Apple Carplay, Android Auto and more: The best high-tech upgrades for your car

Apple Carplay, Android Auto and more: The best high-tech upgrades for your car


Even if you don’t have the latest car model, you can still get the latest technology for it. We’ve found some of the best high-tech car upgrades that can make your older car feel like new.

Top products in this article

Upgrade of rear view camera: Sony XAV-AX3200 Car Radio Bundle with Backup Camera, $398

Top Rated Dash Cam: Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2, $110 (down from $130)

Add Alexa to your car: Amazon Echo Auto – $50

One of the biggest upgrades you can make to your car is adding phone connectivity. You can do this with a new head unit that supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. With these car-based operating systems, you can access GPS-based directions, reply to messages, and stream music on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and more from your dashboard. Also consider upgrading your older car with safety technology, such as backup cameras and dash cams.

There are great automotive upgrades for all budgets ahead, all top rated and available now on Amazon.

Upgrade to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto

Many new cars support Apple Carplay and Android Auto, car-based operating systems that perform many of the same functions as your phone, but on an in-dash display. Older cars need an upgrade to a head unit with a video screen to support Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Here are some top-rated head unit picks below.

Sony XAV-AX3200 car radio bundle with rear view camera



More than just an upgrade to Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Sony’s new XAV-AX3200 car stereo bundle adds backup camera functionality to your car. The 150-degree wide-angle lens reduces blind spots.

Sony XAV-AX3200 Car Radio Bundle with Backup Camera, $398

Pioneer AVH-2400NEX Digital Multimedia Receiver

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The Pioneer digital receiver is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM radio, Pandora and Spotify.

This Pioneer digital receiver with a 7-inch touchscreen offers a high-resolution (800 x 480) display with support for both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It’s a great way to add Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio support (Sirius XM subscription required) to an older vehicle.

Pioneer AVH-2400NEX Digital Multimedia Receiver, $497 (reduced from $550)

Atoto F7 car radio receiver



For those looking for a budget option, we present the Atoto F7 receiver. It is compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, with a built-in screen mirroring feature to access all your phone’s apps. We recommend pairing the receiver with the rear view camera add-on for $39 more.

Atoto F7 CarPlay & Android Auto Car Radio Receiver, $160 (down from $170)

Atoto rear view camera add-on, $39

Other high-tech upgrades for your vehicle

Check out some other helpful tech products to help you upgrade your car with the latest features.

Amazon Echo Car



Amazon Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app and plays audio through your car’s speakers. It can connect through an auxiliary input or your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection. You use voice control to change the music, ask for directions, check the weather and more.

Amazon Echo Auto, $50

Garmin Dashcam Mini 2



The Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 is a compact discreet dashcam. It records video in 1080p with a field of view of 140 degrees. The parking attendant feature monitors the activity around your car while it is parked and sends alerts to your phone if an incident is detected.

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2, $110 (down from $130)

UnbreakCable Bluetooth FM Transmitter



If you still have an older vehicle without Bluetooth or USB connectivity, you can upgrade your car with this inexpensive gadget. It provides a stable connection for streaming audio over FM radio transmission. It comes with two charging ports to charge multiple devices at the same time.

UnbreakCable Bluetooth Transmitter, $24 (down from $27)

Sunny 12V heated seat cushion

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These heated seat cushions are made of soft velor material. They plug into your car’s extra power outlet and heat up in about two minutes.

Sunny 12V Heated Seat Cushion, $53

AstroAI portable refrigerator for the car



The AstroAI portable fridge and freezer are ideal for keeping groceries or snacks cool during long journeys. It has a capacity of 15 liters and can reach temperatures as low as -4℉. It also has a battery protection mechanism to prevent your vehicle’s battery from draining while the refrigerator is plugged in.

AstroAI Portable Refrigerator for Car, $200

weBoost Drive Slim Mobile Phone Signal Booster



The weBoost signal booster promises to improve your mobile signal, reduce dropped calls and improve data rates while driving. It is compatible with all US carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It comes with a signal amplifying phone holder that charges the phone.

weBoost Drive Slim Cell Phone Signal Booster, $200

Tymate Tire Pressure Monitoring System



Tymate’s tire pressure monitoring system offers five types of alerts: high pressure, low pressure, high temperature, rapid air leak and low battery alarm. The sensors can be placed on your tires instead of the valve cap and give you continuous tire pressure readings and warnings.

Tymate Tire Pressure Monitoring System, $81 (down from $90)

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