This year was a big year for cars, from the technology side. After both Google and Apple announcing their own versions of infotainment systems that are powered by your smartphone, we started seeing which manufacturers would include it in their cars. Google created the Open Automotive Alliance last year, which has a ton of car makers as well as other companies like NVIDIA and LG. Most if not all cars on this list support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is a great idea. This way users can choose their new car based on what they want out of it, and not based on their smartphone. Hyundai was first to market with Android Auto in their 2015 Sonata. Which we got to drive for a week and see how well Hyundai integrated Android Auto. We were left pretty impressed.
So aside from the Hyundai Sonata, what other cars are going to have Android Auto in 2016? First up is Audi, who will be bringing it to a few models, but starting with the 2016 Audi Q7. Next up is Buick, who will be offering it in the LaCrosse and Regal. Cadillac is offering it in the ATS, CTS, ELR, Escalade, and XTS. It’s worth noting that for both Buick and Cadillac, Android Auto is coming later in the year, with Apple’s CarPlay coming first. Chevy will be bringing it to the following models that have the 7-inch and 8-inch MyLink screens, the Camaro, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado 2500HD/3500HD, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, and the Volt. Much like Buick and Cadillac, GMC is bringing Android Auto a bit later, but it’ll be available on the Canyon, Sierra, Sierra 2500HD/3500HD, Yukon and the Yukon XL. Honda’s bringing Android Auto to the Accord EX, EX-L and Touring.
Hyundai will be bringing Android Auto to the Genesis and Azera, in addition to the Sonata which has it already. Kia will be adding it to the Optima later in the year. Volkswagen is bringing it to the Beetle, CC, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Golf R, e-Golf, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan. Finally Volvo is bringing it to the XC90, later in the year.
So there are a ton of cars that will be coming with Android Auto in 2016, with even more coming in 2017. You’ll notice there are a few car makers not listed here that are in the Open Automotive Alliance for Android Auto, namely Ford. Ford has come and said they are looking for a way to easily integrate both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay into their Ford Sync3 platform. Simply because they don’t want to “give the keys” to Apple or Google. Much like these other car makers.