9 Vehicles with Amazing Audio Systems
PUBLISHED FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2021
Rock out to these factory sound systems.
If you love to soundtrack every journey with a curated playlist or want to listen to classical music in crystal-clear clarity, choosing a vehicle with a great audio system is a must when shopping for your next car. While you could add an aftermarket setup, selecting one that's factory-fitted may make the most sense for the in-cabin aesthetic— and for your budget.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of nine used trucks, SUVs, sedans, and hatchbacks with amazing premium audio systems.
If you're shopping for an athletic pickup truck with prestige finishing, the 2019-2020 Ram 1500 is one to watch. The standard engine is a 3.6L Pentastar® V6, with eTorque functionality and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ram 1500 seats six across two roomy bench-seat rows, but you can shop for a model that seats five with the available front-row bucket seats and center console.
The 2019-2020 Ram 1500 has seven trims and plenty of additional packages and options. Choose the Laramie and Limited trims to access their trim-exclusive equipment packages, which include a 19-speaker Harman Kardon® surround sound system with an in-cabin subwoofer and active noise cancellation (Crew Cab models only).
The top-end 2019 Ram 1500 Limited trim also includes these standard features:
Uconnect® with satellite navigation
12-inch touchscreen center console
Seven-inch driver display
LED interior lighting
If your pickup truck doubles as your office, the Ford F-150 has what you need to ensure passenger comfort and on-the-go entertainment. With plenty of choices (there are six different engine options, three box lengths, and three cab sizes available), you can find your style among the seven 2019-2020 F-150 trims and numerous available equipment packages.
Search for a Super Crew Cab in the King Ranch, Premier, or Limited trims on 2019-2020 models to bag a Bang & Olufsen® 10-speaker sound system and subwoofer as standard. Otherwise, there's an available package ("Equipment package 502A") for all 2019-2020 Ford F-150 models. This package features:
Bang & Olufsen sound system with HD Radio™ technology
10-way power, heated, and ventilated front bucket seats
110V/400W AC power outlet
Heated steering wheel
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
If you're shopping for a truck to take on mountain adventures, the Honda Ridgeline pickup is a solid choice. It has some excellent features to help you pursue life in the great outdoors—or at least keep you comfortable on camping trips. Intelligent traction management is standard on all seven of the 2017-2019 Ridgeline trims, as is the two-way tailgate and lockable box trunk. One available engine, a 3.5L V6, is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2017-2019 Ridgeline RTL-E is the trim to shop for if you love having music on as you drive. It has a Honda-built 540-watt premium audio system with eight speakers, a subwoofer behind the rear seats, and speakers fitted into the truck bed. If you want to kick off a tailgate party or entertain new friends at the campsite, this truck can help you rock out in style.
Here's what else you'll find on the 2017-2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E:
SiriusXM® radio compatibility
Intelligent AWD system
Honda Sensing® suite of driver aids
The luxuriously appointed Volvo XC90 is an elegant SUV that delivers a first-class experience for multigenerational families and friend groups traveling together. The 2017-2019 XC90 has plenty of trim-dependent seating options too, with four-, five-, and seven-seat models available. There's also a long list of standard driver aids, including two that show real attention to detail in the cabin itself: energy-absorbing seat cushions and self-tightening seat belts.
Search for a 2017-2019 XC90 with the Bowers & Wilkins® premium sound option to enjoy 19 speakers and a 12-channel, 1,400-watt amplifier with sound enhancement technology. Together they bring the musicians to you, allowing you to listen in concert, stage, or studio mode.
Here's what else you can expect on 2017-2019 Volvo XC90 T6 models:
12.3-inch driver display
Heated front seats
If you're looking for a summer-ready crossover SUV that looks good at the beach and in your driveway, the Toyota RAV4 has the style you want—and plenty of athleticism, too. Seating five passengers across two rows, the 2017-2018 base-trim RAV4 has 38.4 cu-ft of fixed rear storage, which can expand to 73.4 cu-ft behind the front row.
Look for a 2017-2018 RAV4 Platinum trim and higher for the bold sounds of its standard JBL® sound system. The 2019 RAV4 is optionally equipped with the JBL system as part of the higher trims' available packages.
Here's what else you can expect on 2019 Toyota RAV4 models with the audio technology package:
Smart Key® system on all doors and liftgate
Hands-free power liftgate with jam protection
Bird's-eye view camera with overhead 360-degree view
Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light
If you're shopping for a vehicle that can elevate your school-run sing-alongs, consider the Infiniti QX60, a seven-seat midsize luxury crossover SUV. The 2019-2020 QX60 is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque via CVT (continuously variable transmission), with available intelligent all-wheel drive.
For these same years, the QX60 is available in two upscale trims: Pure and Luxe. Treat yourself to the 2019-2020 QX60 Luxe trim, which features a 13-speaker Bose® audio system with speed-sensitive volume control.
Here's what else you can expect from the 2019-2020 Infiniti QX60 Luxe:
Dual-occupant memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors
Entry/exit assist for driver's seat and steering wheel
Driver's seat two-way power lumbar support
Heated steering wheel
BMW 5 Series
If you want to upgrade your daily commute into a symphony hall of sound, the 2017-2019 BMW 5 Series sedan has you covered. Seating five passengers in plush SensaTec or available full leather upholstery, the 2017-2019 BMW 5 Series sedan boasts an air of effortless luxury. There's plenty of power, too. The two trim levels each have a different engine option: a 2.0L twin-turbo, four-cylinder engine or a 335-hp, 3.0L twin-turbo, six-cylinder powertrain. Both are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both 2017-2019 BMW 5 Series sedan trims have a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as standard, which includes a pair of bass-thumping subwoofers under the two front seats.
Here's what else you can expect as standard on all 2017-2019 BMW 5 Series models with the convenience package:
BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
If you're shopping for an executive sedan with hatchback cargo capability for your commute, the five-passenger BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo is an upscale choice that delivers on practicality and performance. The 2018-2019 Gran Turismo is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
For weekends spent hauling your clubs to the green for endless rounds of golf, fold the rear seats of the 2018-2019 Gran Turismo down to get 65 cu-ft of cargo space behind the front row. Available in just one trim for 2018-2019, the 6 Series Gran Turismo has a full complement of standard features. Look for stand-alone options or packages that add extra gear.
No matter the day of the week or destination, you can soundtrack your driving with one of the 2018-2019 Gran Turismo's available audio upgrades: a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system or a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system.
All 2018-2019 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo models also include:
Speed-sensitive volume control
12-way power driver's seat
Ford Focus Electric
If you're a young professional or recent retiree with a green-conscious lifestyle, the 2017-2018 Ford Focus Electric could be your ideal urban car. This compact hatchback seats five passengers. When fully charged, the 2017 Ford Focus Electric has an EPA-estimated range of 115 miles.1
Great for car-sharing roommates or teen drivers, the 2017-2018 Focus Electric offers a rearview camera and Ford's MyKey® driver monitoring system as standard. There are also plenty of fun standard features to keep you and your passengers entertained, including smartphone integration and a nine-speaker Sony® audio system with HD Radio technology.
Standard features on Ford Focus Electric models from 2018 include:
Combining luxury details, comfortable seating, and superior sound, these cars make sure you're in for a mobile concert experience. With such stunning audio options, you can choose a used vehicle that provides a pitch-perfect soundtrack for your everyday driving.
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