Author: Paul Fittipaldi
Toyota Motor Company is a stubborn company. After many years and probably many complaints from prospective and current owners, they will finally add Apple’s CarPlay to its NEW vehicles. It’s luxury brand Lexus will also get CarPlay.
Why it took Toyota so many years to finally get the message is anyone’s guess. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto are a must these. Phones are an extension of our lives—in our homes, at work, and in our cars. Though, Toyota will not offer Android—tough luck all you Samsung phone owners. This is a pity.
Toyota’s subpar and glitchy offerings, Entune (Toyota vehicles) and Enform (Lexus vehicles) is no match for CarPlay and Android Auto. They are inferior and do not offer the user-friendly integration such as using Siri (which works a lot better in your car than your phone) to read and reply to texts quickly and easily.
Toyota needs to swallow its pride and offer Apple CarPlay to vehicles manufacturing from 2016-2018. Its chief rival, Honda, already made available CarPlay in its Honda Accord sedan and other models. Will Toyota do this, probably not, it will take the approach to have owners buy a new vehicle.