The best cars GM makes right now

The best cars GM makes right now

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CHRIS MCGRAW: All right, I'm going to run through that one more time, because we're gonna be discussing, not disgusting, GM.

JAMES RISWICK: Oh, I don't know.

CHRIS MCGRAW: It might be. It might be disgusting. All right.

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JAMES RISWICK: Oh, that's good.

Welcome, everyone, to this unfiltered and only somewhat edited discussion. I am Autoblog senior producer, Chris McGraw. And today, I am joined by the driver of brown, diesel BMW SUVs, "West Coast" editor, James Riswick, as well as Mr. Blackwing himself, associate editor, Byron Hurd. Today, we're gonna to be discussing the best and worst of GM vehicles, cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. But before we do, make sure to hit that Subscribe button down below for more automotive content from Autoblog. We've got something for everyone, reviews, reveals, podcasts. gaming, almost everything. But for now, let's talk GM.

General Motors, the company best known for its cars, like the GTO, Camaro, Corvette, and Suburban, has also made some questionable decisions throughout the years. But to start things off, let's talk about current vehicles. So, guys, what are your best and worst of each category of vehicle that GM currently makes?

BYRON HURD: Yeah, well, I feel like I'm kind of being set up here. But anyway, so for best car, I'm gonna say the CA Corvette, for just, like, wow factor. It's a killer automobile. It's hard to go wrong with that. Going down the line, for truck, I'm gonna go with the Colorado ZR2. It's kind of dark horse. It's old, it's about to be replaced. But there's stuff going on there. For SUV, Buick Enclave, which I feel like is gonna get really weird for everybody.

CHRIS MCGRAW: Wow.

BYRON HURD: Yeah.

CHRIS MCGRAW: Wow.

BYRON HURD: And then, for EV, Hummer EV. It barely exists, but it doesn't catch fire yet. So I feel like that's a real upside, you know--

CHRIS MCGRAW: OK.

BYRON HURD: --in the grand scheme of things.

CHRIS MCGRAW: Man, I have to be honest with you, I did not expect a Buick to come this early in the conversation.

BYRON HURD: [LAUGHS] Coming in hot, coming in hot. So, yeah, you want to take issue with any of those, or do you want to propose alternatives first?

JAMES RISWICK: Well, I mean, I'm kind of surprised, as, like, my first choice here is-- and I wasn't expecting to be able to use it, as you would go first-- but it's your actual car. You haven't--

BYRON HURD: Yeah.

JAMES RISWICK: --picked your own car.

CHRIS MCGRAW: Yeah.

JAMES RISWICK: A that would've been my car.

BYRON HURD: I was wondering about that.

JAMES RISWICK: No, no, but [INAUDIBLE], Cadillac CT4. And I haven't even driven the Blackwing, which is what you own. And by the way, calling me Mr Blackwing makes me sound like a superhero, so that's cool.

BYRON HURD: I'm all right with it. I wish I'd-- if I'd known going in that's where we're gonna head with that, I would've worn a different, like, color kind of scheme here and kind of owned it a little better. But, I mean, the Corvette is just-- it's so ama-- it was such a paradigm shift for GM, and one that literally everybody saw coming for how many decades. But then it finally happened, and it really worked. So yeah, it's really hard to discount how amazing that car is. And yeah, it's not the one I bought. But, I mean, there's a difference between something being good and something being good for me. So like--

JAMES RISWICK: Well, yeah, you're probably right, as I'm kind of picking the CT4 because I really liked it. But it is a sensational car to drive, again, not just the Blackwing, but, like, the lesser version.

BYRON HURD: Yeah. Oh, yeah, I'm certainly not gonna argue with you.

JAMES RISWICK: In terms of, like, sports sedans, I think it's the one I'd choose. It is more fun to drive than the BMW 3 Series. I think it looks great. Sadly, they no longer sell it in green. But, yeah, no, I love the CT4. It is-- and I'm not just kissing your ass here-- it'd a great car. I think it's the best thing that they currently make. I mean, the Corvette is great, don't get me wrong. I'd say and especially for the money. And you no longer have to say that the Corvette is so good now. But I just-- for the money, though, would I'd rather have a Cayman? Probably. But, eh, I think that either of those are just fantastic.

In terms of other segments, the truck thing's tough. Because the heavy duty ones, the Chevy's, are hideous. And we all know that--

CHRIS MCGRAW: Yeah, they are butt ugly.

JAMES RISWICK: --the trucks are about are going to be redesigned, in terms of their interiors, which was the number one reason they were not competitive for the segment. But we haven't seen them yet in person. So, I don't know, I guess whatever the future-- the Silverado, high country, with the new interior, let's go with that.

SUVs, you know, the-- [LIGHT SIGH] the Tahoe and the Yukon, they are so much better now. And you have that diesel engine in them. And they now get best-in-class fuel economy, while still, like, having just as much or more torque. I don't entirely remember. And by the way, if we say anything that's factually incorrect here, we're doing our best. We're not [INAUDIBLE] historians.

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And there's only so many windows I can have up on my computer at any given time.

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BYRON HURD: This Is facts.

JAMES RISWICK: But, yeah, It's extremely competitive. I think it's the best thing in the class now. So I'm gonna have to go with the Chevy-- [INAUDIBLE]

CHRIS MCGRAW: I know I just got out of a Yukon AT4, and I drove that like to [INAUDIBLE] and back. And, man, that interior is so, so much better than anything that I've personally seen from GM in a long time. I was very impressed with that, yeah.

JAMES RISWICK: Yeah, and that has the new Android automotive tach interface for '22. But the old one was actually fine. But it does have that new thing. And then, EVs, I'm going to go with the one that catches fire, or could, the Bolt. Because the Hummer is so far away. It's gonna come out in stages. So, yeah, there'll the first edition. But the ones that are cheaper will be so far away, it's like they don't really exist.

So I'm gonna say the Bolt because maybe not just, like, right in this moment. But it was so beyond everything else. Like, the amount of range you got from that car just massively leapfrogged anything that was remotely, like, similar in price. And although the body style they completely whiffed on, in terms of something that people would actually want to buy, it still counts for a lot, because that is a very impressive vehicle. And it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. Because the body style hurt it. But from a technical standpoint, it's a great achievement, even if the battery supplier really let them down

BYRON HURD: Yeah. And, honestly, like, I think if they'd gone Bolt EUV first and just offered either front or all-wheel drive in what was already, basically, a more realistic Crossover, then they probably wouldn't have had the sales struggles that they had with it. At the same time, like, [SIGH] yeah, it is really good. i genuinely loved it. It's just-- it's hard to call it best, under the circumstances at the moment, I mean, considering, you know, they can't even sell them. So that's not a great look.