How to choose car speakers | Crutchfield

New speakers make a big difference in your car’s sound system. In this video, our expert explains what specs are important, gives tips, and teaches you all you need to know when you’re shopping.

One very important part of the car speaker shopping process is finding speakers that fit your car. Crutchfield has a growing database of over 15,000 cars, trucks and SUVs in which we have measured the openings, noted the screw locations, and used that info to create detailed instructions tailored to your vehicle. You can give our database a try by entering your vehicle info in our Outfit My Car tool.

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0:00 Intro
0:09 What speakers fit my car?
0:35 What’s your end goal?
1:00 Speaker efficiency and power handling
1:41 Speaker sizes & fit
2:42 Frequency response
3:29 Upgrades
3:52 Component vs coaxial speakers
4:22 Installing component systems
6:08 Tweeter materials and sound
6:51 Woofer materials and sound
7:27 Surround materials
8:03 Outro

Swapping speakers in your car is a satisfying experience. It offers you a big upgrade in sound with relatively straightforward installation. But all cars are different, and some speakers are a better match for you than others. Lucky for you, Crutchfield carries a huge selection of speakers.

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You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to car speakers, and this video will help give you the knowledge you need to make the right choice for your vehicle and budget. If you have questions along the way, please reach out to us; you can call, chat online, or email. And when you buy from Crutchfield, you get our free lifetime tech support.

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  1. WtrDogg20 on February 1, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this video!!! Now I know what to look for.
    I checked in the Crutchfield website replacement speakers for my Civic LX and they recommended a set of Kickers 46CSC674, but I would like to know whether there are other good options, as Kicker uses polyester foam surround and I have heard that foam does not last much.

  2. nikozombie1 on February 1, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Fantastic video! I love how informative this was!

  3. That guy videos on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    hellow so i would like to know if i bought two pairs of rockford fosegate t2652-s for my 2019 acoord ex 1.5 running with a rockford fosegate t400.4 bdcp amp but what is highs and mids and lows? i only need four speakers the rear deck uses 6.6s speakers so i dnt need 6by9s can u help me understand what the heck im doing plz should i get only one pair for highs and buy another pair for full range of mid range???

  4. PBS #007 on February 1, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    great presentation.

  5. Alvin Lofton on February 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    What about Subwoofer?

  6. Farhan Borker on February 1, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    unfortunately, I couldn’t look up a fitment for my car Mercedes-Benz GLE 400d V167 model. Do you have a recommendation for replacing factory speakers? I want a plug n play as I do not want Mercedes to void my warranty

  7. manuelmetallica on February 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks, ๐Ÿ‘

  8. beachbums271 on February 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Most helpful video Iโ€™ve found

  9. bone-snypa on February 1, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Thought of replacing factory speakers but not to anything crazy. Have a 19 fusion with 11 speakers, doors ill probably get components, but with the center speaker on front dash should i use a 2 way or something else

  10. Hugo Santos on February 1, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    TOP ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  11. Brandon Stroud on February 1, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Excellent video.

  12. Hexed Hero on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Do component systems generally sound better for audio quality and low distortion than loudspeakers/2-way speakers. Ive been told since each speaker is built individually purpose built with the correct frequencies going to each you generally get better power handling without the distortion.

  13. enver harambasic on February 1, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Hello. Do u have for renault trafic? I’m from europe.

  14. Forshledian on February 1, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    Instant Sub. Never seen a video from this company/channel before but I can tell they just know whatโ€™s up. Excellent Job.

  15. Charles Cavalieri D'oro on February 1, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    I just bought a pair

  16. Brent Malin on February 1, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    great information thank you! what would your recommendation on active subwoofer to add a little more bass with an easy compact design? may I add is there any issues when my car (infiniti) comes with a factory boss system?

  17. Nilima Mukherjee on February 1, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    I want a touchscreen head unit with component speakers in front door (a pair of tweeters and woofers) and a pair of component speakers in the rear door- how is it possible? Is there a better arrangement possible without adding sub woofers?

  18. Nathan Ward on February 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm


  19. dukeofpearl on February 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Focal…..all the way! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  20. a_room_without_a_view on February 1, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Cโ€™mon Crutchfield, why such a huge price difference between US and Canadian online pricing on your site?

  21. Jr RodRigueZ on February 1, 2021 at 6:44 pm


  22. Billy BM on February 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    helloo , what you think about the focal 165 fx and the focal 165 f , who is better ???

  23. Paul Stephens on February 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Hi JR. I just received Focal es165kx2 for my van. There will be couch in rear and screen come down behind front seats and can be moved to the rear when sitting in front with seats in cab swiveled. Attempting best set up so they either will go in front doors or need put in box for the rear. Due to font seats in the way the sound will be compromised when listing in the rear. If used for rear Iโ€™ll get a decent coax in front doors if in front s
    Doors will need a good surface mount in the rear. That said what do you advise for surface mounts. Have a soundigital 800/4 and using a JL audio 10โ€ sub with coustic 40ldb. Thanks for advice you can provide. Will have mineral wool insulation and acoustic foam/fabric also.

  24. dewangga hutama adhyaksa on February 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I’m glad to have come across your video, vry englihting for a beginner like me

  25. Ralph Birnbaum on February 1, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    This should be passed around as an example of a GOOD instructional video. Useful information, with a concise, clearly spoken explanation. Thanks.

  26. WhiteNewDeal on February 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    You said tweeter..

  27. chopers49 on February 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Can anyone tell me if the infinity kappa cxf 4×6 speakers are any good? I have a 03 Silverado with a a Sony touch screen, and alpine s65 6.5 coaxial front door speakers. But I want to replace the back 4x6s… I’m not running amps….

  28. Dave Tromp on February 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    I can’t find anything for a vw polo

  29. William McGilberry on February 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    That camera is amazing. I forgot about looking for speakers. I want that camera

  30. Sebastian Wilson on February 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Jbl mfr

  31. Steve Houlihan on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Great video. Very clear and brilliantly delivered. You say to look for speakers with very low power because factory radios don’t have much power. I’ve got a 50w per channel Alpine head unit. What would you recommend for decent sound without a separate amp? Fronts in the dash are 4inch, rear in the doors are 6 to 6.5inch.

  32. Deltonious on February 1, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    *Variks chattering*

  33. street13fighter channel on February 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    what size speaker fit to toyota avensis verso 2004 front ? 6.5 mhm ?

  34. Gary Garcia on February 1, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Hey. I know this has nothing to do with this video. I just seen itโ€™s ur latest. Iโ€™m trying to build a sound system in my Honda Odyssey. I want it to look stock as possible so I have 6 1/2 door speakers that I want to connect to an amp. Problem is. I donโ€™t know how to go about wiring them in parallel if the speakers will sit in the doors far apart from eachother. Can anyone help???!!!๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  35. Esa Trisaputra on February 1, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    The greatest. Thankyou

  36. Hudboys on February 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    It’s hard finding compatible speakers to my 88 Sentra

  37. Nacho Hernandez on February 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    What about hertz
    For a regular stereo for a cherokee SPORT
    I want crisp sound
    So are these good?

  38. Famouscop on February 1, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    What speaker do yโ€™all recommend

  39. Helgi Kristinsson on February 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Why do all the USA car related site’s that have a drop down menu for car make and model, never include Skoda??…. oh nice video btw, informative and straight to the point

  40. goomy worms on February 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    I have JBL component speakers in my front doors on my 2014 Rav4, I want to get powered sub boxes to go under the two front seats, would I need to upgrade/change any part of my cars power system to be able to run all that?

  41. garciakcfan on February 1, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    So if I wanted someone to install a subwoofer, 2 sets of 3 way component speakers in the doors is that 5 channels?

  42. jondoeman732 on February 1, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I like the website but I can’t find my car on there so to pick out speakers 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430

  43. Erocko on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Hello, If I was to get Apline tweeters for the tweeters. Than I get my Front door and my rear deck pioneers, would that have any affect on the sound ? Will it no work ? Would it even be compatible?? Am I allowed to do that? Please lmk thanks !!!

  44. ู…ุญู…ุฏ on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks a lot, I just hope that you can add nissan patrol to vehicles list on the website that would be much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Hi Di Do on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I just bought kickers csc654, for front & rear for my civic 2017 model… Do i need to remove my touchscreen and unplug battery before installing the speakers??

  46. This World Shall Know Pain! on February 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Hey so iv orderd
    1x pioneer sub 350w rms 12"
    2x pioneer 6x9s 120rms to run from a
    4x pioneer conponent 90w 6.5 door speakers

    Will this be to loud music for my 350rms sub ?
    Not sure if I should just get 2 front speakers and 2 6x9s instead of 6 speakers be ok ?

    For my 2018 ford focus .many thanks to anyone that can answer that ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Aaron Maloney on February 1, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Jl Audio people ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  48. ChristianSaburo on February 1, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Hello, i could not find my car (citroen ds5 2012) on that list? I tried to find what speakers could fit in my car… anyway, can someone help me out? i like the sound in my car but i just want to make a little upgrade to the bass, i dont want something big and boomie, i dont like that, at higher volumes my low end starts to distort a little soo i would like to give it more room and make my low end more punchy hehe, any ideas what can be the easiest option? does jbl make good subs for cars?

  49. Superfastjellyfish on February 1, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    I feel even more overwhelmed. I just want to put better quality speakers in my car while keeping the stock head unit.

  50. Vasco Miguel on February 1, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    this man’s a hero, thanks!