The 5 Best 6.5-inch Car Speakers to Buy in 2021

Do you know what can make your everyday commuting to and from your job much better? A better sound system for your car. Have you ever noticed how a drive will seem significantly shorter when you have been listening to some good music and you end up surprised how you got home so quickly?

However, to appreciate the real beauty of music,  it needs to be delivered flawlessly. Something the factory speakers for your car might not be able to do. In 2021, a lot of people appreciate high-fi audio quality, and we don’t mind spending money on these gadgets. So why would you skimp out on your car speakers?

If you want to get in on the enjoyment a great pair of car speakers bring, we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the best 6.5-inch speakers for your car in 2021.

1. JL Audio C5 653 Evolution

For The Enthusiast


  • Balanced low and high frequencies
  • Durable
  • Low impedance


  • Expensive

16 Reviews

Speaker Type: Coaxial | RMS/Peak Power: 75W/225W | Frequency Response: 48 Hz – 25 kHz

Let me put this simply: these are the best 6.5-inch speakers you can get for your car. Period. JL Audio’s website defines this product quite simply as “Supremely Smooth”. In all honesty, I could not agree more. This system includes everything you can need and then some. You can buy the C5 653 Evolution once, and you’ll never need anything for your car’s audio again.

The 653 Evolution includes two 6.5-inch speakers built around a cast alloy frame. Two 4-inch mid-range drivers provide superb clarity to the vocals and instruments. It even includes pure silk doom tweeters, which will allow you to get a better dynamic range. With all of these components, you can configure them any way you want according to your car, and get your own custom experience.

Enough with the specs, let’s talk about sound quality. First impressions are loud and clear (pun intended). Seriously, you can almost describe these speakers as “audiophile” quality. The mid-range is distinct and crystal clear, and the highs are an absolute pleasure for the ears. The bass has oomph to it, but it isn’t overpowered and is generally well balanced.

You will definitely need to mess around a bit to modify your factory-built sound system and install this one, but that goes without saying. Once you’re through with that, you’ll be surprised by the results. Sure, they are the priciest option on this list, but it is a premium product aimed at enthusiasts.

2. Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Speaker

Tried And True


  • Great bass
  • Overall balanced sound
  • Easy installation


  • Sound gets distorted at high volumes

10,355 Reviews

Speaker Type: Coaxial | RMS/Peak Power: 45W/90W | Frequency Response: 52 Hz - 20 kHz

This is another excellent replacement for your car’s stock speakers. The Fosgate R165X3 has an RMS rating of 45 Watts with the ability to reach a peak power of 90W. These are ratings that have been tested and conform to the CEA-2031 industry standards.

One of the first things you will notice is the impressive low-frequency reproduction thanks to the vacuum polypropylene cone structure that provides more surface area and hence a boosted bass. Then there is the Piezo tweeter and midrange drivers mounted on a silk dome pole that ensures the perfect execution of the mid and high frequencies.

This is further enhanced by the incorporation of an integrated tweeter crossover that seamlessly directs the high frequencies to the dedicated drivers.  Also, included in the package is a grill to cover the speaker cone. However, the grills have been reported to obstruct the sound in a way, and thus if you can do without them the better. The installation process is quite easy and the mounting hardware is included in the package.

With all that said, it’s really hard to imagine any way in which the R165X3 would disappoint you. Compared to similarly priced speakers, I can tell you confidently that Rockford will give you great value for your money. There is a reason they are one of the best sellers on Amazon.

3. Pioneer TS-A1686R A-Series Car Speakers

Bang For Your Buck


  • Perfect low-end
  • Less distortions at high volumes
  • Low power demands
  • Established brand name


  • Could do better with the high frequencies

983 Reviews

Speaker Type: Coaxial | RMS/Peak Power: 60W/320W | Frequency Response: 32 Hz - 40 kHz

I bet you would be really surprised if we concluded this list without the inclusion of a Pioneer speaker. And since we are talking about 6.5 speakers, none does it better than their A series. For this review, we will focus on the TS-A1686R which comes with a combined RMS power of 60W. That is 30 RMS for each speaker and a peak power of 320W.

One of their distinguishing features is the oversized multilayer mica-matrix woofer that is about 14% bigger than the standard 6.5 speakers. This means they have an overall better low-frequency response than the typical speakers. The high frequencies are handled by the 3/8-inch polyethylene terephthalate dome tweeter while the 1/8-inch balanced midrange takes care of the rest.

The unique design of the TS-A1686R speakers ensures the mid and high frequencies are projected uniformly to give a perfectly balanced sound. You also don’t have to worry about the speaker overheating when playing at high volumes thanks to the heat-resistant voice coil wire. And to cap it off, the TS-A1686R speakers are characterized by a high sensitivity that significantly lessens their power demands. This can be attributed to the light-duty elastic polymer surround.

Pioneer is a brand that hardly disappoints and the TS-A1686R series is no different. Although we have specifically talked about the 350W model there is a bunch of other variations you can choose from the A-series. These range from 200W to 650W which is actually the most power you will find in a 6.5 speaker.

4. JBL GX602 180W 6.5

Surprise Hit


  • Solid audio quality
  • Easy installation
  • Low power resistance


  • Bass can be lacking at times

425 Reviews

Speaker Type: Coaxial | RMS/Peak Power: 120/180W | Frequency Response: 67 Hz - 21 kHz

JBL may not be the biggest name in the car audio industry but don’t rule them out just yet. They have been a formidable force in the home entertainment scene for over 60 years and now, their expansion into car audio seems to be doing great as well.

So, what makes this speaker stand out? For starters, there is the patent-pending JBL plus one cone technology that affords the speakers more surface area for better bass production. This is then by the excellently balanced doom tweeter which provides a good amount of dynamic range to the audio.

The peak power for these speakers maxes out at about 180W. Now, we know that might sound a bit low to a lot of people, but you would be heavily surprised. They have a surprising amount of loudness and clarity to them, which you wouldn’t expect from speakers that aren’t as powerful (at least on paper) as others on this list.

The installation process is also quite easy, and they can work with a large variety of cars and models. They aren’t all that expensive either. The bass is a bit lacking, but apart from that, I can’t find any major flaws. If you absolutely need the best audio quality or more bass, you’ll have to look elsewhere. But for most people, this is another easy recommendation.

5. JVC CS-J620 Coaxial Speakers

Quality On A Budget


  • Excellent high frequency handling
  • Overall balanced sound
  • Low power requirement
  • Easy installation
  • Minimum sound distortion


  • Poor bass experience

5,473 Reviews

Speaker Type: Coaxial | RMS/Peak Power: 30W/300W | Frequency Response: 35 Hz - 22 kHz

And now for our final speakers. The JVC CS-J620. This pair comes with a combined power handling of 60W RMS and 600W peak power. Therefore, even with a standard factory amplifier, you will still be able to get great sound from them. But my favorite feature on these speakers is the Poly-Ether Imide balanced dome tweeter.

You see, most speakers only claim to reach a 22,000Hz frequency but do not actualize it. With the CS-J620 however, you can immediately hear the clearly defined high frequencies the moment you turn them on. And to balance it off, the speakers feature a hybrid, rubber, and cloth surround that compliments the mica cone woofer to brilliantly reproduce the low and mid-range frequencies.

The drivers are mounted onto a steel-stamped frame that gives them rigidity and helps to reduce sound distortion. This frame has then been made as shallow as possible and features pre-arranged hole patterns to make installation a straightforward process. But in case it requires to be modified to fit your car, JVC has been kind enough to provide you with mounting tabs and extra screws.

This is a really great speaker that you get at an even better price. For the price, however, I wasn’t expecting the low-end to be amazing, and my suspicions proved to be true. A good thing is that the bass isn’t overpowering at all, but that may be because there isn’t much there, to begin with. Still, I can’t complain too much considering the ridiculously low price.

This is a really great speaker that you get at an even better price. If the bass wasn’t lacking, they would be a bit higher up on the list. If you’re looking for a quick replacement without saying goodbye to your wallet, these are worth considering.

Bill Wilson
Bill is a certified Microsoft Professional providing assistance to over 500 remotely connected employees and managing Windows 2008 to 2016 servers.