Toyota Finally Adopts Apple CarPlay

Toyota Finally Adopts Apple CarPlay

Recent surveys indicated that more and more auto buyers are starting to consider Apple's CarPlay technology a must-have feature, so Toyota's support for the platform will certainly please both new vehicle buyers as well as the company's bottom line. Standard is the Entune 3.0 Plus infotainment system now available on the 2018 Camry, which includes a 9-inch capacitive touchscreen, a variety of smartphone connection apps and a Scout GPS navigation app.

Either variant the customers choose, they get the new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox (fitted with a torque converter) for what Toyota describes as a "more enveloping and direct driving feel" over the current six-speed auto transmission. Android Auto is normally found on cars alongside its rival but Toyota's press release makes no mention of Google's platform. Unlike other Toyota vehicles, this one was designed and manufactured in the United States.

Although Toyota did not give exact power figures for the engines, both are similar dimensionally and have identical compression ratios to the Camry's powerplants: 301 hp and 267 lb-ft for the 2GR-FKS V-6 and 203 hp and 184 lb-ft for the A25A-FXS four-banger hybrid.

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"To its menu, Avalon mixes a bevy of Toyota-firsts such as standard Apple CarPlay and Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals, available authentic Yamaha wood and aluminum cabin accents, and Engine Sound Enhancement". The battery pack was moved from the trunk beneath the rear passenger seats.

The Avalon has never been a sporty sedan-especially given its typically geriatric buyer demographic-but that isn't stopping Toyota from trying to give the sedan a bit more snap. Toyota says the system can choose from 650 damping steps in 20 milliseconds. Toyota says this has allowed for a 7-inch increase in rear cabin room. Besides automatically adjusting the dampers based on current conditions, it is also altered by the Touring's exclusive array of drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Custom.

The 2019 Avalon will go on sale in late spring.

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