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Metra AX-SUBUSB2 USB Adapter

Allows you to connect the factory USB port in select 2015-up Subaru vehicles to a new car stereo

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Keep your vehicle's USB port working

Metra's AX-SUBUSB2 cable allows you to keep the factory USB port in your vehicle when you install a new car stereo. One end of the cable connects to the plug just behind your vehicle's USB port, while the other end plugs into the USB port on the back of your new car stereo. You must install a car stereo with a rear USB port. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Extremely easy to use/install, and fit my needs perfectly.

geoff, Enon, OH

What's in the Box:

  • 9" Subaru USB adapter harness
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Metra AX-SUBUSB2 USB Adapter Reviews

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(9 Reviews)

Works great, but CarPlay still may not work

Jacob from Hillsboro, OR on 3/10/2019

2017 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as expected in that it connects easily from your factory USB port to new radio USB. Keep in mind however, that you probably will NOT be able to use CarPlay. If your current car has a usb hub, this adapter is not capable of supplying enough power to allow your new head unit to run CarPlay. I've head that if your car only has one USB port, it might work, but for most Subaru folks that have two USB ports in the armrest, you'll have to achieve an alternate way to get CarPlay working. I'd suggest getting a head unit with two USB's like the Sony AX5000, and use this adapter to run the USB2 cable. On Sony, the USB2 cable is used for charging your phone and loading audio files from a USB drive. For the primary USB1, replace your current cigarette lighter socket with a dedicated USB port. I bought one on amazon for $9 and it works great!

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: May not work for CarPlay; not a defect, more of an OEM USB hub limitation

Worked in my Subaru!

Crutchfield customer from Seattle, WA on 2/15/2019

2016 Subaru Forester
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I was a bit concerned after reading reviews that my factory usb would not work with my new pioneer, but this adapter did the trick! Factory usb works great!

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Metra AX-SUBUSB2 USB Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Westminster, CO on 1/8/2019

2015 Subaru Legacy
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Exactly what I needed for the new head unit for my Subaru.

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Metra AX-SUBUSB2 USB Adapter

Crutchfield customer from Evansville, IN on 12/7/2018

2015 Subaru Outback
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It was the perfect length. Not too long, not too short. Connections were easy to make. Feels and looks like very good quality.

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Perfect fit

geoff from Enon, OH on 10/12/2018

2015 Subaru Impreza
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Extremely easy to use/install, and fit my needs perfectly.

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Crutchfield customer from Salt Lake City, UT on 9/26/2018

2013 GMC Sierra
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Plug and play. Pay the money and eliminate having to worry about where you'll run the wire to plug your Apple or Andriod device.

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not compatible with Kenwood 574S

Eric from Manchestr Ctr , VT on 9/6/2018

2017 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This didn't fit the Kenwood radio or the Subaru so I don't know why Crutchfield recommend it in the package. This was a 2017 Subaru Outback, with a Kenwood 574S receiver. The built-in Subaru USB connectors didn't support CarPlay so I had to use the female USB extension cable packaged with the Kenwood. It sticks out of the center console as a wire with a female end. I would have liked to use the built in plug instead but it I'm still so happy with the radio and the install that I can live with it. But I still wonder why Crutchfield put this in the installation package. I think maybe this is for a higher-end model Kenwood radio? There's no documentation saying where in the wiring this should go but I didn't see any connections on the radio or the car that fit that square plug.

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Perfect!

Joe from Newton, NH on 7/15/2018

2018 Subaru Legacy
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Does exactly what it's supposed to do, avoiding having to snake usb cables out from behind your dashboard!

Pros: Works perfectly!

Cons: None.

Metra AX-SUBUSB2 USB Adapter

taylor from Augusta, GA on 7/2/2017

2016 Subaru Impreza
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Simple, solid connection

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Features

USB Adapter Harness: The Axxess Integrate AX-SUBUSB2 USB adapter harness is used when you want to retain the factory USB port in select 2015-up Subaru vehicles, when replacing the factory radio with an aftermarket stereo that features a rear USB input.

CarPlay & Android Auto Incompatibility: The Axxess Integrate AX-SUBUSB2 USB adapter harness is not compatible with CarPlay or Android Auto.

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Seems like it's the best case to retain use of the factory-placed USB port in my Subaru [ Kurt  Feb 24, 2019 ]
packaged item [ Christy  Feb 09, 2019 ]
I wanted to keep the factory console mounted USB connector in my 2016 Subaru Crosstrek with my new aftermarket head unit and this is the perfect solution!! [ Joseph  Jul 10, 2018 ]
The 2018 wrx needs it for the stock usb retention in the center console. [ Jason  May 01, 2018 ]
It retains the USB port under the armrest [ Alan  Jan 21, 2018 ]
Son recommended them [ Francis  Dec 09, 2017 ]
Because, even though Crutchfield website insisted that it doesn't fit my 2017 Subaru WRX, numerous forums stated that it does. So after much research, I bought it. [ Matthew  Dec 08, 2017 ]
need to keep the USB port available. [ ZhibinHong  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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