Toyota Confirms CarPlay in 2019 Sienna

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Toyota has confirmed on its website that CarPlay is a standard feature in all 2019 Sienna models sold in the United States. This is the first model year of the Sienna equipped with Apple's in-car software platform.


LE, SE, and XLE trims of the 2019 Sienna all feature a seven-inch touchscreen display on the dashboard with Toyota's custom Entune 3.0 infotainment system, through which CarPlay can be accessed. Amazon Alexa and Siri Eyes Free are also supported, but like other Toyota vehicles, there is no Android Auto.

Toyota's other CarPlay-equipped vehicles include the 2019 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2019 RAV4, and the 2019 CH-R. It's also likely that the 2019 Camry, which also has the Entune 3.0 system, will support CarPlay, but Toyota's website still lists the 2018 model, and a spokesperson would not confirm.

Toyota and its premium brand Lexus were among the last major automakers to begin offering CarPlay earlier this year. On the Lexus front, CarPlay-equipped models include 2019 model years of the ES, LC, LS, RC, and UX.

Toyota and Lexus have deployed a wired implementation of CarPlay, meaning that an iPhone must be connected to the system with a Lightning cable to access a wide variety of apps from the dashboard display, including Phone, Messages, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Spotify, and starting with iOS 12, Google Maps and Waze.

The 2019 Sienna goes on sale this fall at dealerships in the United States, with a suggested starting price of $31,115.

Article Link: Toyota Confirms CarPlay in 2019 Sienna
 

unr1

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What about Camry lol

They were so stubborn and now they are giving in one by one.
Oh, and I’m looking at you too Mazda
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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I wish I could fast forward/rewind, and see total time/time remaining when playing off of bluetooth in my Tesla.

Do standard bluetooth protocols include that info, or would it require CarPlay?
 

Sasparilla

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What about Camry lol

They were so stubborn and now they are giving in one by one.
Oh, and I’m looking at you too Mazda
I know, its going to take a decade to work through their model lineup. But at least they're doing it.
 

sarcosis

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I know, its going to take a decade to work through their model lineup. But at least they're doing it.
Yup. That's the most important point. Toyota is slow in general with updating stuff, but at least it's happening. I was worried they were going to be the last hold outs with the way it was going before the Avalon got it. Now if they would just rev the Tundra and Tacoma with Car Play...
 

seinman

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I wish I could fast forward/rewind, and see total time/time remaining when playing off of bluetooth in my Tesla.

Do standard bluetooth protocols include that info, or would it require CarPlay?
Bluetooth can do that, but not all head units can do it. I stick with USB in my car because it’s the only way to get the track progress on my head unit. In my wife’s car I have to use Bluetooth, because USB doesn’t allow “play next” to work. But it does in mine over USB. But Bluetooth does show track time in hers. It’s super confusing and I wish we both just had CarPlay.
 

BuffaloTF

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Highlander please... or better yet. The whole damn lineup of 2019 cars, no need for the games here...
 

redscull

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If you read, you'll see that they are still using horrible EnTune but just adding CarPlay. Sh*t EnTune still exists.
Exactly. I don't understand why this news is in any way exciting. So long as Entune exists, this is all irrelevant.

I have 100% abandoned Entune on my 2018 Camry. It's just too tedious and inconsistent to connect, not to mention the hassle having to plug a cable into the phone. I play my music wirelessly over bluetooth which works decently enough. And I use my phone directly for navigating (it props up nicely in the cubby). Even if my Camry had Carplay right now, the hassle of Entune would prevent me from ever using it.
 

cwazytech

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Is it a software thing or a hardware thing? Would love to know that my 2018 model could be updated with just a software update.
 

rulymammoth

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As silly as it might sound, this totally puts Toyota/Lexus back in the running when we buy our next car. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.
 

MallardDuck

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Now they just need a software update for older units to migrate to CarPlay and kill off entune completely. The entire unit crashes every time you try to activate Siri, and Toyota has been unwilling to provide a fix for the problem.
 

iMerik

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Now they just need a software update for older units to migrate to CarPlay and kill off entune completely. The entire unit crashes every time you try to activate Siri, and Toyota has been unwilling to provide a fix for the problem.
YES! This happens to me as well. If I'm listening to audio over Bluetooth, I consistently crash Entune forcing it to reboot by simply activating keyboard dictation (speaker icon) or Siri on my phone. I have a 2015 Sienna that missed Siri Eyes-Free by a year even though I've fairly certain the 2015 model can support it just like the 2016 model can. Toyota wants me to hate them I think.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Bluetooth can do that, but not all head units can do it. I stick with USB in my car because it’s the only way to get the track progress on my head unit. In my wife’s car I have to use Bluetooth, because USB doesn’t allow “play next” to work. But it does in mine over USB. But Bluetooth does show track time in hers. It’s super confusing and I wish we both just had CarPlay.
I mean, you could just get a product that's actually supported after you buy it... major appeal of Tesla is the new features that get downloaded every few days. Very happy to hear that normal bluetooth can do these things. That means it's somewhere on Tesla's todo list and some day my car will get an update letting me do it.

That's the same reason you buy an Apple product, is for the fact that Apple supports them for free for nearly a decade after you get them.
 
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