Mazda Extends Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Capability with $199 Retrofit Upgrade [News]

Only 2014 and newer cars can get the upgrade

Mazda extends Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
Mazda has extended Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to customers who own a 2014 or newer model through a $199 retrofit upgrade. [Photo: Mazda]

Mazda owners have been waiting for awhile to see Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in their cars.

Now, Mazda is offering retrofit kits for 2014 and newer models. There is one catch though – the upgrade isn’t free. For those of you who thought this was just a firmware update, you’ll need more than that. Today, Mazda formally announced the availability of these retrofit kits from $199, plus labor. For reference, I do own a Mazda CX-5, and my local dealer quoted me $450 for the upgrade.

The process only applies for cars with the MazdaConnect infotainment system. Those who have older head units aren’t eligible for the upgrade. The process entails updating the MazdaConnect firmware to the most recent version 70, plus installing more powerful 2.1-amp charging ports. That’s good news, as the current ports only generate 1 amp of current. It was never enough to charge my phone, so I’ve been resorting to using the car’s 12V auxiliary power outlet instead.

2018 Mazda 6
Mazda has used their MazdaConnect infotainment system (as pictured in this 2018 Mazda6) since 2014.

This retrofit kit expands compatibility to Mazda’s entire current range, including the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5, CX-9 and MX-5 Miata. As long as it’s 2014 or newer model year with the MazdaConnect infotainment system (pictured above), you can get this upgrade. If you’re unsure, check with your Mazda dealer and allow for about two hours for a technician to complete the job.

If you’ve recently bought a 2018 Mazda6 or are in the market for a 2019 CX-5 or CX-9, you’re in luck. Those cars get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability from the factory. Stay tuned to for more Mazda news, views and real-world reviews!