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Mazda & Apple CarPlay®: How To Connect Them

Mazda Apple CarPlay®

If you’re in the market for a new car, you probably hear about the benefits of Mazda Apple CarPlay®. If you aren’t familiar with Apple CarPlay®, it’s a software system on many new Mazda vehicles to help you pair your compatible iPhone® with your vehicle. That way, you can bring your favorite podcasts and playlists along for the ride and pick up that new audiobook you love right where you left off. Since not all new Mazda trim models come with navigation, drivers also utilize Apple CarPlay® because they can use the Google Maps™ or Waze® Navigation on their phone to receive turn-by-turn directions to their destination.

How To Connect to Apple CarPlay® in a Mazda

Now that you know more about the benefits of Mazda Apple CarPlay® and why drivers love this new audio integration, you might be wondering how to connect your compatible iPhone® to one of our new Mazda specials.

There are a few easy ways to connect Mazda CX-5 Apple CarPlay® and activate it once you’re behind the wheel. The easiest way to turn on Apple CarPlay® in one of our new Mazda vehicles is with a USB cable. Plug your phone into the audio integration USB port, and Apple CarPlay® Mazda will start automatically. If, for some reason, the Apple CarPlay® menu doesn’t appear on your vehicle’s infotainment screen, try pressing the home button on your phone.

Many new Mazda lease deals also come with wireless Apple CarPlay®. This feature lets you skip the mess and hassle of cords and wires. Simply pair your compatible iPhone® with the wireless Apple CarPlay® on your new Mazda and control your media directly on your car’s infotainment screen.

If you have questions about any of the ways to connect Mazda3 Apple CarPlay®, you can give our dealership a call or review our Apple CarPlay® quick start guide.

How To Connect to Apple CarPlay® in a Mazda

Basic Requirements To Use Apple CarPlay®

To start enjoying Apple CarPlay® in your Mazda, make sure you meet these iPhone® requirements:

  • You’ll need an iPhone® 5 or above
  • Make sure Siri® is enabled
  • You’ll need an Apple Lightning® to USB cable
  • Upgrading to the latest iOS is always recommended for optimal performance

Mazda Models and Years With Apple CarPlay®

When you’re shopping for a new or used car and know you want the vehicle to come equipped with Apple CarPlay®, we’ve put together a chart with all of the available Mazda models with Apple CarPlay®. If the vehicle you have your eye on isn’t on the list, it may be possible to install Apple CarPlay® on an older Mazda. Contact our dealership to learn how to get Apple CarPlay® in Mazda cars and SUVs.

Mazda Model Model Years
Mazda6 2018 – 2021
Mazda CX-5 2019 – 2022
Mazda CX-8 2019 – 2022
Mazda CX-9 2019 – 2022
Mazda3 2019 – 2022
Mazda CX-3 2020 – 2021
Mazda CX-30 2020 – 2022
Mazda2 2020 – 2022
Mazda MX-5 2020 – 2022
Mazda CX-50 2022
Mazda MX-30 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to get Apple CarPlay® installed on my older Mazda?

Yes, depending on your vehicle’s model, model year, and trim, a Mazda Apple CarPlay® upgrade is possible. If you want to add Apple CarPlay® to your Mazda, the most recent version of the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and 2.1-amp USB ports will be installed. Installing Apple CarPlay® is possible on models as early as 2014 when equipped with MAZDA CONNECT™.

How much does it cost to add Apple CarPlay® to my Mazda?

If you have a 2014 or newer Mazda vehicle and would like to have Apple CarPlay® installed, please contact our service department to schedule an appointment. The service typically takes about two hours and has a suggested retail price of $199 plus the cost of labor. Our service department can provide a more accurate estimate once we have the specifics of your vehicle.

Can I install Apple CarPlay® myself?

Many of our customers enjoy working on their vehicles and handling various auto repairs themselves. Unfortunately, installing Apple CarPlay® in your Mazda requires hardware and software updates and must be performed by a certified Mazda technician. The latest MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and 2.1-amp USB ports are required. Please call our service center to schedule an Apple CarPlay® installation appointment.

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