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Welcome to the Crutchfield Research Garage

Here at Crutchfield, we have a database of information for more than 25,500 vehicles on the road today. When we research a vehicle, it’s crazy how many measurements and photos we take. We routinely use this knowledge and our expertise to tell you about your car when you shop with us. But we want to do more. To that end, we've put together this "garage" where we profile some of the most popular vehicles that visitors look up on our website.

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Take a look at any of these profiles to see the kind of information available to our advisors. Even if your vehicle isn't on this list, our advisors have this kind of info available to them to help make expert recommendations about adding car A/V gear to your specific vehicle. Contact us for the best advice when you're shopping, and top-notch support afterwards.


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Acura

2004-2008 Acura TL
by Jon P.

The Acura TL is a sporty sedan that will please both drivers and passengers. Stereo replacement is very difficult, but you can improve your sound with new speakers.

Alfa Romeo

If you love your classic Alfa but don't love the sound system, this article will tell you what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add some bass.

AMG

There is nothing quiet or subtle about a Hummer H1, so you'll probably want to add all the audio firepower you can. New gear is actually pretty easy to install. The stock system is pretty simple...and pretty old at this point. We can help you upgrade to better sound.

BMW

The 3 Series has changed a lot over the years, but it's still a great car to drive. The stereo could be better, though, and we'll show you how to improve your sound.

Buick

The Park Avenue is a winning combination of value and voluptuousness, but the stock stereos have aged. Building a better stereo for your Buick is easier than you think.

The Enclave has everything you'd expect in a Buick, including luxury car levels of noise suppression that make the cabin a terrific home for a new stereo system.

Cadillac

The CTS proved that Cadillac was serious about reclaiming its "Standard of the World" title. Comfortable and fun to drive, it's a great home for a new audio system.

Even in a parking lot full of SUVs (i.e., most parking lots), an Escalade stands out. If you want a stereo that's just as distinctive, you've come to the right place.

Chevrolet

These classic sports cars are fun to drive, drop-dead gorgeous, and every bit as likely to turn heads now as when they were new. Turn up your tunes with a new stereo.

A lot of C3 Corvettes were sold over the years, it's no surprise to see plenty of them on the road. If you need a new stereo for your 'Vette, you're in the right place.

The final F-body Camaro is still slick, quick, and fun to drive, but if you really want to pump up the volume, you'll need to revamp the audio system.

If you need a solid mid-sized SUV for everyday duties, the TrailBlazer is a sharp choice. A new stereo will add great sound and functionality to your fun family hauler.

The Express and Savana are reasonably priced, simple as rope, and good at doing what needs to be done. An aftermarket stereo will make anything you do more enjoyable.

The factory stereo system was never the strongest feature in these cars, and it's only getting weaker with age. Replacing it will make your Cobalt or G5 a much nicer place to spend time.

With the C6, Chevy stopped settling for making America's best sports car and got serious about beating the world's best. A new stereo will make your 'Vette even better.

The Chevrolet HHR gives you everyday utility and retro style. A design like this will look cool for years to come, so add a new stereo and make it sound cool, too.

With stylish looks, a roomy interior, and decent road manners, the Impala is an outstanding highway companion. A new stereo will make the miles fly by even faster.

If you're looking for a truck that can do just about anything the average person needs to do, the Avalanche might be what you need. You'll want a new stereo, though.

GM's Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups can already do anything you'd ask a truck to do, but why stop at stock? A new stereo will really enhance your daily drive and your truck can rock a little harder with up-to-date technology and upgraded sound.

The nouveaux Camaro is a thoroughly modern muscle car that combines present-day performance and old-school style. Stereo upgrades can be challenging, but we can help.

When you spend the majority of your drive time cutting through city traffic, having less car makes more sense. A new stereo system will add more spunk to your Spark.

Chrysler

In a world full of dull, grey sedans, the PT Cruiser is one of those designs that really stands out. To make your car sound as nifty as it looks, add a new stereo.

The Crossfire is about as practical as a disco ball in a duck blind, but it isn't meant to be practical; it's meant to be fun. A new stereo will make it even better.

If you're looking for a versatile car with character to spare, the PT is a solid choice. There's room for your family and your stuff, plus an aftermarket stereo system.

With loads of space and lots of features, the T&C hauls kids and cargo in comfort. Upgrading the entertainment system will help make it "fun for the whole family."

Dodge

2002-2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab
by Charlie Pastorfield

The Ram Quad Cab is one of the most distinctive vehicles on the road today. The stock stereo isn't as cool, but there are lots of upgrades available for this truck.

2002-2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Regular Cab
by Charlie Pastorfield

The regular cab Ram is a very nice pickup, but there factory stereos are a bit weak. Upgrading the audio system will bring quality sound to a great-looking truck.

The Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups, so it's ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need. It probably needs a new stereo, though.

There's no mistaking this big, brawny Mega Cab pickup for anything other than a Dodge. Replacing the stock stereo will really beef up your truck's sound quality.

Dodge has produced some of the best-looking pickups on the road, but the factory stereos aren't always as impressive. A new stereo will make a good truck even better.

With lines that evoke both the Power Wagons of the past and the semi-trucks of the present day, Dodge trucks just look cool. A new stereo will make yours even cooler.

The Charger is handsome, roomy, comfortable and, if it's "got a Hemi in it," almost ridiculously powerful. It's also a perfect home for a big-time stereo system.

The Challenger is a muscle car for grown-ups. It's fun between stoplights, but it's also a comfortable long-distance cruiser that will sound great with upgraded audio.

The redesigned 2008 Grand Caravan improved upon all that was good about Chrysler's genre-defining minivan line. There's also lots of room for audio and video upgrades.

As factory systems go, Ram trucks aren't bad. But you can do better. In this article, we'll examine the radio, speaker, and sub options for each cab style.

Dodge Truck

The Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups, so it's ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need. It probably needs a new stereo, though.

As factory systems go, Ram trucks aren't bad. But you can do better. In this article, we'll examine the radio, speaker, and sub options for each cab style.

Fiat

2012-2015 Fiat 500
by Jon P.

If you're looking for a (very) small car that's made for city living, the Fiat 500 is a great choice. Upgrading the rather weak factory stereo is a good idea, too.

Ford

With sharp looks, peppy performance, and a vast supply of aftermarket upgrades, a Fox Mustang is a great car for restoration or modification. Just don't forget the stereo!

The 1987-93 Mustang was hugely popular when new and it's still a big part of the automotive world today. A new stereo is one of many mods available for your Mustang.

When it comes to large SUVs, they don't come much larger than this. You have lots of room for audio upgrades in this truck, and lots of great options to choose from.

Ford's 2001-04 Mustangs look sharp, handle well, and they're reasonably cheap these days. That should leave plenty of money in the budget for a new stereo system!

The Escape and Mariner offer plenty of room for people, bikes, and just about anything else. An aftermarket stereo system will be a great addition to your SUV.

2002-2004 Ford Explorer
by Matt Holliday

The Explorer is a classic example of the full-sized American SUV. Comfortable, capable, and luxurious, the Explorer makes a great home for a quality stereo system.

Ford must have had car audio fans in mind when they built this truck. The interior offers plenty of space, and the modular design makes installation surprisingly easy.

The F-150 SuperCab gives you more room for family, pets, and audio upgrades. The interior is spacious, and the modular design takes the hassle out of installation.

2004-2008 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
by Charlie Pastorfield

The F-150 SuperCrew can haul the kids to school and haul an old TV to the recycling center--on the same trip. There's plenty of space for entertainment upgrades, too.

If the Ford F-150 is America's everyday truck, the F-250 and F-350 are America's workday trucks. If you enjoy music while you work, you'll want a stereo upgrade.

2005-2009 Ford Mustang
by Rick Carlton

The 2005-09 Mustang re-ignited the "pony car" wars with its combination of retro style and modern performance. It's also a great home for a powerful audio system.

With handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Fusion and Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you have, there's plenty of potential for audio upgrades.

The Expedition is a big, brawny machine that works hard and still keeps its occupants comfortable on the road. A new stereo and speakers will make this SUV even nicer.

No one buys an F-450 because they "might" have to tow 30,000 pounds of something. A serious truck needs a serious stereo, and installation is easier than you think.

Our profile of the 2009-2012 Ford Flex discusses what you need to know to replace the stereo and speakers, and add an amplifier and subwoofers.

The final version of Ford's long-running E-Series (nee Econoline) is arguably the most van-tastic van ever. A new stereo will bring some much-needed boom to this box.

Ford's 12th generation F-150 is a hard-working truck with a lot to offer. The factory stereo systems don't offer nearly as much, but we know how to fix that.

The F-150 SuperCab is a versatile, hard-working truck that's at home in the mountains or at the mall. But if you're serious about sound, you'll want a stereo upgrade. This article from the Crutchfield Research Garage will give you a close-up look at how to install a new stereo and speakers.

Whether you and your crew are headed to a job site or a tailgate party. the F-150 SuperCrew has the space you need. There's also room for a serious stereo system.

Smaller and nimbler than traditional vans, yet taller and arguably cooler than minivans, Ford's Transit Connect is a handy van to have if you need to have a van.

2010-2014 Ford Mustang coupe
by Matt Holliday

In 2010, Ford treated the fifth-generation Mustang to a mid-cycle update. The factory stereos aren't bad, but you'll probably want to do some updating of your own.

Explorers are ubiquitous, but that's only because they're very, very good at doing what they do. The stock stereos aren't bad, but there are areas you can improve.

Freightliner

Geo

GMC

Big enough for people and gear, yet small enough to park without a team of dockworkers, the GMC Envoy is a sensible SUV that's a great home for an aftermarket stereo.

The Express and Savana are reasonably priced, simple as rope, and good at doing what needs to be done. An aftermarket stereo will make anything you do more enjoyable.

The Acadia an attractive, efficient 21st century people-mover with a spacious cabin that's a terrific setting for a high-performance aftermarket stereo system.

GM's Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups can already do anything you'd ask a truck to do, but why stop at stock? A new stereo will really enhance your daily drive and your truck can rock a little harder with up-to-date technology and upgraded sound.

Harley Davidson

The Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is made for riders who enjoy taking long trips on nice days in maximum comfort. A stereo will make the open road even more enjoyable.

Honda

The late '90s and early 2000s cemented the Accord's reputation as a well-built, reliable car. If you want to upgrade the stereo, there's a lot of great gear available.

This Honda Civic was nice enough when new, but it's also an easy car to improve. If you want to upgrade the audio performance in your Civic, we have the gear you need.

The S2000 was made for fun, but it also starts, runs, and does all sorts of "normal car" things. Imagine how much fun it'll be with a stereo you can actually hear!

2001-2005 Honda Civic sedan
by Matt Holliday

Reliable, affordable, and efficient, the Civic is a car people buy and hang onto. If your Civic is still running strong, a new stereo is probably a smart investment.

2003-2007 Honda Accord sedan
by Buck Pomerantz

The Accord sedan is attractive, comfortable, reliable, and lots of other good things. If you're still enjoying your Accord, upgrade the stereo and enjoy it even more.

The first-gen Pilot has been a suburban staple for years, and it's still a solid choice if you're looking for a comfortable SUV. A new stereo is a good idea, too.

The Honda Element is a versatile vehicle that can handle just about anything you throw at it or in it. There's also plenty of room for an impressive aftermarket stereo.

Minivans aren't cool, but some are cooler than others and the Honda Odyssey has more coolness than most. This article from the Crutchfield Research Garage will give you a close-up look at what you'll need to do to install a new stereo and speakers.

2006-2011 Honda Civic
by Rick Carlton

The Civic has evolved from its humble sub-compact beginnings to become a leading luxury compact. Here's what to expect when you replace your car's factory stereo.

When Honda decided to build a pickup, they could've designed something boring. Instead, they came up with the Ridgeline. It's a neat truck with room for audio upgrades, and this article will explain how to go about it.

The Fit is a cool-looking, comfortable little car that can get out of its own way on the interstate. If you want to get more out of your audio, here's how to do it.

The third-generation CR-V is an excellent choice for all sorts of drivers, but if you care about sound, you'll definitely want to install an aftermarket stereo.

The Accord coupe is every bit as smart as the sedan, but with that extra sportiness that only a 2-door can provide. A new audio system will be a very smart upgrade.

Judging by the number of Accord sedans on the road, there are a lot more smart people out there than you'd probably think. Adding a new stereo is smart, too.

The second-gen Fit improved upon all that was good about the original and added some cool new stuff to the mix. Adding a new stereo will make your Fit even more fun.

The Insight's factory stereos ranged from bare-bones to not-bad, but if you're going to drive a car that's so quiet so often, it's smart to upgrade the audio system.

When the 2012 Civics debuted to less-than-rave reviews, Honda ordered a revamp for 2013. There are some differences, but replacing the stereo is reasonably painless.

Big enough to haul kids and dogs in comfort, but small enough to slice through the suburban jungle, this versatile SUV will be even better with a new stereo system.

The ninth-gen Accord Coupe is sporty and sleek, but it's also practical enough for everyday living. Replacing the stock stereo will make your daily drive even better.

The Accord Sedan's factory stereos are decent, but even the top-end models could use an upgrade. Installing a new stereo will make driving your car even more enjoyable.

2016-up Honda HR-V
by Jon P.

The HR-V is a compact SUV that's ideal for daily drives and weekend excursions. The factory audio gear isn't bad, but aftermarket gear will sound much, much better.

Hummer

There is nothing quiet or subtle about a Hummer H1, so you'll probably want to add all the audio firepower you can. New gear is actually pretty easy to install. The stock system is pretty simple...and pretty old at this point. We can help you upgrade to better sound.

The Hummer H3 isn't for everyone, but if it's the truck for you, you're really going to enjoy it. With an upgraded stereo system, you'll enjoy it even more.

Hyundai

The Tiburon is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a sporty runabout that's easy on the wallet. Upgrading the audio will add a lot to an already-cool car.

The Sonata is a smart, stylish sedan that's good enough to compete head-to-head with any car in its segment. The stock stereo could stand an upgrade, though.

Infiniti

Good looks and handling make the G35 sedan a smart purchase for anyone who values sedan practicality and sports car performance. A new stereo is a smart buy, too.

If you're into the classic definition of "grand touring," this GT is a blast. The V-6 sounds great, but you'll enjoy the drive a lot more with an upgraded stereo.

Isuzu

Jeep

When you're climbing desert dunes or fording streams in your vintage Jeep, you're probably too busy to worry about sound. But in town, a quality stereo is nice to have.

The Cherokee gets the job done on the road or off. If you're looking for a reasonably priced SUV that's ready for stereo (and other) modifications, it's a great choice.

1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler
by Rick Carlton

With the 1997-2002 Wrangler, Jeep made a legendary design better. Upgrading the stereo is reasonably easy, but there are a couple of areas that require some ingenuity.

1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
by Robert Ferency-Viars

The redesigned 1999-2004 Grand Cherokee retained its classic Cherokee style. If you want great sound in the great outdoors, we'll help you find the gear you need.

2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
by Traci Benoit

The Liberty Sport is a compact SUV that's as capable on rocks and trails as it is on city streets. If you want better sound, there's plenty of room for improvement.

2003-2006 Jeep Wrangler
by Charlie Pastorfield

Jeep Wrangers are more associated with rock climbing than rockin' car audio, but we can help you build a great-sounding system that's tough enough for the trail.

2004-2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
by Charlie Pastorfield

With the Wrangler Unlimited, there's room for a powerful new receiver, plenty of space for speakers, and a variety of interesting options if you want to add a sub.

If you're the kind of person who pops into the camping superstore on the way to your mountainside cabin, this is your kind of vehicle. Make it rock with a new stereo.

Kia

2010-2013 Kia Soul
by Jon P.

The Soul is a nifty, fun-to-drive little box with a style all its own, plus you still get that remarkable Kia warranty. Getting a new stereo will be a big improvement.

The Forte proves that "value-priced" doesn't have to mean "cheap." Your Forte should provide years of enjoyment, and a new stereo will make a very nice car even better.

Lamborghini

The Murcielago's V-12 engine sounds as good idling as it does at full shriek, but a little music can be nice, too. Upgrading the audio system is surprisingly easy.

Lexus

The original IS 300 quickly earned a reputation as one of the best cars in its class. The car's original stereo system, however, is aging and in need of an upgrade.

Lincoln

The Lincoln Blackwood might have been a one-year wonder, but it's still a very distinctive truck. It's also basically an F-150 in a tuxedo, so replacing the factory stereo gear is a reasonably easy project.

Quiet, comfortable, and unapologetically enormous, the Lincoln Town Car has yards of sound insulation that make it a great place for a serious stereo system.

Lotus

The Lotus Elise is your basic full-blooded, no-kidding sports car. It doesn't offer a ton of space, but there is some room for improvement in the sound system.

Mazda

The Protege was every car magazine's favorite economy sedan back in the day, and it's still a fun little car. A new stereo will make it even more enjoyable to drive.

When you're driving a Miata on a curvy country road, music probably isn't that important. But when you're back in town, a great stereo system is a nice thing to have.

The Miata is built for fun, and thankfully, Mazda is serious about keeping it that way. Adding some new car audio gear will make your Miata even more enjoyable.

2011-2014 Mazda 2
by Jon P.

The 2 is a great little car, especially if you add some aftermarket mods. As long as you're beefing up the suspension, you might as well add some thump to the stereo.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercury

The Escape and Mariner offer plenty of room for people, bikes, and just about anything else. An aftermarket stereo system will be a great addition to your SUV.

No one really needed a gargantuan sedan with sports coupe handling, but Mercury built one anyway. This is an awesome car, and a new stereo will make it even better.

With handsome styling and plenty of available options, the Fusion and Milan were immediate hits. Whichever one you have, there's plenty of potential for audio upgrades.

MINI

The 2002-06 MINI Cooper is a great example of how much driving fun can fit into a small package. But if you care about sound, you'll want a better stereo system.

A MINI SUV isn't an oxymoron. In fact, it's a pretty cool vehicle that's found a lot of fans. Audio upgrades can be challenging, but there are some things you can do.

Mitsubishi

The fourth-gen (and final) Eclipse is a more mature sort of car than its rowdy forebears, but it's still a blast to drive. Upgraded audio will make it even more fun.

The Mitsubishi Lancer can be a very rewarding vehicle to drive, tune, and enjoy. That said, the stock stereo systems can definitely stand some upgrading.

Nissan

When Nissan designed this Altima, they knew that anything with four doors and space for a child seat would sell like hotcakes. But they designed something fun anyway.

2003-2005 Nissan 350Z
by Traci Benoit

The 2003-05 350Z offers the performance you'd expect from a Z-car, but the stereo probably isn't as sporty as it was. An audio upgrade will add new zip to your Zed.

2005-2006 Nissan Altima
by John Pollard

With sharp styling and a slick engine, the 2005-06 Altima remains a popular choice for commuters and car lovers alike. A new stereo will make any drive more enjoyable.

2005-2012 Nissan Xterra
by Rick Carlton

The Xterra remains an impressive performer, on- or off-road. If you're still enjoying yours, upgrading the old audio system will add a lot to your future adventures.

The Altima is the mid-sized sedan for people who want a little extra kick in their commute. The stock stereos aren't bad, but a new stereo or speakers will really spice up your drive.

The Altima coupe is basically the sedan's fun-loving younger sibling. Adding a new stereo isn't hard to do, and it'll add even more fun to your daily driving.

The Leaf is a nice, quiet place to enjoy music, but it's not the car for a massive, multi-amped mega-stereo. There are some subtle things you can do to really improve the sound, though, so read on to learn more.

Pontiac

If you always wanted a good, clean Fiero, now's the time to live the dream. These cars can be fun in stock trim, but a new stereo will really bring your Fiero to life.

The final Firebird was arguably the best all-around 'Bird yet. These cars are still a blast to drive, and a new stereo system will add to the excitement.

The Aztek is like a motorized EDC bag, into which you can cram the stuff you need for tailgating, camping, or fleeing the zombie apocalypse. New stereo gear fits, too.

The Pontiac Grand Prix offers swoopy styling and plenty of power. Upgrading the not-so-exciting factory stereo will make this car even more enjoyable.

The factory stereo system was never the strongest feature in these cars, and it's only getting weaker with age. Replacing it will make your Cobalt or G5 a much nicer place to spend time.

The Pontiac G6 comes in a variety of body styles and trim levels, all of which are sleek, stylish, and ready for an upgraded stereo system. Get the gear you need here.

The Solstice didn't save Pontiac, but it's a car worth savoring. Whether you have a convertible or a coupe, a great-sounding aftermarket stereo can make it even better.

Porsche

The "996" 911 Carrera is everything a 21st century Porsche ought to be. If you don't think your audio system is all that it could be, we'll help you tune it up.

The Boxster is about as good as it gets when it comes to droptop sports cars. Replacing the stock stereo will make your music sound as good as the engine - almost!

The Porsche Cayman is designed for pure, unadulterated road-carving enjoyment. This mid-engined rocketship is fun as-is, but a new stereo will make it even better.

Ram

The Dakota was one of the last of the "mid-size" pickups, so it's ideal for people who know exactly how much truck they need. It probably needs a new stereo, though.

As factory systems go, Ram trucks aren't bad. But you can do better. In this article, we'll examine the radio, speaker, and sub options for each cab style.

If you need a pickup, there's a Ram model out there that's right for you. From the most basic of fleet-ready regular cab trucks to ultra-luxurious megatrucks that can tow pretty much anything short of a cruise ship, the Ram lineup is pretty impressive. The stock stereos, however, kind of aren't.

The Ram ProMaster is a hard-working van that offers tons of space for audio upgrades. You can vastly improve your daily drive by upgrading the receiver and speakers.

Saab

2006-2009 Saab 9-5
by Jon P.

The 9-5 is a smooth and silent car that's a great home for an audio system. Replacing the stock receiver isn't recommended, but new speakers will make a big difference.

Saturn

A sports car from Saturn? Yeah, that happened. This ragtop is a fun, willing sports car that's up for any driving adventure. A new stereo will only add to the fun.

Scion

2004-2006 Scion xB
by Jon P.

The xB isn't for everyone, but if it's the car for you, you'll enjoy a vast amount of interior space, decent road manners, and an impressive list of standard features.

2005-2010 Scion tC
by Rick Carlton

The tC doesn't look particularly innovative, but a lot of thinking went into this sporty little coupe. If you're thinking about a new stereo system, we can help.

2008-2015 Scion xB
by Jon P.

The second-gen xB is longer, lower and wider, but it's still a practical people-mover with just enough of Scion's trademark Scion-ness to keep things interesting.

2011-2016 Scion tC
by Jon P.

The Scion tC is a sporty little car that will give you plenty of driving enjoyment. It's also practical, tuneable, and a great candidate for an audio upgrade.

The Scion FR-S is a sporty coupe for people who really like driving. If you want to add a more enjoyable stereo system to your car, you've come to the right place.

Smart

Just because you're driving a tiny car doesn't mean you have to put up with a tinny stereo. We can help you find the audio gear you need to make your smart fortwo sing.

Subaru

The WRX made its name by winning autocross and rally championships, and that performance pedigree really shows. A new stereo will make backroad blasts a lot more fun.

If you're looking for a practical, reliable wagon/SUV, a Gen 2 Subaru Forester is a smart choice. Replacing the weak, old factory stereo is a pretty smart idea, too.

The Impreza wagon is a popular vehicle, especially in areas that suffer from harsh winters. Wherever you are, a new stereo will make your drive a lot more enjoyable.

The Outback is the utility vehicle of choice for people who wouldn't be caught dead in an SUV. Installing a new stereo system will make you like your car even more.

The Impreza is a practical, economical family car that offers the added bonus of all-wheel drive. A new stereo will make a very nice car an even nicer place to be.

With a Crosstrek, you can do all sorts of SUV sorts of things without the hassle of trying to parallel-park an SUV. There's even room for an upgraded audio system.

2013-up Subaru BRZ
by Jon P.

Raw power isn't the only way to have fun in a car. There are plenty of grins to be had in a balanced car with motor, manners, and moxie. Like, for example, the BRZ.

The WRX's factory stereos aren't as awesome as the rest of the car, so an aftermarket upgrade is essential if you want to hear the soundtrack to your daily drive.

Suzuki

Suzuki doesn't sell cars here anymore, but the SX4 is still a very nifty car that's a lot of fun to drive -- especially when you install an aftermarket stereo system.

Toyota

Upgrading your Camry's audio system is an inexpensive way to bring awesome sound and up-to-date functionality to your daily drive. Who says reliable has to be boring?

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla
by John Pollard

If you drive a Corolla and you're checking out your audio options, we've got good news. First, you bought a nice car. Second, you can install a great stereo system.

Big, powerful, and surprisingly well-mannered for a truck in this category, the 4Runner has a lot to offer. Installing a new stereo will make it even more enjoyable.

The 2005-11 Toyota Tacoma DoubleCab is a rugged pickup with plenty of room for passengers and gear, not to mention a wide variety of audio upgrade possibilities.

When it comes to so-called "cute utes," the Toyota RAV4 is one of the best around. The third-generation model is a capable vehicle with lots of audio upgrade potential.

The Tundra CrewMax has plenty of room for people, stuff, and stereo upgrades. The stock gear (especially the JBL) is decent, but bigger is definitely better.

The second-gen Tundra is big enough, tough enough, and strong enough to match up with the best of the Big Three. The stock stereo isn't bad, but you'll want to upgrade.

Toyota went big in 2007, and the result was the second-generation Tundra. This pickup is tough enough for work or play, and you have lots of audio upgrade options.

The FJ Cruiser combines off-road ability with retro styling that helps it stand out from ordinary SUVs. All you need now is a stereo that stands out from other FJs.

The Highlander is a versatile vehicle that'll give you years of quality service. You'll enjoy those years a lot more if you upgrade to a higher-quality audio system.

The tenth-generation Corolla's enormous popularity means there are plenty of good used models out there waiting for a good new owner to install a great new stereo.

With a new receiver in your Prius, you'll get more out of your smartphone, while aftermarket speakers will add new life to your music collection.

The Yaris is a great example of small car tech in the early 21st Century. It's a smart, peppy little car, and a new stereo will make it even more fun to drive.

For 2015, Toyota gave the Camry a mid-cycle refresh that included a complete exterior redesign and a host of helpful upgrades to the interior. If you're into great sound, you'll want to add your own upgrades to the stereo system.

Volkswagen

1998-2010 Volkswagen Beetle
by Traci Benoit

The New Beetle isn't as new as it used to be, but it's still a cool, fun car. Replacing the stock radio and speakers will improve your sound and connectivity.

Your Volkswagen Jetta has everything that made Jettas great to begin with -- smooth styling, slick handling, a comfy interior. All it needs now is a better stereo.

Volkswagen really knows how to make a hatchback hot, and both the Golf and GTI can be a lot of fun. You'll have a lot more fun when you install a hotter stereo, though.

The Volkswagen Routan offers an interesting blend of American ingenuity and Teutonic engineering. It's a comfortable minivan with loads of audio upgrade potential.

There's more driving enjoyment built into this wagon than you'll find in almost any SUV. Especially if you give your Jetta SportWagen a new audio system. This article will tell what you need to know for installing a new stereo, speakers, and more.

With a comfortable interior and refined handling, the Jetta will add a little European flair to your everyday drive. So why not add a new stereo to your Jetta?

This Beetle is longer, lower and wider than any before, but it's still a very cool small car. If you want a bigger, bolder, better stereo, you're in the right place.

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A properly maintained Volvo will run more or less forever, so if you plan to keep your car for the long haul, a new stereo will make those many miles more enjoyable.

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