The available OnStar Connected Services plans allow GM owners to get the most out of their vehicle by providing a constant high-speed internet connection for navigation, music streaming and more. While these plans are currently optional on GM vehicles, a three-year OnStar & Connected Services Plan will be mandatory with the purchase of a new Buick or GMC vehicle going forward.
GM Authority recently learned that the automaker will equip all new 2022 model-year and 2023 model-year Buick and GMC vehicles with a three-year OnStar and Connected Services Plan (RPO code R9M). The plans will cost between $905 and $1,675, depending on the chosen trim level. GM said the cost of the three-year plan will be integrated into the vehicle’s MSRP, however the online configurator tools for the Buick and GMC brands suggest these charges are added on top of the MSRPs for the time being.
|Buick Encore GX||All||$1,500|
|GMC Canyon||Elevation Standard||$1,6751|
|GMC Canyon||Elevation, AT4 Cloth, AT4 Leather, Denali||$1,500|
|GMC Hummer EV Pickup||Edition 1||$0|
|GMC Sierra 1500||SLE, Elevation, SLT||$1,500|
|GMC Sierra 1500||AT4, AT4X, Denali, Denali Ultimate||$905|
|GMC Sierra HD||Pro||$1,6751|
|GMC Sierra HD||SLE, SLT, AT4, Denali||$1,500|
|GMC Yukon||SLE, SLT||$1,500|
|GMC Yukon||AT4, Denali||$905|
|GMC Yukon XL||SLE, SLT||$1,500|
|GMC Yukon XL||AT4, Denali||$905|
- Includes $1,500 3-year subscription and $175 OnStar & GMC Connected Services Capability
“To enhance our customers’ vehicle ownership experience, beginning June 2, 2022, new retail Buick and GMC vehicles will include three years of OnStar and Connected Services Premium Plan,” a GM spokesperson told GM Authority. “This offering provides our owners with a full suite of OnStar and Connected Services for three years, providing them with more time to enjoy services such as remote key fob, Wi-Fi data and OnStar safety services. By including this plan as standard equipment on the vehicle, it provides more customer value and a more seamless onboarding experience.”
As more internet-enabled features arrive in GM vehicles, connected services plans will become more important to the overall ownership experience. Without an internet connection, GM vehicle owners may not be able to take advantage of certain vehicle features, such as Maps+, Alexa Built-In AI assistant, audio streaming and navigation. These plans will be even more crucial to the EV ownership experience, as they will enable features like GM’s Ultium Charge 360 platform and its new Plug and Charge payment system.
This change will be extended to fleet-focused trim levels of Buick and GMC vehicles as well, but fleet customers will receive the OnStar Vehicle Insights feature instead of Remote Access. It’s not clear at this time what the price difference for plans with OnStar Vehicle Insights versus Remote Access will be.