5 Cars With the Best Audio Systems

Your car’s sound system is an integral part of your vehicle, and one that you likely take for granted. In the past, some vehicles didn’t even come with a radio. Now they’re ubiquitous, a standard in any vehicle you consider buying. Yet the quality of those sound systems varies widely, and if you don’t want to install your own speakers and subwoofers, you might want to consider what you’re buying. The next time you’re car shopping, pay attention to the sound system that comes with the car you’re considering. These are five of the cars with the best audio systems you can buy in 2021. 

The blue-lit custom sound system in the trunk of a car.
A custom audio system inside the interior of a car | Christopher Jue via Getty Images

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one of the cars with the best audio systems

Rolling Stone called the 14-speaker Bose sound system in the 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray “one of the most impressive listening experiences we’ve had in any car.” They also note that Corvette and Bose have been partnering since 1984, and that this system includes the most speakers that Bose has ever put into a two-seater car. 

The Acura TLX has a system tuned by a Grammy-winning producer

The 2021 Acura TLX has a 16-channel, 17-speaker system with 3D surround sound. Rolling Stone says that the system in the Acura is as good as it is in part because it was tuned by Elliot Scheiner. He’s a Grammy-winning producer and engineer and the magazine says that thanks to him the sound system in the Acura is unparalleled. 

The 2021 BMW X7 has a great sound system

The 2021 BMW X7 comes with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. BMW has been partnering with Harman Kardon for thirty years. According to CoPilot, BMW owners say that this sound system makes them feel like they’re at a concert. 

Bose is also in the 2021 Cadillac CT4

If you buy the Premium Luxury trim on the 2021 Cadillac CT4, you’ll get a Bose 14-speaker sound system. This uses Bose’s AudioPilot system to adjust the volume of your music depending on external noise factors. No more having to manually raise and lower the volume!

The 2021 Lexus ES has one of the best audio systems out there


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Lexus has been partnering with Mark Levinson since 2001 to put premium sound systems in upgraded Lexuses. The 2021 Lexus ES has a 17-speaker system, 1,800-watt surround sound system. Listening to music in a Lexus equipped with a Mark Levinson system would be nearly as good as listening to the performer live. 

If you’ra a music lover or spend a lot of time in your car, paying extra for a premium sound system may make a lot of sense for you. There’s nothing better than listening to your favorite music while stuck in traffic or on a long road trip. And when that music has unparalleled quality, the time in your car can be downright enjoyable. If an optimum listening experience is a priority for you, you can safely choose any one of these vehicles the next time you’re car shopping.