So you’re traveling down some lonely road in the American highway system and you’re with friends. Someone breaks out a song and you sing along with the others, but it lacks one thing—a song to sing to! You realize that you need a good car stereo; one that’s made with sure quality and one that would be a great help when listening to.

You need a new radio for your car. However, how do you decide which one to get? Here is a list of radios released for 2018 and their respective details.

Pioneer AVH-X5800BHS
Best overall features

Pioneer Electronics

It’s got quality, it’s got style, and it’s modern. Pioneer’s latest offering is directed towards people who stream or store their music via their phones or music players. That’s not all—the modern capabilities of this stereo make it accessible for people who store their music on music apps like Spotify and SiriusXM or other listening devices.

Pioneer DEH-X6900BT
Best budget-saver

Pioneer Electronics

Let’s say you’re planning a road trip but you don’t have the money to buy a radio at the moment. This Pioneer product has you covered. It doesn’t have the same features as higher-end models and modern-ready radios, but you can still use it to answer calls and listen to music streamed through your phone because of the Bluetooth capability.

Kenwood Excelon KDC-X701
Best upgrade

This could give Pioneer’s AVH-X5800BHS a run for its money. It was designed with techie motorists in mind. Another great feature is the USB input—it can receive your iPod or iPhone and play music through the car stereo. For the Internet radio fanatics, it says that iHeart radio and Pandora are its preferred supported media. There’s also a 13-band equalizer for those who want an extra ‘oomph’ to their bass.

Sony MEX-N5200BT
Best Bluetooth receiver

Sony Canada

You just can’t go wrong with Sony. This offering gives you an affordable Bluetooth-ready car stereo. If you still have those CDs from way back, you can play it through the built-in CD player. It also has a 4-channel amplifier plus a dedicated subwoofer slot that’s not a bad set-up at all; the music-lover in you will certainly go with this.

Best for budget-savers


Among the field of budget-savers, this radio will give you top value-for-money all day. It can take on two phones at one time as well as receive two music players with its twin-USB port. It can charge those phones, and that’s not all. FLAC files are also supported. There are a lot of other features but the best so far may be the 13-band equalizer with 3 levels of loudness to be controlled.

Alpine CDE-164BT
Best for classic chasers


The Alpine brand is a classic car radio brand that brings this top-of-the-line quality radio. It is built for today’s techie listener, what with a TuneIt app designed to work with the radio. It can connect to the Internet for Pandora and SiriusXM listeners as well as be compatible with iPhone and iPod. It can also blast out sound on par with today’s best car radios.

Traveling down that road can be lonely and the silence can be deafening without a car radio. With these brands, the long drive home or the lonely commute to work can become lively, if not a whole lot better.