Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX

In-Dash 6.1" DVD/MP3/USB Touchscreen Car Stereo Receiver w/ App Mode, MirrorLink, GPS & CarPlay


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NEX’s impressively smooth and fast interface allows you to quickly access all your sources, all from one screen. Searching for content is made easier by using more visual cues such as album art, station ID’s, source and channel icons. Check out the video below for more details.

Apple CarPlay

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This stereo features Apple CarPlay- a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your stereo's display. You can get directions, make and receive calls and messages, and listen to music. All in a way that allow you to stay focused on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and go!

Infotainment Retention

The Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX stereo is compatible with iDatalink Maestro products which allow you to seamlessly integrate your vehicle's original factory infotainment systems with your new stereo. Features you'll be able to retain include hands-free Bluetooth, the USB media player, satellite radio, steering wheel controls and more. Pioneer stereos do not support vehicle information displays on your stereo screen.

Key Benefits:

  • Full-color 6.1" LCD touchscreen display:
    • Touchscreen display for crisp high quality images and rapid touch response.
  • GPS Navigation with HERE mapping:
    • With mapping from HERE, AVICSYNC smartphone connectivity and a more natural sounding navigation guidance, NEX provides you with the ultimate level of information you need to quickly find and easily route to your destination.
  • Smartphone Integration:
    • Direct Access and Control of Music Stored on iPod/iPhone or Android Devices (requires Android OS 4.0 or later)
    • iPhone 5 Compatible with Separate cable
    • iOS 8.3 update allows for wireless iPhone connection for Apple CarPlay
      • Simply press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to launch CarPlay’s system to control music, navigation, messaging and select apps from the car radio in a simple user interface.
    • Pandora control from iPhone and Android
    • Enjoy Advanced App Mode, you'll need Pioneer's CD-IU201S cable for iPhone 4 or 4S, or the CD-IV203 cable for iPhone 5
    • AppRadio LIVE app compatibility
      • Condenses your favorite apps into a single user interface
      • Eliminates the need to open different apps individually
      • Access your navigation, music and weather apps from a single screen
      • Accesses Facebook and calendar events
      • Requires iPhone 4 or newer
    • Bluetooth Built-in: Make and receive phone calls without taking your hands off the wheel
    • Stream music from your Smartphone to your car's speakers
    • MirrorLink ready: Mirror your smart phone directly to the stereo (requires CD-MU200 MirrorLink adapter and works)
  • Seamless OEM Integration
    • Retaining factory services such as Ford SYNC, OnStar, uCon-nect, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and Steering Wheel Controls just got easier.
    • iDatalink-Compatible:
      • Connects serially to iDatalink Maestro products to seamlessly integrate with your vehicle's original infotainment systems
      • Retain factory features like hands-free Bluetooth, USB media, satellite radio, steering wheel controls and more
  • Built-in HD Radio

General Features:

  • Double DIN 6.1" Touchscreen LCD In-Dash Receiver with Remote
  • MIXTRAX app Illumination Effects
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 17 watts x 4 channels
  • 1-year Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, MP3 and WMA
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • HD Radio Tuner with Artist Experience
  • 13-Band graphic equalizer with 5 selectable preset EQ curves and 2 custom
  • Subwoofer Crossover control with Slope Adjustments
  • High Pass/Low Pass Filters with Slope Adjustments
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC ControlPRO or Axxess ASWC-1 are required and sold separately
  • Steering wheel mounted remote ready: The Pioneer CD-SR100 can be used and is sold separately
  • Rear Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • Dual Rear USB Inputs: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Rear RCA Video Output: Used for connection to separate monitors and other devices
  • One Switchable Rear RCA Audio/Video Input: Used for connecting video accessories such as game consoles, backup/video cameras, etc.

NOTE: The following AppRadio Mode applications are currently not compatible with iOS 8 due to various stability issues:

  • AppRadioLIVE
  • Waze
  • CarBrowser
  • DashCommand
  • ExtraMile
  • Beej
  • Parkopedia
  • Escort Live
  • My PV

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer AVIC-5100NEX)
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(previous model, replaced by Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Double DIN
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
17 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

TFT-LCD Monitor
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

Full Color

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
Hi-Res Audio Compatible
This feature refers to if the product is capable of Hi-Res Audio (HRA) playback.

Audio / Video Inputs

USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
2 Rear
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

Rear 3.5mm A/V Input
1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs

Monitor Screen Features

If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
MirrorLink Compatible
MirrorLink allows connectivity between a smartphone and the aftermarket car receiver. The consumer gets into the car, connects the phone with a cable, and gains access to phone applications through the car stereos controls such as navigation and steering wheel buttons. MirrorLink allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
Device Mirroring
This is the ability to "mirror" a device's screen (i.e SmartPhone or Tablet) onto the headunit's display. Please check with the manufacture's website for updated information regarding compatibility and cables required for proper performance.

Navigation Features

Map Database
This is the map database that the system uses. The map database provider supplies the digital map, as well as the Points-of-Interests, map updates, fastest routes, and many other features.
Traffic Lane Guidance
Traffic Lane guidance is a convenient feature among navigation units. It enabled the navigation unit to tell the driver which lane that they should be in at any given time. This becomes quite useful when a particular lane is needed to exit the freeway or make a necessary turn.
These are the maps that come with the navigation unit.
Complete 50 USA
Puerto Rico
Navigation During Audio Playback
This feature allows the driver to listen to music while the unit is still navigating them to their destination.
Navigation During Video Playback
The feature allow the head unit to play videos while the navigation unit is still guiding them to their destination. This is ideal for those that use overhead or headrest monitors that receive a video signal from the in-dash navigation unit.
These are the different options for language. If you are looking for a specific language, please verify that the unit will be compatible with that language.
Map Dimensional Display
This is the manner in which the navigation maps are displayed. The majority of navigation units have either a 2D or a 3D map display, however some have options for both.
Search Options
Search options are the many different ways that the navigation unit is able to find your destination. Below are the definitions of what these mean.

Address: The user is able to enter a specific address and the unit will navigate there.

City: The unit is able to navigate to a city, without a specific address needed. A great feature when traveling across several states or provinces.

Coordinates: This is a convenient feature for when you have specific longitude and latitude values.

Favorites: These are shortcuts that you can set for easy access to commonly traveled locations. Examples could include your home, office, favorite restaurant, movie theater, or any other frequently traveled location.

Home: Program and save your home address for fast and simple navigation to your home.

Intersection: Searches for specific cross-streets rather than a specific address.

Map Browsing: This feature enables the user to point to a location on the navigation screen and choose to navigate there. A great feature for when you visually know where you want to go, but are not sure of the address or intersection.

Phone Number: Search for locations by their phone number. Perfect for when you know the phone number of a restaurant or similar locations, but do not have the address. Also convenient when a store has many locations and you need to go to the one that you have previously called.

Point-of-Interest (POI) Name: Search by name for Points-of-Interst such as restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity: Search for Points-of-Interst that are close by to your current location. Points-Of-Interests include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Points-of-Interest (POI) Type: Search for Points-of-Interst by there category. These include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Quick Search: Allows the user to search for specified POI's that are commonly used.

Recent (Previous) Searches: This feature will load the users recent searches for fast navigation back to them.

Route: This allows the user to select a route that has been previously established.

Map Browsing
Point-of-Interest (POI) Name
Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity
Points-of-Interest (POI) Type
Recent (Previous) Searches
Map Source
Maps are typically built into the navigation unit or they can be uploaded from a disc or memory card. They usually cover the United States and all or parts of Canada. Built-in flash memory maps typically respond faster than disc loaded maps.
Built-In Flash Memory
Text-to-Speech (TTS) converts normal text into speech. Mostly used in navigation units, text-to-speech allow the audible playback of street names, driving directions, and any other text that the driver needs to hear.
Points of Interest
The number of points of interest included on the maps. Points of interest may include gas stations, restaurants, city centers, hotels, airports, and tourist attractions.
7.9 Million

Expandability Features

Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

Yes (Built-In/Included GPS Navigation)
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
iPhone (iOS)
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

1 Video RCA Output
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SiriusXM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Yes (Built-in/Included [Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and/or Microphone Included])
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
  • PAC ControlPro: PAC ControlPRO Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
  • Axxess ASWC-1: Axxess ASWC-1 Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
Yes (Accessory recommended and sold separately)
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.

Smartphone Integration

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
Apple CarPlay
iPhone 5 Compatible
App Compatible
Audio Playback
Video Playback
Siri Control
Pandora Control
MirrorLink Control
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory required)
Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Nano 7th Generation (16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 5th Generation (16, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
App Compatible
Pandora Control
MirrorLink Control
Audio Playback
Video Playback
Android Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android and allow for audio control and playback of the Android through the head unit. Head units that have Android connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard charging and connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own Android charging and connection cable.
Yes (via Bluetooth Connection)

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



pioneer avic 5000.

July 27, 2014

I just had this system installed in my 2012 honda civic. Everything works great except in the xm radio mode. When I turn the volume up I get a check tuner warning on my screen. Installers don't know why. Other then that sound is amazing..

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Spring Hill, KS

Pioneer 5000 NEX

May 20, 2014

Overall very happy with the product installed in a 2012 nissan maxima, id like to point out some issues, dont buy a universal back up camera, although it works, it seems to have issues with sensing it, and it will kick it on sometimes randomly.

the EQ is very good, and let you do alot, the mirror link is a tad slower than what you see on the phone, a second lag time, maybe as the tech gets better it will be smoother.

and if you are buying the aftermarket steering wheel control interface it seems to have issues getting it to work properly, ill update you if it work with the aswc-1

overall a good purchase for the price, and a great product.

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Wyckoff, NJ

Another solid Pioneer head unit, with plenty of quirks

September 28, 2014

I seem to churn through a new head unit every 6-8 months. Just installed the 5000NEX last month, so here are a few impressions.

The 5000NEX is a highly evolved Pioneer Double Din Navi head unit, and it has lots of good features. Not all work that well, but they're there.

Navigation is pretty decent. It hasn't gotten me lost yet. ITs pretty complicated to set up the Navi to take you somewhere, but it may be a matter of getting used to it. I find putting an address in pretty cumbersome, even though Pioneer tried to make the unit do most of the work for you. Its still annoying each time I do it. But on the good side, its pretty accurate so far, the voice cues give ample warning, and the maps are fairly easy to read.

The NEX has a zillion connections, many of which may be useless to anyone other than a gadget freak. But the ones that really count, such as USB, Aux, SD, etc are there, as is Sirius Satellite. There's a giant Pioneer specific RGB/VGA connector for some iPhone adapters. That, and/or the Android adapter are sold seperately. There are 2 camera inputs, one for the back, and another one, although its not clear what the second one is for. Also, the backup camera input only works sporadically for me, as well as others seem to report the same issue.

Using the NEX day to day is a mix of good, less than good, and ugly. The screen shows most things in a very large high contrast typeface, so basic use is fairly straightforward. Changing sources is really slick and nicely done. On the ugly side, they chose to make the specific thing you're listening to a smaller font, as well as lower contrast. So the screen is polluted with all sorts of things, but you can almost never see what you're actually listening to (ie, song name/album name, etc). Album art is huge, which is useless most times, as is the Sirius logo, which is completely useless. But Pioneer, what am I listening to?

The speed sense wire, if connected, makes certain things not usable unless you're stopped, but its actually one of the less intrusive implementations I've seen to date.

One of the biggest annoyances of all head units (save JVC it seems) is that sorting MP3 files is a total random event. Pioneer has always been lousy at this, and the expensive NEX is no different, although they are now providing 2 ways to sort your files on USB/SD. They sort by the dreaded alphabetical order in "album" view, which is unfixable by any means (in other words, it will always play songs out of numerical order). But now they allow "file" view, which depending on how your files are labeled, should play them in order. I still can't understand how in 2014, they can't make an album play in correct song order...just dumb...still.

Audio controls are fabulous though, from EQ to Time Alignment, to every sort of sound tweaking you could ever want. Definitely the top of the industry here, nobody does it better. I don't use any of it, as I use preouts to DSP to outboard amps, but the functions are all there, which is terrific.

I can't speak to iPod/iPhone integration, as I don't own either. I won't bother with Android "integration", whatever that means, as you need a seperate device to achieve it. And Mirrorlink is basically unusable for all but the diehards. I've tried it on 2 different head units, and it was so painful to use, I've given up.

All in all, its a decent unit, albeit an expensive one. The screen layout is the biggest annoyance living with the unit day to day. I don't know what they were thinking. Features are everywhere, many you will never use nor care about. But the basics of modern car audio and navigation work well. Pioneer is clearly still committed to being good at car head units, and it shows, even though there are some goofy design decisions

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Niagara Falls, NY

Nice Product, if a touch quirky

April 13, 2015

I purchased this product as an upgrade to my OEM head unit. This is a feature-heavy head unit with a lot of functionality but the user interface isn't exactly intuitive. Doesn't take long to get the hang of it, but it took me a few minutes to work out where everything is. CarPlay is still new and in its infancy and it shows. While its nice to have music and podcasts and even Apple Maps, I find that it can be a little annoying having text messages popping up on the screen regularly. Dictating text messages is a cool feature but, like any speech-to-text conversion, the results are more often comical than useful, but maybe that's me. The number of CarPlay apps is currently quite limited, but should expand, and expand the usefulness of this mode as more cars adopt the technology.

The hands-free calling works well with both Bluetooth and carplay and the microSD, while slow, is a nice way to add a large music library to the unit quite easily.

Now the limitations. The maps are ok, but not good. I find myself using the Maps app on my iphone more often and that defeats the point of having bought the -5000 model. It has the capability of using traffic information from a traffic receiver or from an AppRadio app, but I don't have the receiver so traffic is notably absent from the maps.

Now, the AppRadio. I took a look and there are quite a number of great apps that should make this unit really sing--traffic, parking, internet radio, etc. all at the cost of chewing through cell data, of course, but there when you need it. Here's the problem. To use this mode, you need to plug the iphone into BOTH the USB and the VGA port. To do that, you need the right Pioneer cable to get you the VGA, then you need an apple VGA-lightning adapter and a lightning cable and then you have a little pigtail to connect your iphone to. That's a lot of cabling to manage. With a dash mount for the ipod, it wouldn't be bad, but it seems surprising that the usb connection isn't enough, especially when it's all that's needed for CarPlay. Another little quirk is the that 5000 is the only one with a VGA, the other models are HDMI, a much more sensible, and modern, option.

Admittedly, these things are somewhat picky. The sound quality is great, it has a rich feature set, it's among the first head units to support CarPlay, it looks great, and its a huge step up from the factory unit. If I had it all to do again, I'd look more carefully at the 4000 and plan to forego the built-in GPS for the apple one, or go up the line to get the traffic feature and HDMI. I'm happy with my purchase, it looks good, sounds good, and works well, but stops just shy of being truly great. I hope Pioneer figures out how to run AppRadio over USB soon and that'll make a big difference.

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Dealer Replacement was outrageous and didn't get any of the new options. Most bang for you buck and more options and..... better price.
Audra M on Dec 18, 2014
Went to a few audio shops and they all tried to sell me the same unit so I decided to keep shopping for the best deal.
Audley B on Oct 22, 2014
good rating adjustable speed warning for a new teen driver
david s on Nov 16, 2014
do the maps have free updates?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

Like most Navigation Headunits, SOME Updates & Add-Ons are 'Free' . Most major Updates & Add-Ons will have a cost associated to them; The extent of which varies depending on the size of said update/add-on. At this time the available Updates & Add-Ons are limited, but there are a few available that you can freely check out yourself to get an idea of the cost:
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Oct 13, 2014
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Does this plug into the ford wiring harness or does it need an adaptor?
Brian W on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: Not sure about the Ford but my Toyota 4 Runner required an adapter harness. My advise: ask then as you order to be sure whether its required or not.
Reply · Report · Robert O on Aug 12, 2014
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Can I connect a rear view camera to this?
Chris on Feb 18, 2015
Best Answer: Yes
Reply · Report · Martin P on Feb 19, 2015
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Does this deck support lossless (FLAC) content?
Johnny M on Jan 20, 2015
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Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Jan 20, 2015
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What pioneer remote works with this unit?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2014
Best Answer: I don't no didn't receive a remote
Reply · Report · Herbert C on Dec 28, 2014
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Will this radio keep my stock xm radio? I currently have lifetime subscription on my XM and is non transferable.
luis h on Nov 30, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Luis,

Kudos on the Lifetime subscription.

Unfortunately, there is only a SLIM chance that the OEM Satellite Radio can be retained. Not impossible, just unlikely. This is established by the HARNESSES available for your vehicle, NOT the headunit. You did not specify a vehicle, so I can't look into this for you, but below are the two manufactures that are the most likely to have a harness that will 'Retain OE Satellite Radio Functions'. Enter your vehicle information, and skim through the 'Radio Replacement' harness options.
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For video play back can the NEX make a playlist for the videos or can it play them one after another automatically? I like to have music videos playing but I hate starting then one at a time.
A shopper on May 8, 2015
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