Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are helpful technology features that today’s car buyers expect to find in new vehicles. If you’ve been considering buying a new Mazda and you want to know whether it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, we’ll explain everything you need to know about these two systems. Then you can head down to CardinaleWay Mazda Corona, the Mazda dealer near Riverside, and purchase a Mazda with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto installed. Our service department can even install these systems in your older Mazda.
What is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Everyone wants to stay connected these days. In-car connectivity is becoming increasingly important to drivers, especially those who spend a lot of time in their cars. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow drivers to simply plug their phones in and easily connect to their vehicles. Drivers can access many of their phone’s features through the infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to play music, display navigation, and check messages. The folks at the Riverside area Mazda dealer tell us that customers find that plugging their phones into the Mazda Connect system reduces distractions and keeps them from looking at their phones while driving.
How Can I Access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is designed to be easy to use. Plug your iPhone or Android phone into your vehicle’s USB port, and the phone will connect automatically. You can then access many of your phone’s apps, including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, text messaging, Google Maps and more! If you have an iPhone, you don’t need to install anything on your phone. Apple CarPlay is already installed on your phone as part of the operating system. Android phone users must download the Android Auto app onto their phones.
Does Mazda Have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
All 2021 Mazda models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Mazda first began offering this feature in the 2018 Mazda6.
Can Older Mazda Models Get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Our service technicians can install Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a dealer-installed update in all 2014 model-year Mazda models and newer that are equipped with Mazda Connect. When you bring your Mazda in for the update, we’ll install some new hardware and software, including a faster-charging and more powerful 2.1-amp USB port and the latest version of Mazda Connect.
Mazda is offering the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrades to older Mazdas as part of an effort to reduce distracted driving. The Mazda Connect infotainment system uses a multi-function Commander knob, shortcut buttons, and voice command functions to keep drivers’ eyes in the road and their hands off their phones.
If you own a Mazda and you’d like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade, call the CardinaleWay Mazda Corona Service Center and book a service visit. The service has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $199 plus labor and takes approximately two hours.