Apple Says More Than 400 Vehicle Models Now Support CarPlay With Latest Being 2019 Subaru WRX

Apple today confirmed that over 400 vehicle models now support its CarPlay software platform in the United States.


While not reflected on Apple's list of available models yet, the latest vehicle with CarPlay is Subaru's new 2019 WRX, introduced on Thursday and available at dealerships across the United States this summer. Previous model years of the WRX did not have CarPlay, making this a new addition.

CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all 2019 WRX models, accessible through Subaru's new Starlink infotainment system. The base trim, priced from $27,195, is equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, while Premium and Limited trims have seven-inch touchscreens from $29,495 and $31,795 respectively.


Subaru's infotainment system also features Aha Radio, Pandora, hands-free phone calls and audio streaming via Bluetooth, AM/FM, a single-disc CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility, and a rear-view camera. Blind spot detection with lane change assist technology is available in higher trims.

Subaru's other vehicle models with CarPlay in the United States:

  • 2017-2018 Impreza

  • 2018 Outback

  • 2018 Crosstrek

  • 2019 Ascent

  • 2019 Forester

CarPlay mirrors several iPhone functions onto a vehicle's dashboard display, enabling drivers to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, listen to music, and more while staying focused on the road. The platform can be controlled via touchscreen, Siri voice commands, or steering wheel buttons.

Surveys suggest CarPlay is a highly desired feature with strong customer satisfaction. Most automakers currently support wired CarPlay, meaning the iPhone must be connected with a Lightning cable, but wireless CarPlay is available in select BMW models or via aftermarket receivers from Alpine and Pioneer.

With the recent additions of Toyota, Lexus, and Mazda, nearly every major automaker in the United States offers or will soon offer CarPlay.

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32 months ago
I don't even bother with CarPlay. When they allow Google maps, than I will use.

For me Apple maps are s**t both maps, directions, voice, traffic data. dont know how it is in USA bur here in Poland don't even bother.
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32 months ago

Yes, great, using CarPlay and in 4 years it will be obsolete. The cars last longer than the apple products. What are all going to do in 10 years when their CarPlay is completely obsolete?

Uhh.. you have it backwards. One of the many benefits of using CarPlay over the manufacturer's system is that CarPlay won't ever be obsolete as Apple updates the software as needed. In contrast, the car makers' systems are never updated.
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32 months ago
Hopefully BMW's shady stunt of charging a monthly subscription for CarPlay won't catch on.
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32 months ago

CarPlay is pretty useless without google maps and Spotify.

Spotify is available on CarPlay.

Apple Maps is pretty good, IMO - considerably improved from its (ahem) "humble" origins. I do agree that CarPlay should support more mapping options than the house brand. I'm fine with Apple Maps, however I'd like to see Waze and Google Maps and the next great idea in mapping and navigation to come down the pike be available on CarPlay.

For the most part, I'm happy with CarPlay, but as is typical with many of us, I want more, give me more! :apple:
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32 months ago
Mazda, heard that before, they have been claiming for 2 years to be "just" about to add support for Car Play and Android auto, even the new 2019 CX-3 doesn't claim any support for it.

Don't buy a car from any company that can't implement CarPlay or Android Auto on the tablets they glue to their dashes.
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32 months ago
CarPlay is pretty useless without google maps and Spotify.
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