Why Everyone Needs Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is now the go-to system when it comes to optimizing your driving experience in modern cars. The reason is that its interface takes the concept of hands-free technology to the next level, as it allows users of Apple products to have access to their favorite features via the car’s (with Apple CarPlay) infotainment system. Therefore, replicating what’s on your phone or iPad onto the infotainment screen.

Customizable Interface

Any good infotainment system has an interface that is user-friendly, and the same applies to Apple CarPlay. One can personalize their experience with this system, such as moving their preferred apps to the first eight spots, and the remaining ones to the following screen. Communication apps will likely be the most beneficial to do this type of customization, but entertainment features are still a must-have when sitting in heavy traffic.

Hand-Free Calls and Texts

One of the best reasons to have Apple CarPlay is its safety aspect. It’s no secret that distracted driving is the cause of far too many automobile accidents and deaths each year, specifically with 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. CarPlay allows you to make phone calls and read text messages aloud without needing to take your hands off the steering wheel or eyes off the road, as this feature only needs your voice command to activate.


Another common feature in modern infotainment systems is navigation. However, if you prefer third-party apps such as Google Maps and Waze, you can still access them through Apple CarPlay. When using Waze, for example, you will be provided with instructions turn-by-turn, as well as other important information like accidents, road obstructions, and more. Users can hear and see navigation instructions, making it much safer when trying to find their way to their destination.

Personalized Entertainment

The average driver will spend about an hour in his or her car, and this is even more frequent for parents of children with extracurricular activities. Therefore, it’s almost essential to have some of your favorite entertainment apps at your disposal. With Apple CarPlay, you’ll have access to apps like Apple Music/iTunes, Sirius XM, Podcasts and Google Play Music.

Additionally, you can use CarPlay to personalize a radio station containing music that is similar to a particular song that you like. Simply touch three dots on the “Now Playing” menu to find this option.

Why It’s A Need More Than A Want

Even though you can technically live without Apple CarPlay, you’re missing out on life-changing convenience. As we previously mentioned, distracted driving leads to many accidents and deaths each year, and having a hands-free system can virtually (pun-intended) eliminate this problem. If you care about being a safe driver, having this system isn’t just an option, it’s a must-have.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

One brand that specializes in family-friendliness and safety is Chrysler, specifically with their 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. This vehicle is filled with safety features and technologies and has AppleCarPlay, along with Android Auto integration on its 10.1-inch touchscreen.

You can buy this award-winning vehicle at Miami Lakes Automall, as well as its Hybrid version at an affordable price. Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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A Peek Inside The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica


While the automotive market is saturated with SUVs, crossovers, and minivans, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica barely breaks a sweat when facing competition. Simply put, there is no room for comparison with this vehicle, as it always proves to have excellent powertrains, especially with the Pacifica Hybrid. 

However, what really makes this an award-winning model is its family-friendliness in its interior features and comforts. Its innovative technology is catered towards adults and children in creating the best experience imaginable for all who are aboard. Here’s all the latest inside the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica.

Interior Necessities and Conveniences

For those who are used to sedans and small vehicles, or simply aren’t used to bringing along a big group to-and-from places, the Chrysler Pacifica may seem like a little piece of minivan heaven, especially with its ultra-modern technologies. An example of this would be the round dial, which replaces the ol’ timer transmission gear lever. This dial allows one to select either Park, Driver, Reverse, or more. The driver can even activate the parking brake with the click of a button.

The Pacifica can carry a maximum of eight occupants, but that’s dependent on whether you decide to opt for the second row’s 3-person bench, opposed to the pair of captain’s chairs. It’s also worth noting that the Hybrid model will only offer the captain’s chairs, but either way, the third row is very spacious for average-sized adults.

As with the second and third row, the front seating is highly comfortable. It also excels in its visibility, and even as a camera that allows parents to see what’s going on with their tiny tots in the back row. The infotainment system is featured on the brand’s latest 10.1-inch touchscreen and even has Amazon Alexa compatibility.

All Pacifica models are more than generous with their cargo space, as it starts at 32.3 cubic feet (with the seats up) and ends with a maximum of 140.5 (cubic feet). Additionally, the low step-in height and power-operated side doors allow for ease of access for each and every family member, even the furry ones.


Stow ’n Go

Cargo space doesn’t just end behind the third row. While drivers in other minivan drivers grudgingly have to remove and store second-row seats manually, Pacifica buyers simply fold the seats right into the floor, and this applies to both the second and third row.

Uconnect 5

Another highlighting interior feature is the brand’s latest Uconnect 5 infotainment system, which you’ll find on the aforementioned 10.1-inch touchscreen. Not only does this system feature Amazon Alexa compatibility, but it has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android, TomTom navigation, and USB-C ports. Then, the SiriusXM 360L streaming/satellite radio system allows users to have access to back catalog material, and even Sirius XM exclusives, which encompass shows, interviews, events, and even sports programming.

Standard and Optional Features

The array of features don’t just stop there, standard excitements that you’ll find on any Pacifica include a powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, power-sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and (previously mentioned) a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

If you want the best of what this mini-God has to offer, you’d naturally gravitate towards the highest-ranking Pinnacle trim. This model tacks on features like a self-parking system with a 360-degree camera array, rear-seat entertainment setup, vacuum cleaner, and a 115-volt outlet. Buyers of lower trims can also enjoy these gadgets, but of course, will have to order them as options.

It’s usually recommended to at least select the Touring L model since this encompasses not only the standard features but also goodies like sunshades for the second and third rows, perforated leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Finally, the Limited model adds a bit more style and flair with its Red S Appearance Package, which involves plush red leather upholstery.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica provides comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. Miami Lakes Automall has an extensive ray of Chrysler models to meet and your family’s needs, feel free to check out our new online car inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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The Stellantis Company Gives Their Brands 10 Years To Show What They’re Made Of

Stellantis Has A 10 Year Investment In Their Brands

Ever since we learned of the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the french PSA Group, many have questioned the fate of the brand’s subsidiary Chrysler and Dodge. More specifically, Chrysler, which has faced some challenges in figuring out how to even define itself over the past 10 years. Thankfully, we’ve gotten a bit of an update from the head honcho of this new Stellantis brand, formed by the collaboration of FCA and PSA.

Car blog, Autocar reported on remarks from CEO, Carlos Tavares from the Financial Times’ Future of the Car Summit, in which all of Stellantis’s brands will get a 10-year investment. With big-ticket brands like Chrysler, Dodge, Alfa Romeo as well as other subsidiaries of the automaker, will get a particular sum in hopes of creating a core methodology. All together, Tavares is aiming to see results within this 10-year time span.

“My clear management stance is that we give a chance to each of our brands, under the leadership of a strong CEO, to define their vision, build a roadmap and make sure they use the valuable assets of Stellantis to make their business case fly,” he said. That comes with a “time window of 10 years” for success, the CEO added. The automaker refused to comment any more than that.

For the Dodge brand, and Chrysler especially, that’s more than enough time to work with. Even though Dodge is continuing to experience success as defines itself as the go-to place for muscle cars, while Chrysler (whether it was intended or not) has become known more as a minivan company owing to its large push for its award-winning Chrysler Pacifica, as well as the entry-level version, the Voyager. Surprisingly enough, Chrysler’s one and only luxury 300 sedan, however, on that end, it’s not nearly as popular as it was in its heyday.

With a decade of investments into these brands, it will be exciting to see just how Chrysler will try to reinvent itself to stand out in the large assortment of Stellantis brands, which involves posh and sporting subsidiaries like Maserati and the previously mentioned Alfa Romeo. Jeep and Ram remain the company’s pride and joy, owing to the great blast in popularity in pickups and SUVs, not only in North America but the world.

Only time will tell if Chrysler will come out swinging or even the champion in its own company. Perhaps with the popularity of its prized Pacifica, it could rebrand as a family-friendly subsidiary, with not just more minivan crossovers but SUVs as well. Either way, the possible minivan brand has 10 years to get it together.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

If you really want to see what the Stellantis brands are made of, feel free to visit our website, Miami Lakes Automall. We have a wide range of products from the company, especially with the Chrysler brand, and its 2021 Pacifica’s.

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory, and if you find something that feeds your interest, just chat with one of our representatives for further assistance.

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