A client from Richmond e-mailed us, looking to upgrade the stereo in her 2016 Prius Two. The Prius had come with a radio that had the LCD screen and backup camera, but didn’t have the navigation and satellite radio that she wanted. We did a little research on the vehicle,and set up a time for her to come by to check out the available options.
A few items were key to her decision-making when it came to a new stereo. She wanted the navigation and satellite options we mentioned above, but she also wanted to make sure that the factory-equipped options stayed intact. One of the big ones was the voice controls via Siri that she currently had on her steering wheel. We used an iDatalink Maestro interface to retain all the factory steering controls just as they worked from the factory.
Another feature she wanted to retain was the factory backup camera. Who wants to pay for a whole new camera when a perfectly good one is already installed? No problem! PAC Audio makes an interface to retain the OEM camera when installing a new navigation/video screen. Top it all off with a factory USB cable interface, and her OEM USB plug was ready to use with a new radio as well.
Last, but certainly not least, was the navigation system itself. After looking at the various options, she decided on a Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX. Its combination of built-in navigation and capacitive touch screen (just like your cellphone) made it perfect for her. It’s also capable of working with Apple CarPlay, so as Apple improves on that platform, she’ll be future-proof.
Looking to add or upgrade the navigation system in your vehicle? Swing by one of our locations, in Mechanicsville or Midlothian, to see what we can put together for you. Contact us HERE for more information.