GM Easily Wins Battle of the Big SUVs

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Suburban

Take a guess on how much money General Motors makes every time it┬ásells a Tahoe. I’m not going to tell you yet, but I will say that knowing might change how you negotiate for the biggest of the big SUVs.

You probably won’t score much of a discount, though, because it’s those profits that help keep GM afloat and allow it to field entries in other, less profitable, markets.

The Suburban, Yukon, Escalade, and Tahoe make up about half of the full-size SUV market in the United States. There is some competition in the market, and prices can be incredibly high, which makes me wonder: Are GM’s SUVs┬áselling because they’re great or because the competition is too expensive?

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Buy Used, Drive Cheap, Live Well

2005 Kia Sorento

2005 Kia Sorento

Nothing inspires like conversation.

A day or two after going through the ins and outs of the true value of electric cars, another interesting topic has come up: the value of a used SUV versus something new with better fuel economy.

In this case, a very dear friend owns a 2005 Kia Sorento with almost 100,000 miles on the clock. The car has been well maintained and taken journeys, on road and off, in nearly every remote wilderness corner of the northwest United States. Needless to say, the Sorento has served her well, but its meager fuel economy has her wondering if it’s time for a change.

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