Subaru uses wireless Android Auto and CarPlay, starting with the 2023 Outback

Wireless Android Auto has been around for a few years, but it has been slow to be adopted by car manufacturers. This week, Subaru announced that it will use both wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in its 2023 Outback.

Subaru has been supporting both Android Auto and CarPlay in its vehicles as a standard feature for a few years now, starting with 2017-18 models on most trims. However, the brand has only supported the wired version of the technology to date, which requires third-party dongles to allow users to connect their phones wirelessly to anything other than Bluetooth music and calls.

The 2023 Subaru Outback will be the brand’s first vehicle to come with both Android Auto wireless and Apple CarPlay wireless support through the “Starlink” infotainment system. Unfortunately, Subaru has not specified which equipment levels support the feature.

For the first time on an Outback vehicle, the 2023 Outback features a SUBARU STARLINK multimedia system with Apple CarPlay wireless® and Android AutoTM integration. Now it’s even easier to view and control your navigation, music, podcasts and other content and apps without having to connect your smartphone.

Elsewhere on the technical side of things, the 2023 Outback will also have an updated version of the Starlink on an 11.6-inch touch screen with “What Three Words” geolocation technology for built-in navigation, as well as a new “Valet Mode.” The vehicle still uses a 2.5L internal combustion engine with up to 33 mpg on the highway. The price has not been confirmed, but the existing 2022 Outback starts at around $ 28,000.

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