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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.

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