In most cases, everything comes down to just getting a new aftermarket head unit, and if you’re a tech-savvy person and don’t need professional help for installation, the whole upgrade doesn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars.
Sony, for example, has recently launched another affordable AV receiver that makes a very good case for upgrading to Android Auto and CarPlay.
The double-DIN XAV-AX3200 boasts a 6.95-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth integration, a 1.5A port for charging your phone, and a built-in 4-channel amplifier to connect your stereo system. And of course, it also allows you to plug in a parking camera, as such gadgets have become a must-have for modern drivers these days.
The essential feature package is therefore entirely there, and given this head unit only costs $299.99, it’s one of the most affordable ways to get Android Auto and CarPlay in your car.
Of course, only the wired mode is supported, but it’s not like this is a huge drawback anyway. Most people who use the two apps in the wireless mode end up plugging in their phones because they want an extra charge while driving, so at the end of the day, a cable is still required no matter what version of Android Auto and CarPlay is available in your vehicle.
The new Sony head unit will go on sale in December this year in select markets.