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Whats the best way to obtain Apple CarPlay for a 2015 Tacoma?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by dfertig84, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:20 AM
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    dfertig84

    dfertig84 [OP] Active Member

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    I just purchased my first Tacoma this weekend. Its a 2015 Tacoma TRD. I really want to get Apple CarPlay and from my research I see two paths of getting it...

    1. Replace factory head unit with an aftermarket one that has CarPlay
    2. purchase a $500 Beat-Sonic Apple CarPlay kit that adds Carplay to your OEM head unit -> https://www.beatsonicusa.com/toyotacarplayandroidauto.html

    I am hoping for some guidance on which option is best? If you think going aftermarket is better what head unit do you recommend? I'd prefer not to spend more than $500-$600 for this quest. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    On my 2015, the "apps" button on the headunit does nothing. I was going to take it to the dealership and see if that was something that was broken or could be 'updated' adn hoped carplay came along as well.

    Also any tips for a stuck cd disc. bought it that way. eject does nothing
     
  3. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:49 AM
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    i went with a deck, Alpine ILX-259. love the big screen and Carplay has been a amazing. once the deck started acting messed up i knew it was time to go another route.
     
  4. Jun 22, 2020 at 11:16 AM
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    Thats one vote for after market.

    side question... if you do go with an aftermarket that has car play does it even matter how/good or bad the rest of the user interface is on the unit?? I mean if all you will ever use is car play then who cares if navigation outside of car play is bad, am I right? Maybe I just need to get the unit with the highest quality screen that has car play...
     
  5. Jun 22, 2020 at 12:59 PM
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    thats why i went with aftermarket. the Nav is useless, maps are so out of date and frankly just didnt look all that good. Between Waze, Google Maps and an improved Apple Maps the options are far better.

    i was considering the ILX-W650 but for a couple hundred more i wanted the larger screen. if you really wanted to break the bank but got all the neat features the ILX-F309 with the Maestro plugin is pretty awesome. Vehicle information, programmable switch buttons, dual camera ability.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2020 at 2:45 PM
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    Do yourself a favor and get a new headunit and add the iDatalink Maestro unit.
    With CarPlay I am now understood when I want to call someone.
    The OEM unit didn't understand a thing I said.
    You can also use apps like Gaia GPS on your headunit.
     
  7. Jun 22, 2020 at 3:22 PM
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    I'm liking the Alpine Halo 9 units.

    So the ILX-F309 costs $400 more than the ILX-F259 but then you don't get the iDatalink Maestro. Can anyone help me understand why the Maestro is or isn't worth an extra $400?
     
  8. Jun 22, 2020 at 3:39 PM
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    I paid about $150 for the RR model. The iDatalink Maestro RR2 runs about $200. Mine plugs into my OBD2 port and gives me engine info, MPG info and tire pressure. It also retains all my steering wheel controls.
     
  9. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:33 PM
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    As well with the ILX-309 if you add in the KAC-001 Accessory Controller you can tie in aux switches into the head unit
     
  10. Jun 22, 2020 at 9:40 PM
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    I installed a Sony headunit in my ‘15. It’s not bad to do. Crutchfield’s website makes it easy to work out what you need
     
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    Retrofit a 2020 Tacoma SR Entune unit that has CarPlay.

    Tacoma2020SR.jpg
     
  13. Jun 22, 2020 at 10:34 PM
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    Aftermarket...

    people are going to give you their preference of radio brands/models... mine is Kenwood Excelon. If you’re looking to use CarPlay almost exclusively, pay the premium for wireless CarPlay. DMX957XR. (Yes I like the HD screen over the DMX907s. Get a dash kit, and if you don’t care about gauges, don’t get a maestro. However, it does make it way easier if you have factory backup camera, and all your connections are in the harness.
     

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