Better late than never.
We’ve been saying for years that Mazda’s infotainment system sorely needs an update. With no support for Apple Carplay or Android Auto Upgrade, Mazda has been lagging behind the competition. We recently got confirmation that Australian Mazda models equipped with MZD Connect will be retrofitted with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Now, the automaker has confirmed plans to roll out the update for the Mazda6 in the US. From the beginning of September, owners of the 2018 Mazda6 midsize sedan can head to their local dealer to have the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay upgrade installed completely free of charge. There is a catch, though – the update only applies to the Touring trim and above. If you bought the Sport base model, you're unfortunately out of luck.
The hardware and software updates will take around two hours to install. In addition to installing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, upgraded Mazda6 models will also receive a more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB and the latest version of the Mazda Connect infotainment system.
Starting in November, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered in the 2018 Mazda6 as standard equipment for the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels.
The facelifted Mazda6 went on sale the US earlier this year. Pricing starts from $21,950 for the base model, which includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, infotainment system and dual-zone climate control. On the other end of the spectrum is the range-topping Signature trim, which starts at $34,750 and includes exterior updates, a 360-degree camera, wood trim, and more.
Two engine options are available for the 2018 Mazda6: a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine producing 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, and a turbocharged 2.5-liter that generates 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. No word yet on when other Mazda models will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but better late than never.