Toyota Offering Retrofit CarPlay Upgrades for 2018 Camry and Sienna

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Toyota recently announced plans to bring CarPlay to 2018 Toyota Camry sedans and 2018 Toyota Sienna minivans through a new retrofitting program that will be available through Toyota dealers.

    According to CNET, 2018 Toyota Sienna minivans and Camry sedans will soon be able to visit a dealership to add CarPlay support to their vehicles. Amazon Alexa compatibility is also included.


    Visiting a Toyota dealership will be required to install the CarPlay update, which will be made available through new software. Toyota has not yet confirmed if the CarPlay update will be free or if there will be a fee.

    Toyota has introduced CarPlay in quite a few of its 2019 and 2020 models, but to date, CarPlay has been limited to newer vehicles, so this is the first time Toyota is making it available in a 2018 vehicle.

    Other Toyota vehicles equipped with CarPlay include the 2019 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2019 Sienna, 2019 Camry, 2020 Tacoma, 2020 Tundra, 2020 Sequoia, 2020 Corolla, 2020 Yaris Hatchback, and 2020 Highlander.

    It's not known if Toyota will, in the future, provide similar CarPlay retrofitting options for other Toyota vehicles.

    Article Link: Toyota Offering Retrofit CarPlay Upgrades for 2018 Camry and Sienna
  2. DrJohnnyN Suspended


    Jan 27, 2010
  3. CreatorCode macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2015
    Well, for recent-ish Toyota owners. New Toyota owners get it out of the box. This just covers folks whose cars are new enough that they got the current-generation entertainment system, but old enough that it wasn't included from the factory. Still, that's like 300,000-400,000 people.
  4. realtuner macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2019
    Now if only the Smart TV manufacturers would do this for AirPlay 2 on older TV's.
  5. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Good. They lost a sale to me for lack of CarPlay in a Lexus NX. CarPlay and Android Auto are becoming must-haves... or deal-killers, depending.
  6. yossi macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2004
    I can't understand any car maker putting out a car without Car Play support. I will not even consider a new car without one.
  7. Pbrutto, Apr 29, 2019
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    Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
    Oh yeah? How about Prius prime or CHR??? The 2018 and 2019 C-HR have the EXACT same head unit, but the 2019 has CarPlay.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I can already imagine people calling the dealerships and they are clueless about this.
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    Honestly a Tesla is probably the only thing I would consider that doesn’t have it.
  9. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    I'm sure there are licensing fees involved.

    A $100 screen and software is still a thousand dollar upgrade for most cars.
  10. FBeye macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2013
    YES YES YES!!! FINALLY!!! I own a 2018 Camry and this is huge, as the standard Entune 3.0 system is simply a turd...
  11. craigmak macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2017
  12. brofkand macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2006
    Depends on what you need in a vehicle. It's certainly a nice feature. My last car, a Jetta, had CarPlay - but my newest vehicle doesn't. It has features I needed more than CarPlay. I have plans to replace the headunit to add CarPlay but it just isn't as important to me as I thought apparently. To each their own.
  13. sittnick macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    Well, it is not going to be added to my 1994 Buick Roadmaster, but I just got my wife a 2018 Avalon. It would be unfortunate if the Camry got this and the Avalon didn't.
  14. yossi macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2004
    TIL Tesla does not have CarPlay.
  15. brofkand macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2006
    Aftermarket is an option, the newer aftermarket radios are quite nice. Not inexpensive but much cheaper than a new Yukon!
  16. JcAzcanio macrumors newbie


    Mar 25, 2019
  17. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    At least it makes a boring car a little less boring.
  18. kanki1985 macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Either this or go Tesla route where you dont need this stupid thing..
  19. freezah macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2012
    Mercedes Benz played really ugly. They demoed CarPlay with 2014 C-Class so people like me decided to go for it with the 3500€ “Comand Online” entertainment center just to learn month later that CarPlay won’t be available for this model. Couple years later they have introduced paid “CarPlay retrofit” option for this model but for basic entertainment center “Audio20”, not for the “high-end” 3500€ Comand Online.
  20. ThunderSkunk, Apr 29, 2019
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    ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    Hey, you see that Subaru? An upgradable Stereo. One that isn’t wired into the cruise control and engine management software with a bunch of proprietary junk that no one can deal with, and means I’ll be stuck with this unusable, sat-nav system with outdated maps and an anti-user ui forever, with no possibility of installing so much as a freakin USB port, for ever, and ever, and ever...

    On the other hand, I am never distracted while driving, and after a million miles of listening to it, have become intimately familiar with the the sounds of this car and could probably diagnose trouble from a thousand paces with my eyes gouged out.

    But still, cars shouldn’t even come with stereos, just a plug.
  21. Mick-Mac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    It's highly likely you'll need to have your iDevice connected to the car via USB for this to work. Don't underestimate what a pain in the neck it is to fish your phone out of your purse/pocket every time you hop into the car and hook it up via a USB cable that may or may not be conveniently lying around. It's just disgusting that CarPlay isn't inherently a WiFi thing.
  22. Ebok Suspended

    Aug 22, 2018
    i would glady give honda $250USD to put it in my 2015 honda accord, which was SUPPOSED to have carplay but got delayed till the 2016 model.

    i love my honda but this decision to not give us the option is pissing me off.
  23. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    I've never understood this line of thinking. There are a plethora of things more important than a stupid phone integration system in a car but it amazes me the number of that kind of comment.
    Won't pay for Isofix seats, extra airbags, winter pack, (heated front screen etc), won't fit winter tyres when appropriate. But yeah, Carplay is a must.
  24. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    To each their own. That is at the top of the list for me. The amenities are more important than the way a car drives for me personally.
  25. hybrid_x macrumors regular


    Jan 5, 2004
    Teh Interwebz
    Is this the first time a major carmaker has offered a retroactive CarPlay upgrade for past models?

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