Eight Vehicles You Probably Didn't Know You Could Still Buy New

Chevrolet TrailBlazer/GMC Envoy/Saab 9-7X
Last produced: December 2009
Total sold in 2010: 146

We had nice things to say about the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the GMC Envoy, and all the other variants of the GMT360 platform when they debuted, praising their stout construction, real-truck utility, and "smooth and powerful" in-line six-cylinder. Of course, that was in our March 2001 issue. We still had cigarette ads back then. Nine years and several more rebadges later, the trucks seem to be blazing their last few trails into new owners' driveways, having well overstayed their welcome. The Saab 9-7X, which debuted for 2006, seems to illustrate the worst of old-GM think, whitewashing a dated, wholly inappropriate product with a coat of Saab brand cues. Not surprising that few luxury buyers ever coughed up $40,000+ for a vehicle that featured the same radio head unit as a '99 Cavalier. Having said all that, the 390-hp TrailBlazer SS and 9-7X Aero variants -- a handful of which remain on dealer lots -- still strike us as perhaps the perfect stoplight sleepers.

I have to admit I'd never even heard of the Mitsubishi Raider.
I completely disagree with my colleague David Zenlea about the styling of the last-generation Taurus and Sable (nee Ford Five Hundred). I think these are very handsome, if conservative, sedans that have been given a bum rap due to their weak launch powertrain, a 200-hp V-6 mated to a straining CVT transmission. Later versions upped the power significantly, and this generation made FAR better use of interior space than the current bloated Taurus does. So there.

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