Top 10 Best Rated Head Units 2020


Assuming that you have got room in your dash for a head unit, you are in luck because the following decks will put that extra space to great use. Replacing your head unit does not have to be a hard or complicated process. As a matter of fact, the most difficult part is probably selecting the right one.

We have done all of the heavy lifting to help you select the best head unit, whether you are replacing the stock one, or just searching for something with some more features. All of the following decks have passed the test, and hold up to scrutiny, so it comes down to choosing the one that has the features you want and fits your budget.

Best Head Unit 2020

  1. Pioneer AVH-4201NEX

The functionality, as well as its features, will draw you in, but it is the incredible sound that makes this deck worth it. When it is all said and done, and you have upgraded every aspect of your car stereo, it all begins at the deck and this one offers you a rock-solid foundation to build around. Other specifications include;

  • 24-bit 192kHz
  • Pioneer’s flagship models


  • The backup camera is included
  • Siri Eyes Free technology lets you focus on the road
  • HD Radio gives you CD-quality radio stations with no subscription needed


  • You need to purchase an input cable separately to unlock the full feature set of Android Auto
  • If you have an Android and an iPhone, you can only connect one of them at a time
  1. Sony XAV-AX5000 

Assuming that you care about quality (both sound and build-wise), this device is a worthwhile investment. This is a complete package because of its hands-free calling and hands-free control of your music, and access to a number of audio sources. Other specifications include;

  • Support for both Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • This double DIN deck from Sony
  • The hands-free functionality


  • Easily connects to the rear-view camera
  • Safer trips with hands-free calling and media control
  • The screen has excellent image quality and brightness


  • If you get an older used unit, you may need to update the firmware to fix some bugs
  • The phone needs to be connected via USB for voice commands to work
  1. Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX 

Assuming that you do not really use navigation all that much, this is still a solid unit, but assuming that you frequently drive around in unfamiliar territory, or just desire to stay up to date on the latest road conditions, it is tough to beat this Pioneer flagship car stereo. Other specifications include;

  • the auto EQ mic input that hides behind the display
  • It includes a rear-view camera, a pre-amp for the front, rear, and a subwoofer, steering wheel controls, and more.


  • Excellent navigation features that work smoothly
  • Multimedia experience keeps passengers busy with a movie, or keeps everyone rocking with amazing audio from numerous sources


  • If you have an Android and an iPhone, you can only connect one of them at a time
  1. Alpine iLX-207

Alpine is one of the leading models in-car audio, and you would be hard-pressed to discover any list of top car stereos that do not add at least one of their providings. Someone who installs car audio has placed in hundreds, if not thousands, of Alpine head units. When you are getting name-checked by NWA, you are possibly doing something right. One important specification is;

  • It supports a ton of different audio sources from Spotify, Bluetooth, Pandora, AM/FM Radio, iPod, HDMI, SiriusXM, and HD Radio.


  • This device is compatible with FLAC files for a crystal clear audio experience
  • List Element


  • Android Auto integration leaves a lot to be desired
  1. Kenwood Excelon DNX994S

This head unit is a heavy-hitter, and an ideal option assuming that you want something with the quality and features of a high-end flagship, without spending as much as you would have to for something that was released this year. Specifications include;

  • It has the correct connectivity;
  • It has two inputs in one camera


  • Crystal clear 6.95″ touch-screen display makes navigation easy
  • Maps are fast and easy to update as roads change


  • Can’t run an external MP3 player along with Android Auto or Apple Carplay simultaneously
  1. Sony XAV-AX200 

Sony has huge knowledge on how to create a comfortable user experience. Assuming that you have used any of their products in the past, which includes a Playstation, then you should feel right at home. Specifications include;

  • CD/DVD drive
  • 4 inches


  • One of the best-looking head units out there, often fitting in even better than the stock systems it is replacing
  • Sounds even better than it looks


  • The SiriusXM trial lasts for 3 months, after which you’ll have to pay to keep using it
  1. Pioneer MVH-1400NEX

Unlike other choices on this list, it is not quite there, but it is a more-than-suitable alternative if you are putting together a more modest entertainment system for your car. There are a few quirks to this device, as you would expect from something in a lower price range. Other specifications include;

  • Mitrax
  • stereo equipment


  • DVD support is a very nice touch, even if it means the screen is a bit smaller
  • Support for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto that exceeds expectations


  • It’s a clear step below the other decks on this list (and is priced accordingly, which is good)

8. BOSS Audio BV9362BI Double Din Radio

The car audio brand BOSS Audio can be gotten without breaking the bank but that doesn’t indicate the head unit lacks features. This model also comes with a three-year warranty for peace of mind, which no other cheap alternative provides. Specifications of this device include;

  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming
  • Video, front, rear and sub preamp outputs


  • Plays DVD, CD, USB, SD, AUX and smartphones
  • 3 years warranty


  • Android Auto integration leaves a lot to be desired

9. ATOTO A6 Android Double Din Head Unit

ATOTO is a brand that focuses on Android double din head units with the A6 model making use of the stable Marshmallow operating system. Unlike the other models, the ATOTO A6 is available at a more affordable price tag. Specifications of this model include;

  • 1024X600 TFT-LCD display
  • Built-in GPS module and pre-installed Google maps
  • 4 x 45 watts and 4 pre-outs
  • Smartphone (Android/iOS) mirroring/casting


  • Compatible with steering wheel controls
  • Continuous firmware updates
  • Backup camera input


  • If you have an Android and an iPhone, you can only connect one of them at a time

10. Jensen VX7020 Double Din Head Stereo

This model is a US-made double din radio that is very famous across America and Canada. Though the display of the Jensen stereo is slightly smaller than other models, it offers more user-friendly buttons on the left of the head unit. Specifications include;

  • Adjustable User Interface colors and backgrounds
  • CD, AUX, USB and SD Card inputs


  • Support for multi-functional steering wheels
  • Built-in navigation


  • Can be pricey