Well, that didn't last long.
In a win for consumers, General Motors is backing away from mandatory $1500 Onstar Premium subscriptions. The moves comes after GM, last summer, started requiring new 2023 model year Buick and GMC vehicle buyers to purchase a subscription, whether they wanted to or not.
According to Automotive News, starting for the 2024 model year, GM will reverse course and no longer require mandatory subscriptions for Buick and GMC models. It will be an option for all but the top vehicle trims which will get three years of Onstar Premium for free.
According to Automotive News:
"For the 2024 model year, three years of OnStar Premium will be included on all GMC Denali trims, and Buick Avenir trims,” as well as the GMC Hummer EV. It will also be standard equipment on the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade-V.
The OnStar Premium's telematics system adds high-speed internet, a stolen vehicle locater, and other features.
Lower trims will reportedly be equipped with Onstar Remote Access which links the vehicle to a mobile app, but doesn't come with many other premium services.