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.