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Best In-dash GPS Navigation System

If your car didn't come with a factory-equipped navigation system, these aftermarket units offer a comparable experience. All of our top in-dash navigation receivers cover the basics well - good sound quality, lots of useful features, and ease of use combined with versatility. We also examined which models offer a superior navigation experience.

Alpine INE-W927HD In-Dash GPS Navigation System

Alpine's INE-W927HD might be pricey, but it certainly delivers the sort of performance you'd expect at this price. This navigation receiver fits in double-DIN openings and features a huge 7" touchscreen that allows you to see everything from navigation to DVD movies in high resolution. Free lifetime NAVTEQ traffic information and maps of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands ensure that you'll always have access to all of the up-to-date information that you need. When it comes to stereo performance, the built-in amplifier puts out 18 watts RMS over its 4 channels, and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter ensures that sound will always be of high quality. With its built-in HD Radio tuner and the option to add a SiriusXM tuner, you'll have plenty of choices for high-quality sound input. Pandora internet radio control is offered when you connect your iPhone via USB, while Android and Blackberry smartphones achieve this through built-in Bluetooth connectivity. A rear USB input, rear A/V input and output, and a rear-view camera input as well as 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs offer good expandability options. Overall, if you're looking for an all-in-one car stereo and navigation receiver, the Alpine INE-W927HD is one of the best choices you can make if the price is not an issue.

Clarion NZ503 DVD Multimedia Receiver with Built-In Navigation

If you're looking for a big screen without needing a double-DIN opening, the single-DIN Clarion NZ503 is an excellent choice. This stereo also offers built-in navigation that includes maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NZ503 can play both DVDs and CDs, as well as use data on a USB device, allowing you plenty of flexibility. The built-in amplifier puts out 19 watts RMS over its 4 channels, and basic sound controls allow you to tailor the sound output. The built-in Bluetooth feature allows for handsfree talking and audio streaming, and the NZ503 is also compatible with an optional HD Radio tuner and SiriusXM tuner. iPod control is possible with the optional adapter, and Pandora internet radio control can be achieved when an iPhone is connected via USB. The NZ503 includes a dual-zone mode that allows you to hook up a screen in the back for movies while you listen to music in the front. In terms of connectivity and expandability, you get a rear USB input, rear composite A/V input, rear-view camera input, front aux input, a rear A/V output, and 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs. With plenty of performance and features, including the built-in navigation, the Clarion NZ503 is a great choice for those looking to have a big screen without using up a lot of space.

JVC KW-NT810HDT Automobile Audio/Video GPS Navigation System

The JVC KW-NT810HDT offers everything that you'll need to navigate the road effectively, and carries various features from movie playback to live warnings for emergencies in the area where you are. This is all, of course, on top of the features you'd expect such as built-in Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. Performance is there as well, with the built-in amplifier putting out 20 watts RMS over 4 channels, and the 24-bit digital-to-analog converter ensuring that output is of good quality regardless of the source. High quality sources are hardly lacking, with the KW-NT810HDT's built-in HD Radio tuner and compatibility with an optional SiriusXM tuner. With the HD Radio tuner comes a free lifetime subscription to Total Traffic Plus HD reports and Active Alerts, meaning that you'll always be kept up to date on traffic and any emergencies in your area. Pandora internet radio and iHeartRadio control is offered with an optional cable for iPhone. Pandora control is available for Android and Blackberry though Bluetooth or USB, and Android devices are also compatible with iHeartRadio control. When it comes to navigation, the KW-NT810HDT has maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Built-in flash memory is used for navigation, while updates are performed by using an SD card. Easy-to-use basic navigation functions make sure that directions are easy to follow. The optional NaviBridge app for iPhone and Android allows you to transfer GPS coordinates from your phone to the KW-NT810HDT, meaning that you'll get directions for any point of interest you desire. Along with the aforementioned SD card slot, inputs include a front aux input, rear A/V and USB inputs, and a rear-view camera input. A video output and 6-channel, 2.5-volt preamp outputs round out the expandability and connectivity options of the KW-NT810HDT. Overall, this is an excellent car stereo for those who need built-in navigation and lots of useful features.

Kenwood DNN990HD Automobile Audio/Video GPS Navigation System

With the Excelon DNN990HD, Kenwood takes a step forward in terms of bringing car stereo and navigation devices up to speed with modern technologies. Beyond just smartphone integration, the Excelon DNN990HD has a built-in WiFi adapter that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for this type of device. Beyond simply working with hotspots such as those your smartphone can create, you can set up an account with Kenwood to take advantage of the full range of features and cloud-based services. The WiFi features require a subscription after an initial 2 year period, but include the ability to stream YouTube, iHeartRadio, access your email and social media accounts, use a web browser, and much more directly from your car. Alongside this is the expected smartphone connectivity including options such as Pandora internet radio control, although a separate cable is needed for the iPhone (whereas Android and Blackberry use Bluetooth). Of course, built-in Bluetooth offers handsfree talking as well as audio streaming, and the built-in HD Radio tuner delivers high quality radio to your car. A 24-bit digital-to-analog converter and the 22 watt RMS x 4 built-in amplifier take care of sound quality from all sources. The large, motorized 6.95" touchscreen can display DVD movies when parked, and everything else - including navigation - while driving. The built-in navigation is done by Garmin, and includes Insta-Route and Insta-Search, making it familiar, reliable, and easy to use. Included are maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, while INRIX traffic gives you updates beyond just traffic (weather, fuel prices, etc) when connected to the internet. When not connected, free lifetime NAVTEQ traffic updates keep you from running unknowingly into traffic jams. In terms of expandability, the Excelon DNN990HD has 2 rear USB inputs, 2 A/V inputs, 2 camera inputs, an A/V output, and 6-channel, 5-volt preamp outputs. With too many features to list, Kenwood's Excelon DNN990HD is an excellent choice for those who are willing to pay a premium for a device that really can do pretty much everything.

Pioneer AppRadio 3 SPH-DA210 In-Dash iPhone and Android Compatible Car Receiver

At first glance, it's definitely the giant 7-inch screen that stands out about the double-DIN-sized Pioneer SPH-DA210 AppRadio 3. This screen allows you to experience select apps such as Pandora Internet Radio in your car in a new way, displaying them on the capacitive touchscreen so you can use the receiver much like you would your smartphone. You can even pop a DVD in and watch and movie if you'll be sitting in the car without moving for a while. To make sure everything works seamlessly, you'll need to purchase a connection kit made specifically for your smartphone model (iPhone 5, iPhone 4/4S, and some Android phones are supported). The cables included in the kit connect to the rear-panel USB input, where you'll also find a rear-view camera input. The AppRadio 3 also has an external GPS antenna included for boosting signal while using GPS apps. Once connected, you can use the AppRadio 3 to do anything from setting reminders and changing songs using Siri through your stereo's built-in microphone (if you have an iPhone, of course), to using MirrorLink for in-dash control to access map services with some Android phones. Bluetooth pairing is easy, and allows you to talk handsfree, stream audio, and access your phone book from the touchscreen. Of course, you can't forget about the actual sound quality of the Pioneer SPH-DA210 AppRadio 3. A built-in amplifier puts out 14 watts RMS over 4 channels (50 watt peak), and although the 4-channel, 2-volt preamp outputs don't leave a huge amount of room for expansion, performance is excellent on its own.

Clarion NZ503 DVD Multimedia Receiver with Built-In Navigation

If you're looking for a big screen without needing a double-DIN opening, the single-DIN Clarion NZ503 is an excellent choice. This stereo also offers built-in navigation that includes maps of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NZ503 can play both DVDs and CDs, as well as use data on a USB device, allowing you plenty of flexibility. The built-in amplifier puts out 19 watts RMS over its 4 channels, and basic sound controls allow you to tailor the sound output. The built-in Bluetooth feature allows for handsfree talking and audio streaming, and the NZ503 is also compatible with an optional HD Radio tuner and SiriusXM tuner. iPod control is possible with the optional adapter, and Pandora internet radio control can be achieved when an iPhone is connected via USB. The NZ503 includes a dual-zone mode that allows you to hook up a screen in the back for movies while you listen to music in the front. In terms of connectivity and expandability, you get a rear USB input, rear composite A/V input, rear-view camera input, front aux input, a rear A/V output, and 6-channel, 4-volt preamp outputs. With plenty of performance and features, including the built-in navigation, the Clarion NZ503 is a great choice for those looking to have a big screen without using up a lot of space.

Kenwood KVT-516 DVD Receiver

One of the most compelling reasons to install an in-dash navigation system in your car as opposed to buying a portable GPS unit is the fact that in-dash systems can be used as mobile multimedia entertainment systems. Kenwood's KVT-516 may not be a standard single-DIN in-dash navigation system, but it is in fact a multimedia receiver to which you can easily add navigation functionality by installing the separately-sold KNA-G610 unit. Doing so brings Garmin navigation to the retractable 7-inch touchscreen, complete with the latest features such as 3D mapping, spoken directions and street names, advanced lane assist with junction view, and Garmin's unique ecoRoute. Kenwood offers other expansion modules to widen the KVT-516's list of abilities, including an iPod adapter, Bluetooth, HD Rario, Satellite radio, and a rear view camera. Doing so may be expensive, but allows you to build a customized mobile entertainment system equipped with the features that you want. Otherwise, the KVT-516 comes with a built-in 22 watt RMS amplifier for good audio performance, and 3 sets of 2V preamp outputs for connecting other audio equipment. If your priority is to equip your car or truck with a multimedia entertainment control center with navigation functionality, Kenwood's KVT-516 DVD receiver with the KNA-G610 navigation module is one of the best ways to do so.

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