A one or two year old Nissan Altima or Maxima can be a great buy if you can find one.
The new Ford products are great as are the newer used upscale models. Since Ford is not under the government "bail-out" requirements they have more flexibility and can do what seems to be the most sensible, as demonstrated by outselling everyone (including Toyota) in the "cash for clunkers" program since they had an inventory of the right cars for the public needs.
Forget about Chrysler if you are interested in resale. the entire product line will change creating obsolescence of existing inventories except for the throw-back muscle car image.
I have a 1999 Jimmy 4wd with everything and my wife has a "cousin" 2000 Blazer 4wd that serve us perfectly that are "bulletproof" with proper maintenance and we do not want to change, but lets me dream and shop without committing. - If I had my choice. I would go for an Audi R8 Quattro twin turbo, but the idea of putting down a deposit for a car to be delivered in two or more years does not seem logical.