Pioneer AVH 210EX

6.2″ Double Din Multimedia DVD Receiver with Bluetooth & WVGA Display.

Pioneer AVH-210EX Review


It’s really hard not to fall head over heels in love with the new Pioneer AVH 210EX at first glance, particularly when you see just how beautiful, how vibrant, and how crystal-clear the nearly 7 inch WVGA touchscreen on this digital media receiver is.

Whereas a lot of modern digital media receivers have so-so touchscreens when it comes to range of color, accuracy, and overall resolution and fidelity the Pioneer looks and feels like a modern-day tablet (and a high-end one at that).

Combine that with the underlying technology that the folks at Pioneer have shoehorned into this relatively compact unit and it immediately becomes apparent why this option is so popular.

Featuring wireless and wired connections for your smartphone and tablet devices on the go, as well as top-tier integration with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, there are a lot of bells and whistles under the hood of this system that make it such a fantastic purchase.

Sure, there are a couple of nitpick issues that we highlight below (but none of them deal breakers) just like any other digital media receiver. But all in all this is a rock solid unit that will act as the brains of the operation for your entire automotive entertainment system.

Let’s take a little deeper into everything that the new Pioneer AVH 210EX brings to the table.

What’s in the Box

The Pioneer AVH 210EX is a versatile combination digital media receiver, DVD player, and nearly 7-inch resistive touchscreen module, all fused together in a Double DIN configuration.

The touchscreen can be detached from the mounting system for safe storage when your vehicle is parked and left unattended.

The package includes a dedicated wiring harness, making installation easier. Additionally, AV and pre-out harness accessories are included, providing options for expanding the capabilities of the AVH 210EX.

A remote control designed specifically for the unit is included, as well as an external microphone with a mounting bracket and a long cable.

The AVH 210EX comes with a dedicated GPS antenna and an 11.5-foot-long cable for navigation, so you won’t have to rely on your phone’s navigation system.

The package also includes a 58-inch USB extension cable to allow for easy access to the rear USB input, and mounting hardware, double-sided tape, and self-adhesive components for easy installation.

With these features, the Pioneer AVH 210EX offers a complete package for those looking for an easy-to-use digital media receiver with advanced capabilities.

Key Features

The Pioneer AVH 210EX boasts a range of impressive key features. Its combination digital media receiver and DVD player come equipped with a nearly 7-inch resistive touchscreen module, providing easy access to all of your media and entertainment. The unit is also Double DIN configured, and the touchscreen can be detached for safe storage.

The package includes a dedicated wiring harness that streamlines the installation process, along with AV and pre-out harness accessories for expanding capabilities. The AVH 210EX also comes with a remote control specifically designed for the unit, providing passengers with easy control options from the backseat.

For navigation, the AVH 210EX comes with a dedicated GPS antenna and an 11.5-foot-long cable, making it easy to access navigation without relying on your mobile device. Additionally, the unit includes a 58-inch USB extension cable for easy access to the rear USB input.

The AVH 210EX’s external microphone, with its long cable and mounting bracket, offers exceptional voice control options for both the Pioneer system and mobile devices. Additionally, the package includes mounting hardware, double-sided tape, self-adhesive components, and instructional manuals, making installation and use simple and straightforward.


Apple / Android Compatibility

Both the Apple and Android mobile operating systems are supported with the Pioneer AVH 210EX, and both of them work “right out of the box” the moment that you connect your device to this digital media receiver.

Best of all, not only are you going to be able to have total control over your smart phone or your tablet when you connect via USB but you’re also going to be able to use Apple Carplay and Android Auto when you are connected over Bluetooth or the integrated 5 GHz Wi-Fi network.

This allows for rock solid and high-speed connections between the AVH 210EX digital media receiver and your mobile device. It also turns the Pioneer AVH 210EX into basically an oversized tablet hard mounted into your dashboard, giving you total access to your phone’s controls, capabilities, and mobile applications while on the go – combined with voice commands as well.

The Pioneer interface on its own is pretty slick but the receiver becomes really special when using it in Apple Carplay or Android Auto mode.


Wi-Fi screen mirroring capabilities are built right into the Pioneer AVH 210EX, though as of right now they only work with Android devices running at least Android 5.0. It’s possible that Apple screen mirroring support is added through a firmware update later down the line.

If your vehicle did not come with Sirius XM satellite equipment already built-in that you can plug directly into the Pioneer AVH 210EX through the wiring harness, you’ll need a third-party adapter and a subscription for this satellite radio service.

While the AVH 210EX does not include backup camera hardware in the box it does include support for two different cameras (including backup cameras, dashboard cameras, and front facing cameras) with pre wired inputs ready to go. You will need to purchase the hardware for the camera itself if your vehicle did already come with one from the manufacturer.

Final Verdict

One of the premier manufacturers when it comes to automotive entertainment equipment, Pioneer as done a great job with everything that the AVH 210EX model has to offer.

Sleek, attractive, well-designed, and engineered to be as future proof as possible this is already one of the most popular digital media receivers on the market and should continue to be so for a couple of years.


The screen is gorgeous and responsive to touch controls, the underlying technology is very fast and high-performing, and the extensibility you get with the Pioneer AVH 210EX allows you to add to its capabilities at your convenience.

The Pioneer AVH 210EX comes highly recommended.


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