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After 12 Years Of Owning Toyota’s The Lack Of Apple CarPlay Made Me Buy A Hyundai #carplay

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Toyota Resistance To Apple Carplay

I have owned four Toyota Camry’s since 2005 and I have been more than pleased with them. I am not a car guy I just want a car that is reliable and comfortable and if I can get a bit of styling even if a bland one well that's an extra.

The Camry meet all of those but I have been more than disappointed at Toyota’s lack of support for Carplay.

I was eager awaiting the unveiling of the new 2018 Camry redesign and hoping Entune 3.0 will bring the Carplay support I so much cherished.

The Toyota unveiled the Camry and the car looks amazing (at least for a Camry guy like me) but once again Toyota gave Carplay and Android Auto the thumbs down.

Entune 3.0 looks like a big step forward from 2.0 but at least for me the lack of Carplay was a deal breaker this time around.

Enter Hyundai

So there are a couple of car models that supports Apple Carplays but obviously, the two closest competitors to the Camry are the Honda Accord & Hyundai Sonata. So I decided to give both of them a test drive and finally settle on the Sonata.

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Why?

Let’s face it car manufacturers aren’t very good at infotainment for them is an afterthought. That's where Carplay and Android Auto come to the rescue bringing a familiar and intuitive interface that make interacting with the in-car entertainment so much enjoyable and intuitive. So I will give the Sonata a try and see if after a couple of years Toyota get with the times and integrate Carplay. I may switch back to a Camry then or maybe not if the Sonata is as reliable as my Camry they may have lost a customer for good.