Is it possible to replace Prius head unit while maintaining all features?

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by TinyTim, Jul 12, 2018.

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    I am looking into a head unit replacement while maintaining voice command, bluetooth audio and backup cam for my Gen 4 Prius. Has anybody done this? I want both Android Auto and Apple Car Play. From my research most of these units have backup cam connections. Some have Garmin Nav built in or other nav in addition to Android Auto.

    Final question. Has anybody upgraded their head unit while maintaining all the features that the Prius uses through Entune app?

    Here is a list of head units. https://www.crutchfield.com/g_462450/Android-Auto-Compatible-Car-Stereos.html?tp=72381&o=v
     
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    If you're familiar with Crutchfield, you'll see that the answer is 'yes'.
     
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    What ones do people use and recommend?
     
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    I have the JVC KW-830BT. It was a turd until I realized you can upgrade the firmware. Now I'm pretty happy with it.
     
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    I don't want to sound like I am insulting forum members. But I need an expert opinion. There are real car stereo integration experts. This is a serious question for Prius owners with a One or Prius Two of the Gen 4 models. Basically the Entune system is a joke to begin with. No Android Auto and no Apple car play for pretty much all 4th Gen Prius models. I know they were going to integrate Apple Car Play into the newest Prius model but I am uncertain if it has arrived. My other question or concern is wireless Android Auto without needing to be plugged in. Also built in GPS Nav as a backup to google maps is significant considering it only costs an extra $100-$200 in a worst case scenario.

    Android has a 76% market share and apple is low 20% market share for smart phones, yet no android auto support? From my research only the very latest google phones support Android Auto wireless connection. But the wireless capability is still not utilized as of yet from my research.

    I am not sure that I like the idea of plugging my phone into a USB cable every time I get in the car. The other concern is how a aftermarket double din system would fit in my Prius. I know they have fitting kits but it has to look like original factory installed equipment.

    This is just an example of what I found with built in Navigation.
    Kenwood 6.8" - Android Auto/Apple CarPlay - Built-in Navigation - Bluetooth - In-Dash CD/DVD Receiver Black DNX574S - Best Buy
     
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    I have the same question. There are several options at Crutchfield... if you look at the 'installation gear necessary" on most of them you will see that many vehicle integrations are lost... no steering wheel controls, no backup camera or USB after "upgrading". This is not an easy question.
     
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    I gave up on the upgrade option after I found neither android auto or apple car play would do everything wireless. You need a wire for full android auto. The backup cam has connections on these after market head units. The steering wheel buttons is an interesting question.

    Maybe in a few years I will give it another look.
     
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    What do you mean by "would do everything worked"? I know for sure that there are wireless carplay and Android auto head units out there

    MI CC 9e ?
     
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    That can do google maps and stream audio without any wire? My understanding was that wireless bandwidth is an issue. Which requires a direct wire from your phone to the head unit for full functionality. Maybe they have it all sorted out by now.
     
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    @TinyTim

    You can get wireless carplay and wireless android auto setups now. Note that there seem to be some extra restrictions for using android auto wirelessly. I leave you to the harmonious supportive breezes of Google and their phone builders to work this part out.

    You can also get aftermarket head units that "bring through" the car's native menu system for setting options and reading out vehicle info (including hybrid energy data). The iData Maestro system was created to serve this need, and now you can buy iData-ready head units from several big brands.

    There are about two dozen head units on the market which support all of these features. As you might expect, they also have a spread of other features so you can decide how completely you want to replace the stock Entune system.

    The spread is between maybe $600 and $1200 for the head unit, $250-600 in adaptation equipment, and you'd likely pay a pro 3-4 hours for installation. There is a random variety of surface finish materials in the replacement head units and their brackets and bezels. Some installers will paint or texture to match, but that's a very high-end touch. Some will blend in nicely from the get-go, others just won't look right.

    I put a Sony XAV-AX100 receiver in our Prius c when it was about four days old. We have to plug in to use the phone-based guidance, and it does both Apple and Android. But both of our phones need to be plugged in for power anyway, so this hasn't felt like a terrible tax. That could change if/when we get phones that can do wireless charging.

    You can expect to replace the entire Toyota system with better quality versions of everything, feature for feature plus the extras you want. It's possible today.
     
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    Wireless android auto and CarPlay uses your WiFi to send data wirelessly so that takes care of bandwidth. There are few bugs you can read on reviews with these wireless systems, but for the most part, handles google maps and stream audio. The head units are quite expensive right now versus the wired options.
     
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