2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Our Pioneer Head Unit Is a Worthy Addition to Any Used Car
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 8, 2015
Besides age-old factors like mileage, maintenance and the grossness of strangers, there are two key areas where buying a used car, especially those that have been on the road for almost a decade like our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, is worse than buying new.
First is fuel economy. Take a random sample of 10-year-old cars on fueleconomy.gov and marvel at comparatively crappy fuel economy standards from just a short time ago.
The second area is in-car tech. But as the new Pioneer head unit in our Charger proves, that can be fixed far easier than fuel economy (which in no way can be fixed).
Essentially, our Charger leaped from the car with the most antiquated infotainment in our fleet to the most advanced. And should you deem Apple CarPlay the pinnacle of in-car tech, you can make the argument that the Charger is the most advanced car in our garage.
I echo everything Carlos Lago said about it and would add that I found our Pioneer unit slightly easier to use than the CarPlay functionality found in the 2016 Honda Accord. In particular, switching between the Apple interface and the car's infotainment controls (radio, for instance) is easier and quicker.
As our head-unit is a double-DIN, it's not going to work in every used car. I'll go out on a limb and say you're out of luck if you have your eye on a mid-2000s, early iDrive BMW or other car with a quaint old interface. Really, the less tech in an older used car, the better. Not only do you avoid frustrating tech in an otherwise pleasant car, but it can be easier to upgrade. Heck, even a tape deck isn't a bad thing.
For more information on ways to update your used car, read Best New Tech Upgrades for Used Cars
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor