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Why Adding Android Auto to 2020 Toyota RAV4 Makes Compelling Sense

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling vehicles in the entire country. While it was completely redesigned in 2019, it is still missing the popular Android Auto. Will the 2020 RAV4 include it?
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In a world where everything is becoming more and more distracting for drivers, it is essential to provide resources to actually lessen the burden on people when performing basic functions while behind the wheel.

Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay assist drivers with these functions. I use Apple CarPlay every day in my 2018 Camry and my life has been made very simple while driving because of CarPlay.

The 2020 Toyota models that will feature Android Auto

Up until 2019, one of the main critiques for Toyota vehicles was the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These popular applications make it simple for drivers to make and accept phone calls, to operate navigation functions, to play music, and to send and receive text messages.

Toyota began incorporating Apple CarPlay into many of its models for the 2019 model year, and has announced it will add Android Auto to 4 of its 2020 models thus far.

Receiving Android Auto, along with Apple CarPlay, will be the 2020 Tundra, 2020 Sequoia, 2020 4Runner and 2020 Tacoma.

The 2020 RAV4 makes sense

When the 2019 RAV4 was redesigned, most customers were thrilled with its new sportier styling, improved horsepower, all-new technology and safety features, and a host of other surprises you might not have expected.

Apple CarPlay was one of those features that made iPhone owners thrilled, as it allowed them to bring the world closer to them, with a fraction of the previous distractions they faced while driving.

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Although the addition of Android Auto has not been announced, I feel it would make sense on many levels. This would help establish 2020 RAV4 as a leader in multimedia technology, as well as providing drivers with a safer, more convenient way to stay connected with less distraction.

I spoke with a Toyota representative, and while they said they are aware of the suggestions to add Android Auto, they were not yet able to discuss any news about the 2020 RAV4. We should have an announcement either way within about a month or so I would guess.

Could Toyota retrofit Android Auto for the RAV4?

While not likely to add Android Auto to the previous year 2019 RAV4, Toyota has set a precedent for retrofitting applications to models that did not have them. The 2018 Camry was a highly successful redesign and did not come out with Apple CarPlay, but it was added to the 2019 Camry. Toyota recently released a software update to add the wildly popular CarPlay to both the 2018 Camry and the 2018 Sienna as well.

2019 Toyota RAV4 XLE Premium Interior Apple Carplay

Time for your thoughts on RAV4

If the RAV4 does add Android Auto for the 2020 model year, would Toyota consider retrofitting 2019 already-purchased RAV4 vehicles with this application?

Only time will tell.

Do you own a 2019 RAV4 and do you use Apple CarPlay? How do you like it and what functions do you use it for most? Would you use Android Auto if it was added to the RAV4?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story where I am discussing the biggest 2020 Toyota 4Runner pros and cons.

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Comments

Totally agree with all your statements, especially on the safety side of things. I've grown so accustomed to using AA and Google Assistant while driving that it's become a habit. Everytime I want to use Google Maps or another AA feature, I now find myself grabbing my phone and thinking, "This isn't safe." And that's when I'm stopped. Even a compromise of simply adding a "projection" feature would be an improvement. Google maps is so much better and free. It would be awesome to see a retrofit on the 2019 RAV. Looking at this from a software perspective, automakers will have to start treating their infotainment systems as consumer electronics and provide regular patch/feature upgrades like our phones, tablets and computers. Great article, fingers crossed!
You sir are spot on. I was going to buy a 2019 RAV4 loaded hybrid if it had AA. I decided to wait for the 2020 to see if it is offered. If not I will go to another brand. I read a lot of Toyota reviews and the comments on those reviews without fail have people moving to other brands because of the lack of AA. I just don't understand why Toyota is willing to lose those sales.
Totally agree. I am in the market for a car, and unless Toyota adds Android Auto to 2019 RAV4 Hybrid model, I am looking at competitors, all of which offer both Car Play and Android Auto. I just don't understand why Toyota has taken this decision that is hurting their sales.
Toyota is dropping the ball on most of their models by leaving out Android and just now starting to include CarPlay in 2020. Prius Prime is looking quite a bit better in 2020 but no Android means many will just go find a different PHEV
My wife bought the 2019 RAV4 and loves everything about it except that it does not come with Android Auto. The current interface between the can and her phone is so bad that she almost regrets buying it. We'll both be very disappointed if they do not retro fit the 2019 models.
Yes if the RAV4 added the Android auto in 2020 that would make my decision to buy 1 easy if not I will look elsewhere first ever car .
Just fired off a link to this article to Toyota customer service.
I've been talking to a local dealer about the RAV4 hybrid and my desire for AA. They recently told me the 2020 will have it. This dealer is part of a larger group that doesn't have a good reputation. But if they were going to lie to me I would think they'd say that 2020 won't have it to encourage me to buy a 2019 now instead of waiting.
I i am just about to cancel my order for both a 2019 RAV4 and a 2019 Prius AWDe Tech for the sole fruatrating reason for lack of AA support. Going with a 2020 Outback and Crosstrek instead. Very frustrated I have had 4 Prius and wanted to stay with Toyota. I juat relocated and need two cars. After driving several rentals recently with Android Auto, I decided that it is must have feature and simply refuse to live with the stupid Entune system anymore. Enough waiting is enough.
I'm a big Toyota fan, and I have owned many including a Supra, Lexus IS 350C and an RX350. Still do own an '07 Highlander. I would not even shop for a Toyota that did not come with Android Auto, nor would I recommend one. Why would anyone want to own a vehicle not compatible with 4 out of 10 U.S. phones? Setting aside your own phone choice, the resale is impacted.
Is there a car where it doesn't make 'compelling sense' to add android auto if it lacks it? If they haven't added it yet, they don't believe it to be in their economic interest. I don't think this article is factoring into the equation, even with the inane headline.
Not that it will ease any frustration for potential Toyota buyers, I believe the reason Toyota has been dragging their feet on these apps is solely due to privacy issues. These apps have been in vehicles for a few years now and the perception is that Toyota doesn't have the tech to do it or they are trying to save money. They have more than enough tech AND money. My understanding is that they would NOT sign an agreement with Apple or Android without certain protection for their customers no matter how many cars were not sold because of this. Other manufacturers may not have these protections in place. Even though the privacy notice and disciosures are extremely long (admittedly, I have not read them all the way through... tedium) I would guess there is a disclaimer in there that has an affect on your privacy. I am not an official Toyota spokesperson but I am well informed. I drank the Kool aid. I hope this info helps anyone considering buying another product even though they are loyal Toyota customers. You may want to read the fine print, there is a sentence in there somewhere that is not in the Toyota contract. I will try to get my hands on one and pass it on
Then Toyota can add a disclaimer on the privacy issue. It should be my choice to use it or not but at least offer it. I do agree with the previous poster that there is a money issue but the privacy "concern" on their end is just corporate spin.
Nine of the ten replies will be lost customers for Toyota. I think this trend which is very widespread is what needs to fed into their economic interest.
I've been shopping to replace my decade old SUV, and one of the primary reasons for me is to have upgraded technology. Not having Android Auto is a no-go for me! I'm highly interested in the TRD version of the upcoming 2020 RAV4, but I won't buy it without Android auto. With the current issues the CR-V is having with its mixing issues in the turbo engine, I think Toyota has an opportunity window here! If RAV4 had Android auto, like all of the major competitors, I think a lot of people would be looking at RAV4s, especially until they're sure the CRV's issues are fixed. It's a great time to take the opportunity to convert CRV fans to RAV4 fans!