Founded in 1900, Firestone is one of the five worldwide tire brands to come out of Akron, Ohio. (Goodyear, General Tire, Cooper and BFGoodrich are the others.)
Founded in 1915 alongside four other major tire manufacturers in Akron, Ohio, General Tire was purchased by the German tire brand, Continental in the late 1980's.
Founded in 1870 and purchased by Michelin in 1988, BFGoodrich is one of the oldest and most well-known tire brands in the world. While these tires are more affordably priced than its parent brand, it lacks the performance options and variety.
MTX Audio has a well-earned reputation for some of the most impressive high-end car subwoofers and car audio equipment on the market. The JackHammer, for example, costs $10,000 and is so big and powerful, they recommend you consider making vehicle modifications to handle it.
Rockford Fosgate is among the most popular brand of car audio manufacturers, and the P300 is no exception as the most reviewed and highest rated car subwoofer on Amazon. This 300-watt subwoofer features a 12-inch woofer and a sealed enclosure designed to produce a punchy, yet tight performance.
Made by Harman, the JBL BassPro SL is an under-seat subwoofer with the type of performance I've come to expect from Harman. The tight bass fills out a mix without dominating and it features a bigger sound than other under-seat subs.
The Infinity BassLink SM is an under-seat powered car subwoofer with a 125-watt rated amplifier and an 8-inch woofer. While it doesn't have the size or even the pristine performance of the 12-inch subwoofers I tested, it was the best performing under-seat subwoofer.
The JBL GT-BassPro12 doesn't just look intimidating with its silver protective bars and molded woofer, but it sounds intimidating. With a 12-inch woofer and a massive Slipstream front-facing port, the performance is big and aggressive.
The Rockford Fosgate PS-8 is the under-seat powered subwoofer from the same Punch series as the Rockford Fosgate P300 (my pick for the best powered subwoofer overall). As with other under-seat subs, the woofer is 8-inches. However, it has a 150-watt amplifier.
The Kenwood KSC-SW11 features an 8.25 x 5.15-inch woofer. The rectangular shape is unique among under-seat car subwoofers, but it allows the subwoofer to fit in a much smaller enclosure. While the performance was above average, the size of the bass isn't great, even for an under-seat subwoofer.
As an under-seat car subwoofer, the Kicker Hideaway has almost everything you should look for: a powerful amp, a compact design and plenty of control over the performance. Unfortunately, it doesn't shine enough in any of these areas to make up for the high price tag.
The Pioneer TS-WX1210A is a 12-inch powered subwoofer in a sealed enclosure engineered to produce tight bass.
Viper is such a popular car alarm brand, you can buy decals to put on your window to deter potential thieves. If you want a Viper car alarm, but you don't want to spend $200, the Viper 3400V is a great option.
The Viper 5706V is the most high-end car alarm on the market. Many people buy Viper car alarms because of its brand. Having a Viper decal on your car's window is viewed by many to be an effective, albeit unproven, deterrent. (This explains why you can purchase the decals separately.)
The Viper SmartStart GPS is a car tracker made by one of the most popular car alarm manufacturers, Directed, Inc.
Pyle is known more for manufacturing affordable car speakers, but the Pyle PWD701 is among the most popular car alarms under $50 on the market. As with high-end alarms like the Viper 5706V and Python 5706P, this security system features a six-stage, 120dB siren with a dual-stage sensor.
The ScyTek A20 has all the basic features we look for in an affordable car alarm: a 120-dB six-stage siren, dual-zone impact sensors and keyless entry. The ScyTek A20 remote is among the smallest available despite having five functional buttons.
Manufactured by Directed, Inc., the same company making Python and Viper car alarms, the Avital 5305L is the most affordable car alarm on the market featuring a remote start system and a two-way pager.
The biggest problem with traditional car alarms is the alarm. The deafening 120-dB siren is meant to draw attention to the car, scaring the would-be thief away.
Both made by Directed, Inc, the Python 5706P model is practically identical to the Viper 5706V. Both utilize the same six-stage siren, dual-stage Stinger DoubleGuard shock sensor and remote start system. And both come with a two-way pager capable of roaming up to a mile from your car.
Manufacturered by Voxx Electronics, the Prestige APS997Z is my pick for the best car alarm overall because it's one of the most affordable car alarms with a remote start system. It has all the same alarm features of a high-end alarms, but costs nearly $85 less.
The TaoTronics TT-BR05 is the simplest Bluetooth car kit I've reviewed. It's plugs into your stereo's AUX port. It has few buttons and no interface. It simply creates a bridge for your phone to stream music through the stereo.
Jabra is one of the biggest and most trusted names in Bluetooth devices, and the Jabra Tour has been around for years. I've reviewed Bluetooth car kits since 2014 and the Tour had already been one of the best Bluetooth car kits for several years.
In past years, the Jabra Freeway was my pick for best Bluetooth car kit because of the superior hands-free call quality.