You have an outdated radio and multi-function display if you own an older Prius. The navigation is old, and getting modern CDs to update it is pretty darned expensive and just about worthless.
As a Prius owner, I like how my car looks, feels, and functions as if it had just come from the factory. However, plagued by early and now useless electronics, like navigation and Bluetooth, we are left to search for a better solution.
There only used to be one good solution for updating your Prius to get a more modern feel and functionality. Aftermarket units were undoubtedly the way to go. The screens are more prominent (but get in the way), the electronics are faster, and you have full functionality with modern smartphones.
I loathed the aftermarket units because they took away the car's simplicity. It seemed a necessary evil if I wanted to get my car "modern" again. That was until I found a unit that changed my life forever.
I stumbled across this plug-and-play unit from a company called Grom Audio. I read up on it and found out that it does everything I need it to and more.
The unit itself is a small computer that piggy packs onto the existing system you have and makes it modern. But not just any stylish update; we are talking full-on Apple Car Play and Android Auto modern. It also retains all the factory functions. You can still see your MPG (on the gen 2 Prius) and stream your favorite tunes on Amazon Music or Spotify while whizzing down the road.
The Grom unit does not stop there, though. It can connect wirelessly to your Apple or Android device and even your home WiFi.
If you have a google play account, you can also download apps to enhance your experience.
I have yet to learn how to load videos on it for the kids, but rest assured, I will prevail!
Now people back at the cost which is $700. I look at it this way. There are zero wires to cut and splice and zero adapter kits or wonky wiring you need to install. The hardest part is finding a place to put the box.
Overall the price is negligible for what you get in return, and anyone can install this unit and get it working within a couple of hours.
Plug and play, wireless or wired Apple Carplay/Android Auto, retains all factory functions, WiFi, and modern performance.
Thank you all for reading. Remember, today's adventure is tomorrow's story! Have a great day, everyone.
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