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

SYNC 4

SYNC 4 Key Features

SYNC 4 has 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

SYNC 4A

SYNC 4A

SYNC 4A 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.

Additional Information

How do I pair my phone with SYNC?
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.

**Feature is available on select vehicles. Features may vary based on model year, trim, options, packages, and supply availability. Use the Build and Price tool to view feature availability on current models. If you have questions or need more information, reference your Owner’s Manual or contact your Ford Dealer

***The Bluetooth word mark is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

****Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*****Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

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