smartphone mirroring in cars has gone from a coveted luxury found only in the flagship models of the most prestigious car makers, to a feature many mainstream brands offer today as standard.
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Such is the proliferation, that one-tonne utes – once the epitome of no-frills function – are now slowly gaining the technology along with almost every other vehicle class. If you’re thinking of joining thousands of Aussies and putting a new dual-cab on your driveway, the availability of Android Auto and/or Apple CarPlay could be a deal-sweetener or a deal-breaker.
Here are all the dual-cab ute models (and some smaller cab versions) that include the popular technology and exactly which variant you’ll need to focus on to make it yours. You might be surprised at the ones that miss out.
Holden Colorado & HSV Sportscat
Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are offered with every Holden Colorado variant, even entry-level versions, and it’s the same story for the closely related HSV Sportscat at the top end of the range.
Like the Colorado, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are offered as standard fare with every BT-50. The entire sub-dual-cab range is also offered with the technology too.
Mitsubishi’s ‘Smartphone Link Display Audio’ feature allows the mirroring of both Apple and Android devices and is included on all dual-cab and ‘club’ cab versions.
As you might expect from one of the most car-like utes on the market, Volkswagen’s offering comes with heaps of tech including its proprietary App-Connect system for V6 and four-cylinder models, which allows the mirroring of both Android and Apple devices.
Ram 1500 and 2500
In the case of Ram’s ‘smallest’ 1500 model, only the Laramie highest-spec version is equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Step up to the massive 2500, and the feature is offered with all three variants of the model.
INCLUDED ON SELECTED VARIANTS
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both supported but only at the pointy end of the range. All XLT and Wildtrak variants have the tech as standard, while the XLS can be upgraded with an optional pack, which bundles other equipment.
Like the Ford Ranger, smartphone mirroring for Android and Apple devices is only available for the more premium variants. Android Auto and CarPlay is included as standard from the Navara SL and ST as well as the range-topping ST-X and N-Trek.
Despite its budget price tag, the South Korean ute includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard with the ELX and Ultimate versions of the Musso. Only the entry-level EX misses out.
You might be surprised to learn one of Australia’s most popular vehicles does not include smartphone mirroring. Toyota is finally offering the system with some models starting with the RAV4, but the Hilux will have to wait for a significant update to enjoy the same benefits.
Toyota Landcruiser 70
And it’s the same story for the venerable 70 series LandCruiser. Although in its case, it’s probably even further down the list of Toyotas to be upgraded to smartphone mirroring, if it ever gets it at all.
Just as surprising is the Mercedes X-Class. The brand is typically associated with impressive levels of technology and convenience features, but its foray in the ute arena does not offer smartphone mirroring for now.
It’s easier to forgive the more affordable Isuzu D-Max for omitting smartphone mirroring, especially as the model has been on the market for some time. A new version due to arrive next year is likely to offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay or both.