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2016 Chevrolet Malibu: Apple CarPlay

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author photo by Brian Moody March 2016

I'm seriously warning you: Do not take Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for a test drive unless you're prepared to buy a new car. Once you get just a little taste, you won't be able to live without this awesome tech.

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One thing I've noticed is that communication is the key to easing the pressure of even simple family projects. Play rehearsal, cheer camp, gymnastics class and voice lessons are fine, but just a little bit of mismanagement, and the whole thing becomes unbearable.

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I've noticed that the ability to quickly get and respond to voicemail, phone calls and texts can be the key difference between having a miserable day or one filled with cute and rewarding "Brady Bunch" kind of parenting interactions -- and that's why I'm going to say what I'm about to say. From this day forward, I simply will not consider owning a car that does not have Apple CarPlay. This one feature makes my life so much easier that it just doesn't make sense to skip it.

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Take the navigation feature, for example: I don't need to use the car's native system. Instead, I press the Apple Maps icon that's right on the Malibu's display screen, then press "destinations." Now I can pick from a list of previous addresses, or I can press "search." When searching, the system asks me a simple question, such as "Where do you want to go?" I say "Eggs Up Grill," and it replies "routing to Eggs Up Grill." Done.

Apple CarPlay will also read texts to me or let me text someone by voice only -- no pressing buttons or looking down at my phone. I also get Pandora, as well as a simple, easy-to-understand contacts list from my phone.

Apple CarPlay has changed my life. Now, horsepower, handling, fuel economy and rear-seat legroom all play second fiddle to CarPlay. Now, maybe it's because the 2016 Chevy Malibu does all those things really well, too. If someone installed CarPlay in a 2001 Dodge Neon, I might be singing a different tune. Still, it's a great feature, and I'm seriously going to miss it when I have to give this car back.

For you Android users, it's a similar story. The main difference is that you can connect wirelessly with Android phones, whereas iPhones require a physical connection.

Bottom Line

Apple CarPlay is a brilliant feature that you won't be able to live without once you get a taste.

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