There is one new automobile that will feature Apple’s CarPlay right off the factory line.
And this one has the Mazda badge up front. The automobile manufacturer today announced the upcoming launch of the MX-5 Miata, which will feature factory-installed Apple CarPlay and Google’s own Android Auto. The in-car systems will be available through Mazda’s Mazda Connect infotainment system.
As far as hardware goes, the MX-5 Miata features a 7-inch touchscreen that’s raised up from the dashboard. There are a pair of USB ports, which you’ll need to use at least one to connect your iPhone to use CarPlay. It does not support wireless CarPlay.
When you launch CarPlay in the MX-5 Miata you’ll be able to access a range of apps and services, including Messages, Apple Music, Spotify, Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and many other options.
As is par for the course, there are a variety of different options and trims to choose from, but pricing for the new 2020 Mazda MX-5 starts at $26,580 in the United States. Mazda says the new car will arrive at Mazda dealerships beginning sometime in February.
It’s also worth noting that Mazda does have an option to upgrade older vehicles, dating back to 2014, to add CarPlay and Android Auto. It costs a bit of money, but if you have an older, supported model and don’t feel like buying a whole new car it’s certainly an option.