2013 Prius C android auto head unit upgrade with camera

Discussion in 'Prius c Audio and Electronics' started by Pinkbeetle, Sep 3, 2021.

  1. Pinkbeetle

    Pinkbeetle Junior Member

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    I just bought a 2013 Prius C one, which has a single din head unit and no rear view camera. I decided that I want to upgrade the head unit to something that has android auto/ apple carplay. I have been doing some research this evening, found some good options under 300$ that have a camera bundled in. As I have no previous experience in installing head units I wanted to ask the opinion of people who have done this previously.

    First of all, would I be able to install any double din head unit into a 2013 prius? Are there some constraints when it comes to the size of the unit?

    I would also like to hear what your suggestion be on a head unit that supports android auto/ apple carplay and comes bundled with a camera. I am also looking to retaining the functionality of the steering wheel buttons, from what I've read not all head units can support this.

    Any advice is welcomed, thanks a lot in advance!
     
  2. Leadfoot J. McCoalroller

    Leadfoot J. McCoalroller Senior Member

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    Any double-DIN deck will fit, Toyota was generous with the space.

    I put a Sony deck in ours right when we bought it. 3+ years on it's still doing great. Our car had a camera from the factory, so I integrated that rather than needing to retrofit. There are some other threads with camera retrofit info, have a search.

    The Sony works very well, supports both Carplay and Android auto. Most people who ride in the car have no idea it isn't a factory feature. It blends in well.

    A few systems can directly read the steering wheel interface directly but most require a translator box of some sort, so budget around $120 for a good one just in case.

    I recommend talking to the people at Crutchfield. They have very good customer service, and they know what they sell.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Pinkbeetle

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    Thanks for such a detailed reply. Just a couple more questions. I plan on installing myself, what other tools would you advise to purchase for the installation?

    Also, I see that all the aftermarket head units come with an external mic, is there no way to use the factory microphone with an aftermarket unit?
     
  4. Leadfoot J. McCoalroller

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    Not a lot of tools needed for head unit installation. Some that would help:

    • a quality crimper and some caps or butt-splices fit for ~22ga wire
    • good diagonal cutters, electronics grade
    • wire stripper
    • plastic prybar (yes they're real, you use it to remove plastic interior parts without damage)
    • fiberglass electrician's "fishing pole" particularly for doing camera retrofit
    • plastic zipties and double-sided foam tape are great problem solvers to keep the job neat
    • electrical tape
    It is possible to use the factory microphone, but not easy. Toyota used a weird microphone with an integrated preamp, where most aftermarket decks are expecting a bare condenser mic with no funny stuff. So most decks won't get along with the built-in mic but you could get lucky. In my case I disassembled the factory mic and gutted the casing. I removed the actual mic and the preamp module, and stuffed the Sony mic in that location. So I'm using the factory location, factory wires down from the ceiling into the deck... just a different mic inside the little pod overhead. I won't lie, that was the most difficult part to do.
     
  5. Pinkbeetle

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    Thanks for such detailed answers, I really appreciate that.

    I have already order the plastic prybar, was aware that such a thing existed.

    Butt-splices are a good idea, I also came across a neat little thingy called post-tap connectors, which also could be handy.

    Could you please share the model of your sony head unit so I can take a look at the specs?
     
  6. Leadfoot J. McCoalroller

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    The Sony I have is no longer sold, it has been replaced by another. I think it was the XAV-100? I'm not near the car this week.

    I'm not a fan of insulation-displacement connectors (like the posi-tap) in mobile usage. They are great for telephone closets where the wires never move, but when combined with vibration and movement the results are sometimes less than satisfactory.
     
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    The prybar is so unnecessary. I used a tape measure tip and put it up under the facia below the radio and pulled the panel out.
    you could probably use an old credit card or something..

    I replaced my c2 radio with a c3 radio.
     
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