MAzda announced a $199 Android Auto and Apple CarPlay retrofit kit for Mazda vehicles from 2014 and up which allows you to bring your Mazda to a dealer and get a software and hardware upgrade that delivers one of our must have car features.
This upgrade is available for cars with Mazda Connect and it included a 2.1amp USB port that will charge your phone faster, an essential need if you are using power hungry apps like GPS for a long ride.
You will need to pay $199 for the parts and then you will need to pay for labor. This is likely around $200 according to reports, but will vary based on the vehicle. You can expect the installation to take about two hours.
While the car is in motion Mazda disables the touch screen, so you need to use the dial on the center console to navigate. We show you how this works in the video below.
While the $400 overall cost isn’t cheap, this is a major upgrade in usability and it is something that should boost the overall resale appeal, if not the value, of your car.
If you like the looks of how this system works in Mazda vehicles, you can contact your local dealer to schedule an installation. There is a chance you may need to wait a short period while parts arrive at local dealers.
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