Pioneer's Latest Aftermarket In-Dash Systems With CarPlay Support Now Available

Monday March 23, 2015 11:43 AM PDT by Joe Rossignol

Pioneer on Monday announced that its second-generation aftermarket systems with support for CarPlay and Android Auto are now available at select retailers in the United States. The company's refreshed lineup of Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers, which debuted at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, are the first to offer customers the flexibility of choosing between CarPlay and Android Auto.

Pioneer CarPlay NEX
The 2015 NEX lineup includes the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX systems with CarPlay and Android Auto support, while the AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX are compatible with CarPlay only. The in-dash receivers also feature advanced Bluetooth capabilities, an AppRadio mode, MirrorLink compatibility, iDatalink Maestro support, the ability to stream Pandora and SiriusXM, and FLAC file playback.

Pioneer and Alpine Electronics are the official providers of aftermarket in-dash CarPlay systems. The second-generation NEX aftermarket systems are available at authorized Pioneer resellers across the United States, ranging in price between $700 to $1,400 depending on the model. CarPlay brings Maps, Phone, Messages, Music and more to your dashboard when paired with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

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66 months ago

Because viewing maps on a single DIN unit would suck.


True...but they could do one of those motorized screens that would solve that issue.
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66 months ago

Does Apple car play support third party apps? I want to use google maps for navigation and hangouts for text messages and calls.


No. An Android phone paired with Android Auto, which these do support, would have the integration you're looking for.
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66 months ago
$700 no thank you
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66 months ago

Because viewing maps on a single DIN unit would suck.


its not always about viewing maps. I want my ipod playback and music navigation to be handled by apple, not whatever craptactular UI the manufacturer decides makes sense.

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True...but they could do one of those motorized screens that would solve that issue.


i would prefer just the single din full front screen, no flip out monitor.

Lets call it CarPlay Nano or CarPlay mini
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66 months ago

SINGLE DIN PLEASE!!! Damn


YES! So so many cars have only single DIN available - why this market is still not addressed? :(
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66 months ago

Amazon is not an authorized reseller, so Pioneer wouldn't warranty it. I went through this when I bought mine. Ended up paying almost $200 more for it through my installer because I didn't want to have issues with warranty claims.

Given my recent issues I am glad I did.

I just installed an Appradio 4 in my car last weekend, so I'm happy to answer anybody's questions about Carplay or these Pioneer head units in general.

Squaretrade will issue warranties on these units when bought from an unauthorized retailer such as Amazon (it was about $40 for my Appradio 4 unit - still cheaper than going to an "authorized" retailer). Furthermore, if you buy from a marketplace seller, there's a chance they are an authorized retailer.

As for the pricing, MSRP in the car audio industry is grossly inflated. Retailers often offer deep discounts on these items. My Appradio 4 retails for $600 - I got it for around $400.

If you're going to buy one of these units, opt for either the upper end model (the 8000-series) or an Appradio 4 -- both are the only ones that Pioneer offers with capacitive screens; all of their other models are resistive and, as a result, have some serious limitations.
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