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Pioneer AVIC-U260

Add-on GPS navigation module with built-in traffic information receiver

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Our take on the Pioneer AVIC-U260

You've got a great Pioneer DVD receiver in your dash — why not give it some additional functionality? The AVIC-U260 GPS module connects directly to your Pioneer DVD receiver, adding reliable navigation tools to help you find your way. You'll have access to detailed HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) maps of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as eight million points of interest for finding important stops along your route. Commuters in metropolitan areas get the added advantage of a built-in traffic-information receiver which provides updates on congestion so you don't get stuck in a jam.

Blaze a path with a Pioneer navigation upgrade

You've got a great Pioneer DVD receiver in your dash — why not give it some additional functionality? The AVIC-U260 GPS module connects directly to your Pioneer DVD receiver, adding reliable navigation tools to help you find your way. You'll have access to detailed HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ) maps of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as eight million points of interest for finding important stops along your route. Commuters in metropolitan areas get the added advantage of a built-in traffic-information receiver which provides updates on congestion so you don't get stuck in a jam.

Pioneer AVIC-U260 Add-On Navigation module

This powerful guidance system is smaller than a paperback book.

The compact AVIC-U260 works with select 2010-up Pioneer DVD receivers, allowing you to access maps on a high-quality touchscreen display that puts you in fingertip control of the action. A switch on the module allows you to select the video output resolution to your receiver. Your Pioneer receiver will mute your music, deliver the directions you need, then start the music playing again. The AVIC-U260 also includes an SD™ card slot, so you can easily upload new maps as they become available.

Find your way

Plug the AVIC-U260 module into the back of your compatible receiver and then use your Pioneer's touchscreen controls to take charge of the navigation functions. You can choose a destination by entering a specific street address or intersection, or by selecting a hotel, restaurant, shop, or another of the eight million points of interest. You'll see the preloaded road maps on your receiver's video screen, as it displays your current position and your destination. Text-to-speech technology provides voice prompts over your car speakers that announce actual street names at turns, so you'll hear "turn right on Sullivan Street," instead of "take the next right."

You can choose to view the maps in 2D or 3D orientation — with the latter, you'll see landmarks and buildings represented in three dimensions to help you get a better sense of your bearings. The receiver will also show you the posted speed limit along major roads, and visually warn you when you're exceeding it. You'll also get lane guidance to put you in the right position for your next turn, and junction view that gives you a realistic picture of complicated interchanges.

Don't get stuck

When you see bad traffic conditions along your route in metropolitan areas, you can ask the receiver to find a new path to your destination and save time. The receiver will even factor in historic traffic patterns along your route when mapping, so it'll automatically guide you to the smartest route, depending on the time of day. The traffic updates don't require a subscription and are free for the life of the receiver.

Product Highlights:

  • add-on GPS navigation system for compatible 2010-up Pioneer AVH in-dash multimedia receivers
  • GPS satellite antenna and TMC traffic-information antenna
  • hook-and-loop velcro fastener and RGB cable
  • built-in road maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico by HERE (formerly known as NAVTEQ)
  • 8 million points of interest
  • free TMC traffic reports in metropolitan areas (no subscription needed)
  • text-to-speech voice prompts announce street names at turns
  • 2D and 3D map views
  • lane guidance and junction view
  • route customization options
  • SD card slot for map updates
  • 5-5/16"W x 1-1/8"H x 4-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Installed easy enough, unit is extremely small paired with Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS

DonTgill, Portland, OR

What's in the Box:

  • Add-on navigation module
  • 8GB SDHC map card
  • 6.5' Navigation cable (terminated by a data-bus connector on one end and a RGB connector on other end)
  • 6' Power/ground harness
  • GPS antenna (with attached 10' cable)
  • Traffic antenna (w/ attached 8' cable)
  • Self-adhesive pad
  • 2 Velcro strips
  • Machine screw
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Caution!" note
  • Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration

Pioneer AVIC-U260 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Mostly great

DonTgill from Portland, OR on 4/26/2016

Installed easy enough, unit is extremely small paired with Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS

Pros: Small package very easy install, was able to tuck the GPS antenna behind the HU under the dash, unlike what Crutchfield tech support told me, it can be done.

Cons: Slow to acquire signal, takes about a minute, once it acquires it's very accurate.

Lots of Features

Justin from Pennsylvania on 1/18/2016

I was wary about getting an integrated navigation system as you effectively have only one option and it's often more expensive than what you can find in standalone units. But it's really nice to have the integration with the head unit and only a single screen with which to interact. I integrated the AVIC-U260 with an AVH-X3800BHS and I'm pretty happy with the result. The navigation is pretty featureful. You can select shortest, fastest, easier or "greenest" routes. There are a lot of options for voice prompts, such as which kinds of alerts to prompt and the distance from the maneuver. Each has its own volume setting and I found the highest settings almost jarring, so I reduced it to about half. Can automatically suggest restaurants or gas stations if you leave highway. *Note*: Pioneer is strangely tight-lipped about their policy regarding map updates. Nothing in the documentation online or that comes with the unit implies if or how you can update the maps. The website also isn't forthcoming with those details. The only way to find out their policy is to download the Windows-only application and plug the SD card from the unit into your computer. Then the policy is that you may update the maps only once to the latest release within 45 days of first using the GPS unit. As the navigation unit ships with maps from 2013 this is worth doing. Beyond that you have to pay for updates and they aren't cheap. As of this review the latest maps are 2015Q2

Pros: Lots of features. Integrates well with the head unit. Clear voice prompts with music ducking.

Cons: Can be pokey when searching broad areas. Preinstalled with 2013 maps. Windows PC with SD reader required for map updates.

So far, so good

Eric G from Washington on 12/27/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Setup was pretty easy. The hardest part was selecting a location for the antennas and the unit. I like the features and functionality and is on par with just about every factory installed NAV unit I've seen. The traffic updates work well and seem to be less likely to send me off on rather obscure routes like other products.

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: The double sided tape provided with the traffic antenna refuses to stick to anything. I'm about to resort to super glue...


Steve M from Virginia on 11/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far this is a good deal better than any of the factory units we have. It is very easy to use and gives accurate information. The POI function seems to be able to find things that neither our Porsche or BMW can. It was easy to install as well.

Pros: Easy to use and install.


great GPS

Willie from Kentucky on 10/25/2015

I give it 5 stars for stealthy fit and accuracy, I've still not tried it on a long trip but playing around with it near home, it works perfectly, much more accurate than my Tom Tom, I can't compare it to Google Maps on my phone as I don't have cell service within 9 miles from my home, Google maps on my phone was far better than my Tom Tom as well but limited cell service in these mountains where I live makes a cell phone unreliable for GPS, there's even some spots where the GPS satellites can't find me LOL I agree with a few reviews I've read though about it not being loud enough, if I try to use the GPS while listening to my music at a comfortable volume, I cannot hear the GPS voice enough to understand what's being said, even with its volume turned all the way up....with no other audio source playing on the head unit, I can turn the head unit volume up and hear it just fine, plus, I will likely not be listening to music if I need to use the GPS anyway so it's not really an issue for me... I'm very happy with how it connects to my head unit and the stealthy design on it and it seems extremely accurate, it's small size allows you to mount it just about anywhere in your vehicle

Pros: it's a Pioneer, it's small, easy to install, extremely accurate, easy to update, for updates, all you do is remove it's SD card and plug it into your PC card reader, once you've installed the appropriate free software from Pioneers Nav web site... it's an all around great product and I'm very pleased with it...

Cons: it's internal volume needs increased, the price is a bit steep too, but if you want the integrated in dash cleanliness, you'll have to decide for yourself if it's worth the extra cost over a stand alone GPS system, it was worth it to me....and it does work extremely well :D

Great Unit

Macc from Tennessee on 6/27/2015

I did a lot of research on this unit before deciding for purchase it. The unit is on the expensive side but it is easy to install and interfaces with my head unit. The install directions and user manual leave a lot to be desired. For those of you that comment on the volume, there is a volume control for the voice. keep looking you will find it.

Pros: Interfaces with my Pioneer Head Unit nicely Easy to upgrade if you install the control box is a easy to reach location

Cons: Price---a little on the steep side Documentation. More time needs to be spend reviewing the reviews and adding in info

Great add on.

Geoff from Arkansas on 4/16/2015

I hesitated a long time before adding this to my new pioneer avh-x4700bs. I finally got it, and i'm glad I did. This NAV works great and is easy to install. I like the traffic jam warning and re routing it offers. The user interface is easy to figure out. If you don't like it muting your music, you can set the mute or ATT option to off in the stereo settings of the head unit not the NAV. The volume of the NAV can be turned up pretty loud if that's what you like. I got the latest map update for free from naviextras also. After watching a video online of someone else installing the antenna in the dash I did the same, and it gets a great signal without me having to put it on the roof or drill a hole anywhere.

Pros: Great user interface and good navigation. Better than the Garmin in my wifes jeep. Much better than any tablet or phone app I have tried.

Cons: Seems a little pricy, but it is the best set up I have found after trying 4 other options.

Pioneer AVIC-U260

Jeromy from Chicago, IL on 10/8/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine but is so quiet I can barely hear it.

Pros: Works great with my pioneer avh-x7500bt.

Cons: Extremely quiet when fully turned up and cuts music out to speak. I can barely hear it even when the music is cut out and volume is all the way up.


Hands-on research

Product Research


Compatibility: The Pioneer AVIC-U260 Add-on Navigation System is compatible with the following 2010 and up Pioneer AVH-series navigation-ready multimedia head units.

  • 2016 Models: AVH-X7800BT, AVH-6800DVD, AVH-X5800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X1800S
  • 2015 Models: AVH-4100NEX, AVH-X7700BT, AVH-X6700DVD, AVH-X5700BHS, AVH-X4700BS, AVH-X3700BHS, AVH-X2700BS, AVH-X1700S
  • 2014 Models: AVH-4000NEX, AVH-X5600BHS, AVH-X4600BT, AVH-X3600BHS, AVH-X2600BT, AVH-X1600DVD
  • 2013 Models: AVH-X8500BHS, AVH-X7500BT, AVH-X6500DVD, AVH-X5500BHS, AVH-X4500BT, AVH-X3500BHS, AVH-X2500BT, AVH-X1500DVD
  • 2012 Models: AVH-P8400BH, AVH-P4400BH, AVH-P3400BH, AVH-P2400BT, AVH-P1400DVD
  • 2011 Models: AVH-P6300BT, AVH-P4300DVD, AVH-P3300BT, AVH-2300DVD
  • 2010 Models: AVH-P5200BT, AVH-P5200DVD, AVH-P4200DVD, AVH-P3200BT, AVH-P3200DVD
Note: The AVIC-U260 plugs into the RGB connector of these Pioneer head units. The included SD-card must be inserted into the AVIC-U250 for the head unit to recognize it.

GPS Receiver & Antenna: The unit has a built-in GPS receiver and a magnetic GPS antenna. The AVIC-U250 accurately measures your current location by the Global Positioning System, a network of satellites orbiting the earth to give you time and position information. The accuracy of the GPS information depends upon how good the reception is. The GPS antenna can be installed outside or inside the vehicle.

HERE Navigation: The AVIC-U260 offers a comprehensive map database from HERE covering the entire United States (including Alaska & Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico enabling users to route to millions of destinations; including 8 Million points of interest (POIs). The map database is stored on the in 8GB SDHC memory card. Map updates via a SD/SDHC memory card will be available at later date.

Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may change over time.

Real-Time Traffic Updates: Partnering with Clear Channel Broadcasting's Total Traffic Network, the included Traffic antenna provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America, including US and Canada. Check your commute route in advance or re-route to your destination to avoid traffic congestion. There is no subscription cost and no annoying on-screen advertisements.

  • Road segments affected by traffic incidents are displayed with an alternate color on the map and small symbols above the road show the nature of the incident.
  • When traffic information that may affect your route is receive, this system will warn you that it is recalculating the route and navigation will continue with a new route that is optimal considering the most up-to-date traffic conditions.

On-Screen Map: The Pioneer AVIC-U260 displays a real-time moving map illustrating your current position and intended route on your compatible Pioneer AVH-series receiver. It will show map scale and geographic details such as lakes, rivers, highways, buildings, and towns. Your route is marked with a green line, while your vehicle is indicated by a red arrow on the screen, and checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the AVIC-U260 guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the top of the screen. The map screen will also indicate the distance to your next maneuver. During your calculated route, distance to your final destination, timed need to reach the final destination, and estimated arrival time are all displayed on-screen. You can adjust the following map settings.

  • 2D/3D Map Mode: The Pioneer AVIC-U260 allows you to view its on-screen map in a 2D (two-dimensional) or 3D (three-dimensional) view. 2D View displays a normal two-dimensional map with North or your direction at the top of map screen. Similar to paper road maps, the 2D mode, shows you streets, roads, and elevation by color. In 3D mode, your direction is at the top of the map screen and you can see the altitude and elevations differences. You can distinguish between valleys, mountains, and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and 3D buildings are also displayed.
  • Color Mode: You can switch between daytime and nighttime color modes or let the unit's software switch between the two mode automatically a few minutes before sunrise and a few minutes after sunset.
Note: The on-screen map offers Smart Zoom. When you approach a turn, the map will zoom in and raise the view angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If the turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat so you can see the road in front of you.

Lane Guidance & Signposts: The Pioneer AVIC-U260's navigation map offers helpful lane information and signpost guidance, along with exit service.

  • Lane Guidance: When navigation on multilane roads, it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
  • Signposts: Where additional information is available, signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map. The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations and the number of the road the lane leads to.
  • Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is available.
  • Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food, lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits along major highways and freeways.
  • Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings cannot distract you.

Audible Alerts: The Pioneer AVIC-U260 offers various audible alerts and functions to help you get to your destination safely.

  • Voice Guidance (Text-to-Speech): In addition to graphical on-screen directions and maps, the AVIC-U260 provides voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can choose a male or female voice in English, French, or Spanish. Some of the voices are capable of text-to-speech, announcing the street names along with the turn directions. You can adjust the the AVIC-U260' voice guidance volume independently from the compatible Pioneer head unit's main volume.
  • Safety Alert: This function can warn you when you approach road safety cameras, school zones, or railroad crossings (if available). You can also add your own alert points. Beeps or the spoken type of alert will be heard when you are approaching of these points.
  • Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information about the speed limits of certain road segments. The AVIC-U260 provides an audible warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.

Note: The unit will mute the audio of the other sources during navigation voice-prompts.

Where Am I?: This screen contains information about the current position (or approximately the last known position if GPS reception is not available) and a button to search for POIs and emergency assistance nearby.

Destination Search: The Destination Menu offers search tools to find your destination and play your route.

Destination SearchDescription
Browse MapSelect a point on the map for your destination by touching the screen.
AddressInput your destination address by house number, street, and city (or county).
POIsSearch over 7.9 million POIs (points-of interest) by name, near you current location, near your destination, or around a city.
Favorites (including Home & Work)You can save your favorite addresses and POIs for quicker access the next time you are traveling. You can also save your Home and Work address in your favorites.
History & Smart HistoryThe places that you have set as destinations in the past are automatically stored for easier access. Smart History suggest these previously used locations as destinations based on your navigation habits, using parameters like the current time of day, the day of week, and the current location.
Combined SearchYou can enter search keywords to find addresses, favorite places, recent destination, and POIs.
CoordinatesAllows you to search your destination by longitude and latitude values.
Note: Your vehicle must be stopped and the parking brake will need to be engaged to enable certain navigation functions; such as Address search and Coordinates.

Route Calculation: The Pioneer AVIC-U260 calculates your route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method, and Avoidances.

  • Vehicle Type: You select what type of vehicle you are driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on your vehicle type (Car, Truck, Emergency, Bus, or Taxi).
  • Route Method: You can choose which route method (Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, or Easy) the navigation unit should use when calculating your route.
    • Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast and normal cars
    • Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
    • Economical: combines the benefits of Fast and Short; calculates as if it were calculating the Fast route, but it takes other roads as well to save fuel
    • Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no difficult maneuvers
  • Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid certain types of roads along your calculated route, such as - Highways, Tolls, Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.

Detours & Alternatives: You can select "Route Alternative" to see the turn-list and map screen of four routes (Fastest/Shortest/Economical/Easy) with the selected route planning parameters, giving you the option to select which route to take. You can also choose to Detour around the road ahead, avoid a specific road, or around a section of the route.

Router Planner: The Route Planner feature lets you built your route usign the list of destinations you have chosen. You can modify the list as you like (adding or removing a destination (waypoint), changing a final destination, or setting a new starting position.

Itinerary w/ Route Simulation: The Itinerary page displays turn-by-turn instructions for your entire route and the distance between turns. You can preview all the route information and simulate travel along a projected route.

Auto Reroute: If you depart from the original route, the navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.

Trip Monitor: The Trip Monitor contains useful information about your trip. This information can be saved manually when you reach your destination or automatically along your route. Trip log data includes; Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time, Total Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.

Off-Road Navigation: The difference between the on-road and off-road modes is the navigation itself. When you are on the Map screen with an off-road route, your position and heading is not aligned with the nearest road and there is no turn by turn navigation; just a recommended direction. You see a straight line drawn between your current position and the next destination to reach. The Turn Preview field in the top left corner shows an arrow with your bearing and the distance of the next destination.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

so I know where I am going[ Michael  Apr 14, 2016 ]
I've purchased 2 of these units, 1 for my truck, 1 for my car, I added the AVH-X2700BS (in my truck) and the AVH-X2800BS (in my car) head units, both of which are navigation ready so I decided to take advantage of that..these are extremely accurate, at least for the part of the world where I live, connection to my head units was simple, I couldn't be happier with my purchases, both the quality of Pioneer electronics and the excellent customer service I've received from Crutchfield are top notch[ Della  Dec 12, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

There are two antennas. One is the GPS antenna and the other downloads traffic information. Unlike most smart phone apps, the map updates are not downloaded via cellular data or WiFi. Those must be downloaded offline and installed to the GPS unit. They typically come out quarterly.[ Eric  Apr 07, 2016 ]
No. This unit works like any other GPS unit: It has its own receiver that grabs a signal from the nearest satellite.[ Craig  Apr 03, 2016 ]
No. The unit is GPS based.[ Steven  Apr 02, 2016 ]
This hook up is using GM harness on a 1996 Chev and there is no apparent delay iat any point in it's operation[ Rodney  Feb 29, 2016 ]
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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy  Jan 08, 2016 ]  Staff
Thx Craig.[ Anthony  Feb 12, 2015 ]
No. Not yet. And no-no monthly fees for use. But since my unit is the newest model and I just bought, I assume at least that the SD card contents are the latest version. This unit is great, and it's way better than having yet another screen in your car for a separate GPS. The integration is rather superb, though there are a few minor improvements I'd like. If you have a NEX system, I'd not hesitate to spend the extra $200 or so (over a Garmin or TomTom) to get this unit for your car.[ Craig  Feb 11, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Sep 21, 2014 ]  Staff
I used an updated Shark fin with matching circuit[ Rodney  Feb 29, 2016 ]
As there were no instructions for this particular piece. I mounted it with silicone vertically on the upper left interior side of the windshield. The system is working great![ Gus  Aug 12, 2014 ]