Skip to main content

If you’re the type of person who loves listening to loud music while driving, you might value an excellent audio system as a key vehicle feature. For some, aftermarket systems and speakers are the only options. However, if you want a factory-installed audio system, there are many different choices for what’s controlled by your infotainment system. Some automakers offer premium sound systems in partnership with an audio brand. Here are the best factory-installed audio systems in 2022.

Volvo factory-installed audio system: Bowers and Wilkins

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge interior, Volvo has one of the best factory installed audio systems.
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge interior | Volvo

According to CarBuzz, Volvo’s Bowers and Wilkins audio systems are top of the line. Moreover, the Harman Kardon-developed system uses Bowers and Wilkins hardware to provide immense clarity. CB recommends it for those listening to classical and jazz music. However, it’s the perfect audio system for lovers of any genre of music. CB encourages more nuanced music because of its clear and concise sound.

The Volvo Bowers and Wilkins audio system uses a 12-channel amplifier and 19 separate speakers. In addition, those speakers use a unique open-air sub-woofer and sound processing software. Volvo’s system is available in its 2022 cars and crossovers for around $2,650 extra.

Nissan and Volkswagen: Fender

Nissan Titan, Nissan has one of the best factory installed audio systems.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup truck | Nissan

Nissan and Volkswagen both use Fender audio systems. Fender is often seen as a very American product, so the brand is common for automakers outside the US to use. That’s a popular reason you’ll find Fender sound equipment inside many pickup trucks. Nothing says America like a pickup truck playing country music through a Fender audio system.

Fender is well known for making guitars, amps, and other instruments and equipment. However, its factory-installed audio systems are an excellent option in 2022. Fender’s systems shine when listening to music in which you’d hear their instruments. Rock, metal, country, blues, and more sound clear and crisp at any volume. A factory-installed Fender audio system is available on many 2022 Nissan and Volkswagen models.

Mercedes-Benz: Burmester

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ Premium, Infotainment systems are better, where's your premium sound system?
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ Premium front interior | Jordan Almond, MotorBiscuit

According to CarBuzz, the Mercedes Burmester audio system is clear, precise, and hefty. There’s no subwoofer included, but the system generates bass in a chamber built into the front of the vehicle’s body. As a result, the classic Mercedes-Benz quiet interior remains that way but with a powerful, controlled bass kick. Moreover, it’s a fantastic option for anyone who listens to bass-heavy music.

Furthermore, fans of bass-heavy EDM, hip-hop or similar will enjoy the controlled and refined bass feeling. However, other genres work perfectly well too. In particular, a heavy metal beat with a fast bass pedal would be excellent. The Burmester system includes 31 speakers, and Dolby Atmos surround sound. However, Mercedes Burmester systems have different variations, and what you pay is what you get.

Acura: ELS Studio 3D Premium Audio System

2022 Acura Integra interior features, including beige upholstery and moonroof
2022 Acura Integra interior | Acura

Acura’s premium audio system is one of the best money can buy. CB reported a “sturdy and powerful bass, clear midrange, plenty of detail, and a bright top end.” Next, there are two versions available featuring either 16 or 32 speakers. Whichever you choose, the speakers are carefully placed and designed to fill the space inside the vehicle and make it feel like a live concert. All genres of music perform well inside an Acura using ELS Studio 3D.

Part of the 3D experience of Acura’s audio system is that sound comes from the roof. Acura’s sound system can make it seem like the music is playing from above your head with more speakers. Don’t worry; the driver and passengers can still hear it all around them and feel the bass throughout.

Rolls-Royce; Bespoke Audio


Is it Worth it to Add Sound Deadening to a Car?

Let’s be honest; if you’re paying for a Rolls-Royce, it better come with a spectacular factory-installed audio system. Fortunately, the Bespoke Audio system lives up to the task. Only this time, Bespoke Audio is designed by Rolls-Royce engineers and lives in the car from the start. Bass tubes are integrated into the sills, and windows are built with sound-dampening insulation between the panes.

Bass is “deep and responsive,” according to CarBuzz. Like many other ways, this Rolls-Royce feature makes other luxury brands feel cheap. Every part of the sound system is engineered perfectly for the passengers to enjoy listening to music inside the vehicle. Everything is tuned to best fit the driver and passenger’s positioning, even at high speeds. In short, it’s the Rolls-Royce of factory-installed audio systems in 2022.

Best 2022 factory-installed audio systems

If you like to enjoy the driving experience, a premium sound system is just the thing you need. For the best available sound, go with one of these brands. Although it may cost some extra cash, hearing crisp, clear music through your car’s speakers every day is truly a treat. Opt for Volvo, Nissan, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, or Rolls-Royce’s factory-installed audio systems for the best quality.