Toyota and Lexus Finally Confirm Apple CarPlay for 2019 Models

The 2019 Avalon will be the first Toyota car to support Apple's Car Play infotainment platform

The 2019 Avalon will be the first Toyota car to support Apple's Car Play infotainment platform

Toyota had been in a legal snarl with Apple and Google about their refusal to fully disclose the workings and security protocols of their back-end programming, so Toyota had been using its own proprietary Entune software-with mixed results.

All 2019 Avalons will come standard with a high level of safety gear.

Toyota also recently announced that it will support Amazon's Alexa digital assistant in select 2019 vehicles, but the company has yet to indicate whether Android fans will be able to use an integrated version of Android Auto in its vehicles-present or future. But the automaker won't offer Android Auto with the Avalon's 9.0-inch infotainment screen-which can be pinched and flicked like a smartphone. An optional 1200-watt JBL sound system is available on all models.

The new Avalon will start selling this spring, and will have CarPlay standard on all trims, Toyota said.

On-board Wi-Fi hotspots, five USB outlets and a mobile device holder highlight the newer features that appeal those looking for functionality on the go.

The redesigned Avalon rides on Toyota's TNGA architecture, which also underpins the mid-size Camry.

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Just like the 2018 Camry's Cockpit Red leather package, the Avalon's new Cognac leather color shows Toyota is working hard to shake the cobwebs of complacency off.

Power comes from a new 3.5 litre VVT-iW naturally-aspirated V6 with D-4S direct injection, paired to an eight-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission.

In Canada, the Toyota Avalon is a drop of water in the automotive ocean, but in the United States, it's much more than that.

The Touring model gains Sport+ and Custom modes, as well as Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) dampers that provide real-time damping control to maximise agility and controllability. Toyota has even improved how this system functions. Toyota says this has allowed for a 7-inch increase in rear cabin room.

Additional sound-deadening materials and door seals promise to make the 2019 Avalon the quietest yet, though the Touring's special "intake sound generator", "engine sound enhancement" and active noise control (other Avalon firsts) should counter that a bit for those who'd actually like to hear something in their full-size sedan.

Safety-wise, there are 10 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, Smart Stop Technology and a reverse camera, all as standard equipment.

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