The Best Car Subwoofers of 2020

The Best Car Subwoofers of 2020

Last updated on August 17, 2020

A Good Subwoofer = The Ultimate Back-Seat Driver.

A good subwoofer is like putting a live band in the back seat, with a rhythm section you can feel even when the music is low. A great subwoofer will have you looking for the long way home, so you can enjoy more of your music – as loud as you like. But which one should you get? Subwoofers for the car come in all sorts of variations, and at all price levels. The good news: you don’t have to spend a fortune to significantly upgrade your system – if you know what to look for, or who to talk to. And that’s what our “Best Car Subwoofers of 2020” list is all about: our car audio experts cherry-picking the best on the market, by category.

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Why it won

Kicker’s L7-series 41L7154 is an absolute monster. The formula for its square subwoofers is simple: more cone area = more bass response. Well, we’ve determined that this is 100% accurate! Boasting 1200-watt power handling and dual 4-ohm voice coil design, this bad boy packs a serious punch (think Bruce Lee) and would do well in a sealed or vented enclosure. Kicker’s Uniplate™ technology keeps the subwoofer efficiently dissipating heat so it can keep bumping for as long as you need it to. A Santoprene™ rubber surround corners ensure tight and accurate control of the massive square woofer cone for distortion-free listening at almost any imaginable volume!

  • Subwoofer Size: 15" (square)
  • Continuous Power Handling: 1200 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 or 8 ohms (dual 4-ohm voice coil design)

Reg Price: $499.95

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Why it won

The Kicker 42CWQ124 car subwoofer may very well be the king amongst kings when it comes to 12” subwoofers. Seriously. It’s capable of handling up to 850 watts without breaking a sweat while requiring only 0.88 cubic feet of internal volume in a sealed enclosure (meaning it doesn’t need a HUGE box to perform quite well). The subwoofer’s SoloKon™ injection-molded polypropylene cone is backed with special bracing to ensure strength and maximum output. You’ll be rattling your trunk apart in no time! This strong woofer cone is married to the frame of the driver via a Santoprene™ rubber surround for the utmost durability. The 42CWQ124’s dual 4-ohm voice coil design offers flexibility in wiring a single (or multiple) subwoofer(s).

  • Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 850 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 or 8 ohms (dual 4-ohm voice coil design)

Reg Price: $329.95

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Why it won

Focal’s E 25 KX 10” car subwoofer is literally the best-sounding subwoofer we have heard to-date. If you want to hear it and you’re local to our Montgomeryville, PA store, stop on by because it’s on demo! The woofer’s cone is a “sandwich” design: a strong structural foam core is the “meat” in this sandwich, a layer of woven Aramid fiber (a close cousin to Kevlar®) covers the top, and an ultra-thin layer of glass fiber covers the bottom. The result: a well-crafted subwoofer that’s capable of precise sound while handling quite a bit of power (up to 600 watts of continuous power handling). A hardy rubber surround attaches the woofer cone to the zamak zinc alloy basket. Requiring as little volume as 0.35 cubic feet for a sealed enclosure (and as little as 0.88 cubic feet in a ported enclosure), this subwoofer takes up little room, but provides superb performance.

  • Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 600 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 or 8 ohms (dual 4-ohm voice coil design)

Reg Price: $1,100.00

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Why it won

8” subwoofers can be a little underwhelming, but that can’t be said about Kicker’s 8” 43CWR84. Sporting a dual 4-ohm voice coil design, this little fella can handle up to 300 watts continuously without running itself ragged. The UniPlate™ backplate and pole piece assist in providing efficient heat dissipation while the injection-molded polypropylene woofer cone belts out excellent bass response. The robust rubber surround is stitched to the woofer cone and then adhered to the basket of the driver for long-lasting performance. Small sealed enclosure volume requirements (0.40 cubic feet) round out this “small but mighty” subwoofer.

  • Subwoofer Size: 8"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 300 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 or 8 ohms (dual 4-ohm voice coil design)

Reg Price: $1,100.00

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Why it won

Car subwoofers are great, but sometimes they can be so large that they just take up too much room in the trunk or don’t fit behind your truck’s seats. Allow us to introduce JL Audio’s CS110LG-TW1-2 to you. Measuring only 15” W x 11-3/4” H x 5-1/2” D, it doesn’t take up much valuable real estate, but adds the impact that your current system is sorely lacking. This 2-ohm enclosure mates up perfectly to a 300-watt monoblock subwoofer amplifier (we have a few of those if you find yourself in need of one). The enclosure is crafted from 5/8” MDF (medium density fiberboard) to help eliminate resonance and wrapped in a durable black automotive-grade carpet with “JL Audio” stitched in white on the top. The enclosure is finished off with a steel mesh grille to help protect the subwoofer from foreign objects

  • Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 300 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 ohms
  • Dimensions: 15” W x 11-3/4” H x 5-1/2” D

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#6. The Best "Tube"-Shaped Loaded Subwoofer Enclosurer: Kicker 46CWTB82 8" 2-Ohm TB-Series Subwoofer Enclosure w/ Passive Radiator

Why it won

“Tube”-shaped car subwoofer enclosures aren’t a new concept, but, man, does Kicker really hit the mark with their 46CWTB82 piece. This sturdy tube-shaped ABS plastic enclosure is designed to stand vertically or laid horizontally (and the proper mounting hardware is provided for both options), so it won’t have too much of an impact on your vehicle’s available space. A Kicker 8” CompR-series 2-ohm subwoofer is loaded into one end of the tube while a passive radiator (a motorless subwoofer) is loaded into the opposite end to help enhance the bass output. Both drivers are protected from harm with the included grilles. This enclosure is looking for about 300 watts of continuous power to perform to its utmost potential. As a bonus, this enclosure is weather-proof, so a little moisture isn’t going to hurt it. Make good music sound great with this little wonder!

  • Subwoofer Size: 8"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 300 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 ohms
  • Dimensions: 8-1/2”W x 8-5/8”H (horizontal) or 13-7/16”H (standing vertical) x 12-7/8”D

Reg Price: $349.95

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#7. The Best Underseat Loaded Car Subwoofer Enclosure: Focal IBUS 20 75-Watt Flat 8" Powered Subwoofer Enclosure

Why it won

Looking to add a little bit of bass, but aren’t willing (or unable) to give up a whole lot of space? Check out Focal’s IBus 20 compact powered subwoofer enclosure! Designed to sit under a seat or on the back wall of a pickup truck (it can go other places, too), it maximizes your sound experience without putting much of a dent into your existing storage areas. Focal’s 8” shallow-mount subwoofer is tucked behind a protective grille and housed in an aluminum enclosure to make sure this piece lasts a long time. The built-in amplifier pushes out a tidy 75 watts of power and any heat generated is wicked out of the enclosure and into the surrounding environment. Focal thoughtfully included a wired bass control knob so you can easily (and quickly) dial in the proper amount of bass response right from the driver’s seat. Please note that you will need an 8-gauge power kit (we have these, too!) as one is not supplied. All types of music have bass response that you’re currently not getting – even with a factory-installed subwoofer. Let us help you fix that.

  • Subwoofer Size: 8"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 75 watts RMS, 150 watts peak
  • Dimensions: 14”W x 3”H x 9-7/8”D

Reg Price: $850.00

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#8. The Best Car Subwoofer Under $200: JBL Club 1024 10" Selectable Smart Impedance Subwoofer

Why it won

The JBL Club 1024 is perfect for the budget system builders. Not only is it an excellent inexpensive option, it doesn’t need loads of juice to run (it can handle up to 250 watts with ease). Perhaps one of its most attractive features is what JBL calls Selectable Smart Impedance SSI™. This feature allows you to determine if the impedance of the subwoofer is 2 ohms or 4 ohms with a flick of a switch on the chassis of the subwoofer. In doing this, you’re able to extract the perfect amount of power from your amplifier. The polypropylene woofer cone and durable rubber surround mean that you get to enjoy this subwoofer for years to come!

  • Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 250 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 ohms or 4 ohms (Selectable Smart Impedance)

Reg Price: $149.95

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#9. The Best Sealed Loaded Car Subwoofer Enclosure: JL Audio CS112G-W6v3 12" W6-Series Subwoofer in Sealed Enclosure

Why it won

Properly power JL Audio’s CS112G-W6v3 subwoofer enclosure and you will knock squirrels out of trees as you tool around town. The vaunted W6-series 12” subwoofer that’s installed in this box is one of the few subwoofers that blends great sound quality with soul-crushing output. Handling up to 300 watts continuously (and up to 600 watts peak) and loaded into a relatively compact sealed enclosure (14-1/8”W x 16”H x 11-5/8”D), you won’t need a ridiculously powerful amplifier or force you to sacrifice too much space for this hard-hitting beast. JL Audio knows that you are probably carrying other things in your car, truck, or SUV, so they considerately included a tough ABS plastic grille to protect your investment.

  • Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Continuous Power Handling: 300 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 2 ohms
  • Dimensions: 14-1/8”W x 16”H x 11-5/8”D

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One more thing...

Once you pick out your new sub, a last word of advice: buy it from a trusted dealer, and the more experience / the longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens. And if you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to talk to one of our car techs.

Speaking of trusted dealers… 

World Wide Stereo is home to some 90+ industry-leading audio/video professionals who love what they do, and talking about it, too. We opened our doors in 1979, gained a small yet diehard following, won a slew of national awards for everything from killer car audio installations to customer service, grew the business online… and today we enjoy a faithful following of like-minded TV-watching, music-listening, gear-loving defenders of fun for the whole family. Our only rule: no one leaves unhappy. We’re brutally honest when it comes to this stuff. Want to know if something is as good as advertised? Even if you're shopping somewhere else? Call us or stop by one of our showrooms — we’ll give it to you straight. We love what we do, and we love sharing that love.

With us, you get our guarantee, which includes perks like free shipping, 60-day returns, and support even years after the sale — always. Hence our rule: "no one leaves unhappy." Ever.

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