Should I buy a GM car?

On July 10, 2009, the “new” GM emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is now a leaner, more streamlined company, ready to compete in the automotive market. There is no reason not to buy a Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, or GMC vehicle. However, there are some considerations when choosing from an “old” GM brand. For instance, the future of Hummer, Saab, and Saturn is not yet carved in stone. Even when it is, it is unclear who will support current versions of those products, or for how long. Sales of these divisions are in process. Pontiac is being phased out, and finding long-term support for its products may be more difficult than with other brands.

That said, GM is offering some tempting sales incentives on many of its models, including ones that we recommend. And with slow auto sales and too much inventory, dealers are ready to negotiate. So, it’s likely that you could get a very good deal.

Several recent GM models have done well in our testing and are very competitive in their classes. Consumer Reports recommends the Buick Lucerne V8, the Cadillac DTS, the Chevrolet Avalanche, HHR, Malibu, and Silverado, and the GMC Sierra. The Cadillac CTS, and GM’s quartet of three-row, crossover SUVs (Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook) all did well in our tests, but are not recommended due to below-average reliability in their first years.

It’s important to remember that any deal is only as good as the vehicle you’re buying. As always, we recommend that you thoroughly research the performance, reliability, safety, owner cost, and owner satisfaction of any model you’re considering. Subscribers to have access to our Ratings in all of those areas.

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