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Answers to some of the more common questions about car stereos.
A car stereo is the centerpiece of any car audio system. This introduction highlights the stereo's functions and makes it easier to shop for a new one.
This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.
Watch this video for a step-by-step overview of a basic car stereo installation. The installation shown in this video is only one example - the actual steps involved vary from car to car.
Bright glare on the stereo display has plagued us for as long as we've had the sun and car stereos. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do about it. But sometimes there is. Check out our examination of the problem in this video.
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.
Throughout the decades, the MINI Cooper has always offered practical utility, oddly dramatic styling ('boxy but cute,' 'powered roller-skate' etc.), and a healthy dose of driving fun, particularly when considering the car's performance variant the "Cooper S." Since the 2002 roll-out, the 'new' MINI has been a solid hit.
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Learn about the features and specifications found in today's wide variety of CD receivers.
The Honda Accord sedan is the poster child for what the automotive industry does right, that's why it's one of the most popular cars in the world. The 7th generation (2003-07) Accord is comfortable, well-engineered, safe, very reliable, and will maintain a high resale value. Most people keep their Honda Accords for a long time, so it makes sense to upgrade the stereo system.
The 2003-08 Toyota Corolla is an economical car with a high reliability factor. If you've picked up a used Corolla and you're checking out your audio options, we've got good news for you. First, you bought a nice car. Second, you can install a great stereo system in your Corolla.
The fifth-generation Chrysler Town & Country offers everything you'd want in a luxurious, family-friendly people mover. With loads of space and lots of smart 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 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 Honda Element is one of those versatile vehicles that can handle just about anything you throw at it or in it. If you're into great sound, there's plenty of room for a seriously impressive stereo system.
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 2004-2008 Acura TL is a comfortable, stylish, sporty sedan that's sure to make both drivers and passengers happy. While upgrading the TL's sound system can be a challenge, the effort is worth it.
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.
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 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 Liberty factory audio options were somewhat limited. If you want to take your tunes to a new level and enjoy them off-road, you'll have plenty of options for this Jeep.