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Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Connect a new car stereo and retain the steering wheel audio controls and backup camera in 2012-up Toyota vehicles

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Overview

Our take on the Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crux's SWRTY-61N interface ensures that you can keep the factory steering wheel controls in your Toyota when installing an aftermarket radio. With compatible receivers, you can also keep your Toyota's backup camera and auxiliary input. Connect this interface to the wires on your new stereo's wiring harness, and you've covered the power, ground, and factory speaker connections for your new stereo.

You'll only be able to retain your steering wheel audio controls with a compatible car stereo made by Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, or Sony. No other brands are currently compatible. Check the Details tab to see if steering wheel audio controls are retained in your vehicle.

Keep those factory options

Crux's SWRTY-61N interface ensures that you can keep the factory steering wheel controls in your Toyota when installing an aftermarket radio. With compatible receivers, you can also keep your Toyota's backup camera and auxiliary input. Connect this interface to the wires on your new stereo's wiring harness, and you've covered the power, ground, and factory speaker connections for your new stereo.

The SWRTY-61N interface also offers the reverse, illumination, and Vehicle Speed Sensor (V.S.S.) outputs that you'll need if you're installing a navigation receiver.

Note: The interface does not support the factory JBL amplifier.

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.

Highlights:

  • connect a new stereo in select 2011-up Toyota models
  • retain your steering wheel controls with select car stereos
  • retains your Toyota's rear-view camera and aux input with compatible receivers
  • provides connections for Vehicle Speed Sensor (V.S.S.), reverse gear, and illumination for installing navigation receivers
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Radio replacement interface module (w/ attached T- harness)
  • Rear speaker harness
  • SWC harness
  • Parking brake harness
  • Antenna adapter
  • USB retention adapter (USB-TY01)
  • Installation Instructions

If this is Crux standard quality I highly recommend this. But, if you need this type of wiring interface for your receiver install, even if you have electronics background and know how to solder LET Crutchfield solder the wires together for you. It costs a little more but will save you tons of time.

David N, Westminster, SC

Reviews

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(74 Reviews)

Very Disappointed

Crutchfield customer from Nederland, CO on 1/26/2019

2015 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this harness with a Sony XAV-AX5000 and 2015 non-JBL Tundra. Checked with Crutchfield technical support that the voice activation, answer, hangup, vol -/+, next previous, and source buttons would work with the unit before the sale. Was told yes. In reality this harness works for the camera and the vol-/+, and next previous/buttons and source buttons only. The answer/hangup and voice activation (android auto/carplay) buttons do not get translated correctly. Called Crutchfield technical support and was told to try pioneer or alpine settings with the Sony. I pulled out the headunit again and tried that but it did not help. Crutchfield tech support indicated I could call back and they would recommend a different product. I am not happy that the functionality promised before sale was not delivered, and that to install an alternate product I would have to redo the wiring harness all over again. Perhaps this product works well with other head unit brands (pioneer, alpine), but I would not buy it again nor recommend it to anyone. P.S. the installation instructions are wrong with respect to the remote amp turn on wire. Confirmed this with Crutchfield tech support on the first day of the install and they indicated the instructions would need to be updated.

Pros: Camera adaptor works.

Cons: 1/2 of steering wheel buttons work with a Sony head unit and 2015 non-JBL Tundra

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

David N from Westminster, SC on 12/1/2018

2014 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If this is Crux standard quality I highly recommend this. But, if you need this type of wiring interface for your receiver install, even if you have electronics background and know how to solder LET Crutchfield solder the wires together for you. It costs a little more but will save you tons of time.

Pros: Quality product

Cons: None noted

PORT SAINT LUCIE

John from PORT SAINT LUCIE on 11/4/2018

2013 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great kit simple installation great instructions worked as advertised

Pros: simple install great instructions

Cons: none

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crutchfield customer from Pittsburgh, PA on 11/4/2018

2014 Toyota RAV4
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Awesome part saved much time. Made a impossible job so much easier. Why everyone don't get it is not thinking the couple of dollars it costs is worth it's weight in GOLD.

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Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface vs 2018 Factory Connectors

Mike from Coppell, TX on 9/23/2018

2018 Toyota RAV4

We have a 2018 RAV4 LE and we are replacing the factory radio using the CRUX SWRTY-61N kit. Unfortunately, the Crux 6 pin connector for rear speakers doesn't match the factory 6 pin connector. However, the wiring appears to show the factory rear speaker wire colors ( red, white, black, yellow). We have a call into Crux technical support as to why the Crux connector is physically wrong. Thank you.

Pros:

Cons: the Crux 6 pin connector doesnt work w/ factory 6 pin connector

Crutchfield response on 9/24/2018 Mike, we're sorry you're having issues with your interface. If you purchased this product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Know what to expect.

Crutchfield customer from Crystal Springs, MS on 9/17/2018

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

There should be a few caveats to the description of this harness. I was expecting this to replace the factory functionality of my Camry. But then I found out that some things are not going to work. 1. There is no way to connect to the Camry microphone. You are going to have to use the mic that came with your head unit. 2. When it claims that it maintains steering wheel control, that's not entirely true. You will get station up down, volume up and down, and mode to change from tuner to other inputs. All the other steering wheel buttons will not work. No answer, no hangup, no speech, no pause, no scan forward or backward.Radio reception was also impacted.

Pros: It made the basic connections to my car.

Cons: Some stock features were lost that should have been disclosed in the description. Radio reception is poor.

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Michael from Athens, GA on 9/12/2018

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great harness, no problems with it.

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Only partial SWC functionality for my install

Coston from Fredericksburg, VA on 8/30/2018

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was part of the install hardware included for my 2014 Corolla. It only provided partial steering wheel control (volume up/down, track change and mode switch). Music scan, menu select, phone on/off hook does not work. The tech support guy said this is all I can expect. And the radio reception is horrid. I'm not sure if that's due this harness, it's not seated all the way (I'll be checking that) or the head unit (Pioneer AVH-201EX).

Pros: Wiring is made easy with connectors. Not much cutting/splicing.

Cons: Did not allow for full functionality of steering wheel controls for my specific application.

Makes Installation Painless

J from Hutto, TX on 8/8/2018

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in a 2014 Camry, with JVC KW-V240BT. Made install painless and all worked perfectly.

Pros: Ease of installation. Works perfectly with original controls. Comes with adapters.

Cons:

great sound,happy wife

red from Bossier City, LA on 7/25/2018

2013 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

bought this to install a new pioneer AVH201EX stereo into my wife's 2014 camry for her birthday while she was out of town.everything needed was in the kit, when we turned it on there was poor reception when listing to the radio,emailed the tech support and they told me how to fix the problem. and the stereo works great. the tech support at crutfield is the best.

Pros: everything you need

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Sherman Oaks, CA on 7/19/2018

2014 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

No problems so far, but not the most organized cable management.

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If you value your hair... BUY THIS!

Tealdo from Tempe, AZ on 6/27/2018

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

You want this. Period. Why pull out every last strand of your hair trying to hardwire your system when some poor engineer has already gone bald for you? Get this... and pay Crutchfield the $25 to have them make all the connections! This make installation a peaceful walk in he park with a gentle breeze, birds singing and puppies playing happily.

Pros: Better than a therapist.

Cons: None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nix. Nope. Nay. Negative Ghost Rider, that pattern is empty.

2017 Toyota RAV4

Jonathan from Amarillo, TX on 5/16/2018

2017 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness worked perfectly for my application. I was able to retain my steering wheel controls, backup camera, and all my factory inputs.

Pros: Retains steering wheel controls, backup camera, and factory USB and AUX inputs.

Cons: A couple of the wires are colored differently than the ones on the harness that came with my receiver. But Crutchfield was able to clear that up.

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Aidan from Mechanicsburg, PA on 4/21/2018

2017 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ya know I don't know what's wrong wether it's the wiring harness or the radio but I'm pointing towards this harness because the first once I received didn't retain my back up camera and now the second one doesn't either and with the second one, one of the connectors has pins in a different spot than the original. The radio accepts video signal just fine but every time I go to use the backup camera it just displays a black screen. I sat on the phone with tech support both Crutchfield and Crux and all I was told was get a new harness and like I said didn't fix the issues. I'd attach a photo of the wiring harness both first and replacement ones with the different pin sets but it only allows me to take a picture not upload a saved one.

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Crutchfield customer from Valleyford, WA on 2/28/2018

2012 Toyota Venza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

it wasn't the right wiring harness none of the steering wheel controls work

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Cons:

Good adapter but missing one feature

Ali from Ashburn, VA on 2/6/2018

2015 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked great with the Pioneer AVH-1330NEX. The only thing that it does not do is let you keep the factory microphone so you might have to get creative with the microphone setup of the new headunit.

Pros: Steering wheel controls work Had all the factory connectors Basically plug and play

Cons: Will not support the factory mic.

Seamless Interface

Matthew from Elkton, MD on 1/11/2018

2014 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Interface works great. Was able to retain steering wheel controls and backup camera on my 2014 Toyota Tundra.

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Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crutchfield customer from Litchfield Park, AZ on 1/1/2018

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is most definitely nice to have all of the appropriate equipment to do a job! It is especially nice to retain all of the steering wheel functions, etc.

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So simple

Kurt from Minnetonka, MN on 12/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So simple

Pros: So simple

Cons: None

Easy install, very effective!

Alexander from Winfield, IL on 12/19/2017

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked very well, and maintained all of my steering wheel controls. The wires were easily discernible and marked accordingly. 10/10 would recommend.

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Ryan Robin from Guam on 9/3/2017

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything works great but steering wheel controls randomly swap themselves. Next song becomes volume up and volume up becomes set up

Pros: Very simple and straight forward installation

Cons: Steering wheel controls randomly switch themselves

Crutchfield response on 9/4/2017 Ryan Robin, we're sorry you're having issues with your SWC adapter. If the problem continues, please just reach out to our tech support team. They can either help get adapter working the way it should, or possibly return it for an exchange or refund.

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crutchfield customer from Copperas Cove, TX on 7/30/2017

2013 Toyota Avalon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The CRUX gave me the ability to keep most of my steering wheel controls that were on the stock stereo, added an Alpine head unit to my vehicle. The Tech support at Crutchfield was great as they were able to answer all my questions that were questionable with some of the literature.

Pros: Saved the hassle of splicing into the stock unit and figure out what went where on the wiring harnesses since these newer cars are loaded with additional stuff.

Cons: Literature could be better from the company that manufactures the aftermarket harness, Crutchfield tech support is a life saver.

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Crutchfield customer from San Antonio, TX on 7/16/2017

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This item is incredible. Plug and play when installers told me this harness does not exist but here it is and the telephone support was top-notch. Best experience ever.

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Excellent

Patrick from Oak Lawn, IL on 7/2/2017

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent! Even came with different brand SRC which I needed when I switched out my radio.

Pros: All

Cons: None

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Rajesh from Fishers, IN on 6/3/2017

2016 Nissan Rogue
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Retains all the factory features. Wish they found a way to retain the factory external mic for the new radio. Very clear and easy instruction. DIY installer can do it.

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Great Harness

Miguel from Fountain Valley, CA on 5/2/2017

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

much needed harness. everything you need in one. made it real easy to install in my Tacoma

Pros: easy to install

Cons: none

Much needed product

Keola from Kekaha, HI on 4/9/2017

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Highly recommended if you want to keep all the factory features of the stock head unit. Easy to install. Wire harness, usd, steering wheel control and rear camera all in one harness.

Pros: Makes life easier

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Bozeman, MT on 3/19/2017

2013 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome Harness, made it really easy to install. Highly recommend

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Wiring Interface

Walter from Guntown, MS on 3/16/2017

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was so easy to use and everything works the way it should including rear camera. I would recommend this to anyone buying a new receiver for their car, truck etc. I had a few questions and called customer service and spoke with ED and he was great to talk to and he walked me thru my questions with the greatest of ease. Great customer service. Can't get any better. Thanks !

Pros: Makes it very easy to get the connection up and running.

Cons: None

Great wiring kit

Jason from Indiana on 2/11/2017

2015 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great wiring kit works like a champ. Only thing you loose is the speak to talk Bluetooth on your factory stereo.

Pros: Easy to install great accessory

Cons: None

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crutchfield customer from Eureka Springs Arkansas on 12/24/2016

2016 Toyota Avalon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazing wiring harness! Everything you need to make the transition from old to new equipment. Very clear instructions

Pros: Great product

Cons: None

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

Crutchfield customer from Cary, NC on 12/1/2016

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This made connections lot easier

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Great product

Casey from Aberdeen , WA on 11/29/2016

2016 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked with everything and it was fairly easy to set up!

Pros: Easy to set up

Cons: None

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Dante from Macon, GA on 11/15/2016

2013 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great!

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Satisfied

Crutchfield customer from Philadelphia, PA on 9/25/2016

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness allowed me to keep most of my steering wheel functions. Couldn't be happier.

Pros: Retain factory functions

Cons: Fitting it in the dash with the radio. Put your thinking cap on.

Works, but instructions missing details for 2015 and newer vehicles

Watson from West Hartford, CT on 9/5/2016

2016 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything was explained in the instruction manual except the parking brake wire. I'm using this interface in a post 2015 vehicle. Instructions note that something different needs to be done but doesn't say what needs to be done. The Crux instructions state " On 2015 and newer vehicles, the parking break pin is in a different position on the 24-pin connector. Refers to the diagram on the label on the yellow/black wire to where the pin should be inserted." 1) The label on the Park wire on the Crux wire doesn't have any additional instructions. 2) Where should the connector pin be moved? Alternatively, on the Toyota harness what is the wire color / stripe? 3) How do I release the crux wiring pin from it's exiting position. Complete instructions should be sent out with all of these units.

Pros: Built to fit car

Cons: Instructions not complete for parking brake wire

Crutchfield response on 9/6/2016 Thanks to your help and reviews like these, Darren, our Mobile Integration Buyer, has arranged for Crux to provide us with updated adapters with a loose parking brake wire and revised instructions for a smoother installation in a wider variety of vehicles.

Hit a snag but Crux was excellent

Jacques from Gaithersburg, MD on 8/21/2016

2013 Fiat 500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this on my 2016 Tacoma SR5 (non-jbl). My AVH-4100NEX receiver was not detecting the parking brake. I called CRUX support and we found that the pin in the harness was in the wrong slot. I tapped into correct wire and everything worked perfectly! They have excellent support in case you ever need them. This kit also had the USB adapter that Crutchfield also sold me so I have an extra.

Pros: Easy to wire. USB adapter was already included.

Cons: Parking brake wire in harness was in the wrong slot, had to tap into the wire below it (yellow wire) and then everything worked swimmingly. May want to have some posi-taps or posi-locks on hand just in case.

Greatest product for stereo installs

Tim from Vista, CA on 7/30/2016

2016 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness made it simple to install a stereo in my 2016 Tacoma. Everything works perfectly, the backup camera, factory USB port and the steering wheel controls. I've done a handful of stereos in my life and nothing has made it as easy as this harness.

Pros: Easy, everything works perfectly.

Cons: None

Good hardware

Angel from Los Angeles, CA on 7/11/2016

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness allows you to keep the back up camera as well as some of the steering wheel interfaces. Overall very satisfied with the purchase and instalation and has been working like a charm with my Pioneer Appradio 4. My only small issues is that on the 15 Tacoma you do lose some functions and the talk button now becomes the mute button. I would give it a 5 star if A) they would change that feature to units with Apple play or Google car play and B) if they would allow the built in oem microphone to work just like they did with the back up camera.

Pros: Keep most steering wheel interfaces and back up camera

Cons: Not all steering wheel interfaces usable and the talk button now a mute button and wish they would also allow you to keep the oem microphone as well.

Everything worked but the camera.

steven from Lisle NY on 7/10/2016

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed on a 2014 Tacoma non JBL .I purchased for the back-up feature as I already had the steering wheel controls working.Used it with a Pioneer AVH-4200NEX .And also tried it with my old Pioneer AVH-X8500BHS same thing.

Pros: Steering wheel controls work exactly like factory setup.

Cons: Rear view camera did not work for me. Tight fit. Need to return.

Crutchfield response on 7/11/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get this interface working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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Joe P from Dundee, IL on 6/13/2016

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This did not work at all in my 2015 Toyota Tacoma. I am not sure if it was defective or if there was some other issue. After pulling everything out and double checking all of the connections I ended up removing it and coming up with another solution.

Pros: none

Cons: complicated, too bulky and in the end it didn't work in my application.

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Big T from Virginia Beach, VA on 5/30/2016

2016 Toyota Highlander
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The interface cables were an exact fit. I was able to maintain all of steering wheel controls. No modifications needed. Great fit!

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: None noted

Did not work

Bryan from Lenexa, KS on 5/14/2016

2015 Toyota Tacoma
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This was the recommended part for the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, which may be true but know that it will NOT work with a Blaupunkt head unit. Disappointed that I wasted my money on this....

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Crutchfield response on 5/16/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the interface working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Crux Steering controls interface

Robert from Duncanville, TX on 3/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This interface is a time saver!! I highly recommend it. It will save you time and trouble on your install. Worth the extra cost !!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

2015 Corolla L

Alexis from Zion, IL on 2/29/2016

2015 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install was able to keep all of the steering wheel controls.

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Crux 2014 Tacoma

Chan S. from Antelope, CA on 2/16/2016

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Crux Kit allowed me to keep most of stock controls like: my USB, Aux, and SWC. The Phone controls (Answer/Hangup buttons) function only for those purposes (Answer an incoming call and hangup a current call). If you press the button, it will not go to the phone options, like OEM Entune Radio would function. Also, the speech button acts as a ATT mute function instead of activating, i.e. google voice search etc... Overall, I was able to get use to the new phone button functionalities. The major gripe would be the difficulty of getting these large bundles of wires to fit behind the dash. I ended up re-routing/moving the Manufacturer wiring behind the plactic trim (Under the radio and between the climate control) to get the thing to fit properly).

Pros: Easy to install,

Cons: Very difficult to fit in behind the dash. Had to custom route the toyota wiring to make room. Lose some functionalities with the phone controls of the SWC.

Great Product

Crutchfield customer from Ohio on 1/9/2016

2015 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Install this on my 2015 Toyota Rav4 OEM backup camera works and most of the steering wheel controls. Outstanding Product

Pros: Easy install 15 min to hook up

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Works great

Jeff from Wisconsin on 12/30/2015

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this to wire in a Pioneer AVH-X4800BS into my 2015 Toyota Tacoma. I haven't installed a head unit in a vehicle in about 15 years. And, I must say, it looked a little intimidating at first but after reviewing the instructions and pairing it with my head unit's harness I put two and two together and got it all hooked up. Everything worked flawlessly the first time. Instructions could have been a little better but I'm sure any questions could have easily answered with a call to Crutchfield. Great product that simplifies what can be a difficult task.

Pros: Retains 90% of factory conveniences. I'm sure it would keep them all if Toyota didn't use all proprietary plugs in their vehicles.

Cons: Took some doing to figure out exactly what went where, but it's not impossible. Instructions are written with installers in mind and could've been better for someone who doesn't install for a living.

Works great!

MarlinsFan from New Jersey on 11/23/2015

2014 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was hesitant to pay this much for this. But I was more hesitant to try to install my Kenwood head unit without it. So I ended up buying it and I'm glad I did. The installation went off without a hitch. This wiring harness allowed me to retain the OEM backup camera in my 2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium. It also connected the OEM FM antenna, as well as the OEM steering wheel controls. The two items that were not retained were the Bluetooth microphone and the GPS antenna. If the harness would have connected the microphone and GPS antenna, I would have given it 5 stars. The instructions from the manufacturer weren't great. At one point I did not know what to do with one of the harnesses, but a quick call to Eli in the Crutchfield tech support team resolved that.

Pros: Makes wiring easy. OEM backup camera, steering wheel controls and FM antenna were retained.

Cons: Does not have connections for OEM bluetooth microphone, GPS antenna and Satellite Antenna. I didn't need sat antenna as I'm not a subscriber.

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RossW from Florida on 11/13/2015

2015 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

everything hooked up alright but the steering wheel controls aren't that good.

Pros: fairly simple hook up.

Cons: steering wheel controls sort of and sometimes work. I press the volume button once and it changes the volume twice... sometimes certain buttons don't work till i restart the car. i've pulled it back out and ensured all connections are correct and tight. still the same issue...

2015 Toyota RAV4 w pioneer 4100NEX

John from Massachusetts on 9/16/2015

2014 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic harness that let me keep volume/track skip steering controls and keep back up camera. No USB connect but the Axxess TOYUSB-1 works. It's expensive but it's the only harness with these features.

Pros: Steering controls Back up camera

Cons: Price No USB adapter

2015 Rav4 & Kenwood DNX572bh

KYMavsFan from Lexington, KY on 9/7/2015

2015 Toyota RAV4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My installer said this worked like a champ for my 2015 Toyota Rav4 and Kenwood DNX572bh. Volume up/down, Sirius Channel Left & Right, Back-up camera, and USB all worked with this unit.

Pros: Worked as advertised. Contains everything you need.

Cons: None.

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Nick from Pennsylvania on 8/30/2015

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Although the harness worked as expected, good luck trying to fit everything behind the dash. I know you can't have your cake and eat it too. I was able to retain the steering wheel, usb, aux in to retain factory settings, however, shoving the harness into the dash space was nearly impossible. After numerous tries I was successful. It takes patience.

Pros: Retain factory controls, seemless opertation

Cons: This is a HUGE harness.

It kinda worked

Billy from North Carolina on 8/22/2015

2014 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this on my 2014 camry. It makes installation simple if you follow instructions and just use patience. The one of the buttons on the steering wheel remote doesn't work. Also, the lower AUX inputs in my car no longer work. Crux claims this interface retains these functions. Well, not completely. ...

Pros: Was easy to install

Cons: Doesn't perform as advertised

Rat's Nest

chris from Arizona on 7/13/2015

2015 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Amazingly everything works - you do have to read your headunit's manual though, especially if you are connecting to a Pioneer - because the backup camera input is BROWN, which doesn't match with the YELLOW cable that comes with this kit (not the crux kit's fault, but be aware). ALSO, if you have a pioneer HU, you have to turn on the backup camera in the HU settings. It took me about 2 hours to figure those two key pieces of information out. The reason I give this thing 4 stars is because the wires are all over the place. I'm no electrician, but I think they could've done a slightly better job at arranging all the wires in this harness - there's so little room in your dash that the rat's nest of wires will take some elbow grease to fit everywhere.

Pros: It works!

Cons: Wires everywhere!

Awesome, but...

f1ss1on from Florida on 7/7/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The harness is great except for not being able to retain steering wheel phone controls. The call and disconnect buttons don't work and the voice button changed to mute. Other than that I have no complaints.

Pros: Retains audio control

Cons: Loses phone control

Works in 2012 Corolla

RonP from North Carolina on 7/6/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great in a 2012 Corolla. Everything was clearly marked and installed easily.

Pros: Works great and steering wheel controls are retained.

Cons: Retained USB port, but lost usage of aux mini-pin port. Also, please note that you lose the ability to go to the next radio preset from the steering wheel controls. Only radio seek up/down and next/prev track work. The Crutchfield tech support verified that that is the case with this unit on the Corolla.

Works good in 2015 Tacoma

Doug from Florida on 6/24/2015

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was satisfied with the ease of connection and the number of features it kept from steering wheel control. Some of the controls were altered (I think), but did not bother me. The "speech" button on the steering wheel changed to muting the audio instead of activating the speech recognition for android auto, which would have been nice, but not too bad.

Pros: Make connection easier Keeps most steering wheel controls

Cons: So many wires makes it hard to fit stereo back in dash

Unbelievably Simple Wiring Interface that Easily Installs and Integrat

Kody from Pocatello, ID on 6/15/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Crux wiring interface is hands down the most simple unit I have ever gotten to use. The installation of this harness in my 2015 4Runner was the most simple task ever. It fully integrated my steering wheel controls and back up camera with very little stripping and crimping required. Couldn't be happier, especially since I recieved the unit 50% off with purchase of my Kenwood head unit!

Pros: Unbelievably straight forward and simple. Installs in roughly 15-20 minutes and takes all the guess work out of integrating your factory back up camera. Customer support was also able to assist me with the fine details regarding two wires I was unsure of their use.

Cons: Couldn't think of a single downfall to this product. Extremely satisfied customer!

Crux SWRTY-61N Wiring Interface

ED from New Mexico on 6/15/2015

2014 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

very happy easy to hook up.

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Very helpful to have

Crash from Massachusetts on 6/8/2015

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Definitely makes the installation process easier, but this harness doesn't include a connector so that I could use the OEM "shark fin" antenna on my 2014 Toyota Tacoma with the SiriusXM tuner I was installing.

Pros: Makes installation A LOT faster and cleaner.

Cons: No connection so that I can use the Tacoma's satellite antenna with the SiriusXM tuner.

Mostly works

mk from New York on 6/8/2015

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in a 2014 tacoma and paired with a pioneer 4100nex. Many of the buttons on the steering wheel work, but many don't. Track up and down, volume, attention, and mute/hold work. Phone buttons and skip ahead/back (horizontal buttons) do not work.

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Great product that worked perfectly

John from Granger, Indiana on 5/26/2015

2014 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a breeze to install in my 2014 Toyota 4Runner. The instructions were pretty clear (some wire labels didn't match callout on diagram, but still easy to work out) and the wires were clearly marked. I used this harness with a Pioneer AVIX-X930BT. The only functionality I have lost is the USB connection, Auxiliary input, and usage of the phone controls.

Pros: Easy to install and worked as described the first time.

Cons: Price is a little steep (seems like a $75-$100 item), but the ease of installation makes up for it. Lost USB connection, auxiliary input, and usage of the phone controls.

Details, Details

Mark from Minnesota on 5/19/2015

2012 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything works correctly but the directions could be slightly more complete. I was looking for lots of detail and had to call tech support in order to be told that some of the wires were not used for the receiver that I had (e.g.-illumination vs dimmer). Mostly it is very simple - connect one label to the other. But if your receiver has a 3.5 mm jack for the aux mode (which most do) then you will need to buy an extra Y-adapter because the CRUX ends with RCA ports so when it says "retain axillary port" it isn't quite true until you buy Another cable. I suggest also getting some crimp caps to speed up installation time instead of twisting and taping a bunch of wires,

Pros: Easy install if you just trust one label to the next and don't try to look too deeply or philosophically into the way it functions.

Cons: Need to buy Y-adapter for most high end receivers to connect the aux to the crux, it would be nice if this was included in the purchase of the expensive cable set.

Great product

NickH from Lumberton, NC on 4/20/2015

I was the first customer to order and use the kit when I purchased my 2014 Corolla LE to keep my steering wheel controls and backup camera it works great I've had in over a year now and would highly recommend it!

Pros: easy to hookup and install

Cons: losing factory Bluetooth mic

Good.

Tason from Austin, Tx on 3/18/2015

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Came on time. I put it in my car myself and it was pretty simple. Had some trouble when i first put it in with all the steering wheel buttons not working but after unplugging and plugging it back in almost everything worked properly.

Pros: Simple to connect just plug and play.

Cons: Not every steering wheel control will work i guess depends on the phone you have!

swrty-16n wiring interface

Crutchfield customer from Charlotte, NC on 3/5/2015

2014 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Most of the steering buttons work. Volume works great and so does back up camera. Station select is a bit weak.

Pros: Steering wheel use works

Cons: None

The only late model Toyota harness to get

Crutchfield customer from Ponchatoula, LA on 2/13/2015

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This harness is the only one I've found that will allow complete interfacing of a 12' up Toyota vehicle. In my case is a 2014 Tacoma, and allowed steering wheel controls, and the factory backup camera to easily interface with my new Pioneer DDIN unit. Well made and super easy to figure out connections....this is the one!

Pros: Easy to connect and well assembled

Cons: Quite expensive but you get what you pay for

MIssing features for 2014 Corolla

Chris from Kentucky on 2/10/2015

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in a 2014 Corolla, did it myself. The SW controls on the left side work for the most part (volume, track skipping and source changing). On the right side for the phone there is no functionality. The rearview cam is fine, but only works in reverse. My Pioneer has a feature to view the cam at any time, but it doesn't work that way because of the way car is set up, so it's not the cable. Two big misses for this harness: 1. No USB adapter and, 2. No microphone adapter for bluetooth. That means I'm having to use the USB cable that came with the head unit and route it to the glove box, then route the mike wiring to where I wanted it. Crux told me that these features are too new in cars and that's why they're not included. Well, with this being a harness for 2012-up Corollas, I know the 2012's had both features. Paying this much outright is too much for this thing when you only get SW and rearview cam. I got it for half price since I bought a deck, and for the features, that would be a more reasonable price.

Pros: Good quality. Very helpful staff at Crux, they do what they can to help.

Cons: No USB or mike adapters. With these features, it would be more worth the retail price.

Crux interface 2015 corolla

DonL from Minnesota on 2/8/2015

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had it installed on my 2015 Corolla. It was professionally installed, works perfectly and is only product that lets you reuse factory rear camera with upgraded head unit. Highly recommended!

Pros: None

Cons: None

Worked well

Dale from Pennsylvania on 2/3/2015

2012 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked well with no issues.

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Not the best for 2015 Toyota Corrola S

Sione from San Jose, CA on 2/2/2015

2014 Toyota Corolla
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was hoping that I would not have to tap in to any OEM wiring, but it turned out this cable did not cover the bottom buttons on the left side of the steering wheel, which uses Pin24 on OEM harness for the SWC, I had to chop off the SWC unit on this kit and install an Meastro RR and use a wiretap for Pin24 to get the full functions of all the Steering wheel buttons. The other mod I had to do was for the Camera's 12v input to the voltage regulator I had to remove it from it being tap in to the reverse light to the ignition switch because my Kenwood DNX891HD supports viewing of the reverse cam any time you want with a push of a button on the deck, before that mod when I push that button screen was blank because the car was not in reverse to power up the cam, but now I modded it so it gets power from ignition wire instead of reverse light. I can now view the cam when ever I want and it also kicks in on its own when going in reverse because the kenwood has an input for the reverse light. I give this 2 star because I had had to chop of the wires to make it work right which this was an expensive kit to be doing that, was not worth the money I paid to get this working on a 2015 Toyota Corolla S.

Pros: has most of the needed connectors.

Cons: Reverse cam power off reverse wire. SWC did not work correctly, I had to buy an Maestro RR. and the price is too high.

Crutchfield response on 2/4/2015 Thanks for the review and information about using the SWRTY-61N interface in a 2015 Corolla. Currently, we don't offer this product as an option for any 2015 Toyota because we haven't done the research yet to confirm that it will work. Even though it works in 2014 models, we don't immediately assume that everything's the same in the 2015 cars. On the other hand, Crux does say that it should work, but all the modding you had to do for the SWC does sound a bit unusual, so our Tech Support Team is talking to Crux to find out what's going on with that (and we'll update this post when we learn more). As for the back-up camera, you would've had to make that mod no matter what interface/stereo combination you used. Rear cameras normally only get power when the vehicle is put into reverse, unless the OEM gear has a function similar to your Kenwood's "anytime camera" feature. Your solution sounds like a good one.

Works Like a Charm

This Adapter Works Perfect from North Carolina on 2/1/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I rarely write a product review, but this one is worth it. When I pulled my factory radio I was overwhelmed by the number of connections. With a little patience and care when connecting the wires to your radio harness all you have to do is plug and play. If you are concerned with connecting your new nav tuner to you factory system, worry no longer. The instructions are simple to follow and every feature worked exactly as it was supposed to on the first try.

Pros: Works exactly as it was designed.

Cons: Overwhelming visually, but with the right connections it will be smooth sailing.

Crux

Kiko from Dededo, Gu on 12/9/2014

2014 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Easy plug and play wiring harness

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Features

Radio Replacement Interface for Toyota: The CRUX SWRTY-61N is a radio replacement interface for select 2012-up Toyota vehicles. It facilitates the integration of select aftermarket radios to enable retention of certain factory features when replacing a factory-installed radio. This enhanced interface retains the factory rear-view (backup) camera, USB port, and aux input, plus is pre-programmed for retention of steering wheel controls. It also includes navigation outputs.

Note: This CRUX adapter will only retain steering wheel audio controls with car stereos made by Pioneer, Sony, Jensen, Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, JVC, and Blaupunkt.

Vehicle Compatibility: The CRUX SWRTY-61N is supported by the following Toyota vehicles; with non-amplified factory audio systems (as of 10/8/2014).

Make Model Year
Toyota 4-Runner 2012-up
Avalon 2012-up
Camry 2012-up
Corolla 2012-up
Highlander 2012-up
Rav-4 2012-up
Sequoia 2012-up
Tacoma 2012-up
Tundra 2012-up
Venza 2012-up
Note: Does not support vehicles with factory JBL amplifier audio systems.

Supported Aftermarket Head Units: The CRUX SWRTY-61N radio replacement interface will only retain steering wheel audio controls with car stereos made by Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, JVC, and Blaupunkt.

Steering Wheel Control Compatible: The CRUX SWRTY-61N features a steering wheel control output for compatible aftermarket head units. The steering wheel control output consists of a right-angle 3.5mm connector and a light blue/yellow wire (use the connection that your aftermarket head unit is fitted with). The SWRTY-61N interface module will work with any of the listed aftermarket head units, by setting its dip-switches (see owner's manual for appropriate setting).

Note: The steering wheel control interface features two 4-pin connectors (labeled - "Pioneer/Sony" and "Alpine/Clarion/Kenwood/JVC"). You will only plug in one of these connectors to the interface module, based on the type aftermarket head unit you are installing.

Retains Backup Camera: This radio replacement interface also retains your vehicle's factory back-up camera; the included harness contains a male composite video connector that plugs into the female composite video camera input on the back of your aftermarket head unit.

Note: 2013-2017 Toyota Highlander vehicles without factory navigation radio will not retain the factory back up camera.

Retains USB Port: The included USB-TY01 USB Retention Adapter allows you to retain the factory USB port. This port is handy for connecting your USB devices and keeping your phone charged.

Note: The included USB adapter does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Auxiliary Input Retention: You also get to keep your vehicle's factory auxiliary (3.5mm) input. The included harness contains male stereo RCA connectors which plug into your aftermarket head unit's rear-panel Aux input. If your aftermarket head unit contains a 3.5mm Aux input, then you will need a female stereo RCA to male stereo minijack adapter cable (sold separately).

Navigation Outputs: The CRUX SWRTY-61N radio replacement interface module provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense), Parking Brake, and a Reverse Gear output to make installing an aftermarket Navigation radio simpler and less time consuming.

Wiring Harness: The included harness features the following wires which will need to be hardwired (solder or crimped) to your aftermarket head unit's wiring harness.

Wire Color Function
Black Chassis Ground
Red +12 Volt Accessory
Yellow +12 Volt Constant
Orange Illumination
Blue Power Antenna
Blue/white Not Used
White Left Front Speaker +
White/black Left Front Speaker -
Gray Right Front Speaker +
Gray/black Right Front Speaker -
Green Left Rear Speaker +
Green/black Left Rear Speaker -
Purple Right Rear Speaker +
Purple/black Right Rear Speaker -
Red/white Reverse
Red/black Vehicle Speed Sense (VSS)
Brown/black Pulse Dimmer Output
Yellow/black Parking Brake
Pink/black Not Use
Note: Installation tools, hardware, & accessories are not included & sold separately.

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Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

To make installation easy [ Fred  Jan 25, 2019 ]
Greatly needed to retain factory steering wheel features on the Tundra. [ adam  Sep 14, 2018 ]
Just got an aftermarket stereo for my Tundra and I wanted to make sure to retain my steering wheel controls and my backup camera. This seems to be the way to go considering the IDatalink products are not compatible with my Clarion unit. [ Ben  Aug 06, 2018 ]
Because it was suggested [ David  Jul 03, 2018 ]
Needed. [ Alexandre  May 15, 2018 ]
Representative suggestion. [ Francisco  Mar 26, 2018 ]
is what you recommend me when making the purchase of the radio... [ Jose Torres  Feb 14, 2018 ]
Need it [ Amanda  Feb 01, 2018 ]
I wanted to keep as many steering wheel controls as I could [ Arden  Nov 10, 2017 ]
Need it [ GABRIEL  Aug 07, 2017 ]
PART OF INSTALL PACKAGE [ Todd  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Works for my truck [ Mark  Jul 04, 2017 ]
Purchase in order to keep my steering wheel functionality and the use of my stock rear camera on my 2016 Toyota 4runner [ Stephen  May 29, 2017 ]
keeps more factory options [ B  May 16, 2017 ]
Ease of connection [ David  May 07, 2017 ]
To retain factory steering wheel controls [ Ryan  Apr 28, 2017 ]
It works with my car [ Nick  Apr 19, 2017 ]
Wanted to keep factory steering wheel controls and the backup camera without cutting any wires. [ JOSHUA  Mar 26, 2017 ]
Convenient [ RICO D  Mar 13, 2017 ]
I wanted to keep the OEM backup camera with my 2014.5 Camry. [ HAROLD E  Mar 05, 2017 ]
makes installing stereo a breeze in my Tacoma 2013 [ John  Dec 12, 2016 ]
Tech recommend [ shaun  Sep 16, 2016 ]
because it had backup camera integration [ Alfonso  Aug 13, 2016 ]
Cuz its what makes my stereo go boom :) [ Tony  Aug 02, 2016 ]
Part of installation kit recommended by Crutchfield for Toyota Tacoma 2014 Crew, short bed, without JBL. [ Jose  Jul 26, 2016 ]
Keeps things Hands Free [ Michael  May 25, 2016 ]
i wanted to keep all the steering wheel controls. [ Anthony  May 15, 2016 ]
Was a see less way to retain factory steering wheel functions in my truck. [ Ryan  Apr 08, 2016 ]
Works with Pioneer Avic-8200NEX [ Michael  Mar 30, 2016 ]
so I could use my factory stereo controls [ ADAM  Feb 27, 2016 ]
integrated perfectly, so sweet [ George  Jan 15, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

On my 2013 RAV4, the steering wheel controls and backup camera work, but the USB retention adapter didn't work with my JVC KW - M845BW head unit. I read elsewhere that this is because the RAV4's dash port is a combination USB AUX and the head unit can't understand the input via that combination port -- it would connect, then shortly crash. I got an after market USB-only port that fits my dash and connects directly to the USB cable on the head unit, bypassing the car wiring. It works great now. [ Andrea  Jan 10, 2019 ]
Yes, I did not have a backup camera OEM, but when I installed, the camera came up when I went to reverse [ Ben  Nov 15, 2018 ]
Yes the reverse camera start on when the car is in reverse [ victor  Nov 15, 2018 ]
Yes the camera will come on when put into reverse. But it does take a couple seconds. [ William  Nov 15, 2018 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate and what you will need for installation. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Apr 14, 2017 ]  Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff  Dec 14, 2015 ]  Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy  Feb 18, 2015 ]  Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on integration what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Jeff  Jan 27, 2015 ]  Staff
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