What is the difference between SYNC®* 4** and SYNC® 4A?

There is very little difference between SYNC 4 and SYNC 4A. Both offer advanced features that can help keep you connected and your system continuously evolving. What’s more, they each combine available conversational voice recognition, cloud-based connectivity, Ford Power-Up software update capabilities and so much more to bring you a seamless and personalized driving experience while delivering easy smartphone integration.

SYNC Version



Key features

SYNC 4 is an entirely new user experience, with advanced features like:

  • Enhanced voice recognition
  • All-new cloud-based connectivity
  • Bluetooth® wireless phone connection to Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ compatibility, and SYNC AppLink®***
  • Customizable touchscreen options



Key features

There are a couple of main features of SYNC 4A that distinguish it from SYNC 4:

  • Adaptive Dash Cards
  • Automatic placement of frequently used dash items at the top of the screen

Note: SYNC 4 cannot be upgraded to SYNC 4A.

How do I pair my phone with SYNC 4?
What are SYNC 4 navigation options?
Can I change my SYNC system?

*Don’t drive while distracted or while using handheld devices. Use voice-operated systems when possible. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.

**Available on select vehicles.

***Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software.

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