2017 Hyundai Elantra drives out with Apple CarPlay support

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra launches this month with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. 

It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

CarPlay will be available on the 2017 Elantra's seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera and Hyundai's eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with voice texting, access to music stored on the phone and third-party audio apps.

Mike O'Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America, says that in “early 2016,” the company will have additional information regarding the availability of CarPlay and Android Auto on other models. This will include information on how existing owners of compatible vehicles with Hyundai's fourth-generation navigation system or Display Audio can update their vehicles with these features. Android Auto is currently available on 2015 and 2016 Sonata models.