Mazda Canada Rolling Out Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

Every time I review a Mazda product, I can count on a few people emailing in and asking me about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As in, when will Mazda jump onto that bandwagon. Well, I can give you details on that from two angles. Starting with new vehicles.

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Mazda is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android out in new vehicles starting with the 2019 Mazda CX-9 crossover which is arriving in dealerships as you are reading this. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 and 2018 Mazda6 will get this functionality starting in September as part of rolling production change. Other Mazda models will get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the 2019 model year with the exception of the Mazda MX-5 which will have a separate announcement at a later day.

Now, some of you might have bought one of the above vehicles recently. Does that mean that you are out of luck? No. Mazda Canada has thought of you. You’ll be able to get this functionality for $250 CDN. That price includes the software update, and a USB port upgrade that gives you at 2.1A USB port. Just be prepared to spend about 90 minutes in the dealership. Now the above price is a special price that expires on February 28, 2019 for those who purchased the above vehicles without Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And those owners will have exclusive access to that update. After that date, Mazda Canada will open up the availability of this upgrade to other Mazda Canada owners. So if you own one of these following cars you can upgrade:

  • 2014 Mazda3
  • 2016 Mazda6
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5
  • 2016 Mazda CX-3
  • 2016 Mazda CX-5
  • 2016 Mazda CX-9
  • 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

That list covers about a quarter million cars in Canada which is pretty impressive. Expect to pay $445 CDN for it. One thing that I should note is that availability of the upgrade will likely be limited to start. But expect your Mazda dealership and Mazda Canada to reach out to you regarding when you can get this upgrade.

Now I got a demonstration of the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay implementation in Mazda vehicles using the same Mazda HMI Commander Switch that is part of Mazda Connect. And without giving away a whole lot, it is one of the best implementations of either technology that I have seen in a car. I will be getting a 2019 Mazda CX-9 in the next few weeks and you can expect a detailed review of not only that vehicle, but you’ll get a separate review on how Mazda has implemented Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Once you see it, you’ll see that it will be a key differentiator for Mazda Canada. Stay tuned!

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