The number of third party Android Auto headunits is not great but slowly growing due to the demand of people to stay connected with their phones/life legally. Sony have made aftermarket headunits for a long time so it is no surprise to see them to continue in the Android Auto marketplace.

Overnight Sony have announced a new Android Auto headunit that will be heading Downunder in September. The Sony XAV-AX3000 is designed to give users an “enjoyable driving experience” through its 6.95 inch display. Of course aside from Android Auto there is Apple Carplay and Bluetooth connectivity support.

Sony, known for their quality sound, have included a 10 band equaliser with “EXTRA BASS”. For those wanting the full audio setup in the car there is three Pre-outs, a rear USB port and a rear Aux port. The headunit puts out 4 x 55W Dynamic Reality AMP (power output) to enhance that sound experience.

As you would expect in a headunit these days there is rear view camera support, an external microphone and a remote control included. At this stage there is no support for wireless Android Auto — hopefully we will start seeing some of them next year.

The headunit is a double DIN size but the rear chassis of it is redesigned with single DIN dimensions to help it fit in smaller spaces.

Heading here next month for SRP$649 it is not overly expensive as far as aftermarket headunits with Android Auto support go. If you are interested in checking out one of these, head into your local car audio retailer in the coming weeks.

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Luke Yates
Luke Yates
1 year ago

FYI, i have this head unit and it has a few issues for connectivity with Android Auto. Plus you cant mute your self on calls via bluetooth… aside from that, it is pretty good.

Pat
Pat
1 year ago

So it’s has Bluetooth, but not wireless support for Android auto, um righto lol

Nad
Nad
1 year ago

Nissan X-Trail’s birds eye view cameras can not be connected to any of the head units ive been told by a installer. Bird’s eye camera sysytem has 4 cameras controlled by reverse gear and by a switch.

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

There’s been other changes too.
An AX3000DB that has DAB radio and the AX-100 has been replaced with an AX-1000 that has a front USB port according to the Sony website.

whitelunchbag
whitelunchbag
1 year ago

Just wish I had a car that allowed aftermarket stereos.

AdamM
AdamM
Reply to  whitelunchbag
1 year ago

You’d be surprised what a good stereo installer can do these days. I can’t think of a car on the market that they couldn’t fit a new head unit into, no matter how integrated the existing one appears to be.

Deep
Deep
Reply to  AdamM
1 year ago

Hmm… Let me think. A Mazda 3 or any of the new mazdas

Leon
Leon
Reply to  Deep
1 year ago
BrainBeat
BrainBeat
1 year ago

If only there were some single din ones as that is all my car has so am stuck or have to take a risk on an unknown Chinese brand.

BrainBeat
BrainBeat
Reply to  BrainBeat
1 year ago

maybe I need to read the article before commenting 😛

tangcla
tangcla
Reply to  BrainBeat
1 year ago

Pioneer makes the only branded single DIN Android Auto headunit I know of, the AVH-Z7050BT.

BrainBeat
BrainBeat
Reply to  tangcla
1 year ago

I guess I missed that one the last time I looked but at $1k it is not exactly cheap.

David Anderton
David Anderton
1 year ago

Wireless?

Migster1965
Migster1965
Reply to  David Anderton
1 year ago

The ability to connect your phone with android auto without having to use the USB cable.