CarPlay Available in Acura ILX and Toyota Camry Starting With 2019 Models [Updated]

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Acura today debuted its all-new 2019 ILX compact sedan, complete with availability of CarPlay and Android Auto.


This is the first model year of the ILX available with factory installed CarPlay in the U.S., following in the footsteps of the 2017 and newer NSX, 2018 and newer MDX, 2018 and newer TLX, and 2019 RDX.

While the 2019 ILX is available with a stacked dual-screen setup, including a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen on the bottom, CarPlay is displayed on the top screen, which is controlled by in-car knobs only.

Like most automakers, Acura is using wired CarPlay, so an iPhone must be connected to the system with a Lightning to USB cable.

Acura provides a brief demo of CarPlay in the 2019 ILX in its teaser video for the vehicle, starting at the 25 second mark. Fine print in the video confirms that CarPlay is available on the Premium trim and above.


CarPlay enables iPhone users to access a range of apps from the dashboard, such as Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Pandora, and WhatsApp. Google Maps and Waze are also supported as of iOS 12.

The 2019 Acura ILX will begin arriving at Acura dealerships across the U.S. in October. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Update: Toyota has confirmed that CarPlay is available in the 2019 Camry.

Article Link: CarPlay Available in Acura ILX and Toyota Camry Starting With 2019 Models [Updated]
 
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bearda

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HOLD UP, you have to use a ROTARY KNOB TO NAVIGATE???!!111!!!

Is that not dramatically more distracting?!

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Yeah, that sounds kind of terrible. Are there any other CarPlay implementations that aren't touchscreen based?
 

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HOLD UP, you have to use a ROTARY KNOB TO NAVIGATE???!!111!!!

Is that not dramatically more distracting?!

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Can use a rotary knob to navigate, not have to. Big difference. Also how is a using a fixed hardware point and staring at a screen dramatically more distracting than trying to find a software point with no reference while staring at the same screen? That makes no sense.
 

nutmac

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At this point, I think it's foolish not to implement wireless CarPlay and Qi wireless charger. So far, only BMW (and its Mini) and Mercedes Benz (A-Class) offer wireless CarPlay.
 

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Still a woefully outdated and uncompetitive entry. Civic based, and not even on the new gen platform. CarPlay may lure customers into the showroom, and it's far superior to the built-in Acura system, but driving any other competitor will expose this model's fundamental flaws. It's sad to see Acura in this position; I used to own a Legend myself, but left the brand for BMW after they stagnated and stopped making cars which are fun to drive and remotely competitive.
 
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Rather get a Kia Stinger or Genesis G70. Acura has really been behind the curve lately.
 

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Can use a rotary knob to navigate, not have to. Big difference. Also how is a using a fixed hardware point and staring at a screen dramatically more distracting than trying to find a software point with no reference while staring at the same screen? That makes no sense.

Uhhhh, it literally says "CarPlay is displayed on the top screen, which is controlled by in-car knobs only." in the article.

Of course it is more distracting.

You have to look at where you currently are with your rotary knob on the screen, see if you are even going where you want to actually go with it, click on the app you want, then try to deal with the menu systems that are highly custom for each developer.... thats a nightmare!

You are hardly 'staring at the screen' with regular touch CarPlay as well, you simply tap on what you want on a touch screen.
 

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Uhhhh, it literally says "CarPlay is displayed on the top screen, which is controlled by in-car knobs only." in the article.

Of course it is more distracting.

You have to look at where you currently are with your rotary knob on the screen, see if you are even going where you want to actually go with it, click on the app you want, then try to deal with the menu systems that are highly custom for each developer.... thats a nightmare!

You are hardly 'staring at the screen' with regular touch CarPlay as well, you simply tap on what you want on a touch screen.
Well... it's pretty obvious one of us didn't read the article. :oops:

We're going to agree to disagree about the more distracting though.
 

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At this point having to have to connect through a cable is just disappointing.

Who has the patience to every time they get into the car and plug the phone?

It is not like everybody car system hasn't already got Bluetooth, computer, screen, whatever?
 

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Rather get a Kia Stinger or Genesis G70. Acura has really been behind the curve lately.
Acura seems to have finally gotten its act together with the new 2019 RDX: Acura-exclusive platform, technology, and features.

Acura could have a decent lineup when the TLX and MDX get the RDX treatment and are completely redesigned from the ground up. The current interiors are bland at best.

I’m loving Kia/Hyundai/Genesis myself though. Reliable, competitive, great features that actually work, great price, no gimmicks. I’ve been completely satisfied with my 2018 Optima.
 

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Honda/Acura's dual touch screen is annoying. Not the mention, the quality of the below screen is typically very poor (TN panel).
 

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It's good to know the Camry will finally get the option. I'm a Toyota customer...
Previously Toyota officially announced their withdrawal from CarPlay and continued using their own software... I guess they soon realized CarPlay brings in lots more customers.
 

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Acura seems to have finally gotten its act together with the new 2019 RDX: Acura-exclusive platform, technology, and features.

Acura could have a decent lineup when the TLX and MDX get the RDX treatment and are completely redesigned from the ground up. The current interiors are bland at best.

I’m loving Kia/Hyundai/Genesis myself though. Reliable, competitive, great features that actually work, great price, no gimmicks. I’ve been completely satisfied with my 2018 Optima.
I have the 2016 Optima. I just wish there was an AWD option. I am going to look into the Stinger or G70 AWD for my next car. I give Kia/Hyundai props for turning around their brand in the last 10 years.
 

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Yeah, that sounds kind of terrible. Are there any other CarPlay implementations that aren't touchscreen based?
As above, Mercedes is that way. We have a Ford Flex which has CarPlay and it is touchscreen and the Mercedes GLS450 that is not.

Personally, I prefer the Mercedes implementation. Prior to using the MB version, I thought I wasn't going to like it as much as the Ford touchscreen, but I find that the non-touchscreen version is less distracting than the touchscreen one. Maybe it is the Ford implementation that seems less responsive and the location of the Ford screen, but so far I prefer the MB version. I'd be interested in seeing how it compares with other touchscreen implementations.

So far though (we've had the Ford 3.5 years and the MB 2 years in November) I think the touchscreen is more distracting.
 

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I have the 2016 Optima. I just wish there was an AWD option. I am going to look into the Stinger or G70 AWD for my next car. I give Kia/Hyundai props for turning around their brand in the last 10 years.
Don't care for AWD, but I could go for a naturally aspirated V6 Optima. Turbo four cylinders just don't replace the V6 experience for me.

I'm a large sedan person, and not into sports or compact cars. I have a lead foot, but I want my stuff to look elegant and be comfortable.(Another reason I like my Optima) G70 fits my personality over a Stinger, but it's too small. A Cadenza or G80 3.8 would probably be my next car.
 

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Put it in the Tundra!

A 50,000 dollar truck shouldn't have that horsecrap Entune system.