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Two ways to add SiriusXM satellite radio to your car

The tuners you need to get the music you want

Jon Paulette is a veteran automotive writer who has spent a fair portion of his life hanging out at racetracks and talking to amazing people who make extremely loud cars reach ridiculous speeds. Despite all that, he still has enough hearing left to enjoy a stupidly large music collection. A native Virginian, Jon lives in the Charlottesville area, roots for the Nationals and would like a good BBQ sandwich right about now.

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In a Nutshell

Thinking about adding SiriusXM Satellite Radio to your car or truck? In this article, we'll take a look at two of SiriusXM's latest and greatest tuners, the SiriusXM SXV300V1 and the SiriusXM Commander Touch.

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Whether it's a long road trip or a medium commute, SiriusXM satellite radio is one of the best things to happen to drivers since in-car air conditioning. No matter what you want to listen to when you're driving – music, sports, news, traffic, or weather – SiriusXM probably has it. And you'll never have to worry about losing the signal in the middle of a great song or a close game.

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More and more cars are rolling out of the factory with satellite radio built-in, but if yours doesn't have it and you want it, SiriusXM has a tuner that's right for you and your car. If you're still in the "Gee, Idunno?" stage of the decision-making process, here's just a few of the reasons you really do want to add SiriusXM satellite radio to your car:

  • An unparalleled variety of music choices: You'll get multiple music channels, including rock, pop, country, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, jazz, classical, Latin, world, and Christian channels.
  • An amazing array of news and talk: If it's worth talking about, someone's talking about it on SiriusXM's wide variety of national news, sports, talk, and entertainment channels.
  • Up-to-the-minute traffic and weather: In select metropolitan markets, you can find out what the conditions are and plan your route accordingly.
  • Sports: If you're a sports fanatic, you really need SiriusXM. Whether you're into baseball, basketball, football, hockey, racing, and/or soccer, you'll never miss a big event.
  • No annoying ads: Most music channels on SiriusXM are commercial-free.
  • Crystal-clear signals: SiriusXM's digital signal means no static or interference and the ability to transmit text information like stock quotes and sports scores alongside musical signals.
  • Coast-to-coast coverage: satellite radio is available across the continental 48 states, plus parts of Alaska and Puerto Rico. You can even get a signal up to 200 miles offshore, so if you're a boat owner, there's another reason to get into SiriusXM.
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What kind of tuner is right for your car?

If you already have a compatible aftermarket stereo or you're planning to install one, the SiriusXM SXV300V1 tuner is the one to choose. But if you can't (or just don't want to) replace the stock radio, you'll want the SiriusXM Commander Touch. We'll take a closer look at each one below.

SiriusXM SXV300V1 Tuner

The SiriusXM SXV300V1 fits behind your vehicle's dash, so you'll get great programming and a clean look.

SiriusXM SXV300V1

When you connect a SiriusXM SXV300V1 to any of the many SiriusXM-Ready™ aftermarket car stereos currently available, all that awesome entertainment will sound better than ever in your car or truck.

This compact tuner fits behind your car's dash and plugs into your SiriusXM-Ready™ car stereo without the need for additional cables or interfaces. It comes in a complete package that contains the hideaway tuner, an exterior antenna (with a magnetic base for easy mounting), and an installation guide.

With select car stereos (see note below), you can access some great new SiriusXM features, like Traffic & Weather Now, SportsFlash™, and TuneMix™ which plays a unique blend of songs chosen from channels you've stored as presets. The best part is that if you don't want to hear a particular song right now, you can skip over it. 

Kenwood KDC-BT858U

Look for the "SiriusXM-Ready" logo on receivers like this Kenwood KDC-BT858U

If you have an older receiver that's SiriusXM-compatible, you won't get those newer features, but you'll still get all the SiriusXM music, entertainment, news, and sports programming you love, plus cool features like Replay and iTunes® song tagging. And you'll be able to enjoy the new features whenever you upgrade your receiver.

Depending on your subscription package, you'll get SiriusXM's Xtra Channels with the SXV300V1. That's over 20 additional music, sports, entertainment, plus SiriusXM Latino, a collection of dedicated Spanish-language channels. Ask your Crutchfield advisor for more details. 

Installation Note: The SXV300V1 works exclusively with aftermarket in-dash receivers that have a "SiriusXM-Ready™" logo — it won't work with factory radios. You'll also need to purchase a subscription from SiriusXM. Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska.

SiriusXM Commander Touch

With a little extra work, you can make the SiriusXM Commander Touch look like it truly belongs in your car

SiriusXM Commander Touch

If you have an older car, a leased car, a car with a seriously integrated dash, or you simply don't want to replace the stock receiver, you don't have to settle for second-rate entertainment. The SiriusXM Commander Touch lets you add SiriusXM when you thought you were stuck with AM and FM.

The hideaway tuner connects to any receiver with an AUX input or an FM antenna connection, and the touchscreen controller mounts just about anywhere you want it. You can attach it to the dash or a vent clip using double-sided tape or an aftermarket mount (sold separately).

If you want a more permanent "built-in" look, use the included flush mount for a smooth, custom look. You'll probably want to have a professional installer handle that work, but if style matters as much as sound, it'll be worth it.

Wherever you mount the Commander Touch, you'll have more fun than ever with your SiriusXM subscription. The full-color display lets you see album art, artist name, song title, channel logos and program information, and you can use the touchscreen to choose from the vast array of music, news, entertainment, and sports available on SiriusXM.

You'll enjoy some of SiriusXM's coolest features, too. You can pause, rewind and replay live programming from the screen, so you'll never miss a thing. Start songs from the beginning with TuneStart™, or use TuneMix™ to hear custom mix from your favorite channels. And every driver will appreciate Traffic & Weather Now™ updates. Depending on your subscription package, you can also access SiriusXM Xtra Channels from this tuner, too.

Installation Note: Please identify your vehicle if you plan on using the included FM modulator to connect the Commander Touch to your car's radio.

Acura TL radio

When the factory radio is almost impossible to replace (like this one from an Acura TL), a Commander Touch is a great solution. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Want to learn more?

Not sure which one of these tuners is right for you? We think the Commander Touch is the cream of the crop, but be sure to check out our full selection dock-and-play satellite radios. Like the Commander Touch, they let you add SiriusXM to any car stereo. To learn more about SiriusXM satellite radio, check out our entire collection of satellite radio articles and videos

If you have any questions, give us a call or chat. Our advisors are always happy to talk about satellite radio!

  • Shaunna M Graf from Floyds Knobs

    Posted on 6/6/2017

    I just started to look into options to have SiriusXM available when we are traveling out of town using a rental car. If we purchased the Commander Touch can it be easily moved from our car to a rental car for use when we take long road trips?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 6/7/2017

    Shauna, The Commander Touch is a great piece, but if you're swapping between your car and a rental, your best bet is a SiriusXM Onyx EZ "dock and play" tuner .

  • Bryan Flynn from Edmonton

    Posted on 7/1/2017

    Hi I have a 2014 Mercedes b250. It came without sat radio. Is there anyway I can get a sat radio for this car? Thanks Bryan

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/3/2017

    Bryan, If you're keeping the stock radio, your best bet is a SXV300V1 tuner . But if you're planning a receiver upgrade, you have other options. Give us a call and we'll help you choose exactly what you need.

  • Ivan from Philadelphia

    Posted on 7/9/2017

    I want to purchase an aftermarket android base car stereo for my car, is there an XM tuner that can work with none XM ready stereos?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/10/2017

    Ivan, Absolutely! I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Jeff Smith from Lummi Island, WA

    Posted on 7/18/2017

    Just bought a 2017 toyota prius - I'd like to be able to install this without the power and aux cables too exposed - is that possible? Which model? Is there a bluetooth option?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/19/2017

    Jeff, You should be able to keep the cables mostly out of sight when you install either of these tuners. And if you already have a SiriusXM subscription and a Bluetooth-equipped radio, you can stream programming using your cell phone. For now, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Michael Hughes from FLORENCE

    Posted on 8/23/2017

    I just bought a 2017 Kia Rio it came with Sirius XM already on it and active. Do I need to purchase an adapter when looking for aftermarket radios or can I use the one pre-installed on vehicle somehow?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/23/2017

    Michael, The satellite radio capability is built into the stock receiver, so when it goes, the SiriusXM goes with it. But not for long. With a "SiriusXM Ready" aftermarket receiver and a tuner, you'll be right back to enjoying your favorite programs. When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see the receivers that fit your Rio, and you can sort from there. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • Tony Bostick from BROOKLYN

    Posted on 9/21/2017

    Mr. Jon can you help me with MY Sirius radio issue......I have a 2010 R-350 Mercedes factory installed radio which work good, but the Sirius Radio has antenna issues! FM, AM CD WORKS FINE, BUT THE SIRIUS RADIO CONNECTION KEEP GOING IN & OUT! PLEAE HELP ME, BECAUSE NO AFTER-MARKET SHOPS SEEM TO KNOW WHY THIS HAPPENING!

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/22/2017

    Tony, Sorry to hear that. The problem might be with your location, or it might be something with the factory radio. But really, with questions like that, it's always better to have an actual conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. There might be some ways to improve the situation. Hope so, anyway.

  • Kevin Balling

    Posted on 10/13/2017

    Hi. I have been enjoying XM radio in my car via an old Delphi XM receiver into the Aux input on my car radio with an antennae. I just purchased a new Honda that has no Aux input but uses Bluetooth. It is not XM ready. Do you folks have anything that will allow me to use my old Delphi receiver, or any other other XM receiver, that will integrate with my new Honda's sound system? I don't have a smart phone so I can't download the XM App. Thanks for any help you can offer.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/16/2017

    Kevin, The Commander Touch is probably the best way to go, but it's something worth talking about. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Brad Johnson from Riverdale

    Posted on 10/22/2017

    I have a 2007 Pathfinder with factory SiriusXM. I am installing a Sirius ready Pioneer HU but would like to use the factory antenna with the new tuner. The Idatalink pigtail is incompatible . Any suggestions? Thanks, Brad

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/23/2017

    Brad, If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Ray N from Omaha

    Posted on 10/29/2017

    I have a 97 Buick Century w a factory radio. I use a Sirius plug and play but want an upgraded model with more channels and not going through a radio station. What type of radio should I get to replace my factory radio? Thanks

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/30/2017

    Ray, You'll want to look for a SiriusXM Ready aftermarket receiver, which you'll pair with a SXV300V1 tuner . When you enter your vehicle's info into our Outfit My Car tool, you'll see which stereos fit your car, and you can narrow it down from there. If you have any questions, our advisors are available via phone or chat.

  • John from Wall, NJ

    Posted on 10/30/2017

    my wife's 2016 Subaru Outback has Sirius and she gets more channels than my 2016 Honda CRV with Sirius. I don't get channel 311 Yacht Rock Radio in my Honda. I think I have XM radio. We both have factory installed radios. Can I replace my factory installed XM tuner with the Sirius XM SXV300v1 tuner and then I will get the additional channels? Also will my radio display work the same on the 2016 Honda CRV after the replacement?

  • Ronw from Salem

    Posted on 10/30/2017

    I have a 2009 lexus rx350 without auxiliary input audio system. It's a factory installed head unit. What options are available for in dash navigation and backup camera and xm radio,cd changer?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/31/2017

    Ron, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/31/2017

    John, Your car has XM only, so it might have something to do with the subscription package. Check on that first. The SXV300v1 tuner only works with aftermarket radios, so if you decide to upgrade the receiver, look for one that's SiriusXM Ready. With a new receiver (and hey, maybe some speakers?), you'll hear that yacht rock loud and clear.

  • Shawn Jewett from Cave Junction

    Posted on 11/3/2017

    I have a 1998 c10 pickup the stock radio has AM FM nothing else. The thing is apparently these radios have had difficulties and the FM does not work at all the AM is sporadic but I can here a few stations clear enough to say the speakers are good. I really didn't want to replace the radio just thought a Sirius system would accomplish what I want that is music when I travel. Your thoughts on accomplishing this would be gratefully appreciated

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/4/2017

    Shawn, The Commander Touch would be a good choice for your truck, or you can go with a "dock and play" tuner. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Jacky B Lamonds from Ellerbe

    Posted on 11/9/2017

    We have a 2005 Toyota Sequoia with factory JBL navigation system. If we plug a CRUX BTS-TY2 into our cd changer port on the unit will we still be able to listen to a cd?

  • Patrick Harrison from Dallas,TX

    Posted on 11/9/2017

    Would like to replace the Becker Gran Prix cassette, am/fm radio, auto. Antenna in a 1989 Mercedes 560 SL including speakers. Possible?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/10/2017

    Patrick, It's totally possible. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Darrell Torsell from Box Elder, SD

    Posted on 12/20/2017

    Will the sxv300v1 work with my 2003 visteon premium satellite ready am fm stereo, in our motor home and how will it connect as the out of production module for it had a special harness to connect to the radio?????

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/21/2017

    Darrell, That's an interesting situation. I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Joanne Crane from Owings, MD

    Posted on 12/26/2017

    I bought my husband the SiriusXM Commander Touch for Christmas. Our car (2015 Ford Taurus) has satellite radio but we had it turned off as we don't use the car enough to warrant the expense. My husband wanted a portable radio he can use between his work car and our Ford (when he does use it). The Ford's entertainment center is touch screen and has bluetooth capability. It does not have an AUX port but it does have the audio/video ports. Is there any way that we can get this radio to work in the Ford via bluetooth or would be have to install an AUX port?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/27/2017

    Joanne, If you bought your Commander Touch from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

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