In a recent article I discussed the top 5 car stereos for 2019. However, not all of those stereos are going to be within everyone’s budget. Some of those stereos were priced at over $800. Some people might want to spend less than $800 on their speakers, subwoofers, and amps combined. In this article I will be ranking the best bang for your buck car stereos on the market. These are the top 5 car stereos under $300.
The XAV-AX1000 is the little brother of the XAV-AX5000. However, this stereo comes in at $100 cheaper. One of the main differences between the two is that it has a 6.2-inch display instead of the 7-inch one on the flagship device. Despite the smaller screen it does open up a little bit more room for a more tactile volume dial instead of the smaller buttons. It also gives you the option for a USB drive on the front of the device and an aux input. However, the one trade off with this device is that it does not come with Android Auto. This stereo is much better for iPhone users because it is still compatible with Apple CarPlay. It also has Bluetooth and it is all packaged in a mechless double din display with a single din installation.
This JVC stereo is a double din device that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It offers a larger 6.8-inch display and it is Bluetooth enabled. It also has a high-power output of 22W RMS. Another unique feature of this stereo is that it has iDataLink Maestro compatibility. This allows you to adjust climate control, look at vehicle info and even help you with a parking assist feature.
This stereo is very comparable to the JVC stereo I just mentioned. The biggest difference is the screen size. It has a 6.2-inch display like in the Sony. Also just like in the Sony, it only supports Apple CarPlay, not Android Auto. However, it does support the iDataLink Maestro which will open you up to a whole new world of features.
This Boss stereo offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with a 6.8-inch display. It also is Bluetooth enabled and enclosed in a double din mechless receiver. It also has a power output of 20W RMS.
Another affordable device that offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth. It is a very similar head unit to the Boss Stereo I previously mentioned. It too has a 6.8-inch display and outputs 20W RMS power. The only noticeable differences between the two is the button placement and UI. This is another great option for someone who wants some amazing smart features that is compatible with any phone.