How to Upgrade Prius Speakersby Ian Moore
Although the Toyota Prius offers excellent gas mileage and is one of the highest selling hybrid vehicles in the world, it lacks in the sound department. Like most stock stereo systems, Toyota Prius speakers are composed of paper. This not only affects the sound in a negative way, it also makes the speakers more prone to damage and the risk of blowing out. Thankfully, there are a number of upgrade options available.
Find out the dimensions of your Prius speakers. Most car speakers have a width and height of 6.5 inches, while some come in larger sizes.
Test out aftermarket speakers. Go to an aftermarket car specialist or electronics store and listen to the speakers that are on display. Choose whether you want full-range or component speakers. Full-range speakers include a woofer for the lows and a tweeter for the highs. These are both easy to install and affordable. Component speakers include separate woofers, tweeters and crossovers. This creates a surround sound feel and is the more expensive option of the two.
Decide whether you want to replace the front speakers, rear, or the entire system. Speakers come in pairs, so if you want to replace everything, than you need to buy two speaker sets. Buy a warranty plan if you want to protect the life of your speakers.
Install the speakers. You may install the speakers yourself or have the store install them for you. In store installation may cost a fee, but you can ensure that it is done professionally. Installing the speakers on your own will save money but is a bit time consuming. Go to the Toyota Car Stereo Removal website (see Resources) for instructions on how to install Prius speakers.
- You may also buy speakers online but risk missing out on discounts for warranties and installation fees.
- Warranties may not cover damage due to installations done on your own.