Best 3.5 Car Speakers Reviews

Unless you have a relatively late model, high-end vehicle that shipped with premium sound system, chances are high that your vehicle is begging for a serious overhaul in the speaker department.

Sadly, most factory-installed car speakers are rarely worthy of praise. With those chintzy stock speakers, you’re missing out on all the nuance that goes into the creation of your favorite tracks. So quality speakers are essential if you want to make the most of your media.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best 3.5 speakers on the market. We can guarantee that any of these speakers will sound way better than your stock speakers. So, without any further ado, onto the list.

Best 3.5 Car Speakers Reviews

#1- Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx Speakers Review

  • Plus One+ polypropylene woofer cone With Hi-roll rubber surround
  • 1/2″ balanced textile dome tweeter
  • True Four Ohm Impedance technology: speaker’s 3-ohm impedance combines with speaker wire impedance for a
  • 4-ohm impedance load
  • Compatible with all factory or aftermarket car stereos
Size 3-1/2″
Design 2-way
Frequency range 85-21,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :   25 Watts
  • Peak :    75 Watts
Sensitivity 91dB
Top-mount Depth 1-7/16″
Impedance 4 ohms

 Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx 3.5 inch car speakersThe Infinity Reference 3022cfx speakers offer the most complete combination of high sensitivity rating, power handling capabilities, and wide frequency range in the genre. However, what really sells us on this set is its outstanding sound quality, which offers rich bass response, pure midrange details, and pristine treble.

Infinity REF3022CFX speakers feature Plus One+ polypropylene woofer cones supported with hi-roll rubber surround which allow for surprisingly strong performance from such a small speaker. Each Plus One+ woofer sports a significantly larger cone than speakers of similar size, and as you might already know, bigger cones means more refined bass and plenty of punch to complement the speaker’s smooth and accurate highs.

Speaking of highs, these 3.5 inch speakers offer exceptional clarity, thanks to their 1/2″ balanced textile dome tweeters that bring out all the details in your music without harshness and distortion.

These speakers can handle up to 25 watts of power RMS — they’ll work well when paired to an outboard amplifier. Their high sensitiviy rating also makes them a good match for factory or aftermarket stereo.

Additionally, these 3-ohm speakers combine with the speaker wire in your vehicle so your car stereo sees actual true 4-ohm impedance , so you get a little more volume out of your system.

Dollar for dollar, you cannot go wrong buying Infinity Reference 3022cfx speakers. They’re some of the best 3.5 car speakers on the market, all things considered.

#2- JBL GX302 Speakers Review

  • Polypropylene Plus One™ woofer cone
  • Rubber speaker surround
  • Edge-driven soft balanced dome tweeter
Size 3-1/2″
Design 2-way
Frequency range 90-21,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :  25 Watts
  • Peak :   75 Watts
Sensitivity 89dB
Top-mount Depth 1-7/16″
Impedance 2.3 ohms

JBL GX302 3.5 inch car speakersThe ultra-modern JBL GX302 3.5 inch speakers are as outstanding in terms of build quality as they’re in sound. These speakers are very well-engineered and are meant for those of you who want a pair of car speakers that looks as good as it sounds.

JBL GX302 3-1/2″ coaxial speakers flaunt a stylish, modern look that’s backed by JBL’s legendary commitment to excellent sound. Speaking of which, these JBL 3.5 inch speakers are designed to produce a clear, open midrange and a surprising amount of bass via the polypropylene Plus One™ woofer cones.

As for the highs, these speakers use an edge-driven balanced dome tweeter which expands the high-frequency range, so you’ll hear musical details that have always been part of your music but have remained hidden when listening on sub-par factory-installed speakers. Additionally, JBL GX302 speakers sport a tweeter deflector to compensate for speaker-mounting variations and for the diversity of car interiors.

JBL GX302 3.5 car speakers are rated for 91 dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 25 watts of power on continuous basis. That said, you can pair these speakers up to a factory or aftermarket radio, but you’ll get even better results feeding them power from an external amplifier.

While most 3-1/2″ car speakers feature 4 ohm impedance load, these JBL speakers sport low-impedance design of just 4 ohms. This design will safely draw more power from your car headunit or amp to give your music extra punch.

#3- Polk Audio DB351 Speakers Review

  • Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • 1/2″ liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeter
  • Neodymium tweeter magnet
  • Kapton voice coil
  • Built-in 2-way crossover network
  • Stainless steel mounting hardware
Size 3-1/2″
Design 2-way
Frequency range 90-22,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :   35 Watts
  • Peak :  105 Watts
Sensitivity 91dB
Top-mount Depth 1 9/16″
Impedance 4 ohms

Polk Audio DB351 3.5 car speakersNo question about our number third here. The dB series of speakers from Polk Audio deliver on all fronts, easily making them the top pick for most audiophiles. These speakers provide extremely full, crisp sound, whether they’re paired to a simple headunit or hooked up to an outboard amplifier.

Although these 3.5 inch speakers don’t pack the same punch as larger speakers, such as the DB651 (6.5) or DB691 (6X9), we feel the DB351 3-1/2″ speakers hit that sweet spot for small car speakers, striking the perfect balance between size, price and audio quality.

Polk Audio speakers feature 3-1/2″ Dynamic Balance polymer/mica composite woofers which are supported with durable butyl rubber surrounds for long lasting performance. Additionally, these speakers sport 1/2″ liquid-cooled silk/polymer composite dome tweeters which use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver precise high-frequency reproduction, immersing you in a live concert atmosphere with bright musical detail.

These speakers use built-in two-way crossovers to keep the high and low frequencies flowing to the proper drivers for seamless, and well-balanced sound throughout all the audible frequency range.

All db Series speakers are marine certified. They’re built with high-grade materials that can withstand harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures, sunlight, UV rays…etc, which makes them perfect for use in boats of all types. Additionally, they also feature rustproof baskets and stainless steel mounting hardware.

The db351 are truly some of the best 3.5 speakers that Polk Audio have to offer. They can handle up to 35 watts RMS and are rated for 91dB sensitivity rating. Their The high-efficiency rating means less power is necessary for the same quality output. So, Whether you’ve got a factory or aftermarket stereo, these efficient speakers will spice up your daily drive.

#4- Kicker 40CS354 Speakers Review

  • Polypropylene woofer cone
  • 1/2″ Polyether imide (PEI) balanced dome tweeter
  • Features EVC™ (Extended Voice Coil) technology
  • Polypropylene mid-woofer cone material
  • Polyester foam surround
  • Neodymium magnet motor structure
  • Stamped steel frame basket
Size 3-1/2″
Design 2-way
Frequency range 80-20,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :  30 Watts
  • Peak :  90 Watts
Sensitivity 88dB
Top-mount Depth 1-5/8″
Impedance 4 ohms

Kicker 40CS354 3.5 car speakers reviewThe 40CS354 from Kicker are superb. With their excellent build quality and immersive audio, they’re undoubtedly the best 3.5 speakers available at this price point.

Kicker designed 40CS354 speakers to get your sound system rockin’ without breaking the bank. Despite their relatively low price tag, these speakers will bring out all the details that your muddy-sounding factory speakers couldn’t begin to reproduce.

These 3-1/2″ speakers are featured with polypropylene woofer cone with polyester foam surround for punchy lows. Their 1/2″ PEI balanced dome tweeters on the other hand take care of the vocal and instrumental details that’ll really bring your music to life.

As for cons, it’s really difficult to think of any. If anything, I’d say that these speakers can get a little distorted at high volume. Additionally, don’t expect much bass from 3 1/2 inch speakers because they can’t provide it, and are not meant to, but for the size these speakers are amazing.

Kicker 40CS354 3.5 speakers are rated for a sensitivity rating of 88dB and can handle up to 30 watts RMS. They’ll sound great running off a factory or aftermarket stereo, but they’ll truly come into their own when hooked up to an external amplifier.

#5- Pioneer TS-A878 Speakers Review

  • IMPP Carbon-graphite composite cone woofer
  • 1″ PEI Dome tweeter
Size 3-1/2″
Design 2-way
Frequency range 60-28,000 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :  15 Watts
  • Peak :  60 Watts
Sensitivity 88dB
Top-mount Depth 1-3/8″
Impedance 4 ohms

Pioneer TS-A878 - Top Rated 3-1/2" speakers reviewIf our collection of 3-1/2″ inch speakers has been way too expensive for you so far, here’s a budget-friendly option that nonetheless impresses. For less than $40, these 3.5 dash speakers will give you balance, powerful sound that’s great to complement your door and rear deck speakers output, so you’ll be fully immersed in a pleasurable atmosphere of sharp highs and refined, punchy lows.

Pioneer A series of speakers are quite popular on today’s market. They seem to hit the sweet spot for a lot of guys, probably because they sound relatively good for what they are and don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Pioneer TS-A878 3.5 dash speakers feature IMPP Carbon-graphite composite cone woofers and 1″ PEI Dome tweeters. They don’t require a ton of power to run as they’re quite efficient.

Speaking of efficiency, these speakers are rated for a sensitivity rating of 88dB and can handle up to 15 watts of power on continuous basis. These speakers can deliver crispy and clean sound. You’ll hear details that you couldn’t have heard with stock speakers. However, these speakers are bit lacking in terms of bass.

[alert-note]P.S: These speakers have a slight protrusion of the tweeters which could lead to a little problem if you have a tight space.[/alert-note]

Alex Brown

Hey There, my name is Alex Brown, I'm a music lover and a car audio enthusiast who loves everything from new receivers to car security. I've been in this industry for years now. I enjoy creating solutions and simplifying everyday needs. My passion for music came at an early age. I love helping people get great sounding gear, thereby, saving the world from bad sound one customer at a time.

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