2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Offers CarPlay Support

Toyota had a bit of a tumultuous relationship with Apple when it relates to the in-car system CarPlay, but eventually the company decided to offer its support for the option.

That really kicked off earlier this year, when Toyota announced the 2019 Avalon would support Apple’s CarPlay right out of the gate. What’s more, the company confirmed that all of the Avalon’s available lineup options would support CarPlay, so it wouldn’t be just an option in the higher-end models.

Now, Toyota has announced another one of its models will support CarPlay: the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. The software will be built into the car’s proprietary Entune 3.0 in-car system. There will be an eight-inch touchscreen panel available in the model, which will allow owners to interact not only with CarPlay, but also Amazon’s Alexa. The dash system also supports Siri Eyes Free, as well as offers a USB 2.0 port, and Bluetooth.

Toyota revealed the 2019 Corolla Hatchback ahead of its big debut at the New York International Auto Show, which kicks off next week. The manufacturer hasn’t revealed any information about the pricing for the new hatchback model, but Toyota did say the car will be available sometime in the summer of this year.

Our Take

It’s not surprising that CarPlay has effectively lost some of its steam in the excitement department, but that has more to do with the fact that the in-car system is now simply available in so many vehicles as the default option. Toyota showed that earlier this year with the Avalon models offering the option in all of the variants, and fans of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback should hope that Toyota offers CarPlay in all of the options, too.

Do you drive a vehicle that has CarPlay support built in?

[via Toyota]