On-Star. My new favorite button

As you already know I have the Chevrolet Cruze for the week, to review on my blog. Two days ago my co-worker Julie and I drove to her house for lunch. I used the On-Star button for the very first time to navigate to her place. The On-Star button is located on the mirror of the vehicle.

I pushed the button semi-knowing what to expect.

The Satellite radio was on, and the volume lowered itself and the phone started ringing just like an ordinary hands-free telephone. I’m always tuned into either this radio station or BPM. I love upbeat tuneage. ;)

A gentleman came on the phone and I wasn’t sure what I was expecting so I immediately blurted out the details of Julie’s address. It took about 30 seconds for him to find the location as we were driving towards her house and he asked if there was anything else he could do for us. I started giggling and thanking him saying that On-Star is my new favorite feature on a car. He laughed as well then thanked me for using On-Star. I can’t get over how neat this feature is. You don’t need an extra GPS attached to your windshield, you can comfortable chat to a person over satellite and they can find you instantly on the road, and know where you are.

He then hung up, and just like that the directions popped up onto my screen where I’d normally see what music was playing on my dashboard. It literally was a step-by-step route to her house like if you were using a GPS system. Turn right in 400 meters… and so on.

The On-Star feature isn’t just for directions. You can call them from your cell phone if you locked your keys in the car. You can even call them to blink and toot your horn if you can’t find your car in the mall’s parking lot (oh my word), and even call for the closest location to a Tim Hortons. Come to think of it, I kinda just feel like calling them up for a chat but I don’t want to waste their time.

On Friday or Saturday I plan on writing a pro’s and con’s list of everything I thought about the vehicle. Such as the size of the car, gas mileage, how I thought the Cruze drove, and little things that I’d like to see added.

Is there anything in particular you’d like me to blog about? It’ll be interesting to see how it handles the rough roads tomorrow morning. It’s supposed to snow 5-10cm overnight, then freeze and then snow again tomorrow.

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9 Comments

  1. Looks like you had a great time with the Cruze. You certainly sold me on taking a test drive. Love the colour as well. Can’t wait to hear more from you on this car. Congrats, by-the-way.

  2. Nancy, that is such a great little car! It was so fun to get a ride from you! Great driving by the way! I felt SO safe! :) The onstar addition was great! People were really friendly and I love the satellite radio choices!

  3. What a nice car! I’m so jealous! Onstar is awesome I know a few people with it and they love it! Great service!! Congrats on getting this car for a week and being a blogger for GM how exciting! So happy for you!

  4. Love reading your blog…always something interesting. Great to read about the Cruze as I’ve heard some good things about that car.. Well be interested in hearing how the rest of the test drive goes.

  5. Wow, the on star feature sounds awesome! I would LOVE to have that! :D It certainly would have been nice to have while I was in BC this past fall. I did have a GPS in the car but it just couldn’t pick up a signal for whatever reason….

  6. Not a bad looking car, and it rides so smoothly that you’ve got to watch your speed.That on star button just blows my mind. what a great feature , and not complicated to use.GO GIRL GO!!!

    Nancy says: hahahaha Thanks for the comment Dad.

  7. Hey Nancy,
    This really makes me want to test drive this car with the On-Star feature. I often go out on trips and forget to take the GPS, this way I would never be without directions to get back home again.

  8. Nancy, what an excellent gift you’ve been given this past week. Getting to test drive a new GM car!!!! I’m so happy for you. I’ve been considering getting a new vehicle since mine is getting older and gas prices keep going up. Because of you, I’m definitely going to test drive the new Cruze. I love your upbeat comments. Congratulations on your car- for- a- week prize.

  9. Sounds like a first rate set wheels, that’s looking good. No fear of getting lost .. on earth or on star .” To the moon Alice”

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