The 2019 Toyota Corolla will make its world debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and has some surprises hidden inside its small hatchback, especially Apple's CarPlay and Amazon's Alexa.
Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in the Avalon 2019. It was a change for the Japanese automaker, which famously abstained from adopting CarPlay or Android Auto in its automobiles for years. Until 2015, Toyota was aware that it preferred its own internal operating system, and even when Toyota finally switched to another company's system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink application platform, not Apple or Google software.
It's a change for the Japanese automaker
Now, the automotive giant will join third-party software vendors, and is taking it a step further by including standard CarPlay and Alexa features in the Corolla. It is not yet known if Toyota will add Android Auto to its new models of vehicles in the short term.
The Corolla, which runs on Toyota's Entune 3.0 infotainment system, also comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, AUX, a USB 2.0 port and hands-free calls and music playback via Bluetooth. A tray with optional Qi wireless charging is included to hold an iPhone. (Despite having a standard Qi wireless charger, unfortunately there is no support for wireless CarPlay, so you'll still have to connect a cable to take advantage of the function).
It's also standard on the new Toyota Safety Sense Corolla, the automaker's safety technology suite that includes pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, radar-assisted cruise control, lane tracking and steering assistance.