Which 2017 Cars Have Android Auto?

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Android Auto demonstrated on a Chevrolet Spark

CARS.COM — Forget about fuel economy, acceleration times or reliability. What many new-car shoppers want to know is if they'll be able to integrate their smartphone with a car's multimedia system.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which allow operation of smartphone apps for navigation, text messaging and music through their car's dashboard touch-screen, steering-wheel buttons or voice commands, have rapidly become must-have features for many who are in the market for a new vehicle.

Related: Which 2017 Cars Have Apple CarPlay?

The auto industry is racing to keep up with the growing demand. Less than a year ago, fewer than 50 vehicles were offering one or both, or were scheduled to. For the 2017 model year, the list has grown to more than 100, and more announcements are expected in the coming months.

General Motors now offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on 30 models. Ford wasn't even on the list a year ago, but for the 2017 model year it becomes the first full-line vehicle manufacturer to offer Android Auto and CarPlay on every vehicle line it sells (Ford and Lincoln brands).

Android devices dominate the U.S. smartphone market, but more 2017 vehicles will be available with CarPlay than with Android Auto. BMW and Porsche will offer CarPlay on most of their models, but so far neither has announced plans to add Android Auto. Mercedes-Benz offers both systems on most models, but you can only get CarPlay on the GLS-Class and SL-Class. The Nissan Maxima also has CarPlay only for 2017.

Stay tuned, though, because automakers will continue to add vehicles that offer one or both systems during the current model year and beyond.

Don't hold your breath waiting for Toyota to join the crowd. Toyota is following its own path and doesn't intend to offer Android Auto or CarPlay. Instead, it is developing its own system and currently offers Scout GPS Link, which allows integrating a smartphone navigation app with the vehicle multimedia system, on several Toyota and Lexus models.

The ability to seamlessly integrate smartphone apps with a car's multimedia system answers a crying need from millions who rely heavily on their handheld device for many, if not all, of their communication, navigation and infotainment needs.

A basic truth remains, though: Everyone may not be fully satisfied by current versions of Android Auto, so don't count on every app working equally well in the car as it does on the phone alone. Android Auto works basically the same on all vehicles, but each manufacturer has different multimedia systems with different controls and displays, so what you see and get might vary.

That is why it remains imperative to find out before you buy a car how well your phone and apps will work with that car. Try it out before you buy.

Shoppers also should be aware that Android Auto may not be available on every version of a vehicle that offers it. For example, you can't get it on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu L trim, which is the base model, and Kia makes it available only on models with the UVO multimedia system, a feature reserved for more-expensive models. Though Ford offers it on all of its vehicles, it also requires the Sync 3 infotainment system, which is optional on many models and not available on some.

One final caution: The list of vehicles that will offer Android Auto for 2017 is based on information obtained from the vehicle manufacturers in September 2016. The rollout over the past two years hasn't always been on time, so it is possible that availability could be delayed on some models until later in the model year or even until the 2018 model year.

2017 Vehicles Offering Android Auto

Acura
NSX

Audi
A3
A4
A6
A7
Allroad
Q7
TT

Buick
Encore
LaCrosse
Regal

Cadillac
ATS
CTS
CT6
Escalade
XTS
XT5

Chevrolet
Bolt
Camaro
Colorado
Corvette
Cruze
Impala
Malibu
Silverado
Silverado 2500HD/3500HD
Sonic
Spark
Suburban
Tahoe
Trax
Volt

Chrysler
300

Dodge
Challenger
Charger

Ford
C-Max
Edge
Escape
Expedition
Explorer
Fiesta
Flex
Focus
Fusion
F-150
F-Series SuperDuty
Mustang
Taurus
Transit
Transit Connect

Genesis
G80

GMC
Acadia
Canyon
Sierra
Sierra 2500HD/3500HD
Yukon
Yukon XL

Honda
Accord
Civic
Pilot
Ridgeline

Hyundai
Azera
Elantra
Elantra GT
Santa Fe
Santa Fe Sport
Sonata
Tucson
Veloster

Kia
Cadenza
Forte
Optima
Sedona
Sorento
Soul
Sportage

Lincoln
Continental
MKC
MKT
MKX
MKZ
Navigator

Mercedes-Benz
B-Class
CLA-Class
CLS-Class
E-Class
GLA-Class
GLE-Class
SLC-Class

Mitsubishi
Mirage
Mirage G4
Outlander

Subaru
Impreza

Volkswagen
Beetle
CC
e-Golf
Golf
Golf GTI
Golf R
Golf SportWagen
Jetta
Passat
Tiguan

Volvo
S90 (Late availability)
V90 Cross Country
XC90 (Late availability)

Editor’s note: This story will be updated as 2017 model information is released.

Acura Acura NSX 2017 Audi Audi A3 2017 Audi A4 2017 Audi A6 2017 Audi A7 2017 Audi allroad Audi Q7 2017 Audi TT 2017 Buick Buick Encore 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2017 Buick Regal 2017 Cadillac Cadillac ATS 2017 Cadillac CTS 2017 Cadillac CT6 2017 Cadillac Escalade 2017 Cadillac XT5 2017 Cadillac XTS 2017 Chevrolet Chevrolet Camaro 2017 Chevrolet Corvette 2017 Chevrolet Cruze 2017 Chevrolet Impala 2017 Chevrolet Malibu 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 2017 Chevrolet Sonic 2017 Chevrolet Spark 2017 Chevrolet Suburban 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe 2017 Chevrolet Trax 2017 Chevrolet Volt 2017 Chrysler Dodge Dodge Challenger 2017 Dodge Charger 2017 Chrysler 300 2017 Ford Ford C-Max Hybrid 2017 Ford Edge 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Ford Expedition 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Ford Fiesta Ford Flex 2017 Ford Focus 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Ford F150 2017 Ford F250 2017 Ford F350 2017 Ford Mustang 2017 Ford Taurus 2017 Ford Transit Connect 2017 Genesis Genesis G80 2017 GMC GMC Acadia 2017 GMC Canyon GMC Sierra 1500 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 2017 GMC Yukon 2017 GMC Yukon XL 2017 Honda Honda Accord 2017 Honda Civic 2017 Honda Ridgeline 2017 Hyundai Hyundai Azera Hyundai Elantra 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2017 Hyundai Tucson 2017 Hyundai Veloster Kia Kia Cadenza 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Kia Optima Kia Sedona Kia Sorento 2017 Kia Soul Kia Sportage 2017 Lincoln Lincoln Continental 2017 Lincoln MKC 2017 Lincoln MKT 2017 Lincoln MKX 2017 Lincoln MKZ 2017 Lincoln Navigator 2017 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2017 Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander 2017 Subaru Subaru Impreza 2017 Volkswagen Volkswagen Beetle 2017 Volkswagen CC 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf 2017 Volkswagen Golf 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2017 Volkswagen Passat 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 2017 Volvo Volvo S90 2017 Volvo V90 2017 Volvo XC90 2017 Car Buying Car Gadgets Technology

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