Apple may not be in the automobile biz--yet!--but top car manufacturers have definitely cozied up to Cupertino with a slew of options for the iPod and iPhone. But before you buy, test your dream car and iDevices at the showroom. In the fast lane of cars and technology, your compatibility--like mileage--may vary.
Today’s Mini S lets you make hands-free iPhone calls over Bluetooth and control USB-connected iPods with radio or steering wheel controls, but upcoming Minis will boast MINI Connected, an in-dash infotainment center powered by your iPhone. (miniusa.com)
SYNC handles calls over Bluetooth and offers wired control of Apple gear in the Lincoln MKZ and other Ford vehicles. The upcoming MyFord Touch system will let you manage both from a touchscreen. (ford.com)
2010 Lincoln MKZ
SYNC in a 2009 Lincoln MKS
An iPod Interface Kit lets you manage your music from the radio or steering wheel, and the BLU Logic hands-free system offers Bluetooth calls and music streaming in models like the Camry LE. (toyota.com)
2010 Toyota Camry LE
Sure, Hyundai includes iPads instead of owner’s manuals with every $50,000-plus Equus sedan. But mere mortals can get Bluetooth calls and iPod support in rides like Elantra and still make rent. (hyundai.com)
2011 Hyundai Equus
2010 Hyundai Elantra
The Media Device Interface in Golfs and other VWs lets you control your iDevice with a touchscreen radio or navigation system. Bluetooth calls and music streaming are also available for your iPhone in select cars. (vw.com)
Slap a glowing Apple logo on the hood and you'd think it was designed by Jonny Ive.
2010 Volkswagen Golf
BlueConnect handles Bluetooth calls while a separate Media Hub lets you stream your iPhone’s music, or connect a USB iPod, to your stereo in an Impreza or other Subaru vehicle. (subaru.com)
Two out of six Mac|Life editors drive Imprezas...and love them.
2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Chrysler’s Uconnect, available for models like the Dodge Nitro, delivers iPod connectivity and hands-free iPhoning in one package. (chrysler.com)
Honda’s Bluetooth HandsFreeLink lets you talk safely on your iPhone in your Civic EX-L or other ride, and the USB Audio Interface puts iPod controls in the steering wheel or radio. (honda.com)
2010 Honda Civic EX-L
Control your iPod without taking your hands off the wheel, in the 2010 Civic EX-L.
Kias like the Soul offer separate Apple-friendly USB and Bluetooth hands-free phoning options, but upcoming cars with the UVO media center will integrate them both in one touchscreen. (kia.com)
2010 Kia Soul
Hmmmm, needs something to keep the iPhone from sliding around, methinks.
Standard Lexus audio systems like those in the LS sedan boast an iPod-ready USB connection, hands-free iPhone calling, and even Bluetooth music streaming. (lexus.com)
2010 Lexus LS
In-dash USB port in the 2010 LS sedan--nice.
The Cube, like many Nissans, offers hands-free calls and a variety of wired iPod controls. Bluetooth music streaming is also available for select models. (nissanusa.com)
2010 Nissan Cube
Personal Audio Link connects your iPod via USB, and the Music Device Capability available in rides like the Cadillac CTS let you view and control playlists on your radio’s display. Bring your iPhone along for hands-free calls over Bluetooth. (gm.com)
2010 Cadillac CTS-V
This Chevy has an iPod connection, plus a place to stash the device.