Subaru Debuts 2018 Legacy With CarPlay at Chicago Auto Show

Subaru today announced it will debut its all-new 2018 Legacy at the annual Chicago Auto Show next week. The mid-size sedan will be one of Subaru's first vehicles to support CarPlay alongside the 2017 Impreza introduced last year.


CarPlay and Android Auto will be available through Subaru's STARLINK multimedia system with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod controls. The standard system has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while an 8-inch touchscreen is available with a faster CPU, TomTom navigation, and enhanced multimedia capabilities.

Subaru said the 2018 Legacy will go on sale this summer. Pricing was not disclosed.

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27 months ago

My experience with Carplay is very ho-hum. Too many limitations and boring screens.


"Boring" screens and limited functionality is exactly what you should have in a car. The stuff that should interest you is outside.
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27 months ago
I think that the automakers that rely on either CarPlay or Android Auto are going to best serve their customers, while those who go their own way with home-grown interfaces will more often frustrate consumers with interfaces that are routinely awkward to use, and still a work in progress.
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27 months ago
My experience with Carplay is very ho-hum. Too many limitations and boring screens.
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27 months ago

I think that the automakers that rely on either CarPlay or Android Auto are going to best serve their customers, while those who go their own way with home-grown interfaces will more often frustrate consumers with interfaces that are routinely awkward to use, and still a work in progress.


Toyota/Lexus needs to stop dancing to their own crappy music and get with the program. Until then, any vehicle without CarPlay/Android Auto should be off everyone's list. That would push them to include both.
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27 months ago

It is odd Subaru has so far only chosen the Impreza (lowest model) and the Legacy (highest model) of its vehicle lineup to receive CarPlay. Subaru really needs to extend this across the entire lineup because their current hardware is sub-par at best. I was forced to purchase their GPS nav unit if I wanted the higher model trim and the unit has never worked properly. I am taking my Outback in to have the second GPS nav unit checked (and replaced), but I hate having to fight the dealership constantly to convince them it is not just a setting--yeah, the console freezing and not responding, rebooting in the middle of a route, or just having the radio randomly turn on is a setting o_O I won't buy another Subaru unless it has CarPlay.


I'm assuming that if the Legacy gets CarPlay, the Outback will too, since it's essentially a lifted Legacy station wagon.

Also, there are aftermarket stereo head units from companies like Kenwood and Pioneer that have CarPlay. Many have good integration with existing steering wheel controls and the like. If you look around on the forums for your particular model at autoguide.com ('http://www.autoguide.com/forums.html'), you'll find hints from people who've done that, including sources for things like replacement center console bezels to fit aftermarket stereos.

I'm considering an aftermarket stereo for my '13 Outback, and it's good to know that if I get to replacing that car, I can get CarPlay directly from Subaru.
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27 months ago

Have you tried Apple maps lately? I've noticed in the past month that I have begun getting pop ups that there is a shorter route available due to traffic. Never seen it before on AM. Maybe it has to do with them finishing their base map. They said they anticipated finishing the five year project to build out their own base map in 2017. I am anticipating some huge things in Apple Maps this year as a result of this and their other mapping acquisition', e.g. lane assist (Yes, I know Google Maps has it), As part of base map, remember that they have been "driving the world" and combined with Flyover could be a knock your socks off feature. Google doesn't have the flyover and Streetview feels very dated and clumsy to use.


I hope you are right. Last time I use Apple maps on Carplay was.... yesterday.

It marched me right into a ton of traffic. Gave me an ETA that was too late for the appointment I was driving too.

Pulled up Waze on the phone. It immediately chose a route that avoided the traffic and got me where I needed to go, a little ahead of schedule.

I hope Apple maps becomes great. Clearly, we are prevented from using other navigation apps on Carplay because Apple knows if they were on a level playing field, Apple maps in its current form would lose out to the competition.

I too HOPE this changes.
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27 months ago

My experience with Carplay is very ho-hum. Too many limitations and boring screens.


"Boring" screens and limited functionality is exactly what you should have in a car. The stuff that should interest you is outside.


What are you expecting? Some convoluted user interface? I want my display straight forward and easy to access. You're in a car and memory access and basic functionality is preferable for some. Take the display icons for example, they're large and straight to the point where they perform the functions you need, versus having unnecessary functions that you will never use.


How about more compatible apps, such as an alternative for Apple Maps. I wished CP was not as limited as it is, also, I wished it was not as buggy.

Fix the bugs, and have some other Apps such as Waze.
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27 months ago

How about more compatible apps, such as an alternative for Apple Maps. I wished CP was not as limited as it is, also, I wished it was not as buggy.

Fix the bugs, and have some other Apps such as Waze.

YES!!!
Allow apps like Waze and Google Maps. I love Apple (obviously, since I am on this forum;)) but I actually prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps. Since I have CarPlay in my current vehicle, via a Pioneer AppRadio system, I use Apple Maps but I wish I had options.
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27 months ago

My experience with Carplay is very ho-hum. Too many limitations and boring screens.



Same. I just bought a new car. I still just mount a phone on the dash. All I want is a mirrored larger display - and the car manufacturers will fight to the end to not do that as they'd lose $2000.
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