Besides revising the exterior and interior, the refreshed 2017 Chevrolet Sonic also delivers one very important feature: a new seven-inch MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is quite a big deal: not only are the two smartphone integration technologies in high demand, but their addition gives the Sonic the competitive advantage of being the only one in its segment to offer them, much like it was with Siri Eyes Free a few years ago.
To note, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto extend the experience of an Apple iPhone or a smartphone running Google’s Android operating system to the car’s infotainment screen. The two are not mirroring technologies, but instead work to replace the build-in MyLink user interface with those that resemble Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
- Check out our Apple CarPlay review. Android Auto review coming soon.
The GM Authority Take
Given the importance of the Sonic in attracting young first-time buyers to the Chevrolet brand, it’s great to see the Sonic as the only vehicle in the mainstream subcompact segment to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.