Top 7 Best 3-Way Car Speakers

Getting tweeters and/or subwoofers installed on your car is a great way to improve its audio system, but they’re not the only way. Not to mention, getting a separate set of tweeters and/or subwoofers, as well as amplifiers to power either one of them can get quite expensive.  

3-way car speakers present as an excellent compromise.  

Instead of investing your money on a whole new sound system for your car, getting a 3-way car speaker is much cheaper. Also, because they’re already tuned right out of the box (and with tuning options to boot), the difference in audio quality isn’t always that significant.  

3-way car speakers are also not that much more expensive than new component speakers 

With that said, we decided to round-up some of the best 3-way car speakers on the market.  

Using our recommendations and tips, you’re sure to find save yourself spending a lot of money while also getting a lot of audio in return.   

Best 3-Way Car Speakers Reviews

BEST SELLER
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5" Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker (Pair)
BEST CHOICE
6.5" Three-Way Sound Speaker System - 180 W RMS/360W Power Handling w/ 4 Ohm Impedance and 3/4'' Piezo Tweeter for Car Component Stereo, Round Shaped Pro Full Range Triaxial Loud Audio - Pyle PL63BL
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers, Pack of 2
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
BEST SELLER
BOSS Audio Systems CH6530 Car Speakers - 300 Watts of Power Per Pair and 150 Watts Each, 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way, Sold in Pairs
POPULAR
Infinity PR9603IS 6X9 90W 3-Way Primus Series Coaxial Speaker with Edge-Driven Textile Tweeter
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5" Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker (Pair)
6.5" Three-Way Sound Speaker System - 180 W RMS/360W Power Handling w/ 4 Ohm Impedance and 3/4'' Piezo Tweeter for Car Component Stereo, Round Shaped Pro Full Range Triaxial Loud Audio - Pyle PL63BL
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers, Pack of 2
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
BOSS Audio Systems CH6530 Car Speakers - 300 Watts of Power Per Pair and 150 Watts Each, 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way, Sold in Pairs
Infinity PR9603IS 6X9 90W 3-Way Primus Series Coaxial Speaker with Edge-Driven Textile Tweeter
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Size : 6X9 3-Way
Size : 6X9 3-Way
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Size: 6 x 9" 3-way
Power Handling: Peak: 90 watts RMS: 45 watts
Power Handling: Peak: 360 watts RMS: 180 watts
Power Handling Peak : 400 watts RMS : 45 watts
Power Handling Peak : 300 watts RMS : 100 watts
Power Handling: Peak: 300 watts RMS: 150 watts
Power Handling: Peak: 540 watts RMS: 180 watts
Sensitivity: 91dB
Sensitivity: 89dB
Sensitivity : 92 dB
Sensitivity : 93 dB
Sensitivity: 90dB
Sensitivity: 91dB
Frequency range: 52Hz-20kHz
Frequency range: 90Hz-20kHz
Frequency range : 30 - 22,000 Hz
Frequency range : 35 - 22,000 Hz
Frequency range: 100Hz-18kHz
Frequency range: 53Hz-21kHz
Mount depth: 2.15-inch
Mount depth: 1.9-inch
Mount depth : 3"
Mount depth : 3-3/16"
Mount depth: 2.13-inch
Mount depth: 2.15-inch
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BEST SELLER
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5" Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker (Pair)
Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5" Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker (Pair)
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Power Handling: Peak: 90 watts RMS: 45 watts
Sensitivity: 91dB
Frequency range: 52Hz-20kHz
Mount depth: 2.15-inch
BEST CHOICE
6.5" Three-Way Sound Speaker System - 180 W RMS/360W Power Handling w/ 4 Ohm Impedance and 3/4'' Piezo Tweeter for Car Component Stereo, Round Shaped Pro Full Range Triaxial Loud Audio - Pyle PL63BL
6.5" Three-Way Sound Speaker System - 180 W RMS/360W Power Handling w/ 4 Ohm Impedance and 3/4'' Piezo Tweeter for Car Component Stereo, Round Shaped Pro Full Range Triaxial Loud Audio - Pyle PL63BL
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Power Handling: Peak: 360 watts RMS: 180 watts
Sensitivity: 89dB
Frequency range: 90Hz-20kHz
Mount depth: 1.9-inch
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers, Pack of 2
Kenwood KFC-6965S 6 x 9 Inches 3-Way 400W Speakers, Pack of 2
Size : 6X9 3-Way
Power Handling Peak : 400 watts RMS : 45 watts
Sensitivity : 92 dB
Frequency range : 30 - 22,000 Hz
Mount depth : 3"
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers (Pair, Silver)
Size : 6X9 3-Way
Power Handling Peak : 300 watts RMS : 100 watts
Sensitivity : 93 dB
Frequency range : 35 - 22,000 Hz
Mount depth : 3-3/16"
BEST SELLER
BOSS Audio Systems CH6530 Car Speakers - 300 Watts of Power Per Pair and 150 Watts Each, 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way, Sold in Pairs
BOSS Audio Systems CH6530 Car Speakers - 300 Watts of Power Per Pair and 150 Watts Each, 6.5 Inch, Full Range, 3 Way, Sold in Pairs
Size: 6.5" 3-way
Power Handling: Peak: 300 watts RMS: 150 watts
Sensitivity: 90dB
Frequency range: 100Hz-18kHz
Mount depth: 2.13-inch
POPULAR
Infinity PR9603IS 6X9 90W 3-Way Primus Series Coaxial Speaker with Edge-Driven Textile Tweeter
Infinity PR9603IS 6X9 90W 3-Way Primus Series Coaxial Speaker with Edge-Driven Textile Tweeter
Size: 6 x 9" 3-way
Power Handling: Peak: 540 watts RMS: 180 watts
Sensitivity: 91dB
Frequency range: 53Hz-21kHz
Mount depth: 2.15-inch
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Rockford Fosgate is well-known among car audio enthusiast circles and average buyers alike, and for a good reason -- they make quality products at an affordable price point.   

The Rockford Fosgate R165X3 is not an exception. The R165X3 comes with a peak power of 90 watts per speaker, with 45 watts of route squared power each.

Although that’s not mind-blowing numbers by any means, it’s still enough to make the R165X3 a substantial upgrade over standard car audio speakers. 

Also, the system uses polypropylene cones for minimal audio distortion, and a silk dome Piezo tweeter for better even highs

Rockford Fosgate R165X3

In addition to the polypropylene material construction, the R165X3 also uses titanium and mylar materials for the tweeters for added durability.   

Perhaps the only biggest slight with the R165X3 are the grills. They’re not that great-looking, to put simply. But, the glossy speakers are sleek enough that you can install them on their own without the grills and they might even end up looking so much better.  If you’re looking to get the most value out of your money, the R165X3 is hard to beat.  

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Specifications 

  • Size: 6.5-inch 
  • Design: 3-way 
  • Sensitivity: 91dB 
  • Power Handling: 
  • Peak: 90 watts 
  • RMS: 45 watts 
  • Frequency range: 52Hz-20kHz 
  • Mount depth: 2.15-inch 

PROS

  • Excellent value for your money 
  • Durable and aesthetically pleasing 
  • Lightweight and compact 
  • Easy installation 

CONS

  • Weak lows and lacks power 

If you’re looking to upgrade your car’s audio system without having to spend a lot of money, the Pyle PL63BL is an interesting option.   

Equipped with a blue poly-injection cone, the PL63BL is aesthetically pleasing. But the design isn’t just for looks, it helps add some stiffness to the woofer. It also comes with a one-inch ASV voice coil that’s resistant to high temperatures, allowing to produce clear sound with minimal to no distortion.   

A 4-ohm impedance also means that the PL63BL will work seamlessly with most modern cars.

Not to mention, with a peak power rating of 360 watts, the PL63BL will make the most out of the power delivered by your car’s stereo.  

Pyle PL63BL

The one-inch neodymium film dome midrange tweeter is also capable, and because of its standard size, the PL63BL will fit pretty much anywhere.   

Finally, speaking of fit, the PL63BL comes packed with everything you need for installation.  

Pyle PL63BL Specifications 

  • Size: 6.5-inch 
  • Design: 3-way 
  • Sensitivity: 89dB 
  • Power Handling: 
  • Peak: 360 watts 
  • RMS: 180 watts 
  • Frequency range: 90Hz-20kHz 
  • Mount depth: 1.9-inch 

PROS

  • Eye-catching design 
  • 360-watts peak power handling 
  • Fits most OEM installations 
  • Affordable 

CONS

  • Sound quality could be clearer 

Kenwood is another recognized brand in the car audio industry. We've reviewed a ton of their audio product, and the story hasn't changed. Kenwood makes quality product for a reasonable price.

The KFC-6965S is one of the best 3-Way Car Speakers set that Kenwood has to offer. These 6X9 speakers are rated for 45 watts RMS.

Their high efficiency allows them work effortlessly with any car headunit out there.

Kenwood KFC-6965S

The KFC-6965S speakers feature durable polypropylene woofers supported with treated cloth surrounds for decent bass output. Add a 2" PEI cone tweeter and a 1/2" ceramic super-tweeter to the mix, and you'll get a smooth transition between your music's highs and lows.

These budget-friendly speakers aren't going to turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass, but you're unquestionably getting your money's worth out of them.

Without a powerful head unit or a dedicated external amp, other more expensive speakers would just be a waste as they wouldn't be given enough power.

Kenwood KFC-6965S Specifications

  • Size : 6X9
  • Design :  3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 92 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • Peak  :  400 watts
    • RMS :   45 watts
  • Frequency range :  30 - 22,000 Hz
  • Mount depth :  3"

PROS

  • Complete package 
  • Includes multiple washer types for fit 
  • Super tweeter 

CONS

  • A bit cumbersome to install 

Kicker is one of the most authoritative brands in this industry. They don't play around when it comes to sound and build quality. And their slogan "living loud" isn't an overstatement by any means.

The DS693 is one of Kicker's best selling pair of 3-Way Car Speakers out there.

The DS693 are very well-made speakers, and would be a great investment for anyone who's looking for a solid pair of 3-Way Car Speakers that can handle a relatively large amount of power on continuous basis.

The Kicker DS693 speakers are rated for 70 watts RMS, combine that with their impressive sensitivity rating of 92 dB and you get speakers that can rattle some eardrums if properly powered.

Kicker DS693

The Kicker 3-way DS693 6"x9" speakers use stiff polypropylene woofer cones supported by heavy-duty polyester foam surrounds. Their 2" poly dome midranges brings out the depth and dimension of musical instruments, while the 1/2" balanced dome tweeters belt out the high-frequency details, giving your music energy and ambiance.

If I had to pick some criticisms for these speakers, It would be their narrow frequency response. While most 3 way speakers we listed here can reach as high as 30 Khz or even 40 Khz, the DS693 speakers are stuck at only 20 Khz.

However, since frequencies over 20 khz are beyond the range of humans hearing capabilties,most people won't be able to notice a difference.All in all, the DS693 speakers are a great upgrade over stock speakers.

Kicker DS693 Specifications

  • Size : 6X9
  • Design :  3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 92 dB
  • Power Handling
    • Peak  :  140 watts
    • RMS  :   70 watts
  • Frequency range :  30-20,000 Hz
  • Mount depth :  3-1/4"

PROS

  • 30-20,000Hz frequency response
  • Neodymium magnet tweeters
  • Low-impedance with excellent bass performance
  • Attractive

CONS

  • Bulky
  • You will have to strictly follow what’s stated on the manufacturer’s instructions

This is another great pair of 3 way 6X9 speakers by Polk Audio. The DB691 speakers are very well-engineered. They feature plenty of Polk's exclusive technologies.

The Polk Audio DB691 are marine certified, which means they're built with high quality materials to withstand the harshest environments, making them a great choice for use in both cars and boats.

These speakers are equipped with polymer/mica composite woofers supported by durable rubber surrounds.

Polk Audio DB691

Their Liquid-cooled 1" silk/polymer dome tweeters use powerful Neodymium magnets to deliver bright, accurate highs.

Polk Audio went a step ahead and fitted these speakers with 3/4" dome super-tweeters to cover ultra high frequencies.

The built-in two-way crossovers keep the high and low frequencies flowing to the proper drivers for a well-balanced, clear sound.

On top of everything else, the dB speakers feature stainless steel mounting hardware and muscular ABS grilles that will add a stylish touch to your car's interior.

The Polk Audio DB691 speakers require a ton of power to sound great. They're rated for 100 watts RMS. So, if you hook these things up directly to your car's stereo receiver, you'll be disappointed.

There is simply no way a stereo receiver - whether an aftermarket or factory-installed one - could cleanly drive these 6X9 speakers if you want to hear them as they were intended by the manufacturer.

Polk Audio DB691 Specifications

  • Size : 6X9
  • Design :  3-Way
  • Sensitivity : 93 dB
  • Power Handling 
    • Peak  :  300 watts
    • RMS  :  100 watts
  • Frequency range : 35 - 22,000 Hz
  • Mount depth :  3-3/16"

PROS

  • Stainless steel mounting hardware 
  • Marine certified and waterproof construction 
  • Silk polymer dome tweeters and mica cone woofer 
  • ABS grille 

CONS

  • Bass could use some more power 

Make your daily drives more enjoyable with the Boss Audio CH6530.  

 While BOSS isn’t the most well-known speaker manufacturers out there, they make good and solid products. The CH6530, a 6.5-inch car speaker, is a good example of this.   

The CH6530 is capable of handling 300 watts of power at its peak, with a continuous power rating of 150 watts. This high power rating ensures that the CH6530 can handle loud sounds without heating up too much or distortion.   

Boss Audio CH6530

To add more durability without sacrificing flexibility, the CH6530 also comes equipped with a polyurethane cone. This is paired with an aluminum voice coil for added resistance to heat.  To top it all off, the CH6530 is constructed using butyl rubber. This is a copolymer of isobutylene and isoprene.   

What makes butyl rubber an excellent material is its low moisture permeability and heat-resistance. This allows the CH6530 to handle heat, abrasion, harsh weather conditions, and even chemical attacks. Also, the material has excellent shock absorption properties as well.  

BOSS Audio CH6530 Specifications 

  • Size: 6.5-inch 
  • Design: 3-way 
  • Sensitivity: 90dB 
  • Power Handling: 
  • Peak: 300 watts 
  • RMS: 150 watts 
  • Frequency range: 100Hz-18kHz 
  • Mount depth: 2.13-inch 

PROS

  • Aggressive red color scheme
  • 3-year warranty 
  • Oversized aluminum coils

CONS

  • Durability and Build Quality aren’t the best 

Last but definitely not the least on our list is the Infinity PR9613IS  

Reputed for their premium quality speakers, Infinity did not disappoint with the PR9613IS. They gave this 3-way speaker system plenty of goodies for enthusiasts to play with.

 This includes a sizable 1-inch tweeter and a 5/9-inch super tweeter. 

But the main selling point of the PR9613IS is its plus one technology.  

Infinity PR9613IS

What makes this “plus one” technology so good is that it gives enough allowance to the PR9613IS for an extra subwoofer without necessarily adding bulk and weight.   

Lastly, the strong rubber surrounds and polypropylene woofer guarantees that the PR9613IS can withstand both casual and rough use, making it perfect for the average person on their daily drives and for enthusiasts who like to crank things up all the way to eleven, or so to speak.  

Infinity PR9613IS Specifications 

  • Size: 6 x 9 inch 
  • Design: 3-way 
  • Sensitivity: 91dB 
  • Power Handling: 
  • Peak: 540 watts 
  • RMS: 180 watts 
  • Frequency range: 53Hz-21kHz 
  • Mount depth: 2.15-inch 

PROS

  • Plus One+ polypropylene woofer 
  • Excellent value at its price point 
  • Compatibility 
  • Individually tuned 

CONS

  • Sound distortion at higher levels 

What is a 3 way speaker?

3-Way Car Speakers - also referred to as triaxial speakers - consist of three different sound drivers, the woofer for the lows (aka bass), the tweeter for the highs (i.e : a cymbal, a tambourine, or a flute), and an extra component called the mid-range, which reproduces the mids.

The mid-range component covers mid-frequencies such as human voices, trumpet, or saxophones. It performs a major role in balancing and translating mid-frequencies to sounds most natural to the human ear.

So, the question we want to answer is: For people who have access to dozens of 2-way speakers, are 3-way car speakers really worth the upgrade?

Do they sound better than 2-way speakers? What's the difference between 2 way and 3 speakers? Let's find out.

Best 3 Way Car Speakers

Do 3-way speakers sound better than 2-way speakers?

Well, this is not an easy question to answer. It's actually a question with many facets and tons of possible answers.

Although it would seem that splitting sound frequencies into 3 ranges (lows, mids, and highs) would increase the accuracy of the music reproduction of a speaker, there are many other factors that should be taken into consideration.

Such as how well the crossover is "tuned", how well the other sound drivers are matched to each other, the listening environment as well as the speaker build material and design, not to mention the type of music you like playing.

2 way and 3-way car speakers sound more or less the same in full-range setups. However, when it comes to component systems in which each driver is mounted separately, 3-Way Car Speakers tend to sound way better than 2 way speakers.

This doesn't mean that a cheaply made 3-Way Car Speakers will outperform a well made 2-way speaker.

2 Way VS 3-Way Car Speakers

Final Thoughts

Unless your car’s audio system came already decked out of the factory, it’s never a bad idea to go and upgrade your car’s audio speakers. Even if you’re a casual listener, an upgraded audio system can make a whole lot of difference in terms of ride quality as you find yourself drowned out in good music on your daily drive.  

To that end, we are confident in the products that we picked in our round-up.  


We believe that any and all of the 3-way car speakers that we recommended will significantly improve on the performance of most stock speakers. 

Last update on 2020-10-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API