Back in May of 2019, GM Authority listed the very small number of GM vehicles fitted with a CD player, either optionally or as standard. In February of this year, we returned to the subject with a reader poll, pointing out that CD players were now available only in the 2021 Chevy Express van and its corporate cousin, the 2021 GMC Savana.
Readers rent their garments in twain in the comments section of each article, and we expect a similar response to the news that no GM passenger vehicle will be available with a CD player for the 2022 model year. In case you missed it, check out our recent article about this item being discontinued as an option in the 2022 Chevy Express and the 2022 GMC Savana.
Those were the last models to feature this increasingly neglected item of audio equipment. It had previously been discontinued in the redesigned 2021 Chevy Tahoe, 2021 Chevy Suburban, 2021 GMC Yukon, 2021 GMC Yukon XL and 2021 Cadillac Escalade.
In fact, it’s still possible to buy a GM product in the United States or Canada with a CD player, but one would need a better reason than that to make a purchase. The vehicles in question are the 2021 Chevy Silverado Medium Duty trucks – the 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD – and the 2021 Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks. All of these are commercial vehicles, and therefore of little interest to most GM customers.
It is now overwhelmingly common for a vehicle to be able to play music stored on a smartphone through Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or even a simple USB cable, although this is cold comfort to anyone who does not have a smartphone, but does have a CD collection. Of course, it’s possible to transfer many CDs’ worth of music on to a single memory stick, but this is more appealing to some people than others.
Both GM Authority and our sister publication Cadillac Society have received from comments from readers complaining about the disappearance of CD players from GM passenger vehicles. Here are some examples:
“I have a large CD collection that I carried with me in my old Sierra. I just got a brand new 2020 Sierra and disappointed to realize a CD player isn‘t offered.”
“Why isn‘t there a CD player? The sound system in this car is incredible when I play radio but would be better if I could play CDs. I don‘t want to use a phone.”
“I would have liked to have the option for a CD player. I realize many use their phone for music but I still want to play my CDs on this Bose Panaray system.”
This is a major issue for some people, and a matter of no importance whatever for others. Feel free to express your own views in the comments section, but play nice.