Why don't Mazda and Toyota cars have Apple CarPlay yet?

June 13, 2016

The list of cars that don't yet support Apple CarPlay is still relatively long, but the list of manufacturers who won't support it wholesale is remarkably short—with notable exceptions.

Nissan announced Monday that it would add Apple CarPlay support to its 2017 Nissan Maxima, which adds to the list of world's biggest automakers that support the interface. The Maxima is likely to be joined by the 2017 Nissan Murano soon (the two share a similar infotainment system) as Nissan vehicles that support the feature.

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And, according to the forums at BimmerPost, BMW is likely to announce soon that some of its cars and SUVs, including the new 2017 330i and X5, will support CarPlay.

If you're keeping tabs on automakers who are on board with the tech giant, it'd be GMC, Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, Nissan, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Honda, Acura, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Ford, Subaru, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz—well, pretty much all of them.

There are two notable exceptions: Neither Toyota nor Mazda want to CarPlay right now.

According to a Mazda spokesman the company may add CarPlay and Android Auto when "we feel they meet our company philosophy," but noted that iPhone and Android phones somewhat play nice already after adding compatibility in 2014.

Toyota may be a tougher sell. The world's largest automaker appears to be very all-in with Entune for Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and announced last year that it would double down on SmartDeviceLink, rather than join forces with Google or Apple.

A spokesman for Toyota said the automaker hasn't changed its position.

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