Without a doubt the number one car stereo of 2019 has to be the Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309. This innovative aftermarket stereo has floating 9-inch touchscreen. It has a very similar look to something you might see in a C-class Mercedes. This massive screen also offers multiple viewing angles. You can adjust it depending on which vehicle you install it in. It also has some other incredibly useful features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and obviously Bluetooth. This incredible stereo can make almost any car interior look brand new. Another incredible feature of this massive head unit is that it takes that 9-inch screen and allows you to install it in a single din mount.
Another beautiful screen that emulates an infotainment system that you would find in a luxury vehicle. This one offers a 7-inch touchscreen, which is the largest screen Sony has ever made for a head unit. Just like the Halo9, this head unit also offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth. This stereo also fits in a single din mount as well. Another major bonus of this stereo is how simple the UI is to navigate. Also, the general design of this stereo is very clean and minimalistic. This device is also the most affordable device on this list as well.
This is the most premium stereo that Pioneer offers. Just like the Sony, it is a 7-inch touchscreen; However, this head unit is offered in the larger Double Din form factor. In addition to the typical features in this category like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth, this stereo has some unique ones. One unique feature that this stereo offers is Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Therefore, this unique device can actually control smart home features from just your voice in your car. You could control things in your smart home like the thermostat and lighting so that when you get home, everything will be just as you like.
This Kenwood stereo is another double din touchscreen stereo that measures in at 6.8-inches. This is also the only head unit in this category that offers a CD/DVD player. All other stereos in this category are mechless. This stereo does offer the largest power output out of all of these options, however. This device outputs 22W RMS as opposed to some of the others on this list that only output 17W RMS. You will find similar features that you see on the other stereos on this list like Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Bluetooth. It also has some pretty amazing unique features like it is compatible with idataLink Maestro that displays your vehicle status on the stereo. It also has Garmin navigation built-in as well as Lane assist. This head unit also features multiple route previews and ecoRoute which calculates your fuel economy and estimates the cost of a trip.
This head unit is the same size as the Kenwood model coming in at 6.8 inches. It too has a power output of 22W RMS as well. It has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and built-in Wifi. This is also the second most affordable option behind the Sony after the mail-in rebate. There is also an external microphone to allow for better call quality. Similar to Sony, it has a very simple and clean design that would look good in any dash.