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Lexus Apple CarPlay: Everything You Need to Know


If you’re looking to get Apple CarPlay when you purchase your new Lexus or if you want to retrofit your older model Lexus, then we’ve got everything you need to know right here. Many people are tempted to get CarPlay integrated into their cars because it offers several easy-to-use features that lets drivers remain hands free and safe while driving. Keep reading if you are considering getting Apple CarPlay with your Lexus.

Lexus Models Which Include Apple CarPlay

There’s good news for you if you are looking for a Lexus with Apple CarPlay. Lexus offers three model years of CarPlay-compatible cars:

2018 Lexus Models with CarPlay

2018 LC *
2018 LS *
2018 RC *
2018 RC F *
2018 NX *

*eligible for a Lexus Multimedia System enhancement that adds Apple CarPlay compatibility and support for Lexus+Alexa.

2019 Lexus Models with CarPlay

2019 LC
2019 LS
2019 UX
2019 RC
2019 RC F produced on or after 10/01/2018 *
2019 ES **
2019 NX produced on or after 10/01/2018 *

*produced before October 2018 = eligible for a Lexus Multimedia System enhancement that adds Apple CarPlay compatibility and support for Lexus+Alexa.
**without factory navigation + produced before October 2018 = eligible for a Lexus Multimedia System enhancement that adds Apple CarPlay compatibility and support for Lexus+Alexa.

2020 Lexus Models with CarPlay

2020 LC
2020 LS
2020 UX
2020 RC
2020 RC F
2020 ES
2020 NX
2020 RX

If you are interested in a  Lexus Multimedia System feature that adds Apple CarPlay as well to your Lexus+Alexa, then you can go HERE to learn about the update.

How Much Does CarPlay Cost?

Nothing. Lexus offers another break for you as well when it comes to the cost of CarPlay on your vehicle. You don’t need to pay for any type of subscription service, and you won’t pay anything additional once you get your CarPlay vehicle. CarPlay comes as a standard feature when you purchase a Lexus model that offers CarPlay.

I Don’t Have CarPlay, Can I Get a Lexus CarPlay Upgrade?

Lexus is currently working on its own update to bring CarPlay functionality to its older models that have the Enform. 2.0 infotainment system. Currently, it’s a work in progress, and Lexus doesn’t offer this yet. To learn more, go to the Lexus USA website.

However, you can use an option from Pioneer, which has a bevy of ideas to help retrofit your car. If you want something high-end, you can use the Pioneer SPH-DA120, which gives you a 6.2” display and is compatible with an iPhone 5 or higher. You can integrate this into your steering wheel and also use Amazon Prime music and Google Play. This will cost you around $470 dollars.

If you want something different, then consider the Pioneer SPH-DA120 Smartphone Receiver, which comes with a 6.2” display. You’ll get the CarPlay integration you want as well as Siri Eyes Free, Android Music, and access to all compatible apps. The price is about $450.

Pioneer also provides options with larger 7” screens, many of them starting at about $700.

How to Setup and Use Your Lexus CarPlay

To get your CarPlay setup on your Lexus, do the following:

  • Connect your iPhone to your car using a USB cable.
  • You’ll see a prompt on your infotainment screen. Tap on “Enable Once” or “Always Enable” if you never want your car to ask you this question again.
  • If you want to swap the enable feature later and shut it off, go to Menu, then Setup, then General, and switch the Apply CarPlay feature on or off.
  • Currently, Lexus does not offer wireless CarPlay systems.

If you want to watch a video about how to setup Apple CarPlay, you can watch one if you click here.

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CarPlay News – Toyota, Lexus, Mazda and Honda

In the latest Apple CarPlay news, Lexus’ first model with CarPlay is a Lexus ES. Toyota (who makes Lexus automobiles) is traditionally conservative, but the wait for Lexus models to gain CarPlay was glacial. Also, Toyota promises CarPlay in the upcoming Avalon, Corolla, and RAV4. Three cheers for Toyota for finally adopting CarPlay!