Chevrolet Tahoe

Even with an award-winning choice, some buyers may still be hesitant to dip a toe in the new-car waters, especially when it comes to the Chevrolet Silverado, the Best Full-Size Pickup for the Money, and the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Best Full-Size SUV for the Money. Now may seem like a strange time to be handing out awards to cars from General Motors, in view of its troubled financial condition. While some analysts say that bankruptcy could be good for GM, allowing it to reorganize, others argue that bankruptcy would be such a stain on GM's reputation that buyers would stay away from both its new and used cars. That scenario could speed depreciation on GM vehicles and make them a less appealing overall value.

So what is a large-truck or SUV shopper to do? Staying calm is the first step. Although depreciation is a big part of a new car's cost, it loses importance the longer you keep the car. If you're intending to drive your Tahoe or Silverado into the ground, don't worry too much about GM's financial position. If you're planning on trading the car in after a few years, you may feel more comfortable with another brand (the Mazda CX-9, a runner-up in the full-size SUV class, is a nice choice).

Chevrolet Tahoe

Long term, you may be worried about maintenance and repairs. Even if Chevrolet closes up shop, this shouldn't be an issue. Chevrolet parts will still be easy to find, and Chevrolet systems are so ubiquitous, qualified mechanics can be found anywhere.

Finally, remember how GM got into this mess in the first place. It focused all its time and talent on building large trucks and SUVs, which means these vehicles are some of the best in the business. If you need full-size capability and plan to keep your truck or SUV for a long time, the Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe are great choices.