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Pioneer Avic-5201NEX Review

Most people often get confused while upgrading to a new GPS Navigation Car Stereo because there are already tons of head units available in the market and it is not possible for everyone to try every unit.

But when it comes to car stereo the first name it comes in most of the mind is Pioneer. However Avic-5201NEX is not the newest model of the Pioneer but you can give all the latest car features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Offline GPS Navigation, Hand’s Free Calling, and many more at a very reasonable price.

The price is low compared to other head units in the market, offering the same features as the other Pioneer Double din Stereos. Here in this review article, you will find all the good and Bad kinds of Stuff of Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX.

Design and Features

In Pioneer Avic-5201NEX, a 6.2-inch clear resistive touchscreen is given which is quite decent. Also, it comes with Anti-Glare Display which helps you to use this stereo easily in bright light. This unit’s Video quality is quite good compared to its previous model. Many different colors and key combination options are available to change its display and Button color. Many Video Formats supported such as DVD/DVD-R MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, WMV AVI / DVIX/JPEG

Below the video is the review of 5200NEX. Both 5200NEX and 5201NEX have exact same features. But the price of the 5201NEX is comparably low.

What’s in the Box?

  • CD/DVD Receiver
  • Wiring Harness 
  • GPS Navigation Antenna with 11.5’ attached Cable
  • Type- A Extension Cable 
  • External Microphone for hands-free calling
  • 6 Pan-head Screw, 6 Flat-head Screw
  • Extension Cable for Mini-jack 
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • User Manual and a Quick Start Guide


  • 6.2-inch WVGA Multi-touch Display
  • Screen Resolution: 800 x 480
  • Full Dimension: 11 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches (L x B x H)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16: 9
  • Built-in GPS Navigation / GPS Antenna included
  • 7.9 Million Point of Interest and 8 GB Map Data
  • Built-in Amplifier having Power Output of 200Watts 
  • 56 Watts RMS max.
  • 13 Band Graphic EQ / Auto Equalizer
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto supported
  • Voice Control via Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth with Hands-Free Profile v 1.6
  • Sirius XM HD Radio Ready, having 18 FM and 6 AM 
  • Dual USB input / Direct USB control for iPhone and iPod
  • Rare Aux input 
  • 12 Months of Warranty

Built-in GPS Navigation

AVIC 5201NEX comes with an 8 GB Data of Offline GPS Navigation system which covers all the maps of the United States, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. It has more than 7.9 million points of interest which were provided by (HERE®) also the maps can be viewed in 3D, 2D Heading UP and 2D North UP and it can show the speed limit of the vehicle. If you are in hurry, you can use the voice command feature via Siri Eyes Free to lock the maps and go to your desire location.

Pioneer Avic-5201NEX

Sound Quality

The audio quality is next level due to its good quality built-in amplifier which has a power out of 200 watts. It also has a 13 Band built-in equalizer in which you customize the music in different styles such as Natural/ Powerful/ VocalNatural/Flat and many more. MIXTRAX is also available in this unit in which you can create a remix of various songs. AVIC 5201NEX is also compatible with Auto EQ which is also a very useful feature to evenly distribute the audio in the whole car. Pioneer recommends using CD-MC20 with this radio. This Unit Support Different audio formats such as FLAC, MP3, AAC, WAV, WMA audio playback, and many more.

Siri Eyes Free works great with this stereo which helps to make the work easy. You can make calls or send voice messages or setting alarms just by speaking and many more things.

The Built-in Bluetooth works even you can connect two devices at a time and can use one for Hands-Free Calling and the other for audio streaming. The Bluetooth connects very quickly and easily also the connection of the Bluetooth is very strong.

 Apple CarPlay / Android Auto

You can connect any iPhone or Android via USB cable with this unit and can enjoy the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Sadly there is no wireless CarPlay but in its price, it is sufficient for most people. You can mostly all apps like Pandora, Spotify, or can even use them for navigation via Apple Maps or Google Maps.


Pioneer AVIC 5201NEX supports the most type of car accessories such as:

  • iData-Link Maestro
  • Backup Camera
  • Parking Assist Guideline
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • Steering Wheel Control
Pioneer AVIC-5201NEX Back
  • Awesome Sound Quality due to their powerful built-in amplifier and very easy to use interface
  • GPS Navigation System Works very Accurately and Fast
  • Crystal Clear Display and antiglare display makes it very easy to use it in sunlight
  • The price of this head unit is very affordable as compare to other Pioneer’s models which offering exact features at a high price.
  • Voice Command via Siri Eyes Free works very fast also gives a street name at turns.
  • Avic-5201NEX support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto which works with mostly all types of smartphone and supports numerous apps
  • Bluetooth Connect very quickly also hands-free calling works flawlessly.
  • Avic-5201NEX offers MIXTRAX which makes your journey very enjoyable due to their virtual DJ experience.
  • High-resolution FLAC files supported.
  • Support HD radio via Sirius XM and iDatlink Maestro as well as backup Camera that all you need to buy extra.
  • Small Volume/ menu buttons but most people prefer steering wheel controls.
  • In Avic-5201NEX the screen resolution is average especially while watching the movie it might not give the true quality.
  • The screen size 6.2” might be small for some people
  • No wireless option for CarPlay but works pretty good with a USB cable
  • Backup Camera Remote Control not included in the box


Does Pioneer Avic-5201NEX support Android Auto?

Yes, it does support Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay but to use CarPlay in your vehicle you need to connect your device with the receiver with the help USB cable.

Does this Unit support GPS Navigation?

Yes, as mention above, this head unit supports offline navigation in which you will 8 GB of map data which is provided by HERE®

Does this head Unit have a CD/ DVD player?

Avic-5201NEX does have a CD/ DVD player in which you can play the video at good quality and can play video in different formats such as MPEG 1-2-4, AVI/DivX, and WMV

Pioneer Avic-5201NEX – Final Verdict

Pioneer Avic models are considered to be the top-rated car head units. However, as we mention early the Avic 5201nex is not to be the latest car stereo. But when you compare its features and price it will blow your mind. No Car stereos/head unit model offers as many features as the price of 5201nex.

The current price of pioneer Avic-5201nex on amazon is around 4oo Dollars. However, the price of this unit can vary in the future. You can also check this Pioneer AVH-2550NEX review if it does not available also that unit offers almost the same price and has the same features except for the navigation system.

To be honest, if you were comfortable at this price, this might satisfy all your needs like Apple CarPlay, Hands-Free Calling, and most important this head unit supports an offline Navigation system. Well, if you like our Avic-5201NEX Review consider it sharing with your friends or relatives who searching for a new car stereo.

I am Miles Walker, founder of I'm a car audio enthusiast and have been since I was a kid. I created the website to help people make the best decision when it comes to choosing and installing the new car stereo head unit. I have a degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley, and I love working on cars and audio equipment.

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