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Honda adds Apple CarPlay to some 2018 Fit configurations

Honda on Wednesday filled in an important gap in its support for Apple CarPlay, finally announcing compatibility for the Fit hatchback line via 2018 models, which launch in July.

Both CarPlay and Android Auto will be availble on Sport, EX, and EX-L trims of the car, Honda said. On all three, drivers will connect through a 7-inch touchscreen.

The company has yet to reveal pricing, but EX versions of the 2017 Fit start at $18,000, nearly $2,000 more than the base LX configuration. All 2018 trims will also gain access to Honda's Sensing driver assist technologies, such as collision and lane departure features — they will only come standard on EX and EX-L packages, however.

The Fit is an important addition as one of Honda's most affordable products. A common complaint with CarPlay is that the technology is often reserved for mid- to high-end vehicles, and even then it may not always be a standard technology.

There are a growing number of exceptions though, from automakers such as Ford, Kia, and Chevrolet. Honda itself offers CarPlay on the Accord and Civic, two of the most popular cars in the U.S.