Like yourself some Mazdas, but wish you could get one that talks to your smartphone? Then we have good news for you, because the Japanese automaker is not only offering both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in some of its latest models, but is now prepared to retrofit existing ones with those systems, too.
Available for any 2014 or newer models already equipped with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, the dealer-installed upgrade includes both hardware and software updates to work seamlessly with your phone.
The retrofit not only applies the Apple and Google interfaces, but upgrades the Mazda Connect system to the latest software, and includes more powerful 2.1-amp USB ports to connect and charge your device.
Your local dealer will be able to install the upgrade for an MSRP of $199 (plus labor). But it already comes included on most versions of the 2019 CX-5 and CX-9, the 2018 Mazda6, and examples of the 2019 Mazda3 after October 1.
Of course, Mazda’s not the only one offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its vehicles. According to the latest information from both the tech giants, the long list of automakers offering both systems on at least some of their models (in North America) also includes Acura, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, and Volkswagen.
Meanwhile Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Mini, Porsche, Toyota, and Volvo offer just Apple’s system on some of their models, and Smart offers just Google’s (with Bentley, Infiniti, Jaguar, and Land Rover soon to follow).