner, so you'll be able to see congestion developing along your route and find a way around potential pitfalls. This handy travel companion also features Bluetooth®, HD Radio reception, and smartphone compatibility to make your drive more convenient. Check it out in this short demo video.

JVC's KW-NT810HDT navigation receiver features intuitive guidance and a 7" display. And you can tune in great-sounding HD Radio™ broadcasts and control select smartphone apps and functions on the go. Check it out in our demo video.

Jensen's VM9726BT navigation receiver offers a full suite of in-dash delights at a very compelling price. You'll have a 6.2" high-gloss touchsreen at your command, plus control over your audio and video sources from the driver's seat. Hands-free calling and music streaming? Yep, that too. Take a closer look in this demo video.

Many receivers promise Android compatibility, but how many features you can access depends on your phone. We got hands-on with three touchscreens to get some answers. While we didn't find a one-size-fits-all solution, the hunt for the perfect fit proved more rewarding.

A tale of two Mustangs
by Jon Paulette

A stock Ford Mustang is a beautiful thing, but for many owners, a stock model is just a starting point. A Mustang can always be made to go faster, look wilder, or, of course, sound better. Whether you own a classic or a contemporary model, we can help you build a stereo that's as legendary as the car you drive.

The HDMI input in certain Kenwood receivers lets you view your phone's screen right in your dash, and even control certain apps from Kenwood's touchscreen.

When you're looking at a good-sized receiver nestled in an expansive dashboard, it's only natural to assume that a touchscreen DVD/nav receiver will fit right in. Alas, that's not always the case.

Clarion's NX603 navigation receiver provides directions, plays your media, and let you access your phone on the go - it also puts you in touch with a wealth of road-friendly apps through Clarion's Smart Access platform, which utilizes the cloud to keep you in touch with the world outside. All you need is a smartphone and the Smart Access app to enjoy real-time connectivity to social media, news, your calendar, and more. See this and more in this demo video.

Clarion's NX404 navigation receiver delivers accurate guidance and a wealth of entertainment options, along with safe ways to integrate your phone so you and your passengers can stay connected on the go. Check out some of what it can do in this demo video.

Andrew W's 2007 Toyota Tacoma
by Dominic Devito

Andrew W. from Charlotte, NC, loaded up his 2007 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner with a wealth of toys, including a Kenwood navigation receiver, some Alpine speakers, a pair of Rockford Fosgate enclosed subs, and an alarm system.

Clarion's Intelligent VOICE software, found in their NX604 navigation receiver, delivers relevant results quickly and with less input information than most other voice-recognition platforms on the road, thanks to incorporated Google Voice technology.

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