Should your new car have Apple CarPlay?
The 2016 model year brought with it the advent of Apple CarPlay. For the first time, a number of mainstream auto brands offered the smartphone interface to connect their vehicles directly with the user's iPhone, allowing integration with calls, texts, music and, of course, Siri. We've updated our original article on Apple CarPlay to bring additional information about the 2019 and 2020 model years.
On vehicles that are equipped with CarPlay, all the driver needs to do is plug in any iPhone (5 or above) and authorize the phone using a thumbprint or passcode. The phone will connect directly with the CarPlay interface and the familiar app icons will appear on the car's touch screen. The iPhone itself will remain locked while CarPlay is in use to eliminate the temptation to use it directly while driving. (For information on the Android version of this Android Auto, see Should your new car have Android Auto?)
CarPlay can be controlled via the touchscreen, using the vehicle's own screen controls, or through speech using Siri.
What apps and functions does Apple CarPlay support?
The selection of apps and functions is limited by Apple to the following:
- Phone: CarPlay will make and receive calls on screen and using Siri
- Texting: Drivers can use Siri to send texts and have incoming messages read out loud
- Maps: Siri can direct driver's using Apple Maps or third party navigation systems
- Music/Radio: The following music and audio apps are supported:
- Apple Music
- Audio Books
- CBS Radio
- MLB AtBat
Apps designed by the car's manufacturer will also be supported as they are developed and released.
Does Apple CarPlay include WiFi?
No. Apple CarPlay uses the phone's data plan to connect to the internet or the vehicle's own WiFi which is only available on select models. (See Should you opt for a WiFi hotspot in your new car?)
Which vehicles offer Apple CarPlay?
As of the time of writing, Apple CarPlay is offered as a standard or optional feature on these vehicles:
NSX, MDX, TLX, and RDX models
A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, Q2, Q5, Q7, Q8, R8, and TT models
Vantage, Vanquish, Rapide and DB9 Volante models
2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 series, 6 Series, 7 Series, i3, X1, X2 X3, X4, X5, and X6 models (The first year is free, then requires a subscription of $80/year. Operates wirelessly.)
Regal, LaCrosse, GL6, Excelle, Encore, and Envision models.
ATS, CTS, CT6, ELR, Escalade, XTS, XT4 and XT5 models
Blazer, Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Sonic, Spark, Suburban, Traverse, Tahoe, Trax, and Volt models
300 and Pacifica models
Charger, Challenger, and Durango models
FF, F12, 488, California T, GTC-4 Lusso, 812 Superfast, and Portofino models
FIAT 500, 500L, and 500X models
C-Max, EcoSport, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, Super Duty, Fiesta, Flex, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Transit, Transit Connect, and Mustang models
Canyon, Sierra, Yukon, and Acadia models
Accord, Civic, CR-V, Fit, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey models
Azera, Sonata, Elantra, Tucson, Veloster, IONIQ, Kona, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport models
Infiniti has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available.
Compass, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and Wrangler models
Optima, Cadenza, Forte, Forte5, Sorento, Sportage, Soul, Stinger, Niro, Sedona, and K900 models
Land Rover has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available
ES, LC, LS, RC, AND UX MODELS
MKC, MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Nautilus, Navigator, and Continental models
Mazda has not yet announced when CarPlay will be available
Ghibli and Levante models
A-Class,B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, E-Class, GLA-Class, GLE-Class, GLS-Class, and SL-Class models
Clubman and Countryman
Mirage, Mirage G4, Outlander models
Altima, GT-R, Kicks, Leaf, Rogue, Maxima, and Murano models
718 (Cayman & Boxster), 911, Panamera, Macan, and Cayenne models
1500, 2500, 3500, and 4500 models
Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, and WRX models
Avalon, Corolla Hatchback, C-HR, and RAV4 models
Atlas, Beetle, CC, Golf (e-Golf, GTI, Golf R), Golf SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta models
S60, S90, V60, V90, XC40, XC60, and XC90 models
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