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Which Cars Have Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for 2021?

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In the span of just a few model years, wireless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has gone from rare to widespread. Although most cars still require a conventional tethered USB connection for either integration, dozens of models now offer wireless CarPlay or Android Auto — the latter showing up more recently, but in some cases addable to previous model years via over-the-air updates.

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We originally published a comprehensive list of all models offering a wireless smartphone integration feature in August 2019 and updated it in 2020, but availability has increased considerably since then. For a more thorough investigation of what we know about both systems, see our FAQ. For the list and some disclaimers for 2021, read on.

Which Cars Offer Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for 2021?

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

  • BMW: 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, Z4
  • Buick: Encore GX, Envision
  • Cadillac: CT4, CT5, Escalade, XT4, XT5, XT6
  • Chevrolet: Camaro, Corvette, Malibu, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer
  • Chrysler: Pacifica
  • Dodge: Durango
  • Ford: Bronco, F-150, Mustang Mach-E
  • GMC: Acadia, Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon
  • Honda: Accord
  • Jeep: Grand Cherokee L (not regular Grand Cherokee)
  • Hyundai: Elantra, Palisade
  • Kia: K5, Sorento
  • Mercedes-Benz: S-Class
  • Nissan: Rogue (not Rogue Sport)
  • Volkswagen: Atlas (2021.5 only), Atlas Cross Sport, Arteon, Golf GTI (not regular Golf), Jetta, Tiguan

Wireless Apple CarPlay Only

  • Audi: A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, E-Tron, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q8
  • BMW: 2 Series coupe and convertible, X1, X2
  • Mini: Clubman, Convertible, Countryman, Hardtop
  • Mazda: Mazda6, MX-5 Miata
  • Porsche: 911, Cayenne, Macan, Panamera
  • Toyota: Supra

Specifics to Note

Some caveats: For cars that offer wireless Apple CarPlay or wireless Android Auto integration, the feature may not always be standard. In many cases, automakers restrict wireless access to certain trim levels or optional packages, with conventional wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto elsewhere. In similar fashion, certain variants related to the root nameplate (a hybrid or high-performance version, for example) may also offer the feature; you’ll want to research the exact model you’re shopping for more specifics. We point out differentiations (e.g., Grand Cherokee L and not Grand Cherokee) whenever possible.

Finally, this information reflects what we’ve learned from major automakers at the time of this writing, excluding exotic or ultra-luxury brands. Technologies can, and increasingly do, change down the road as automakers incorporate cars that can accept over-the-air updates. BMW, for one, now offers wireless Android Auto in certain models via over-the-air updates to its Live Cockpit Professional and iDrive 7 interface. It’s possible other cars with similar capabilities may do the same, though it’s less likely that current models with neither wireless Apple CarPlay nor wireless Android Auto will get one or both.

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