Sony's in-car entertainment system supports Android Auto and CarPlay and costs just $499

Sony's in-car entertainment system supports Android Auto and CarPlay and costs just $499
Both Google and Apple have solutions for interacting with your phone while in the car - Android Auto and CarPlay. As helpful and useful as these platforms are, actually integrating them into your automobile can prove to be quite difficult. Numerous car manufacturers are working with Apple and Google to implement this tech directly into their vehicles, but if you have an older car and want to get that added functionality, you can choose to purchase an in-car entertainment system as well. While this route certainly costs a great deal less than buying a brand-new car,  having to shell out between $800 or even $1,500 for one of these units is still a bit of the higher side of the price spectrum for a lot of people out there. 

Sony has just released the XAV-AX100, and while the name may not be the sexiest around, it's one of the cheapest in-car systems currently available for adding either Android Auto or CarPlay functionality to your ride with a price of just $499. While that certainly is a great price to pay for a brand-new in-car entertainment system, do take note of the fact that the XAV-AX100 uses a resistive touchscreen as opposed to a capacitive one. Resistive screens certainly aren't as responsive as capacitive ones, but for such a steep price difference between the XAV-AX100 and competing models, this seems like a rather justifiable trade-off. And hey, if you really don't want to put up with the touchscreen, you can make use of the physical rotary dial to control various menus on the display as well.


In addition to support for Android Auto and CarPlay, the XAV-AX100's screen measures in at 6.4-inches to provide you with a fairly large canvas for viewing all of your content and controls. There's also a 4 x 55-watt Dynamic Reality Amp, and Sony says that this allows the XAV-AX100 to reproduce high-quality tunes even when listening to music at max volume settings.

You can currently purchase the XAV-AX100 from Amazon now for the exact price of $499.99, and although a current ship date isn't available just yet, Amazon does mention that it should arrive sometime before Christmas.

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11 Comments

1. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Feel like I just read a advertisement lol

2. det_bradlee

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Definitely. Lol! The AVH-4200NEX isn't much more, but for the money is so much better. If you get last year's 4100, it's even cheaper than the Sony

7. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I was about to post the same thing.

3. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Ahaan!!! just 499? Ive gone very poor.

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

Sony headunits usually lagged behind the likes of Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood. Good but not great.

11. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

There was a time sony was better than alpine and pioneer. But since the beginning of xplod they where worthless. Until lately since the gt90bt. Sony is on par or better than most of the competition. Alpine and pioneer have been slacking and producing lesser quality than previous models. And kenwood doesn't fit in the top it's more low to mid end.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Sound quality is top notch out of the box though.

5. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Trust me, my car support both, I can honestly tell you, Android auto is not worth spending this amount of money. Two hundred dollars is too much, but to each its own.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, that's good enough for me. It's not like you're a troll or anything.

8. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I thought we were done with resistive touch screens in 2011.

9. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I wouldn't mind anything that would be compatible with OEM back up camera, steering wheel controls etc. I have 2016 Prius and the head unit it so crappy. I have considered Pioneer 4200 but they don't make the kit for the Prius yet. Go figure. If this thing fits and works I would buy it. I wish Toyota would dump their Entune non sense get on board with Apple and Android

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