Apple CarPlay has been around for a while and is a convenient way to use your phone safely in the car. But not all car manufacturers are currently using this technology. So which car brands support Apple CarPlay?
What is Apple CarPlay?
Before we dive into which manufacturers support Apple CarPlay, let’s briefly go over what exactly it is. Released in March 2014, Apple CarPlay is a technology that offers smartphone mirroring while you’re in your car. Smartphone mirroring in this case shows your iPhone screen on the digital display of your dashboard. In cars with touchscreen dashboards, private individuals can then conveniently operate their iPhones from their car.
While Bluetooth makes it easy to make and receive calls in your car, answering text messages, selecting your favorite music, and performing other tasks is typically impossible without looking directly at your phone. So with Apple CarPlay you can access the functions of your phone in a much safer and much more legal way.
Note that Apple CarPlay is only available on iPhone models later than and including iPhone 5. iOS 7.1 or later is also required to use this feature.
So now that we know what Apple CarPlay is, let’s discuss which major manufacturers support it.
Which manufacturers support Apple CarPlay?
Audi, a major German automaker, only started supporting Apple CarPlay three years after it was first released in 2017. Therefore, all Audi models released in and after 2017 support Apple CarPlay. You can view all models that support Apple CarPlay Audi Canadian website.
BMW doesn’t just offer beautiful looking cars. The internal architecture offers some great features too, including Apple CarPlay. Like Audi, BMW began supporting Apple CarPlay in 2017, so all models released within and after that year will offer this technology. You can check which BMW models specifically offer Apple CarPlay on one of British websites from BMW.
American automobile giant Chevrolet began supporting Apple CarPlay in 2016, not too long after the technology was first released. More than 30 Chevrolet models currently allow the use of Apple CarPlay and AutoNation provides a useful and informative page that tells you all about which models support it and how to set it up.
Hyundai decided to add Apple CarPlay support to its features in 2015, earlier than many other manufacturers. All models after the Genesis sedan offer this handy feature, so your Hyundai car might support Apple CarPlay even though it’s six or seven years old. It’s easy to find out which specific models offer Apple CarPlay so you can determine if it is available to you.
Lexus offers Apple CarPlay in all of its standard and hybrid models released in 2019 or later, with only five 2018 models supporting the technology. So if you own a Lexus, chances are it doesn’t support Apple CarPlay as the manufacturer has only been offering the feature for four years.
However, you can quickly and easily check if your Lexus model supports Apple CarPlay by checking the company’s Memphis office website.
Ford is a classic example of a trusted American automaker. The company, like Audi and BMW, started adding Apple CarPlay compatibility to its models starting in 2017. Today there are 20 Ford models that support Apple CarPlay and you can check which ones specifically offer it Ford’s website.
7. Mercedes Benz
Reliable luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz started offering Apple CarPlay as a feature on eight of its models in 2016. Since then, the company has released an additional 12 models with Apple CarPlay compatibility, and you can find out which specific models offer this technology on the Mercedes-Benz website.
Nissan offers a wide range of models that support Apple CarPlay. Since 2017, the manufacturer has released 22 models that allow you to use Apple CarPlay, starting with the Maxima and Micra models. Visit the website if you want to learn more about it which Nissan models are coming with this useful feature.
Toyota now offers over 20 models with Apple CarPlay compatibility and began supporting the feature in 2018 after a significant increase in customer demand for CarPlay. Apple CarPlay support started with the popular Toyota Aygo and will continue to be offered in subsequent models. Toyota has a website that discusses the use of Apple CarPlay in its models and displays all models that offer it.
11 of Honda’s car models support Apple CarPlay, as well as two of its motorcycle models. The brand began offering customers Apple CarPlay in its Civic and Accord models in 2016, only making the move to offer the technology on some of its bikes in 2018. You can see which ones exactly Honda models offer Apple CarPlay on one of the company’s branch websites.
Below is a table of all manufacturers that support Apple CarPlay.
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Apple CarPlay is a great addition to your travels
Apple CarPlay makes using your phone safe and easy in your vehicle, allowing you to access a range of features without having to touch your handset. So check the list above to see if your car manufacturer supports Apple CarPlay.
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