The Best Android Auto Head Units (Under $350) on Amazon in 2018

Android Auto is a hands-free way to use a smartphone in a vehicle.

Many new cars have Android Auto built into the "infotainment" system. Plug a smartphone into the dashboard with a USB cable and voila, you can make and take calls, send texts, stream music, talk with Google Assistant, use GPS-navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps, etc.

What if your car doesn't have Android Auto? You’ll need an Android Auto head unit (i.e. an aftermarket car stereo). Even the cheapest Android Auto head units are expensive. Be careful if you find an unknown brand at a bargain price: It's probably an in-dash Android tablet that does not support Android Auto. 

Here are the best-reviewed Android Auto head units selling for less than $350 on Amazon. Not all head units fit every vehicle's dashboard, so use Amazon's "Make Sure It Fits!" tool before you buy.

Boss Audio BVCP9675A Double Din, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, 6.75" Capacitive Touchscreen Mech-Less (No CD/DVD) AM/FM Receiver, MP3/USB

Avg. Price: $262 | Bargain Price: $223

Boss Audio's head unit runs Android Auto quickly and without lag, according to several happy Amazon customers. Most reviewers found the head unit easy to install. Some reviews are critical, but the complaints don't fit a pattern or common theme.

Kenwood DDX6704 2-Din Monitor Receiver with Bluetooth & HD Radio

Avg. Price: $333 | Bargain Price: $328

Kenwood's Android Auto head unit is easy to install, easy to use and sounds great, according to several Amazon customers. A couple of reviewers had issues getting their microphones (for Bluetooth calls) to work as expected. 

Sorry, that's it. Most Android Auto head units cost $500 and up. You might find a discounted head unit at Crutchfield's Outlet Store. Also, Sony’s XAV-AX100 sometimes sells for less than $300.

John DeFeo