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In news that’s bound to make fans of Apple CarPlay happy, the newly redesigned 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, which is set to hit the showrooms and the street any day now, has become the latest SUV to include CarPlay. Japanese automaker Acura is the most recent in a string of automobile companies to announce the new hybrid vehicle they are about to release will come with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as a standard part of the package. That means owners of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid don’t have to pay a subscription fee to get the service. They get it automatically at the touch of a button on the vehicle’s new 7-inch capacitive touch display. You can play with the display and see how cool it is at Chapman Acura.

In addition to upgrading the touch display system and adding Apple CarPlay, Acura is also giving buyers two new choices when it comes to the exterior paint colors of their automobile. The two new colors are Basque Red Pearl II and San Marino Red. People that choose the Technology models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid have the option of have their vehicle painted Basque Red Pearl II. Those who purchase the Advance version of the MDX Sport Hybrid can request it in San Marino Red. Adding those two colors brings to eight the number of colors from which buyers of the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid can choose.

Although only buyers of certain models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid have the option to get the special new colors, all models of the vehicle come with the redesigned dual-screen user interface. This new system has menus and command structures that are more intuitive. They are complemented by the new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that offers response times that are 30% faster. To top it all off, there is the integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are both now standard on all of the models of the 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

According to Acura, the CarPlay-equipped hybrid SUV, which is being assembled in the U.S., has a starting price of $52,100. Acura dealers nationwide will begin having the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid in their showroom and in stock beginning today. This is a new day for Acura. Making Apple CarPlay available to buyers of the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid and giving them the option to get specialty colors are valuable incentives that could help to increase excitement about the new vehicle.

The beginning of this month the automotive industry saw a wide array of new trucks, cars and SUVs trucks begin to offer Apple CarPlay as a standard feature. The 2019 Ford Ranger as well as the RAM 1500 now offer Apple CarPlay. Toyota also announced it will begin to offer CarPlay later this year beginning with the 2019 Toyota Avalon.
Drivers that are looking for an aftermarket solution for getting CarPlay just got good news. Alpine recently unveiled their huge 9-inch CarPlay head unit which has a floating design allowing it to be used in with most cars.