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Retrofit Your Old Mazda With Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

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Why trade in your car only because of its old infotainment system?

New technology has a way of creeping up on you. Just when you think some piece of tech is the best you can buy, something better comes along. Whether it's laptops, cameras, or the infotainment system in your car, you've likely experienced this situation many times. But Mazda wants to help you out by offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as dealer-installed updates for Mazda Connect-equipped vehicles beginning with the 2014 model year.

Mind you, it's not a free update, but for $199, not including labor costs, these owners can now enjoy the same smartphone interfaces available on the 2018 Mazda6 sedan and the 2019 CX-5 and CX-9 crossovers.

The work includes a Mazda Connect software upgrade and new hardware featuring the more powerful and faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports. It needs to be noted that Mazda's old infotainment screens won't become touchscreens after the update. This means that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions will be controlled through the command knob, buttons, or voice commands.

Mazda says the upgrade will take about two hours and can be done at any official Mazda dealership, though you'll need to schedule an appointment first. This may be a generally good alternative for many Mazda owners who might have considered trading in their vehicles solely because the infotainment systems were not compatible with their smartphones.

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But why trade in and ultimately spend more money on a new car when the current one is perfectly fine, aside from its outdated infotainment tech? Doesn't make much sense. Spending $200 for this upgrade is a far cheaper and quicker solution. Chances are a lot of Mazda owners will be interested in this, and we wouldn't be surprised to find out there's even a waiting list to book an appointment.