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Which utes offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

By Daniel Gardner, 03 Dec 2019 Car Advice

Which utes offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

As smartphone mirroring gains popularity, the dual-cab market is getting on board, but not every brand is playing ball

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.

Read more: Smartphone mirroring explained

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.

INCLUDED RANGE-WIDE

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.

Holden Colorado

Mazda BT-50

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.

Mazda BT-50

Mitsubishi Triton

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.

Mitsubishi Triton

Volkswagen Amarok

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.

Volkswagen Amarok

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.

Ram 1500

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INCLUDED ON SELECTED VARIANTS

Ford Ranger

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.

Ford Ranger

Nissan Navara

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.

Nissan Navara

SsangYong Musso

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.

SsangYong Musso

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NOT INCLUDED

Toyota Hilux

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 Hilux

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.

Toyota Landcruiser 70

Mercedes X-Class

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.

Mercedes X-Class

Isuzu D-Max

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.

Isuzu D-Max