Mazda has been very far behind rest of the car manufacturers talking about its decision to present Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its range, just getting them as standard from the 2019 CX-9, CX-5 and 2018 Mazda 6. At this time, the technology is able to be retrofitted to all vehicles that are having Mazda Connect from the 2014 model year. A bad news is that the upgrade is not cheap.
Having the price tag of $199 in addition to the labor costs, Mazda owners are able to have the dealer-installed upgrade getting smartphone integration capabilities, in addition hardware tweaks that are further going to be powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports. Several owners are saying that a complete cost is of approximately $400 that seems to be too much, particularly in view that Mazda’s infotainment screens aren’t touchscreens, therefore, the functionality is supposed to run via buttons, knobs and voice commands.
Even so, the price tag is not too big as compared to other manufacturers’. CarPlay is having a $300 alternative on 2017 BMW models, and to utilize this, you need to have the $2,000 navigation package already in place. In addition, the cheapest aftermarket Android Auto and CarPlay head units have a retail price of approximately $300, and that does not count in the installation costs. And Mazda owns some credit as it has made the retrofit a choice in the first place — numerous other automakers may have simply advised you to purchase a new model.
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