If you’ve had a hankering to install connectivity software in your vehicle yourself, Hyundai has you covered. The automaker is releasing a free DIY Android Auto installation on 2015 Sonata models equipped with navigation. Drivers will also need to have a smartphone with an Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
What makes it so do-it-yourself is that you can access the update by creating an account on in the MyHyundai owners site. After registering your 2015 Sonata, you can then download and save the update to a USB drive. Once this is done, you plug it into the USB slot in your car and presto, your update begins. It’ll take about forty minutes to install, so don’t expect it to go too quickly. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you download the Android Auto app to a compatible smartphone, connect the phone to the cars USB port, and then you’re finally in business.
If you need a step-by-step guide, you’ll want to check out Hyundai’s DIY video below.
“This is the first time we’ve made a software upgrade available using the MyHyundai portal. Sonata owners can add more value with Android Auto in an easy-to-do upgrade that takes less than an hour. Hyundai is continuing to offer the best user experience possible by leveraging its MyHyundai platform, so customers have the option to update their cars – their way,” says Michael Deitz, senior group manager of Connected Care, Hyundai Motor America.
If you don’t want to do it yourself, never fear, you can also get it updated for free as well at dealerships.
Android Auto is a smart phone connectivity system that allows drivers to access compatible apps directly through the cars infotainment system rather than rely on looking at their phone. This way, drivers can use apps like navigation, messaging, calling, and music while keeping their eyes on the road.
The 2015 Sonata is offered in six trim levels. The base model is the SE and starts at $21,150. It is not available with Android Auto. The Sport, Eco, Limited, and fully loaded Limited 2.0T trims offer Android Auto and start at $23,175, $23,275, $26,525, and $33,525 respectively. There is also the Sport 2.0T model that starts at $28,575 and does not offer Android Auto but comes with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine as the Limited 2.0T.