EFTM Best 2015 – Best In-Car Entertainment : Pioneer with Apple Carplay & Android Auto

When I had a Pioneer car stereo installed in my trusty little Mazda 2, it was awesome.  Touch-screen, easy to read, and so much better than what the car came with.  Then they upgraded the firmware to support Apple Carplay – that was fantastic.  So how do you go one step further?  Android Auto support of course.


As soon as it was available I had the unit swapped out for one that was compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  This means that a household with multiple mobile operating systems could share the car and enjoy the in-car entertainment as they should be able to.


While most people would use one or the other, when you need the other – it’s there.


Android Auto and Apple Carplay are not products of Pioneer, and they battle head to head with Android Auto probably pipping Carplay on function, but gee wiz it’s a close battle.

Pioneer brought them both to cars – the car you own now – so no need to lo0k at a new Ferrari to get your Carplay fix, or a Hyundai for both, you can keep your current car and upgrade the stereo.


The experience is excellent, and Pioneer have done it very well.




  1. Michael

    May 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Trevor,
    Thank you for the article. I am also interested to replace my car audio player.
    I would appreciate if you can provide further information as follows:
    1) the model number of the pioneer head unit
    2) all costs for the upgrade
    3) the contact details of the car audio shop
    4) any recommendations

    Regards and very much appreciated for your assistance

    • Trevor Long

      May 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Michael, Pioneer have a range of models that feature CarPlay and Android Auto – you’re best to find your local Pioneer retailler/installer and get all the questions sorted from them!

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