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Connects your iPod to select Toyota and Lexus factory radios — superior menu for 2007-up models with navigation

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Our Price: CAD $199.99

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Product Code: 581PA20TOY

Overview Details


Overview: This interface connects a compatible iPod to select Toyota, Lexus, and Scion audio systems. Its on-board software translates commands from your Toyota radio's CD-changer controls into commands the iPod understands. This interface enables the iPod to take the place of a Toyota CD-changer or co-exist with a factory Toyota slave CD-changer and provides the following benefits:

  • Directs the iPod's audio output to your Toyota's vehicle audio system for optimal sound quality playback.
  • Supports your iPhone's audio streaming apps, such as Pandora, Livio, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM & more (in Direct mode only).
  • Controls the iPod via vehicle's radio and steering wheel controls (when applicable).
  • Charges the iPod's internal battery, and charging stops automatically at one hour after the iPod is paused. The iPod goes into sleep mode when charging stops.

Specific Features: The PA20-TOY is recommended for Toyota/Lexus vehicles with Factory Navigation systems. On-screen Song Title, Artist, and Song Selection from the menu is available on all factory Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Nav.

Vehicle Compatibility: The PA20-TOY interface is compatible with the following vehicles:

  • Toyota:
    • 1998-2008 4Runner
    • 1998-2008 Avalon
    • 1998-2008 Camry
    • 1998-2008 Corolla, Echo
    • 2007-2008 FJ Cruiser
    • 2001-2008 Highlander
    • 1998-2008 Land Cruiser (2001-03 requires CAS-TLC cable)
    • 2005-2008 Matrix
    • 1998-2004 MR2, Celica
    • 2004-2007 Prius
    • 1998-2007 RAV4
    • 1998-2007 Sequoia
    • 1998-2007 Sienna (98-02 requires CAS-TLC to retain steering wheel controls)
    • 1998-2007 Solara
    • 1998-2007 Tacoma
    • 1998-2007 Tundra
    • 2007-2008 Yaris
  • Lexus:
    • 2002-2008 ES 300/330/350 (2002-03 requires CAS-LEX cable)
    • 2002-2008 GS 300/350/400/450 (2002-03 requires CAS-LEX cable)
    • 2003-2008 GX 470
    • 2001-2008 IS 250/300/350 (2001-05 requires CAS-LEX cable)
    • 2004-2007 LX 470
    • 2001-2008 RS 300/330/350/400H (2001-03 NAV only requires CAS-LEX cable)
  • Scion: All model years

Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA20-TOY is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Toyota, Lexus, or Scion factory radio (as of 3/4/2015):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5/5C5S* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6+/6* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y


  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (472LTN230P, sold separately) or cable (472LT30PAD, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Operation Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following modes of operation.

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 6 favourite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice.
  • Hybrid Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favourite mobile playlist or directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be operated manually at all times. (Some iPods may not work in the Hybrid mode.)

App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.

Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need applicable music service accounts.

iPod Text: Pressing the TEXT button on your factory Toyota radio while your iPod plays in the Playlist mode, allows the artist name and song title to be displayed on your factory radio. The Artist name is displayed at the first time press of the TEXT button and song title is displayed at the second time press of the TEXT button. The Playlist disc number and track number will be displayed at the third time press of the TEXT button.

Note: Track search by artist, song title or album are not supported. Some of the older design Toyota radios do not have the TEXT button feature.

iPod Playback: All audio tracks on the iPod will be played with text display at Disc 7 in Direct Mode, or Disc 8 without text display. The track order is determined by the default order on the iPod. Selecting discs 1 through 6 on the factory radio will allow playback of 6 playlists on the iPod. You can select a playlist by pressing the Disc Up or Disc Down buttons. Playlists which are created for direct access must be designated with the word "TOYOTA" and the disc number. If no "TOYOTA" playlists are designated, the first six playlists on the iPod are accessible from the Disc 1 through Disc 6 buttons.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA20-TOY there is an auxiliary input (stereo RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, or game system. The aux input is selected at CD 9 Track 1 using the factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. To use the auxiliary input on the interface, dip switch #1 must be set to the "On" position.

Controls: The factory radio's controls give you access to the following iPod functions:

  • Scan: plays first 10 seconds of each track (if scan is pressed at Disc 7, it will play all songs in the iPod for 10 seconds each)
  • Random (Shuffle): songs are played back in random order (some radios have a "P scan" button for this function)
  • Track Up/Down: the "Next" button advances to the next track in the playlist; the "Prev" button allows you to jump to the beginning of the currently playing song
  • Fast Track Search: the "Fwd" or "Rev" button will advance or retreat through the tracks in increments of 10 (i.e. 04, 14, 24...).

Note: Repeat play is not supported by this interface. Switching to another source, such as AM/FM, CD, or Cassette, puts the iPod into pause mode.

USA Spec Bluetooth Interface Compatible: The USA Spec PA20-TOY works with the USA SPEC BT35-TOY Bluetooth interface (sold separately). They simply daisy chain together.

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Toyota Reviews

24 people say

Great Product For 2006 Lexus RX 330 May-17-14
Reviewer: Big Joe from Petaluma  
Great product works as promised. Just bought this car and there were no Auxiliary ports for iPod or iPhone . Called Crutchfield and they recommend this product. Great service -Great product.

Pa20toy March-29-14
Reviewer: Rafael from Edmond Oklahoma  
This equipment worked great on my GX470 I am now able to manage my iPhone from my factory radio and stealing wheel controls.

Ippd control for 2007 rx 350 January-03-14
Reviewer: Anonymous person from Mukesh  
I have installed for rx 350 2007 With nnavigation system . Very easy to install. No wire cutting. Work perfectly. Also have options for auxiliary connection.

Doesn't Work - Prius 2010, but... March-30-13
Reviewer: Gigidon from Middleburg, PA  
A major disappointment that this didn't work in my Prius 2010 JBL but no Nav. But, the Crutchfield rep (Josh) was simply fabulous. He was tireless in his pursuit to make it work and called or emailed exactly when he said it would. Despite this product not working, I would buy from Crutchfield again.

Perfect Solution for no aux/ipod input February-09-13
Reviewer: Rmac from chicago, il  
If you have some courage and a good youtube video, this is great and easy to install. I have a 2006 lexus rx400h with Mark Levinson Stereo. Great system but no way to listen to an Ipod, etc., I went to stereo shop and they said they could install something for $500. I read about people installing their own and although this sounded like a good way to go, I was intimidated at the thought of pulling out my burled maple trim to get at the back of my radio. However, Youtube had a very easy to follow example of removing my exact dash, also talking about specific problems to avoid, e.g., "don't drop the screws as you'll never get them out". I spent 10 minutes reading the directions then, following the video, went right at it. All the parts of the dash popped out just as they said - again, I would have had no idea where to start, nor the courage to attempt to start this without the video!! I followed the directions on the screws (4) and had the radio in my lap in 15 minutes.The directions were good with regards to the settings, but a little weak on hooking up the cords. However, with a little trial and error the whole thing was done in under 2 minutes. I was a little anxious about leaving the unit sitting there unattached, so wrapped it up and used a flex-tie to attach it to a support. I put the two wires (one for ipod and one for aux in) through the opening into the glove box. I had everything back together in 10 minutes - start to finish under 1 hour. Sound is superb.

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