According to GM, the Remote Access plan provides users with “simplified remote control of your properly equipped vehicle and unlocks a variety of great features in your myChevrolet mobile app.” Per Chevrolet’s website, some of the Connected Services associated with Remote Access via the MyChevrolet App include a Remote Key Fob, which offers remote vehicle start and stop, remote door locking and unlocking, and remote horn activation for properly equipped vehicles. Remote Access also includes Vehicle Location services, Navigation, and Real-time Diagnostics and Vehicle Status.
Notably, Remote Access is the same as the OnStar Connected Vehicle plan, which is normally offered for $24.99 per month. Consequently, the MSRP for all 2023 Chevy vehicles (except Chevy Express) has increased by $300, or roughly the same cost as one year of the OnStar Connected Vehicle plan.
Meanwhile, Buick and GMC models, as well as the 2023 Cadillac Escalade, have received a mandatory three-year OnStar and Connected Services plan. Consequently, the addition of this plan has raised prices for relevant models by varying amounts depending on the model and trim level, ranging between $905 and $1,500.
“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 summer. “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 connected features become more and more important to vehicle buyers, the inclusion of services like Remote Access and the OnStar Connected Vehicle plan become equally as vital. This is particularly the case for new EV buyers, with GM enabling features like the Ultium Charge 360 platform and the new Plug and Charge payment system.