All three trim levels—the S, SV, and SR—of the 2023 Nissan Kicks come standard with Apple CarPlay, which allows you to control your iOS device using the radio head unit or infotainment display screen.
While it may not be Nissan’s most popular model, the Nissan Kicks is nevertheless a stylish and well-equipped subcompact crossover SUV, one that comes with an array of interior tech features of both the standard and optional variety.
But keeping track of what features are available on which models and which trim levels can be frustrating—that’s why we’ve put together the following article breaking down whether the 2023 Nissan Kicks has Apple CarPlay and, if it does, how to use it.
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Does the 2023 Nissan Kicks have Apple CarPlay?
Yes—the 2023 Nissan Kicks has Apple CarPlay as a standard feature across all three trim levels. Nissan first introduced this iPhone-compatible feature in 2017, but it would not become available for the Nissan Kicks until 2018.
So what is Apple CarPlay anyway? In the fundamental sense, Apple CarPlay makes it safer to use your phone or other iOS device in the car, as it turns the radio head unit/infotainment system into both a display and controller for the device—which means you don’t have to keep looking down at your phone and can keep your eyes on the road.
How do you use Apple CarPlay?
Alright, now you know that the 2023 Nissan Kicks has Apple CarPlay—but do you know how to use it? To enable Apple CarPlay in your Nissan Kicks, you’ll need to go to your phone’s settings and select “Siri & Search,” at which point you’ll need to turn on the following icons:
- Listen for “Hey Siri?”
- Press Side Button for Siri
- Allow Siri When Locked
After turning these icons on, plug your iPhone into one of the vehicle’s USB ports. The center console will then display a message asking if you want to use Apple CarPlay with this device—select “Yes” and Apple CarPlay will be enabled.
By default, the system will display this message any time you plug your phone in—if you want to set it so that Apple CarPlay will automatically connect whenever your phone is plugged in, follow the instructions below:
- Press the “Menu” button.
- Select “Connections.”
- Touch “Apps” and then select the “i” icon next to your device’s name.
- Set the “Enable after USB Connection” option to “Always.”
Once your phone is connected using the Apple CarPlay feature, the center console display will show your iPhone’s available functions and apps, such as “Phone,” “Maps,” “Spotify,” etc. To select an app, simply tap on its icon.
If you want to activate Siri while Apple CarPlay is enabled, press and hold the “TALK” button on your steering wheel. Press the “TALK” button again to shut Siri off. Keep in mind, however, that not all of Siri’s functions are available when driving, as safety is still the top priority.
Which Nissan models have Apple CarPlay?
As you’ve probably already guessed, the Nissan Kicks isn’t the only model with CarPlay—for a full list of Nissan vehicles with the feature, check below:
- 2017 - 2023Nissan Maxima
- 2017 - 2022 Nissan Micra
- 2017 (second half) - 2023Nissan Murano
- 2018 - 2023 Nissan GT-R
- 2018 - 2023Nissan Kicks
- 2018 - 2023Nissan Leaf
- 2018 - 2023Nissan Rogue
- 2019 - 2023Nissan Altima
- 2019 - 2023 Nissan Qashqai
- 2019 - 2023Nissan Rogue Sport
- 2019 - 2023Nissan Sentra
- 2019 - 2023Nissan Titan
- 2019 - 2023Nissan Versa
- 2020 - 2022 Nissan Patrol
- 2021 - 2023Nissan Armada
- 2022 - 2023Nissan Frontier
- 2022 - 2023Nissan Pathfinder
- 2022 - 2023 Nissan ARIYA
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