CNET has named the best CarPlay radios and the best Android radios for 2021, but one radio leads both categories as the “best overall”—the Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX (shown at a low online price of $695).
In the CarPlay camp, the radio deemed the “best cheap” model is the Pioneer DMH-1500NEX (shown at a price of $300 at retail).
Under Android, the “best single DIN” was named the Alpine Halo9 iLX-F309 (shown at a price of $1,000).
The Pioneer AVH-W4500NEX is a DVD receiver with wireless CarPlay and Android Auto so your phone can stay in your pocket. It has a 6.94-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Google voice control and it accepts Hi-Res Audio FLAC files.