How to Get Apple CarPlay in a 2013 Ford Fiesta

Apple CarPlay isn't available on the 2013 Ford Fiesta, but you can either use the existing technology or perform an upgrade.
Written by Jasmine Kanter
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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Music lovers must either settle for the existing technology or get creative to enjoy Apple CarPlay on the
2013 Ford Fiesta
.
A car ride with music has gone from being a luxury for a select few to a necessity for most. With Apple CarPlay, iOS users can stream their favorite shows, podcasts, playlists, and more. If you’re trying to play some modern tunes on an older 2013 Ford Fiesta, we’ve got good and bad news for you.
The bad news is that the 2013 Ford Fiesta doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay. The good news is that there are workarounds. Read on for a full crash course from
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Does the 2013 Ford Fiesta have Apple CarPlay?

No, the 2013 Ford Fiesta doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay. It does, however, offer some alternatives, which vary by trim level.
Let’s start with the base Ford Fiesta S. Unless yours includes the Convenience Package (and its MP3 capabilities), you’ll have to settle for a four-speaker radio and auxiliary audio jack. It will let you access the same media as Apple CarPlay, but you’ll have to control it using your smartphone or MP3.
SE
and
Titanium
trims add a six-speaker sound system and SYNC media software to the Fiesta’s four-inch multifunction LCD screen. A USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice controls are also included. You can ask it to make a phone call, play music, or (if you have a SYNC Services account) give you turn-by-turn directions. Unfortunately, the AppLink services haven’t aged well—is anyone still using Pandora radio? 
That’s it for official solutions; now, here are the unofficial ones.

How to add Apple CarPlay to a 2013 Ford Fiesta

The 2013 Ford Fiesta can’t support Apple Carplay, as the feature was only added to the third generation of SYNC in 2017. Upgrading from SYNC 1 to SYNC 3 also isn't possible due to hardware limitations. Let's look instead at a few aftermarket solutions.
There are a wide variety of products available, from cables to navtools to factory-upgrade kits. The last of these provides pre-programmed, direct-fit bezels, controllers, and other components for your specific model, but they can also cost up to $1,500. Plus, you’ll have to pay a professional to do the wiring.
A word of warning: while the warranty on your Fiesta may be void, tinkering with the stereo could result in a major glitch. Modern car electronics are tightly integrated, so if you’re not careful you could cut the wires to the door locks instead of the speakers! This is the reason why an upgrade can be difficult and expensive to attempt. 
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Which Ford models have Apple CarPlay? 

If Apple CarPlay is at the top of your list of priorities, here are the years where you can find it:
Model years
Software
Apple CarPlay
2019-present
SYNC 4, Sync 4a
Included
2017-2018
SYNC 3
Included
2016
SYNC 3
Available with a paid hardware and software upgrade
2011-2015
MyFord Touch
Unsupported
2008-2012
SYNC, SYNC with MyFord, SYNC with Voice-Activated Navigation
Unsupported

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