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What Is GMC IntelliLink?

IntelliLink, the gem that is GMC’s infotainment system, is one smart cookie.

First seen in the 2012 GMC Terrain SUV, this slick system connects your smartphone to your car’s entertainment system, allowing you to fire up your music library on your iPod or stream Internet radio with just the sound of your voice.

Those shopping for a 2013 Terrain or Acadia, or a 2014 Sierra, will find GMC IntelliLink a snap to use, with a clean, simple design.

Like other in-vehicle entertainment systems, the 7-inch, configurable screen is a cinch to navigate. You can choose the placement of your most-used functions on the homepage. This is perfect for those of us who are a little, shall we say, particular about wanting the phone icon first, followed by SiriusXM Radio, Stitcher, Pandora, etc. These can be easily shifted around, too.

GMC IntelliLink’s voice-activation component won’t have you barking out stilted, one-word commands, either. It uses technology that understands nicknames — such as bands, for example — allowing your speech to be more conversational.

And, if you subscribe to the less-clutter-is-awesome theory, you don’t need to tote your MP3 player along for the ride. Simply plug a song-packed USB flash drive into a port in the center console and listen to your faves without fiddling around with your iPod.

The system was designed to be relatively distraction-free, keeping your hands on the wheel as often as possible, so you won’t be tempted to look away from the road too much while accessing your music or making a phone call.

Getting info and travel help is also a voice-activated breeze. Thanks to SiriusXM Travel Link, you can listen to weather updates and get fuel prices, sports scores and stock info sent right to the vehicle’s nav screen.

This kind of in-vehicle intelligence kicks off summer with high marks.

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  1. I have a 2013 GMC Terrain Denali with Intelilink and it sucks. And now OnStar is dropping this year model because of 2G and we now have 4G and 5G. And nobody supports this radio

  2. Well it all sounds promising, but if you check google for real world usage of the Intellilink you’ll quickly see that this software is full of bugs and it doesn’t get repaired at all.

    Car builders Like Opel & Buick that use this kind of system all have the same complaints from their customers since the start of 2013:

    Navigation is hanging, not showing estimated time of arrival, not warning for radars
    The whole system randomely crashes and reboots
    Cellphones bluetooth get disconnects
    Your MP3’s are sorted by alphabet instead of showing you the folders so you can’t find your songs anymore!!!
    Most USB sticks are not supported
    There is nothing and I mean really nothing intuitive to this IntelliLink interface and it run slow really slow.

    This is the worst car interface I have ever experienced, it is so bad that I advice everyone NOT to buy a car with this system because you will regret.

    Check google, you’l find thousands of customers complaining of everything I wrote here above and more.

    Worst part: after 18 months they have not even solved 1 problem with a patch or update … So no support at all…

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