What is Toyota Smart Connect?

Toyota Smart Connect

Toyota Smart Connect is our latest multimedia platform, which offers consumers more powerful hardware, faster response times, more intuitive operation and new functionality.

Yaris Cross

The system has a clean, clear and simple interface that is operated through a nine-inch, high definition touchscreen display. It offers crisp graphics and easier visibility in different lighting conditions, while its embedded SIM card provides a constant connection to online services. These services are included in the data package provided as part of the new car specification.

Being always-connected means that software and service updates can be automatically applied over-the-air, without the need to return to a Toyota centre. But it also allows the integrated satellite navigation system to provide moment-by-moment information on traffic events through a combination of connected cloud services and community feedback. Following such guidance will help to make journeys as time-efficient and trouble-free as possible.

Smart Connect provides wireless smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Similarly, by downloading the MyT connected services smartphone application, owners can remotely control a number of helpful features. These include remote locking and unlocking, on-board climate controls and activating the hazard lights (particularly useful when searching for your car in a crowded car park). Owners can also use the MyT app to access information such as driving behaviour data or to set reminders about servicing, road tax and insurance.

New services and features will be automatically added to Smart Connect as the system evolves. First among these is a new ‘Share to Car’ feature, which will allow owners to plan their journey at home and send those details to the car before setting off.

Which models are equipped with Smart Connect?

The new Yaris Cross compact SUV is the first model to receive this new multimedia platform but further vehicles will receive it in due course. The table below provides information on the specific multimedia system that is included in each Yaris Cross trim grade.

YARIS CROSS GRADE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM NOTES 
Icon 8-inch Toyota Touch 2  N/A
Design 8-inch Toyota Touch 2 Tech Pack option adds Smart Connect 
Excel 9-inch Toyota Smart Connect City Pack option replaces Toyota Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2 
Dynamic 9-inch Toyota Smart Connect City and Advanced Safety Pack option replaces Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2 
Premiere Edition 9-inch Toyota Smart Connect City and Advanced Safety Pack option replaces Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2 

Learn more: What accessories are available for the Yaris Cross?

6 comments

  1. The dealers I have spoken to say the 9” screen outweighs the extras in the city pack, but I have found the decision on which to have a very difficult decision. Do you have any helpful comments.

    1. Hi Judith,
      It really depends on what benefits of each pack would be best for you.
      The Advanced Safety Pack includes the 9″ Toyota Smart Connect system with Wireless Apple CarPlay.
      However, this doesn’t include features that come with the City & Advanced Safety Pack such as Panoramic View Monitor, WiFi Connectivity, Dynamic Guide Lines on Reversing Camera and Voice Recognition.
      The City & Advanced Safety Pack includes all of the features mentioned above. However, it comes with the 8″ Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with wired Apple CarPlay instead of the 9″ Toyota Smart Connect system.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Thanks.

      1. It’s as clear as mud, to be honest. Does the voice recognition include talking to Siri on my phone? Does the lack of inbuilt WiFi mean the inbuilt sat nav won’t work? I can happily live without some of the features of the city pack. However, what does the new 9” screen really give me to compensate the lack of other features.

      2. Hi Judith,
        Voice recognition will include Siri if your phone is connected to Apple CarPlay.
        Furthermore, the Satellite Navigation works on GPS and not WiFi, meaning this will not effect it.
        The 9″ Screen gives you the Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system instead of Toyota Touch 2.
        Thanks.

  2. I’m looking to order a RAV4 black edition which will come in Q1 2022, Will the this upgraded be included on the RAV?

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