Remote control starter systems have become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, over a million are sold every year in North America alone and that number continues to grow. Remote start enables the ability to start your car without every having to enter your car. You could be in your house getting ready to go to work in the morning and want to have your car warmed up by the time you get to it. Or want the air conditioning blasting by the time you get back to your car that's been parked in the sun all day. With Remote Start, drivers get an added convenience and security feature to their car.
Some remote start systems operate using an independent remote, others use a smartphone interface. Some remote starts can work from long distance, while others require you to be within 100 feet of the vehicle to work. Many remote start systems need extensive wiring in order to integrated properly, while others only require a few changes. There are dozens of remote start systems with tons of features that flood the market today, how do you find the best? CarAudioNow has assembled a list of the Top Rated & Best Remote Car Starts that combine the best features on the market, in order simplify the search for a system.
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Here is a list of 2018's top rated and reviewed car and truck remote starts to help you choose the best products for your vehicle:
Best Remote Start For Cars & Trucks | Top 6
|Our Rank||Remote Start||Paging Type||Range||Smartphone App||Price|
|1||Viper LC3 4706V||2-Way||One Mile||Yes||$$|
|3||Python 4806P||2-Way||One Mile||Yes||$$|
|6||Code Alarm CA1153||1-Way||1500ft||No||$$|
How We Chose
In order to find the best Car Alarm System with Remote start, CarAudioNow has combined many reviews across the industry with first-hand tests. There are multiple criteria that we take into consideration when rating and reviewing each remote car start system, including:
- Style (Looks, Design)
- Display Type (LCD, Dotted, LCD Text, etc.)
- Features (Range, Auxiliary Outputs, Trunk Release, 2-way Paging, etc)
- Quality (Materials used, manufacturer, etc)
- Online Reviews (From multiple vendors such as Sonic Electronix, Crutchfield, Amazon and more)
The result from our combination of sources and testing is a list of the top rated and reviewed Remote Car Starters. And in addition to our compilation of best rated products, CarAudioNow also provides multiple comparisons of prices from vendors to try to get you the best price for all of your products. But in the end, the best remote start is one that meets your specific needs and is compatible with your car.
Best Remote Car Starters List
Viper LC3 4706V Quick Review
The Viper name has become synonymous with everything car security, including remote start, and the 4706V is the perfect example of why Viper has become a leading brand and provider for car security products. Innovative features like a rechargeable remote, a 1 mile working distance, SmartStart compatibility (a smartphone app that allows you to control your remote start from your phone), and even dual car integration (use the same remote to start two cars!) – the Viper 4706V is the top choice for remote control car starting systems.
- Outstanding control range – 1 mile
- Smartphone control
- Great functionality
- Intuitive and long lasting battery life
- Price is on the very high end
- Some users have reported interface flaws at times – wrong codes being displayed
Crimestopper RS7-G5 Quick Review
One of the more expensive remote start kits, this has an impressive list of functions and capabilities. Unlike many competing products, it works with manual transmission vehicles as well as automatics. Both gasoline and diesel engines are supported, as well as hybrid vehicles. Multiple programming functions mean it can be used on almost any make and model, including older vehicles.
The RS7-G5 combines two essential features: long range (up to 3,000′) and 2-way operation, although this is only on the primary remote. The secondary or “sidekick” remote has a range of just 2,000′ (still long enough for most users,) and lacks the 2-way function. There's no danger of picking up the wrong one as the primary has an LCD screen which displays visual confirmation that the requested action has been performed.
Keyless entry and remote trunk release functions are also available from the remotes, which will start two vehicles if both are equipped with the Crimestopper RS7-G5 system. The remote start module also has a data port terminal for connection to other systems. The kit includes the control module, a separate transmitter and all necessary wiring.
- Supports a wide range of vehicles
- Built with plenty of features for improved performance
- Can start two cars
- 31 programming functions to enhance functionality
- Can be programmed to open a car’s trunk or sliding doors
- In the expensive range
- Lacks basic security features like a shock sensor or panic mode
- Relies on FM signals which can occasionally be prone to interference
Python 4806P Quick Review
The Python (Directed Electronics) 4806P is an excellent choice for a remote start, and comes packed with all of the features you need – 2-way communication, LED remotes, one mile radius range, 4 auxiliary outputs for additional remote triggers and more. The only thing that the 4806P doesn't come standard with is SmartStart app for smartphones, but if you add Python's DSM200 or DSM250 module, you'll have full compatibility with their SmartStart app too!
- Comes with all the features needed in a remote start
- Also has a wide radius coverage – 1 mile
- Stylish and sleek remote design
- Requires a module to be Smartphone app compatible
Compustar CS4900-S Quick Review
The CS4900-S combines a remote start with keyless entry. Range is up to 3,000′, so you can start your car or truck while walking towards it, then unlock the doors as you get closer. A separate button pops the trunk or opens a power liftgate, making it easier to load up with groceries or other supplies.
Two remotes are include in the kit. One has full 2-way capability with LEDs that light to confirm the requested operation has been completed. The other is a back up 1-way remote without the ability to confirm the action.
The installation kit includes both key fob remotes along with the CM900 control module, a wireless receiver/transmitter and all the necessary wiring. The system works with diesel engines but is not suitable for manual transmission vehicles.
- Good control range
- Uses a 2-way remote system
- You will need to add an ignition key bypass for newer models
Avital 4103LX Quick Review
Another 5 Star Remote Car Start, the Avital 4103LX comes complete with two remotes with dedicated aux outputs, keyless entry, dedicated trunk release, Superhet receiver for extended range (1500 ft), XpressKit compatibility and more. It has all of the necessities, however smartphone compatibility or add ons is missing. But if you're looking for an incredible value (a price around $50 bucks), the 4103LX is the unit for you.
- Great functionality at the price point
- Low price
- Not smartphone compatible
Code Alarm CA1153 Quick Review
The Code Alarm CA1153 is another great unit. In addition to the standard features like keyless entry, 4 button remotes (2), auxiliary outputs and etc, what sets the CA1153 apart from other remote start systems is it's innovative unique features. With this Code Alarm, you have great and unique features like a starter interrupt feature which shuts down ignition during unauthorized use, ignition-activated door locks, a valet mode that overrides the alarm and more. And with a price tag around $70 bucks, it won't break the bank either.
- Offers plenty of unique features
- Simple-to-use remote set-up
- Superb functionality at the price
- A bit more difficult to install than others on our list
Car theft is one of the most common types of crime today. Whether it’s an iPod, cash, or the whole car – most people have had their cars broken into or know someone who has. It’s a terrible feeling to walk out to your car to find that your car has been broken into or stolen, especially when most peoples’ cars are a valued possession and a necessity for every day life. A car alarm could be the difference between a break in and a walk by. They are incredibly effective at deterring auto theft and break ins.
When you’re looking for the best car alarm for your vehicle, there are various features and systems to compare. Even though it’ll help to have any car alarm, knowing the difference between them and choosing the one that best fits your needs will maximize its effectiveness and keep your car secure at all times.
Common Terms & Features
There are many different types of car alarms, some with more standard features than the other. Knowing what type of feature is what will help you make an informed decision.
Keyless Entry – Keyless entry systems allow you to unlock your car doors by pushing a button on a remote. The remote connects with the alarm system to unlock/lock the car’s doors without the use of a key.
Remote Start – Remote start is a feature that enables you to start your car’s engine without actually being inside the car. You can use a remote or other device (depending on the unit) to remotely start your vehicle from hundreds of yards away.
Trunk Release – Trunk release is a form of keyless entry that is specific to remotely opening the trunk of your car. It enables you to open the trunk without unlocking the door from a remote. Sometimes you may want to just open up the trunk without necessarily opening up all of the doors, trunk release allows this.
Car Location – Car location is a form of panic button that gives you the ability to track down your car when you may not know exactly where it is. For example, you go to a concert, or a baseball game and don’t remember the exact row you parked in. The car location feature will turn the alarm noisemaker on so that you can follow the sound to find your car.
Two-Way Pager– Two-way pager alarms are those that not only send information from your remote to your car (like unlocking the door), they also receive information from your car. These types of alarms allow you to see in real time when an attempt to break in is happening, and alarm you from your remote when it happens. Some two-way pagers can work up to a mile away, giving you the confidence that your car is safe no matter where you might be.
Alarm Noisemaker – The alarm’s noisemaker is the most basic feature on a car alarm. It’s what makes noise when your car is being broken into in order to discourage the thief and draw attention to the car. Basically a loud speaker, the noisemaker is measured in decibels and the higher the decibels, the louder the sound.
Immobilizer – An immobilizer is a device that allows a vehicle from being started unless you have a key/remote that matches to the device. The key typically has a chip installed that communicates with the immobilizer in order to allow the car to start. This prevents thieves from being able start your car, even if they break into it.
Automatic Window Roll-Up – Automatic window rollup is a feature that will roll up the windows of the car after you have turned it off. Even though most of the time, you might be conscientious of your windows when you leave your car, the automatic window roll-up will automatically roll them up in the case that you forget.
Most of the aftermarket car alarms are compatible with any car, as long as it has a 12-volt system. However, there are some car alarms that don’t work with specific vehicles and it’s always best to check the alarm manufacturer’s website to check for compatibility.