We've been seeing plenty of new cars coming out with Android Auto recently. Hyundai was actually the first one to put Android Auto on the road, in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata. And will be expanding to the Genesis and Azera. Today, Hyundai announced the 2017 Elantra which has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. So we have yet another model with Android Auto baked in. This would be the fourth model from Hyundai, and the experience with Android Auto should be pretty similar to the Sonata we reviewed last year.
The seven inch display on the Elantra will support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That same display is used for the rear camera, as well your built-in navigation and audio controls. It's a great infotainment system, one of the better ones we've used in recent months. Hyundai also has support for Blue Link on the 2017 Elantra which will allow you to do all sorts of things with your car, including unlock your car from your Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Making things even easier, and more like a keyless entry. You can also remotely start your car from your wrist, something that is definitely useful in the winters up North.
"By launching our best-selling model, Elantra, with CarPlay and Android Auto support, we are building on our promise to offer more convenience features for today's modern driver at an affordable price point," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning at Hyundai.
With Android Auto, you'll be able to make hands-free calls using your phone. Additionally, you can use Google Maps as well as music streaming services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and many others. All streaming from your phone, but over the speakers in the 2017 Elantra. You'll want to be careful though, as this will use your data when streaming music and even using navigation. Luckily it'll use the car's GPS instead of your phone's though.
Currently there's no set date for when the 2017 Hyundai Elantra will be available from dealers. But it should be available around the end of Spring. We'll keep you updated as soon as it's available, and what the costs will be.