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SiriusXM Commander Touch

Satellite radio tuner with touchscreen controller

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Overview

Our take on the SiriusXM Commander Touch

With a full-color touchscreen and an impressive list of available features, the Commander Touch is a great way to add the wonders of satellite radio to your daily drive.

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SiriusXM Commander Touch

Mount the Commander Touch anywhere, or go for a custom installation like this one.

With a full-color touchscreen and an impressive list of available features, the Commander Touch is a great way to add the wonders of satellite radio to your daily drive.

The Commander Touch connects to any receiver with an AUX input or an FM antenna connection. The tuner installs out of sight, and the touchscreen controller mounts just about anywhere – you can attach it to the dash or a vent clip using double-sided tape or an aftermarket mount (sold separately). But if you want a more permanent "built-in" look, you use the included flush mount for a smooth, custom installation (professional installation recommended).

Plenty of programming

Wherever you mount the Commander Touch, you'll be able to get more enjoyment than ever from your SiriusXM subscription. The full-color display gives you a brilliant view of 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 have an impressive array of features to enhance your experience, too. With the Commander Touch, you can pause, rewind and replay live satellite radio programming from the screen, so you'll never miss a thing. Start songs from the beginning with TuneStart™, or use TuneMix™ to hear a mix of songs from your favorite channels. And every driver will appreciate helpful updates from the Traffic & Weather Now™ feature. Depending on your subscription package, you can also access SiriusXM Xtra Channels for even more great programming.

Note: The Commander Touch can be updated using a USB flash drive (sold separately) to add new features and capabilities as they become available.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • package includes hideaway tuner, touchscreen controller, FM modulator, and magnetic antenna
  • full-color touchscreen controller displays album art, artist name, song title, channel logos and program info
  • pause, rewind, and replay live satellite radio broadcasts
  • enjoy SiriusXM Xtra Channels (depending on your subscription package)
  • 18 channel presets
  • 60 minutes internal memory
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Installed this to update a 2003 Cadillac. Installation was a breeze. Did it in less than 2 hours! Had enough room to install behind the ashtray. Out of sight out of mind.

Adam, Knightdale, NC

What's in the Box:

  • SiriusXM hide-away tuner module (w/ attached 6.5' cable)
  • Touchscreen display controller
  • SiriusXM antenna (w/ attached 23' cable terminated by an SMB connector)
  • Power harness
  • FM direct antenna cable (FMDA25)
  • 4' Stereo minijack cable
  • Flush-mount housing
  • 2 Mounting brackets
  • Mounting plate
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Quick Start Guide
Reviews

SiriusXM Commander Touch Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(16 Reviews)

It misses the mark on every level!

Tim D from Fairfield, OH on 7/10/2017

2004 GMC Yukon
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing actually sucks. First, the actual touchscreen is so small that it's almost useless unless you have the tiniest of fingers. The icons are very hard to touch without accidentally touching more than one. Beyond that, navigation is slow and clunky. Not at all intuitive. What's worse is that I called Sirius tech support to help me with display settings and navigation and they don't even have a manual for it in the tech department. The foreign "technician" told me she would have to Google my question to find out how to help me. Sorry Sirius, but I can do that myself. Very disappointed with the device AND the lack of technical support. I'll never buy another.

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Adam from Knightdale, NC on 6/25/2017

2005 Ford Escape
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this to update a 2003 Cadillac. Installation was a breeze. Did it in less than 2 hours! Had enough room to install behind the ashtray. Out of sight out of mind.

Pros: Compact size will fit in nooks and crannies.

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The wife loves it.

Mark from Concord, NC on 6/2/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After a road trip with my wife in my new Cherokee, she had to have satellite radio. Ended up paying less after rebates, etc & installed it in her Miata. Very pleased with the sound, even through the FM adapter.

Pros: Install was straightforward & the unit works as advertised.

Cons: Menus are a bit small for 60 year old eyes, but it plays as well as factory radios.

SiriusXM Commander Touch

Anonymous from Middlebury VT on 12/14/2016

2004 Dodge Ram 3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works Well Easy To Install

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Anonymous from Hudson, oh on 11/28/2016

2001 BMW 3 Series
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Awesome! so much better than the previous roadie Model I was using

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A perfect solution

Gene from Sevierville, TN on 11/24/2016

2006 Porsche Boxster

I installed the SiriusXM Commander using the FM antenna interface, in my Porsche 987 with the Bose system. I took a great deal of time and careful caution. Installation took three hours. I mounted the touchscreen in between the factory system and the steering column. Aesthetically it is nondescript, and very convenient from the drivers seat. It works beautifully. The perfect solution for a nonsatellite equipped vehicle.

Pros: Cost effective solution Easy FM interface

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George from West Palm Beach, FL on 11/20/2016

2010 Hummer H3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love it easy install works great

Pros: Easy install easy access

Cons: None

Great for non SiriusXM radios

Jason from Pell City,AL on 11/15/2016

2016 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love the commander touch it is perfect for those that didn't get seriusxm installed from the factory or are not able to install after market radios or for those that do not want to pay for all the extra data to use SiriusXM on there phones !

Pros: Can put any where !

Cons: None

not worth it

Dave from Ft Belvoir, VA on 9/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Honestly, the commander touch is to radios what the original iPhone would be smart phones in 2016. It's incredibly slow to respond, the instructions are so / so. The menu system is not brilliant and you cannot enter channels manually, you have to scroll through the list - until you get stuck in a genre of music that you no doubt don't like, then have to call Sirius. Their support is very infuriating. The music signal is ok, but the slow to respond display and inconvenience really detract from the entire experience.

Pros: I got nothing...

Cons: it's so challenging to use as to actually discourage you from subscribing to satellite radio. Seriously, get a satellite ready radio head unit instead, it will be slightly more expensive up front but will save you hours of usage frustration in the long run.

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PaulB from Bethel Park, PA on 9/9/2016

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Can't be without my Sirius. Got tired of the window mounts that continually failed. Now I have one mounted inside my center console.

Pros: Quick access to traffic and features with a single touch. Easy to access channels with a numeric entry touch screen.

Cons: slight lag in touch screen takes a bit to get used to

SiriusXM Commander Touch

Frances D. from Charlottesville, VA on 7/6/2016

Great. I love my Sirius radio.

Pros: It is great

Cons: The store did not have the list of all the channels.

Great customer service

SlickR from Midland, Tx. on 5/29/2016

2002 Volkswagen Beetle
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product little time consuming to install, well in a Beetle anyway. But well worth the time. Forgot to order radio removal tools called customer service and had them in no time at NO charge. Will definitely buy next stereo purchase from Crutchfield

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LeonM from Sumter, SC on 1/10/2016

2015 Ford Focus
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install into my 2015 Focus ST went as planned, I used the add a fuse to get power to the box and placed it on the passenger side tunnel under the carpet. The touch screen sits at the bottom of the dash at the storage location. It was a very clean install.

Pros: Easy install

Cons: Cons connecting power in the 2015 Focus took a long time to test and get the correct fuses.

Sirius xm

Sara from Nebraska on 1/10/2016

2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
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Christmas gift for my husband. Shipped tight away and fast delivery. Took no time to install!

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High Tech & Tons of Cool Features

tdb125 from New Jersey on 1/2/2016

2002 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Gives you detailed step by step installation guide. Looks great with my aftermarket Pioneer AVHX-7500BT head unit. Nice full color display. Great convenient features.

Pros: High Tech, sleek and compact yet easy to read and use.

Cons: slight lag when swiping through the display screen or tapping the icons.

Quick and Easy

Jakesaidso from Texas on 12/22/2015

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation of this unit is quick and easy. Instructions take you step by step. Can't mess it up. Works great. I'd highly recommend this product.

Pros: Small, clean looking unit. Easy Installation. Works perfectly.

Cons: None

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Features

Commander Touch Vehicle Radio: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) allows you to add SiriusXM Satellite Radio to your vehicle's factory radio or aftermarket radio through either an Aux input or the FM tuner.

Note: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) will require a SiriusXM subscription for access to the SiriusXM Satellite Radio programming.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Programming: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) supports SiriusXM programming with access to 175+ SiriusXM channels via subscription. Check out the most popular SiriusXM subscription packageshere. SiriusXM's Xtra channels offer a number of additional comedy & music channels as well as SiriusXM Latino; a set of dedicated Latin music, sports & talk channels. Clickhere for the latest channel listings. Access to Xtra channels depends on subscription package.

Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

Display Controller: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) includes a Display Controller that features a full-color LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 180.

  • Song/Artist Information + Album Art: The full-color touchscreen displays album art, artist name, song title, channel logos and program information. You can choose from 3 display modes - Auto, Day, or Night.
  • Touchscreen Controls: The LCD touchscreen offers capacitive touch controls. Simply use your finger to make selections by tapping the icons displayed on the touchscreen. Some touchscreen icons have a double functions, depending upon whether you tap and release the icon, or whether you tap and hold the icon. Certain areas of the touchscreen allow you to swipe your finger left, right, up, or down to search and make selections.

Hide-Away Tuner Module: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) includes a hide-away SiriusXM tuner module for SiriusXM Satellite Radio reception. The SXVCT1's display controller and antenna will plug into the hide-away tuner module, along with the Aux input or factory antenna of your head unit.

Tuning Functions: The SiriusXM Commander Touch offers a variety of tuning functions to help you find, select, and save the SiriusXM Radio stations you want to listen to most.

  • Channel & Category Lists: SiriusXM channels are organized into categories to make it easier for you to find channels according to the genre (pop, rock, comedy, etc.). When browsing the channel list, it can be viewed in numerical order or in category order.
  • Direct Tuning: A SiriusXM channel can be tuned directly by entering the channel number from the LCD touchscreen's keypad.
  • Smart Favorites: You can set up to 18 of your favorite channels so you can easily access those channels. Channels saved as favorites remember up to 30 minutes of content that played on those favorite channels, so that when you tune a favorite channel you can rewind up to 30 minutes.

Advanced Tuning Features: The SiriusXM Commander Touch provides advanced tuning features to allow you to replay live content, customize your own stations, and keep you from missing your favorite music on your favorite SiriusXM channels.

  • Instant Replay: The SXVCT1 supports the SiriusXM Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of live content. Listen to your favorite programming over again.
  • TuneMix: TuneMix plays songs in a unique mix from the music channels you have saved as favorites, allowing you to build a single blended music channel of 2 to 18 channels, or three blended music channels from 2 to 6 music channels each.
  • TuneStart: With the TuneStart enabled, you will hear the beginning of the song when you tune to one of your 18 favorite music channels in the current SiriusXM Preset Band.

Traffic & Weather Now: The Traffic and Weather Now feature provides an up-to-date traffic and weather report for a selected city near your location. Simply press the Traffic & Weather Now icon on the unit's touchscreen and you'll be able to hear the latest report. Tap the icon again and you will return to the previous channel picking up right where you left off.

Channel Lock: The channel lock feature allows you to lock access to individual channels. A 3-digit numerical code controls access to locked. channels

Radio Connectivity: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio (SXVCT1) connects to your factory radio or aftermarket head unit via Aux or FM. You can adjust the unit's output level to match your head unit's other sources.

  • Auxiliary: The SXVCT is fitted with a minijack audio output (3.5mm) to connect the unit directly to your in-dash head unit's auxiliary input (if applicable), using the supplied stereo minijack cable. When using the line output jack,
  • FM Direct: The included FM Direct Adaptor (FMDA25) plugs into the SXVCT's FM output (2.5mm) and directly in line with your vehicle's existing AM/FM antenna and your factory radio's antenna input (motorola). You will need to tune your radio to 88.1 FM. Some vehicles will require additional antenna adapters (sold separately).

Magnetic Antenna: The SiriusXM Commander Touch Vehicle Radio comes supplied with a magnetic antenna that is designed to be run outside of the vehicle and mounted on the roof of your vehicle. The magnetic antenna will adhere to your vehicle's sheet metal.

Mounting Options: The LCD touchscreen controller mounts directly to your dash, and the tuner hides discreetly behind the dash for a fully integrated look with minimal visible wires.

  • Mounting the Controller: The LCD touchscreen controller can be mounted in a variety of ways. It can simply be adhered to a dash surface using double-sided tape or hook-and-loop tape (not included), or directly attached to a dash surface using the included screws. The LCD touchscreen controller has a standard AMPS mounting pattern on the back which is compatible with many other types of mounting solutions designed for vehicles; such as a suction cup windshield mount, a pedestal mount, a dash mount, a vent clip mount, etc.  Depending on your vehicle you may also be able to use the included flush mount bracket for a more integrated look.
  • Mounting the Tuner Module: The SiriusXM tuner module should be installed and secured behind the dash or center console using wire-ties (not included). Keep in mind that you will need to route several cables to the tuner module from the LCD touchscreen controller, your factory radio, and antenna, so allow enough clearance for the cable connections.

Note: The LCD touchscreen controller includes a flush mount installation option which requires cutting an opening in the dash or console of the vehicle which may or may not be suitable for your specific vehicle. Professional installation is recommended for this type of installation.

Power/Ground Harness: The SXVCT1 comes with a wiring harness that has four wires: +12V constant (yellow), +12V accessory (red), illumination (orange), and ground (black). These wires will need to be hardwired in the vehicle.

USB Updateable: SiriusXM may occasionally release a system software update for Commander Touch. The update can be installed by connecting a USB flash drive with the software update to the microUSB port located at the bottom of the Display Controller. A microUSB Flash Drive or a USB (type-A) flash drive with a USB (type-A) to microUSB adapter is required (not included).

Dimensions

Display Controller:

  • Width = 4.1875"
  • Height = 1.75"
  • Depth = 0.5625"
  • Cable Length = 6.5'

Hide-Away Tuner Module:

  • Width = 5.1875"
  • Height = 0.9375"
  • Depth = 2.25"

SiriusXM Antenna:

  • Width = 1.5625"
  • Height = 0.6875"
  • Depth = 1.875"
  • Cable Length = 23'

Flush-Mount Bracket:

  • Width = 5.375"
  • Height = 2.1875"
  • Depth = 0.8125"
  • Cutout = 4.3125" x 1.875" x 0.625"

FM Adapter:

  • Width = 2.125"
  • Height = 0.75"
  • Depth = 1.0"
  • Cable Lengths = 8" (male motorola), 8" (female motorola), 6' (2.5mm)

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Why did you buy this?

I wanted to keep the stock stereo, but add Sirius xm radio.[ WILLIAM  Aug 07, 2017 ]
Love Siriusxm that I got in my new car[ STEVEN  Jul 22, 2017 ]
This is the easiest and cheapest way to get satellite radio in our Sprinter.[ William  Jul 08, 2017 ]
It's perfect for my motorcycle.[ TomP  May 02, 2017 ]
I have to switch out aftermarket car stereo equipment from my company car every year. The last several years I have been installing and uninstalling everything from amps, touchscreen head unit and speakers/subs. Gets quite expensive of course to enjoy sound like this. Simplifying this year with an easy satellite radio add on that I can do in a quick install into a 2017 CRV.[ Jeremy  Mar 12, 2017 ]
Husband wanted for Christmas![ Lori  Dec 15, 2016 ]
Replacing an older XM commander. This deal was too go to pass up.[ Christopher  Nov 12, 2016 ]
Zac helped me on a tec call and recommended it.[ ROXANNA M  Nov 10, 2016 ]
Because my factory radio did not come with seriusxm radio and was looking for somithing with a small foot print to install in my 2016 Mustang GT .[ Jason  Oct 21, 2016 ]
i like the fact it is remote touch screen and also very small.[ JOHN  Sep 28, 2016 ]
Got a new weekend fun car but no Sirius radio. This unit is small enough to hide out of sight to keep that super clean look[ Mark  Aug 27, 2016 ]
It will fit perfectly flush in the dash.[ ODIS  Apr 01, 2016 ]
looked like the best option for my vehicle since it has the factory entertainment center.[ TERRI  Mar 06, 2016 ]
THE LOOK[ JOSEPH  Mar 05, 2016 ]
Sleek design. Best Buy did not have[ Alex  Jan 23, 2016 ]
Perfect addition for my Focus ST.[ Leon  Dec 28, 2015 ]

17 questions already asked

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.[ Kenny  Aug 14, 2017 ]  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.[ Kenny  May 24, 2017 ]  Staff
You'll need to connect all of the wires (12volt constant, 12 volt switched, Illumination & ground) properly for the unit to work, yes. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Dec 21, 2016 ]  Staff
It is hard wired to the vehicle and can not be taken out once installed . It is wired with a remote wire and 12 volt power source .[ Jason  Nov 21, 2016 ]
It is not.[ Javier  Nov 20, 2016 ]
No its meant primarily just for car.It has a separate tuner unit it attaches to.[ Anthony  Nov 20, 2016 ]
No sir[ JEFF  Nov 20, 2016 ]
No[ SEAN  Nov 20, 2016 ]
No....Once you've nailed it to the dash using 6D nails and a good sized splodge of liquid nails it aint going nowhere, ever, ever, ever again[ Jeffrey  Nov 20, 2016 ]
No. This model specifically is designed as a more subtle installation where you only see the control panel so, it does not mount into a "dock" and cannot be removed like the other "Dock and Play" models. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Nov 02, 2016 ]  Staff
You could, yes. But, there would be more compact SXM units for doing that. This one has a LONG wire from the control head to the "something else" box. The real issue with portability is all the wire, in my opinion. But, yes, on paper, what you want to do will work.[ TONY  Jul 16, 2016 ]
You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspxFor additional 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  Jul 13, 2016 ]  Staff
bought this as a gift for someone else . I have no idea on the technical applications of this product. sorry.[ DAVE J  Jul 11, 2016 ]
Yes the touch commander hooks up in line with your radio antenna and plays thru a FM radio channel I really like the one I bought works perfect with the stock radio in my wife's 2003 Mustang GT[ MARK  May 23, 2016 ]
Yes this will work, just connect the Antenna adapter inline with your radio antenna and tune radio to the FM channel that is how i connected mine only i just left the car antenna unplugged cause after sat radio, regular radio stinks ggod luck.[ Bill  May 23, 2016 ]
No . You can only playback SXM On Demand downloads on your smart phone.[ JOHN  Jan 12, 2016 ]
Per the research we have on file for your '15 Civic SE you can use the FM Direct connection on the SiriusXM Commander Touch, but you would need this antenna adapter to connect the factory antenna into the FM Direct connector: http://www.crutchfield.com/app/product/item/default.aspx?I=12040HD11And then you'd need this adapter to go from the FM Direct connection back to the factory radio in your Civic: http://www.crutchfield.com/app/product/item/default.aspx?I=12040HD21My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Jan 15, 2016 ]  Staff
This unit has 18 channel presets.[ Kenny  Jan 04, 2016 ]  Staff
Unfortunately we don't have any details as to what may be coming in the future. I agree that would be a great add on. I'll leave you with the customer service phone number for the manufacturer in case you want to inquire further. 800-645-4994.[ Kenny  Jan 01, 2016 ]  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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy  Dec 21, 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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle.[ Krissy  Dec 06, 2015 ]  Staff
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