The cassette player first started showing up in cars in about 1970, both as factory options and as after-market machinery. The last manufacturer to offer a cassette player as standard equipment was Lexus with the 2010 SC430. Since then, no auto maker has automatically installed cassette players with their vehicles.
The first car to have a factory CD player was the S-Class Mercedes in 1984. What will be the last car to come with an in-dash CD machine? We’re not sure yet, but experts believe that CD players as standard equipment or options will stop in about three years.
In fact, models aimed at Millennials have already abandoned the format. Only 59% of models being sold today have CD players as standard equipment. Compare that to 79% ten years ago. Why? Because we’d rather plug in our smartphones than lug around CDs.