It has been a while since I've been up to date on car stereo equipment, but I've recently dove back in to research for a purchase.
I am looking to replace my fiance's HU in a 05 Xterra and thought a double-din would be a nice way to go. I narrowed my choices down to two from Crutchfield: a new model from Clarion, the CX501 and '10 model from Pioneer, the FH-P8000BT. Feature-wise, they are similar. The Clarion has front facing USB and Aux, which I like for ease over a cleaner look. The Clarion is $80 cheaper.
I know Pioneer has a good reputation, and I know Clarion has been around for a while. I just don't know if Clarion is a good bet for quality. Personally I have a Kenwood which has been rock solid, but Kenwood doesn't have an option for me in the $250-$350 range.
Anyone have anything good or bad to say about Clarion? I am willing to pay for better quality, but if Clarion is as good, then I'd go for the front-facing ports.