Buick and GMC make OnStar connected services the norm

The good news: Every Buick and GMC vehicle now comes standard with a high-speed Internet connection for navigation, music streaming, and automatic downloading of any recall issues the automaker can fix with a software update.

The bad news: The move will likely increase the price of each vehicle, although the final numbers are still unclear.

A GM representative explained, “To enhance our customers’ experience as vehicle owners, beginning June 2, 2022, new retail Buick and GMC vehicles will include three years of OnStar Premium Plan and Connected Services.

The plan adds features, according to GM, “such as remote key fob, Wi-Fi data and OnStar security services. By including this plan as standard equipment on the vehicle, it provides more customer value and a more seamless onboarding experience.

Although GM confirmed the change, it did not update all prices on its website. The service was available throughout 2022 as an option. Its price ranges from around $900 to around $1,500, depending on the model and trim level. We assume this will add a similar figure to the price of each vehicle, but the rollout has been confusing so far.

When we tried the configurator for the 2022 Buick Encore GX, for example, we found no mention of the package and no change in price from the usual starting point of $25,900 (plus a destination charge of $1,195 $).

When we ran the build and price tool for a 2022 GMC Acadia SUV, the starting price of $34,800 was unchanged, but it was impossible to deselect the $1,500 option for the OnStar and Connected Services package. .

We will update vehicle prices in our reviews as GM makes the change in its prices official.