USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Connects your iPod to select 1998-up Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu factory radios

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Just because you have the factory radio in your car doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Install USA Spec's iPod interface and listen to your favorite tunes through your car's speakers. You can control song selection, and up to five different playlists right from the radio, including shuffle mode. The interface also charges your iPod while it's connected. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle. The iPod interface uses the CD changer port, so any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Hands-on Research" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

Product Highlights:

  • iPod control adapter for select 1998-up Toyota-built factory stereos
  • track up/down, fast-forward, reverse, and shuffle play
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Dual Mode lets you control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • auxiliary input (RCA connectors) for another audio source
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By Dane, California on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Product works as advertised. Easy installation in my 2002 Toyota Camry - I used youtube video tutorials to assist in dash removal and cord placement. I also purchased the Metra Mini-to-RCA Cable via so that I can use the auxiliary cable for any music source. I had to toggle the switches on the adapter and play around with the switches for a coupe minutes before finding the correct setup.

Pros: -clear audio -easy installation -very helpful customer service

Cons: -without a youtube video tutorial, the installation process can be intimidating

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By sno_mobile, the Washington, DC Area on Monday, November 16, 2015

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product itself is good.......installation instructions could be clearer. After trial and error, sound quality is excellent

Pros: sound quality

Cons: instructions

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By Jerry, Blanchardville Wisconsin on Monday, April 27, 2015

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Works exactly as advertised. Watched a video online to remove the radio, and it took me longer to string my hook up wire than anything else. Works great, excellent sound and I would purchase one again if I need one in the future.

Pros: ease of installation - quality of product - quality of sound

Cons: None

As Advertised

Written By tcal0114, Richmond, VA on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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This is the second of these I've purchased. The first was for my car, a Honda Accord, and the most recent was for my Aunt's car, a Toyota Corolla, for a Christmas present. The adapters seem to have been designed to make installation straightforward, and using Crutchfield's instructions and excellent customer service, complemented by YouTube videos on removing your car's factory stereo, installation is indeed possible and relatively painless.

Pros: Well designed, relatively easy to install, and excellent sound with better volume than an FM antenna-linked adapter

Cons: Can be a mild challenge to fit the adapter box and extra cable behind your car's stereo

Works as advertised

Written By JerryS, Alabama on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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Purchased for my daughter's 2006 Tacoma 4 Door. I looked at several different kits and chose this one based on the reviews. It installed exactly as described. The hardest part was finding a nook above and behind the radio to tuck the amplifier. The adapter cord is plenty long to have it come out almost anywhere. I will need to drill a hole in the back of the dash pocket where she wants the cable to come out, not a big deal. Sound is great and the factory radio controls the iPhone or iPod. The only thing the user needs to do is to create specific named playlists on their device if you want to play specific songs, otherwise it defaults to the last album or playlist you had open on the iPhone/iPod until all of those songs have been played, then it will go to your master song file and play any/all songs on the device.

My Toyota IPOD Adapter

Written By Eugene C., Rogers, AR on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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I have installed and enjoyed my IPOD Adapter since March 2009. I actually installed it myself. I was more concerned about disassembling the dashboard components. I even called the Crutchfield Tech Guys ahead of time to make sure that someone would be available to help me during a 10:00 -12:00 Saturday morning installation. The dashboard installation instructions were easy to follow. I think I was done in less than one hour, and 45, minutes (first timer). I am very pleased. My Music Sounds Great! Because I am on road a lot, I listen to a variety of music, audio books, speeches, sermons, and comedy on my IPOD. People often assume they are listening to Great Radio, with a Powerful Signal. My 2008, Toyota Corolla is a tiny car, but my factory radio sounds huge with the help of my USA-SPEC, IPOD Adapter. Thanks So Much Crutchfield!

USA spec iPod

Written By PennyP, Charlottesville on Monday, May 12, 2014

This device updates the electronics in older cars so that you can plug you iPod or iPhone in to the stereo portion of the car. It is a much needed update for any older car model!

Pros: Makes it possible to plug in your favorite music and update the existing equipment without buying a whole new stereo.

Cons: The wire is not attractive!

Great Product!

Written By CIP, Wichita, KS on Friday, October 04, 2013

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Great item. Easy installation.

Ipod adapter for Lexus car radio

Written By pbtay, Asheville, NC on Monday, August 05, 2013

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Product was easily installed by my local Best Buy auto tech. Most of the time is spent in opening and closing the dash. Product works perfectly with separate Lexus adapter, also bought from Crutchfield. You must experiment with pushing you car radio's different buttons, to find the one that activates the menu on the ipod screen. Ipod menu did not display at first, but it did after I pushed one of the radio channel buttons. All my ipod songs sound great through the car's speakers. This is an excellent product for those who want ipod connectivity in their older car.

Pros: Great sound. Cord hides easily inside closable compartment on dash.

Cons: No cons really.

ipod interface for 2000 Toyota Solara

Written By Jim M., Natick,MA on Monday, July 08, 2013

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Works great,sound great, I installed it in the glove box of my 2000 Toyota Solara with velcro, the hardest part was running the wires from the radio to the glove box. The wire that connects to the ipod comes out under the ashtry with no modification, very easy. Starts playing as soon as you plug the ipod in and you control through the radio. I'm very pleased with this product.

Pros: Easy to use once you get the hang of it, meaning when you switch it from playing music lists to playing in shuffle mode or down the list of songs in order. I don't have to buy an aftermarket radio to use ipod

Cons: Installation can be tricky because of tight spaces in the dash, but was'nt bad overall.

USA Spec iPod Interface

Written By iPod +, Rockville, MD on Sunday, June 23, 2013

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When my wife's 06 Avalon (no Bluetooth) was new, I installed what turned out to be a poorly-designed iPod connection. It lasted about 6 months. With the USA Spec device, she can now play her iPod music library, and play Pandora, and run a GPS app with voice direction over the car speakers. I'm hoping we'll learn that calls on her iPhone will work that way, too. Great device.

Pros: Highly versatile; reasonably priced; easily installed.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

2005 Tundra install

Written By Tundra Owner., Florence, Ky on Friday, June 14, 2013

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The product works great. I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra 4 door Limited with the rear DVD player. My issue came with the instructions that did not tell me where the location of the ECU to plug in my harness. It was under my center console at the very back under the rear seat cup holders. I did not have instructions on how to remove the console to access it either. Crutchfield tech was able to point me in the right direction on where to look.

Pros: I now can use my iPod in my truck.

Cons: Instructions do not help on install for any one with the OEM rear DVD player.

In love (again)

Written By 4Runner Chick, Dinwiddie, VA on Thursday, March 28, 2013

I love this SO much that when I totaled my 2000 4Runner, which I had this installled in, and got my 2005 4Runner this was literally the FIRST thing I purchased for my "new" 4Runner. I love the fact that I can still use my controls on my stering wheel with this product. I wll say it was a little trickier to find how I was going to run it in the 05 4Runner, becuase in my 2000 I just ran the cord up through where my e-brake was so I didn't have to put holes any where. In my 05 I ended up drilling a hole in where the ash tray thing is with the cig lighter jack, but I like it because now I can tuck it away out of sight. Also I will say the dash in the 05 is more of a pain to take out...but that's a Toyota thing! Literally the BEST thing you can do for your Toyota factory stero trust me like I said I have bought 2 of these for my 2 Toyotas. Oh and need I mention my mom was so jealous she got one for 98 4Runner and yes she is just a pleased!

Pros: I can use my Ipod with my factory stero and it works with my stering wheel controls. Clarity is great, just like listening to your Ipod with head phones or the regular radio.

Cons: NONE!


Written By Note E, Cotati, CA on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Went in a snap. Easy to use. The aux in completes the package. Crutchfield rocks.

Pros: Ease of install. Size and features.

Cons: None I can think of now.

iPod interface

Written By John H, Washoe Valley, NV on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Great shipping even during Xmass season. Product works as advertised. i get to keep the steering wheel controls which was very important to me.

Pros: does what it claims

Cons: none yet

Works like it says!

Written By Greg, Layton, UT on Friday, October 19, 2012

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I was needing an iPod/iPhone interface for my factory radio in my 2006 Toyota Tacoma. It was very simple to install. The hardest part was routing the cables to the center console. It works great and I am very please with it.

Pros: Simple and easy to install and use.


Written By Ing, Omaha, NE on Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Easy to install & works great! My 2005 Tundra's factory stereo, which has a tape & 6 cd changer can now do iPod direct or analog audio in, thx to this great product!

Pros: iPod direct. Analog in also.

Cons: It doesn't install itself! :)

USA Spec iPod Interface for 2004 Toyota 4Runner.

Written By Rob, Herndon, VA on Monday, July 23, 2012

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Thank you to Crutchfield Advisor- Niles. Purchasing an iPod adapter for my 2004 4Runner w/ Nav. system solved my problem, save me a huge money and I think the devise is far better than the CD player. Best buy ever.

Pros: Installations not bad , excellent clear sound quality. Full control of iPod from the head unit and steering wheel buttons. No need to expose my iPod Classic all I did is hide it inside the glove compartment while listening to my favorite music which I missed for so long.

Cons: For saving me a BIG BUCKS it is a NO.

iPod adapter for 2004 Lexus RX330

Written By John H, Gilroy, CA on Monday, June 04, 2012

This was a quick and easy installation once I saw a YouTube video on how to get the radio out of the dash. A 10mm socket removed the 4 screws holding the radio in place and a plastic spatula acted as a prybar to remove the snap-in, plactic bezels. The adapter cable that came with the interface snapped into the CD changer socket on the back of the OEM radio. The hardest part of the job was routing the cable to a convenient location.

Pros: Everything was included in the kit. The wiring diagram was simple and easy to understand.

Cons: It would have been nice to have a link on hte Crutchfield web site showing how to remove the radio. As it was, that research took about as much time as the installation.

Almost perfect...

Written By JCole, Jackson, MS on Thursday, May 24, 2012

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I bought this for my 2007 FJ Cruiser. The install was very simple. And the sound quality is great. But I really wanted more control over the iPod than what the unit offers. In my truck tricks the head unit into treating it like another CD changer, and looks for my playlists first. But if I just go to CD 7 (I believe), it will allow me to fully control the iPod through the head unit...but since it acts like a CD, it will go through the first 99 tracks. So to really get full access to my music, I have to put it in 'iPod Direct' mode (CD 8). Which is kind of a pain, because I originally bought the unit so that I could keep my iPod out of sight, and only take it out of the truck to update my music library. So now I am trying to figure out a discreet way to mount my iPod where it is out of sight, but still accessible.

Pros: Easy install, great sound

Cons: Doesn't give you full control of iPod when it 'tricks' the head unit into thinking it is another CD. So I still have to keep my iPod within reach rather than tucked away.

04 Tundra

Written By John, Roseville, CA on Monday, April 02, 2012

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Awesome,worth every penny

Pros: All pros!!! Works great with Ipod and Iphone, love the title and artist displayed on the JBL factory reciever. Install took 10 mins

Cons: None

03 Tacoma

Written By Shawn, Minden, NV on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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The ipod adapter works great. My son and I installed it together and it was easier than we expected.

Pros: Great product for the ipod

Cons: None that we can tell

Works as advertised

Written By Floger, Aiken, SC on Friday, March 09, 2012

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Works as advertised. As of yet I've not taken advantage of all it's capabilities so I'd be guessing as to how it works in every aspect. I'm very happy and the sound quality is better than the FM modulators I've used.


Written By rowlettsm, Chesterfield, VA on Saturday, March 03, 2012

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I love this product (and the company). I have spent several hundreds on FM transmitters over the life of my 4 iPod. I honeslty have bought at lest 6 different models and brand all to be disappointed. Finally I came across the PA15-TOY and decided why not I have tried everything else. It was so easy to install. Honeslty I had it done in less than an hour. It is amazing. The sound quality is great, no more searching for clear stations, charges my iPod and it works with so many different iPod models. I also like the fact that with this product I get to keep my CD player (not that I ever use it, but it is nice to have). I wish I would have save time, money and hassel and pruchased this YEARS AGO. It's a MUST HAVE!


Cons: Honestly nothing!

Finally direct iPod hookup for my Avalon!

Written By Anonymous, Camilla, GA on Monday, February 13, 2012

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I was glad to finally have a direct iPod hookup for my Toyota Avalon. Sound quality was very good. I also loved that this adapter had an option for an RCA/Aux. output which worked great for my Pioneer Inno XM receiver. My only gripe with this piece is the lack of a scroll by artist with the factory controls. You can only scroll through playlists and by song. Easily circumvented by using the direct iPod controls though.

Pros: Great sound quality. RCA/Aux. output for other devices

Cons: No artist scroll through radio controls


Written By Bill E, Shelbyville, Ky on Thursday, February 09, 2012

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This product works wonderfully. I like it so well I am going to order another for my wifes 4Runner.The service was excellent. Very quick shipping.I will order from again.


Written By Nancy, San Antonio, TX on Monday, January 30, 2012

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Installation was relatively painless with the recommended tools. Time wise, it took me around 2.5 hrs., probably longer than most experienced because I took apart my entire console and hid the wires completely for a more professional installation.

Pros: Excellent product, works as intended with no problems.

Cons: none

Best money spent ever

Written By Spencer, Austin,tx on Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Install was a snap. Functionality is amazing . Price is cheap enough to make it hard to refuse, I don know man thing is just flat out awesome and install instructions are very detailed

Pros: Easy install, works great with iPhone , lots of adjustability can use pandora seamlessly

Cons: None


Written By BUTCH, NORTHERN,KY on Friday, January 20, 2012

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Great Product!

Written By Hoss, Oldsmar, FL on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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The Crutchfield sales associate was very helpful and patient on the phone in walking me through the options in making my son's truck radio compatible with an i-Pod or non-iPod portable devices. He recommended this USA Spec iPod and the Scosche RCA cable. Even though I placed my order a week before Christmas, it arrived timely without a delivery charge. I could not be happier with the service or the product.

Pros: This iPod interface was a breeze to install on my son's 2006 Toyota Tacoma, with the help of step-by step instructions from a thread on Toyota Tacoma forum which included photos regarding removing the radio so you can access the CD port in the back. If you plan on using a device other than an i-anything, be sure to get the Scosche I6RCA35A RCA cable. The sound is great!

Cons: Nothing. It works like a charm.

Works great!

Written By parky, San Jose, CA on Sunday, December 25, 2011

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This was a super easy install. The Crutchfield instructions were spot on. The only thing that took any effort at all was to find a place to actually fit the unit behind the dash so it would not rattle around. I just ran the iPod cable into the flip out CD tray below the radio. Its a great way to keep an iPod out of sight.

I did have to change the settings on the little switches on the side. The instructions mentioned that I might have to try different options. The basic settings did play, but the built in radio controls did not change tracks. I tried the "B" settings in the instructions and that worked perfectly.

Pros: This worked really well in our 1998 Toyota Sienna. The controls and playlists work fine. Installation was very easy. Sound is way better than the cassette adapters that we used to use. I never thought we would get an iPod interface that worked this well on a 13 year old car! It charges new iPhone 4s.

Cons: There seems to be a bit of hiss when nothing is playing, more than I would have expected. But its not noticeable over normal background noise while driving, and I really cannot tell its there when there is actually music playing.

Perfect product

Written By Compcond, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, November 20, 2011

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So I was told I needed an adapter cable that goes between my factory NAV and the stereo so I ordered that with the unit. No bass, tinny sound. USA Spec thought their unit was defective so Crutchfield sent out a replacement unit and interface. No luck. Joe @ USA Spec asked if their was a jack on the back of the radio to plug the cable in directly without the CAS-LEX cable and sure enough there was. Perfect. My Sirius radio now plugs in directly, this little gem is velcro'd inside my glove box and I just have to push the CD button twice to access it. The factory sound system is now the limiting factor on sound quality and the cassette adapter is now in a landfill somewhere. Great product, great support.

Pros: Other than getting to the back my IS300's radio this product is stupid simple to install and use.

Cons: Didn't work the first two times but Joe at USA Spec's tech support is a genius.

Easy to install, works awesome

Written By BC, Concord, NH on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

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The adapter was very easy to install, probably took less than a half hour in my '05 Tacoma. I like the fact that it automatically pauses my ipod nano when i turn the stereo off and then starts playing again when turned back on. Also charges and allows you to change through songs on your ipod using the stereo controls. Sound quality is excellent.

This thing works for my 06 Tacoma!

Written By Tony, Denver on Thursday, October 27, 2011

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I'm happy about this product! It took less than an hour to install and tidy up everything. I run the cable under the steering wheel, placed the interface in the coin box, and the ipod fits in there too! Pretty neat!

Easy install in 04 Sienna with NAV

Written By Tom C, Dayton, MD on Thursday, October 06, 2011

It took less than an hour to install from start to finish, and it really works great. The install instructions from Crutchfield weren't that specific as to installing the PA15TOY in a Sienna with the GPS NAV unit, but it was easy to find video's online of someone removing the receiver. Sound is excellent, a big improvement over using any of those "plays on some FM station" units (I had tried several). Very pleased with the purchase.

No Surprises

Written By Rob W., Denver, CO on Monday, August 15, 2011

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Installed the USA Spec iPod adapter in my 4-Runner with JBL yesterday. The Crutchfield master sheet was flawless and made the installation mostly a snap. The only real challenge was finding a suitable spot inside the dash to locate the unit, and then making sure it was secured, but that was not a big deal. So far, the unit works exactly as promised, and the sound quality is excellent. It was a very straightforward project.

Spec w 2001 Sequoia / JBL

Written By HC, Northern VA on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Purchased for our Sequoia with the JBL stereo and changer. Crutchfield instructions for removing factory radio were perfect. Total install took 1 hour. Installed the Spec unit in the center console. Works well, sounds good. All modes on the Spec work, cd7 is playlist, cd8 is direct control using the iphone or ipod. I've listened to pandora and mobile xm using the iphone.

A couple additional notes. Installing in the center console allows the cable to the ipod/iphone to reach the back seat. Great for your kids, might drive you crazy. The clip that attaches to the iphone/ipod is larger than apples. As a result it might not work with your iphone/ipod case. I filed the plastic on the clip around the edges, solved the problem.

I definitely recommend.

Easy Install

Written By Mustang4, Knoxville, TN on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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Was easier than I expected. Only took 15 minutes to install in my 2006 Tacoma. The sound coming through is great. I like the feature that allows me to control my playlists from either the radio or my Ipod. No more listening to so much talk on the radio.

USA-SPEC Highlander

Written By Matt, Hanover, VA on Sunday, July 17, 2011

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Product as described. Super easy install in my 05 Highlander. Works great with my Ipod nano and touch. Superior sound quality as compared to FM modulators. Pricey but you get what you pay for. Highly recommend.

2011 RAV4

Written By CW, Chattanooga, TN on Friday, July 01, 2011

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This interface works great in my 2011 RAV4 (3rd gen) as it did in my previous 2004 RAV4 (2nd gen). Text on the stereo display works as advertised. I was able to install it by removing only the lower glove box; did not have to remove the JBL unit; just reached behind and plugged it in! Please note that when I purchased this car recently the dealership installed 2 Toyota iPod interfaces and neither would work. We found out later that they will only work with the touch screen factory navigation system and not the JBL system.

Would be great if it actually worked

Written By Kat In TX 81, Austin, TX on Saturday, June 25, 2011

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This is the third generation of this product I've purchased. The first worked well with my 2005 Toyota Avalon, for 11 months. Then it died and I contacted the manufacturer for a warranty replacement.

They sent a new one quickly, and put a $100 charge on my credit card until I returned the failed unit. But they failed to give me return shipping instructions, even after I asked them three or four times (each time they'd say "oh yea, we'll get those instructions to you right away" but then not respond). Furthermore, the new unit wouldn't work correctly, and their tech support kept saying 'your radio must have problems'. By "wouldn't work correctly" I mean that the head unit and steering wheel controls wouldn't properly control the iPod, but I was able to play audio through the stereo ... so I wasn't completely out of luck.

But I'd paid for two units and didn't have full control of my iPod as their documentation said I should. Then the second unit died (I suspect their connectors are unable to withstand the temperature extremes of central Texas).

So I looked for a new box from a more reputable channel, and was happy to find Crutchfield selling one with a different brand name than the previous two I'd purchased. So I ordered it, and when it arrived I realized that it was simply a re- branded version of the previous Neo units. But I installed it anyway ... and was not surprised to find that it doesn't work correctly.

Now I'm back to emailing tech support ... sigh.

Works, but you're on your own for installation

Written By Rich, Austin, TX on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

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Device works great and we love using it and love that it enables us to keep the factory look. Installation is a bit of a wildcard. I'm a DIY-er, and unlike buying a replacement radio from Crutchfield, they offer no help for installing this thing, which requires removing the radio so you can plug the USA-SPEC device into the back of it. I had to find a third-party site that sold step-by-step instructions for removing the radio in my Lexus 330. Once I had those, installing this was relatively easy, although it took some trial and error to get it to work-started out thinking it would install in the CD changer input, but wound up using the satellite radio input. The iPod connector plug is bigger and bulkier than I'd like, which made it snaking it through to where I wanted it (the concealed ashtray compartment) a hassle. And the plug is snapped together rather than molded. It actually came apart during the installation, so I now have it taped together with electrical tape. Switching to a lower profile plug would make it easier to thread the plug through to a wider range of places in the car interior.

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By EricB, Mystic, CT on Monday, May 09, 2011

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I don't write reviews often as I expect the product to work without issue. In that
regards, this iPod adaptor works as adverstised. I have a 2006 Tacoma with a
factory 6 disc changer. I connected the adaptor and still have use of my
steering wheel controls and the disc changer.

The hardest part of the process is running the cables - I ran mine to the center
console. There was no problem with it but I didn't use the master installation
sheet for my truck. I went to you tube and watched a video on how to remove
the radio and console - actually very easy.

I'm glad I bought this.

Interface Heaven 4 my 01 Toyota Avalon

Written By Scott, San Antonio, Tx. on Friday, May 06, 2011

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Very smooth and easy installation in my 2001 Avalon. This adapter
works perfectly and exactly as intended with both the iPhone and the additional
auxiliary input. The Crutchfield advosors definitely steered me in the right
direction!! Keep up the good work Crutchfield.

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By Nater, St. Paul, MN on Friday, April 08, 2011

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I'm big on getting the best deal so I debated on buying this item here or on eBay for
much cheaper but decided on here due to the service and return policy. The only
issue with the unit is trying to decide where to put the interface and wiring for the
iPod. I wanted to keep the interface accessible in case I wanted to utilize the RCA
jacks to plug something else into it. This requires flipping a small switch on the unit-
-hence the accessibility. But after much debate, I opted not to use it so I installed it
in an inaccessible area. Other than that, install was very straight-forward. If I didn't
think about it so much I could have had it installed in under a half hour. Sound
quality is very clear and it is a much better improvement over using a cassette
adapter for sound and a power inverter for charging. Best of all it makes the wife
happy because it is in her Rav4.

Spot on!

Written By SteveH, Wellesley, MA on Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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I've been installing my own car stereos since I put an in dash 8 track player in my
1972 Vega and I've got two comments. First, I've never had an install job work as
smoothly as this did in my 2006 Avalon. Thank you Toyota. Second, this adapter
works perfectly and exactly as intended with both the iPhone and the additional
auxiliary input. Keep up the good work Crutchfield.

Perfect for 2004 Sienna

Written By Anonymous, Mechanicsville, VA on Monday, February 28, 2011

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Easy to install....had it done in under 1 hr ......The included wires are long enough to fish
through dash and under carpet to center console for professional look install.
Electronics work perfect on the 04 Sienna, steering wheel controls and text readout still
work !!!!! Great Product and highly
recommended !!!!

Works and sounds great

Written By Tacoma08, New York on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Install was easy in 2008 Tacoma. Maybe took 45 mins from start to finish. Ipod sounds
great over stereo. Only thing I didnt know you can only control ipod from stereo, not from
ipod, not that big of a deal though.

Works Great for a 2009 Camry

Written By Orangerusty, Austin, TX on Sunday, February 13, 2011

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I installed this in my 2009 Camry LE w/o nav. (If you have nav then you should get the PA20
o/w you should get PA15.) The install went very well and was much easier than other
installations I've done in the past. (I've put in a couple of radios in past cars but nothing
extensive.) I plugged in the device in the only spot it could go. The cords were long enough
that I could put the iPod connector in the glove box. I was able to set the actual box down on
the floor board under/behind the storage compartment at the bottom of the console. As
soon as I hooked up my iPod the functionality made a lot of sense. Very nice product, worth
every penny.

Very pleased with this product

Written By Lori, IN on Monday, February 07, 2011

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I picked this unit based on the reviews and extra features. It works as
described. The sound quality is way better than the most expensive fm
modulators. Fairly easy to install to the factory unit - it did take around an
hour to install.

Good IPOD Interface

Written By Mman, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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This is the way to go for an Ipod Touch to interface with the factory radio. I had a FM
wireless connection but in Phoenix it was very hard to not get a lot of interference. This
unit operates great and sounds great! It was also easy to install with the directions
provided by Crutchfield. I had the dash and console out in no time. For my 2006 Toyota
Tundra I mounted the unit under the console. Very easy!

USA ipod interface - 2007 Tundra (buckets/console)

Written By PeteS, Winthrop, WA on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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As always the Crutchfield support was spot on and top notch from questions prior
to purchase all the way through installation. This is my third Crutchfield
project and am continually impressed with how well these people are prepared and
available. I did not experience any of the issues others apparently have with
connections not being positive and tight, or controls not working as advertised.
I really like the auto-charging, auto-on/off aspect of the device, and the
sound is as good (maybe better) than in-home. That might say more about my
setup than the device. It may be operator error as I'm still learning how to
run this thing, but I'm wishing there was a way to scroll through your library
to find albums, artists, songs efficiently from in-dash controls.

A good Ipod solution for my Avalon

Written By Kevin, Delta, Utah on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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I first bought a new car stereo from Crutchfield but the digits were too small and the sunlight
of day made it impossible to view so I returned it. You can't beat the factory stereo for easy
day/night reading of the display. I tried this and installed it in about one hour and so far has
worked perfectly. The cable length was perfect to mount the device in the center console
box. I mostly loved the prefabbed connector which plugged right into the factory radio socket
without any wiring needed by me. Couldn't of been much easier. I have not tried the
iCarStereo Ipod app yet because it operates pretty well without any addition. You do have to
be a little careful removing the plastic air register so you don't break it.

Great sound, but some cheap parts

Written By Josh F, Roanoke, VA on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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This iPod adapter was super easy to install and the sound is amazing. However,
after two months the little iPod chord adapter fell off because it's made of
cheap plastic. I think that's the only part that has low quality, but it would
be nice to not have to search for it to cover the chord when not attached to my

Superb for '04 Sienna

Written By SteveP, NJ on Saturday, January 01, 2011

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2004 Toyota Sienna, factory nav, factory JBL sound w/ tape player & single CD, factory
rear seat entertainment. Install was a bit different than anticipated. Note in manual said
it had to be hooked up to factory entertainment center control unit behind interior
passenger rear quarter panel. Called USA SPEC tech support to confirm. They were
easy enough to reach and were helpful. Advised I would also need the extension cable
from them, which I ordered from their customer service. Popped off the rear qtr panel,
and sure enough, the factory control unit was there. Had an empty plug in it that used
one end of the wiring harness (the other end wasn't necessary as you are not "splicing"
in, you're just plugging in). This is the CD changer input on the factory control unit.
Shows up now as the CD changer in the audio system. Pulls in the 1st six playlists (or
you can use the 1st six playlist naming convention), all songs (Disc 7), and direct control
(Disc 8). Works and charges with both nano and ipad. Steering wheel controls still fully
operational. Single CD, tape player, rear DVD, all still operational. Did notice it still
charges even when the key is off. Overall very pleased. Easy install. Perfect plug and
play functionality.

Works well, when it works

Written By JohnI, Colorado on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Crutchfield instructions were very helpful, but the product wasn't well made.

1) some of the cables were loose in the connector that attaches this to the factory Toyota
Highlander JBL stereo.
2) periodically, it would only play out of speakers on one side of the car.
3) periodically, it would stop working and I would have to pull the dash apart to
disconnect and reconnect everything.
4) finally, it just died.

I liked the unit when it worked. Just very frustrated that I had to mess with it so much.
Nothing against Crutchfield, but the quality of this product was lacking. I will replace it
with a different brand.


Written By Moinul, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, October 30, 2010

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It is a great product. I bought it for mp3 player. Not for ipod. But i love it. I wish it has the
same features like ipod. I can't control the songs from my Original Vehicle sterio.

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By EricP, Massapequa,NY on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Very cool product. Easy connections. The toughest part is getting to your
radio. I found some step by step instructions on the internet. Installed mine
in a 2002 Lexus 430 LS. Interfaces with all the controls nicely: (Nav system
touch screen, steering wheel controls, etc.) There are a few quirky things like
a 'grayed' out control that you can get to in another way. I like to keep the
display screen on "OFF" when I am not using the NAV. So it was a nice surprise
to see the songs pop up on the display with each change of track.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: The sound is fantastic. I can't believe how much better it
sounds than the cassette adapter I had been using.
The Crutchfield staff were helpful in ensuring that I was ordering the correct
equipment. Ordering was easy and the tracking system kept me well informed.
Thanks folks! Chalk another one up in the "Win" column!

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota, Scion, Lexus, and Isuzu

Written By RobertL, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, October 07, 2010

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Used on 2003 Corolla with iPhone 3GS ios 4.0. First set I received is not working. Not charging and no sound output. Called USA SPEC tech and was told I have a defective unit.
Cruthfield support was very nice and ship a replacement unit next day. The 2nd set works great for me. On ios 4.0 it shows " Accessory not optimized for iphone" every time you plug in and you just have to hit dismiss key. Other than that, the sound quality is acceptable, not as good as CD, but close.

Easy Installation & Clear Instruction

Written By ChadE, Vero Beach, FL on Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Player works great. The installation instructions worked great becasue I was a bit
hesitant about taking the trim off around the radio and then removing the radio itself. It
turned out to be a surprisingly easy job and the clear instructions were right on.
Works great with my 2004 Toyota.

Tops Peripheral

Written By OscarS, Whitter, CA on Monday, September 06, 2010

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The quality of this item is great . No plastic case here. I almost felt like routing it so it
could be displayed (the cable provided is long enough). You don't need to cut wires like
on Peripheral's model . Connection is easy and I believe the sound quality is better .I
have it hooked up to my factory JBL radio.

Works like a charm!

Written By Dustin, Las Cruces, NM on Friday, August 13, 2010

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I recently installed this product on my 2007 Lexus IS250. It works great! You access the ipod and auxillary connection through the CD changer controls. The sound quality of a direct connection is far supieror to any FM transmitter any day!

The only difficulty I came across during installation was accessing the back of the stereo to connect the component, especially removing the air conditioner registers in the center dash. But make sure you have a putty knife (doesn't scratch!) and a lot of patience and you'll be good to go.

I highly recommend this product.

Not usable in the real world

Written By tacobronco, Denver, CO on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

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I wasn't at all happy with this unit, and ended up returning it and getting an aftermarket head unit with built-in integration.

The particulars: I have a 2005 Tacoma and an iPhone 3GS that has NOT been upgraded to OS4. I installed the unit, and yes, technically speaking, it could play the iPhone through the car stereo. However, I had two big problems:

1. Occassionally the sound would be fuzzy and full of static. I tried everything I could think of to troubleshoot this issue, including various DIP switch settings and putting the phone in airplane mode, but I still had this intermittent problem. The only thing that would cure it was to power cycle the interface box (reboot it?).

2. The other main problem was volume. Specifically, it is very, very low. You literally have to crank the stereo volume to max to get a normal listening volume with the vehicle parked in the garage, which isn't loud enough when the vehicle is driving. And of course, cranking the volume brings out all the hiss in the stock system, and makes changing sources an eardrum-shattering experience.

I have no idea if these issues are particular to the version of stereo I have, but I decided that they were not livable, especially when aftermarket head units designed for iPod intergration are the same price (or even cheaper!). Too bad, the concept of this product (easy-to-install iPod integration for existing factory systems) is a good one, just wish is worked!