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What Is Buick IntelliLink?

Intuition is a powerful thing. And when it comes to the intuitive powers of Buick IntelliLink, we better listen up.

Those hoping to get behind the driver’s seat of a 2013 Verano, Regal, Lacrosse, Encore or Enclave will have this slick-yet-simple infotainment system at their (voice-activated) beck and call. It transforms your smartphone into a boom box, navigation device and powerful computer.

With a 7-inch, full-color touchscreen featuring up to six pages of your favorite settings, you’ll find everything from SiriusXM to Stitcher. And the cool thing is, you can be as type-A as you want, arranging your must-have stuff front and center so you don’t have to search for them while driving.

It offers speech recognition so you can safely initiate phone calls, go online or fire up the tunes from your phone. Thanks to Color Touch Radio, you can get Pandora, Stitcher Smart Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with Travel Link with just the push of a button.

Travel Link — a suite of SiriusXM services that delivers a ton of information to your Buick’s nav screen — is the system’s runaway highlight. You’ll find fuel prices, weather forecasts and movie listings in a flash. What makes it a must-have is its ability to update continuously, whenever your smartphone is plugged in to the vehicle (the suite is free for three months).

NavTraffic is another standout of IntelliLink, and will make summer road trips much easier. It’s synchronized with your car’s navigation system to pinpoint traffic incidents, determine average traffic speed, estimate travel time and offer details on accidents, potential construction delays and road closings.

Audiophiles will find the Gracenote feature makes some sweet music. Think of it like the system’s DJ, manager and assistant all rolled into one. It indexes your music, assigns voice tags, fills in missing song information and even associates album art with the track that’s playing.

Folks will also love IntelliLink’s capacity to have five of your wireless gadgets plugged in, as well as the added functionality of a USB port for those sporting flash drives of just-discovered tunes.

So follow that little voice and use your noggin to check out Buick IntelliLink. It’s a smart move.

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  1. IntelliLink is full of bugs! The radio shuts down and turns back on numerous times throughout my commute. When using blue tooth for phone conversations, the shutting down and turning back on makes hands free talking impossible. Radio has been replaced and still problem continues. Dealer has been wonderful in trying to correct. GM on the other had has been condescending and not willing to let us complete a sentence with out interjecting their opinion. Was so excited when I bought my Enclave because I had wanted one for some time. Have been so disappointed, I will NEVER buy another one. Have always driven GM…..seriously considering trading for something else. Will also never spend 50K for a car again Very disappointed!

    • We haven’t experienced the disconnection problems, but we do think the system is slow to respond to inputs. It’s a good looking system with lots of thoughtful features, but the execution needs some revision.

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