Kia has announced that its all-new 2017 Sorento is now on sale at U.S. dealerships as its first vehicle with CarPlay support available for purchase. The 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation or UVO3 system, will also now feature CarPlay when enabled models reach dealerships in the second quarter.
Customers who already purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible system will be able to download a free software update that enables CarPlay through the UVO Home website beginning in the third quarter. Other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced at a later date.
"The arrival of CarPlay compatibility follows on a promise we made when Optima launched last year. These running changes and available downloads will seamlessly bring iPhone's easy-to-use interface and functionality to our newest and best-selling models," said Henry Bzeih, Managing Director Connected & Mobility Services, KMA.
Kia's lineup of announced CarPlay vehicles in the U.S. now includes the 2017 Cadenza, 2017 Forte5, 2016 Optima, 2016 Sorento, and 2016 Sportage. Its parent brand Hyundai offers CarPlay in the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 IONIQ. Select models are also available in Canada and other regions where Kia vehicles are sold.
Apple periodically updates a list of available CarPlay models on its website.
Top Rated Comments
My Kia has a fake Siri voice but when I give it a command it can only do two things, radio and phone and you can't even tell it to dial a number.
And their stupid USB port is useless. Every time you start your car it turns on the power to the port and automatically starts playing the first song in your music library, every time!
I use my car for delivery so I start my car 20 times a day. This is so annoying. And so I deleted all music from my phone and it tries to play nothing and locks up the radio so you can't do streaming.
I had to buy a USB lighter plug and that went away but it has to reconnect Bluetooth each time you start the car so you keep having to push the media button.
Come on, it's 2016, theses things should have been worked out in 2006!