QOTD: What's the Best GM Vehicle of All Time?
Aztek. Cimarron. Le Mans. General Motors has gotten it wrong more than once.
But General Motors, in business for nearly 110 years — and eight years in its current post-bankruptcy iteration — also gets it right. Sometimes GM gets the styling right. Sometimes GM perfectly meets the segment’s needs. Sometimes the performance bargain is unbeatable. Every now and then, those factors merge together and General Motors introduces a thoroughly impressive vehicle.
You could make a case for the C7 Chevrolet Corvette. A 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is a stunning example of GM knowing precisely what Cadillac should be. A mid-90s Chevrolet Impala SS represents GM boldly thumbing its nose at conventional performance. Cars such as the Pontiac GTO, Buick Regal GNX, and Chevrolet Nomad hold a special place in the hearts of many.
But what do you believe is the best General Motors vehicle of all time?
We’ll narrow our purview to vehicles sold in the United States, eliminating the Holden HSV Maloo and Vauxhall VX220 from contention. Ignore concepts like the Chevrolet Code 130R and Cadillac Sixteen. Don’t latch onto the choices our AutoGuide colleagues made without making a strong argument yourself. Other than that, it’s a free-for-all. We bet that the list of potential candidates is much longer than your F-150-loving, Camry-driving soul assumes.
For me, it’s easy. The Chevrolet Suburban.
While virtually any Suburban will do, I’ll be specific and nominate the GMT900 Suburban of 2007-2014. GM moved the body-on-frame, people-carrying game far forward from its GMT800 predecessor with the 2007-2014 Suburban, a game that didn’t make the same kind of leaps and bounds when the GMTK2XX version debuted for 2015. The 2007-2014 Suburban nails the style, produces plentiful power and is a very efficient — yes, it’s true — way of moving up to nine people. At 21 miles per gallon on the highway, the nine-seat 2014 Suburban is rated at 189 pMPG, or people miles per gallon, compared with 150 pMPG in a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Durable, relatively inexpensive to maintain, suited for weathered terrain, capable of towing 8,000 pounds, capable of swallowing 46 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row, and free from the pretentiousness of Yukon XL Denalis and Escalade ESVs, the 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban is the best GM vehicle of all time.
Or do you dare disagree?
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