If you’ve decided its time for better music quality in your car, speakers are a good starting point. In our car speaker buying guides, we explain why it makes sense to upgrade and what your options are. We discuss both coaxial and component speakers and the sizes they come in. If you’re adding an amplifier, or thinking of doing so, you’ll want to consider impedance as well as power, so that’s covered in each guide too.
Price is always a factor when buying car audio components, so we don’t limit our evaluations to top-of-the-line products. Instead, our guides cover the spectrum from good budget speakers to some of the best car speakers you can buy.
Factory speakers are commonly inexpensive drivers that deliver poor clarity. (If they were good quality who would buy the premium audio packages?) Plus, most factory speakers wear out quickly. That’s because the cheap foam mounts gradually lose elasticity and break down over time. So if you want better sound, start with the speakers.
Even if you’re upgrading the head unit, (the piece in the dashboard/center stack with the controls), start with the speakers. Surely a better head unit deserves better speakers anyway?
Probably the most common size for speakers is the 6.5” diameter. There’s a lot of choice here so our guides address budget 6.5” component speakers, high-end 6.5” speakers and the overall best 6.5” component speakers. We don’t overlook 6.5” coaxial speakers either though (and they are easier to install!)
Another common size is the 6×8” oval speaker. You’ll find these in Fords, Mazdas and Chryslers. We cover these, along with 5×7” speakers and 5.25” component speakers. If you’re really after the best car speakers you can get, be sure to read our guide to 6×9” speakers – they’ll noticeably boost the bass notes! If you’re unsure of your speaker size, check out our speaker fitment guide.