Mazda Launches Apple CarPlay, Android Auto on Older Vehicles

Mazda has finally announced that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available as a dealer-installed update for Mazda vehicles, model year 2014 or newer that are equipped with the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.

This dealer-installed update includes both hardware and software components. Mazda vehicles will be upgraded to more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports in addition to the latest version of MAZDA CONNECT.

Both infotainment technologies first appeared this summer in the 2018 Mazda6 and are available in the 2019 Mazda CX-9 and 2019 Mazda CX-5.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enable drivers and passengers to safely use smartphone applications through the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and help make staying connected and entertained effortless.

With Mazda’s philosophy to minimize distracted driving, safer operations can be made with the multi-function Commander knob, shortcut buttons or voice command functions. This integration helps keep the driver’s hand and eyes away from their smartphone.

Customers with applicable Mazda vehicles can schedule an appointment (requires approximately two service hours) with their local Mazda dealerships to have the service performed. The upgrade has a suggested retail price of $199 plus labor costs.

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