If you’ve decided it’s time for better music quality in your car, start with the speakers. 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 mostly inexpensive units 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 best 6.5” component speakers. We don’t overlook 6.5” coaxial speakers either (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 boost the bass notes noticeably!
Having decided it’s time to upgrade, you need to decide what to buy. Don’t assume the best car speakers are out of reach because it all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Take a look through our options below and find a great set of car speakers that meet all of your needs!