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A hybrid's new sound system
by Dave Delamere

Looking for better sound, a Crutchfield customer installs a new Alpine car stereo, speakers, and amplifier in her 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

MHL/HDMI, Bluetooth, and USB for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are three of the ways to connect a smartphone to a car stereo. We'll examine them all in this article.

Clarion's CZ105BT CD receiver offers Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus sound-shaping tools to get the most out of your sound.

Axxera's AC326Bi CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth and you can also plug your iPhone or thumb drive into the handy front USB port for more music options.

The CDE-163BT CD receiver uses Alpine's TuneIt 2.5 smartphone app for extensive sound adjustment capabilities, including a 9-band EQ and time correction.

Sony's WX-900BT CD receiver has built-in Bluetooth. Talk hands-free when you get a call, or stream your mobile device's stored or streaming content wirelessly.

Kenwood's DPX302U CD receiver works with iPhone or Android, and you can add SiriusXM satellite radio. The stereo features a variable color display.

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.

JVC's KD-R970BTS CD receiver lets you pick from a number ways to listen to your own music library. Variable color settings let you select the look you want.

Clarion's CX305 CD receiver offers streaming music from your smartphone, make hands-free calls, and play music on a connected iPod, iPhone, or USB drive.

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.

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