Acura is the latest car brand to release a new hybrid vehicle equipped with CarPlay. The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid hits the road tomorrow and includes an upgraded 7-inch capacitive touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard — no subscription required.
The MDX Sport Hybrid can be had in eight exterior paint colors including two new choices: Basque Red Pearl II for Technology models and San Marino Red for Advance versions. All models also feature a redesigned dual-screen user interface (ODMD 2.0), with more intuitive menus and command structures complemented by a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (previously resistive type) with 30-percent faster response times. Topping it all off is standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.
Acura says its CarPlay-equipped hybrid SUV starts at $52,100 and is assembled in the United States. The MDX Sport Hybrid arrives at Acura dealers tomorrow.
Earlier this month we saw a wave of new cars and trucks with Apple CarPlay inside including the 2019 Ford Ranger and RAM 1500, and Toyota announced that it will finally offer CarPlay this year starting with the 2019 Avalon.
For drivers looking for aftermarket solutions, Alpine recently unveiled a giant 9-inch CarPlay head unit with a floating design to fit most cars. And in the app space, just this week WhatsApp became the first third-party messaging app to add CarPlay support for receiving and responding to messages in the car with voice.