CarPlay Makes First-Ever Debut in 2020 Toyota Highlander, Nissan Versa, and All-New Hyundai Venue

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Ahead of the annual New York International Auto Show, several automakers have announced new vehicles with first-time support for CarPlay, including the 2020 Toyota Highlander, 2020 Nissan Versa, and 2020 Hyundai Venue.

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2020 Toyota Highlander with wide 12.3-inch touchscreen in Platinum model

‌CarPlay‌ will be a standard feature in the 2020 Toyota Highlander, equipped with a wide 12.3-inch touchscreen display on the highest-end Platinum trim and an 8-inch display on all other trims. Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, Waze, SiriusXM, and Wi-Fi connectivity through AT&T in the U.S. also come standard.

‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto come standard in the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the Korean automaker's all-new subcompact crossover SUV. All trims of the vehicle are equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display.

Nissan is making ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto available as upgrade options in its 2020 Versa, equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen display.

‌CarPlay‌ is wired in all three vehicles, with USB ports for connecting an iPhone via Lightning cable, providing convenient access to frequently used ‌iPhone‌ apps such as Phone, Messages, Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, Apple Music, Spotify, and those from the MLB and NHL directly from the dashboard.

Fully gas 2020 Highlander models will arrive at Toyota dealerships in December 2019, followed by hybrid models in February 2020. Hyundai says the 2020 Venue will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year, and the 2020 Nissan Versa goes on sale in summer 2019. No prices were disclosed.

The New York International Auto Show opens to the public Friday.

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Top Rated Comments

mjpviv Avatar
21 months ago
This is frustrating beyond belief that wireless charging is offered in vehicles but not wireless CarPlay. And the fact that they are redesigning these vehicles and not implementing wireless CarPlay blows my mind.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GreenPixel Avatar
21 months ago
Toyota held out way too long against CarPlay. I loved my Prius but was happy to get rid of it for a vehicle with CarPlay. I ruled out a new Prius because they didn't support it at the time.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redgreenski Avatar
21 months ago
Car play is great and it has really improved in the past 2 years. Same goes for Apple maps.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
decypher44 Avatar
21 months ago
How is CarPlay not wireless?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GreenPixel Avatar
21 months ago

What car did you replace your Prius with? It's interesting that the Prius is one of their most vehicles, yet all the other Toyota models seem to be getting it.

VW Jetta
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
guzhogi Avatar
21 months ago

They really need to offer a software upgrade to older models. Entune is a horrible piece of junk - whole head unit crashes when you activate Siri, and they refuse to issue a patch. Toyota is a and truck company, but one of the worst software firms. I'm tempted to mail my unit to the head of the company in apjapan when I rip it out for one with software that works,

I upgraded the software on my 2012 Prius. A pretty simple "Download the update to a flash drive, plug it into your car's USB port, and follow the onscreen directions" kind of thing. I think it gets rid of Pandora or something, but I never used it in the first place. Did solve a bunch of problems I had, though. Sometimes when I had my phone connected vi bluetooth or listening to the radio, turning on/off my lights would turn off the audio system. The upgrade fixed that. Here's the link: https://securedp.toyota.com/download-app/downloads

As for wireless vs wired CarPlay, I don't really care. Sure, it's a nice feature, but not something I'd complain about. Maybe I'm getting old. Heck, I remember having to press the 7 button 4 times to get an 'S'. Heck, I remember seeing Zack Morris phones.



I even had to use the dreaded land phone (even a rotary phone)! Now get off my yard!
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