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CAR TALK

New Toyota Camry can do everything except play CDs
DEAR CAR TALK:
I recently bought a 2019 Toyota Camry.
I knew that it did not have a CD player,
nor was one available as an option. The
salesperson assured me that I would be
able to download all my CDs to a thumb
drive and listen to them that way in the car.
Well, that was a pipe dream! I have not
figured out a way to do that efficiently,
and Toyota’s Entune System (and its
“directions”) is mystifying.
My question is this: Is there any way to
install an after-market CD player in this
car? If not, is there any similar car out
there that comes with a CD player? Thank
you!
-- Janet
DEAR JANET:
Wow, you really like your CDs, Janet!

You’re willing to dump a brand-new
Camry just so you can listen to the Doobie
Brothers. I admire that. But you won’t have
to dump the Camry, Janet.
First of all, we agree with you about
Toyota’s “Entune” infotainment system.
It’s miserably complicated, and lots of
people have complained to us about how
unintuitive it is. So, you’re not alone there.
And you’re not alone in wanting a CD
player -- although you are increasingly in
the minority these days, as most people
store their music on their phones.
The easiest, though not cheapest, way to
get a CD player is to visit a reputable car
stereo store. Look carefully at reviews and
recommendations because it’s a business
where quality varies a lot from store to
store.

A good car stereo shop can either add
a permanent CD player that they will
mount somewhere for you, or they can
even replace your Camry’s “head unit” (the
stereo controller on your dashboard) with
a whole new system that has a CD player
built in. If only I could’ve replaced my
brother’s “head unit.”
If you’re handy and prefer to do it
yourself, just go online and search for
“USB CD player for 2019 Camry.” You’ll
find a number of options for CD players
that plug into your car stereo’s USB
port. Then, when you select USB as your
“source,” your car stereo system will play
whatever’s in the CD player. The player
itself can go in the glove box, under the
dash, or on the side of the center console,
with self-adhesive patches.

RAY MAGLIOZZI

King Features Content
cartalk@gmail.com

But try a good stereo shop first. See
what it costs to have it done professionally
and cleanly. After all, it’s a brand-new car,
Janet. It’s a little early to be telling your
passengers to “watch the wires” when they
get in.

Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King
Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or visit
www.cartalk.com. (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug
Berman. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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