The Chevrolet Suburban is the brand's largest SUV and represents the world's oldest running nameplate as it enters its 78th continuous year on the market. Like the smaller Chevrolet Tahoe, the Suburban utilizes rugged body-on-frame construction that gives it excellent off-road and towing capabilities.
The Suburban rides on GM's full-size GMT900 architecture that also underpins the Silverado pickup. As the largest vehicle in its class, the Suburban offers a truly capacious interior. Behind the first-row seats, Suburban offers 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room, along with up to 8,100 lbs of towing capability (1/2-ton 1500 2WD models), when properly equipped; Suburban 2500 (3/4-ton) can tow up to 9,600 lbs.
Seating for eight is standard, while an available nine-seat configuration swaps out the front bucket seats for a three-passenger bench.
Standard in Suburban 1500 2WD models is an iron-block Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 with 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque, which offers Active Fuel Management fuel-saving technology.
Active Fuel Management technology seamlessly switches between eight- and four-cylinder power to save fuel, helping the motor to return 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. An aluminum-block version of the 5.3-liter is standard in 4WD models. Both engines can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85 fuel, and are backed by the fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.
Heavy-duty Suburban 2500 models offer a 6.0-liter V-8 rated at 352 horsepower and 382 lb.-ft. of torque. This larger engine is matched with a new Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at just 10/16 with the 6.0-liter mill.
Standard and Optional Features
The Suburban lineup features LS, LT and LTZ models, with 2WD standard and 4WD optional, as well as 1500 light-duty and 2500 heavy-duty series. (LTZ is available only on 1500 series.)
Standard features include power front seats, cloth upholstery, tri-zone manual climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, rear audio controls and headphone input jacks, wood grain styling, luggage rack with center rails and body color handles and mirror caps.
The popular Z71 Off Road appearance package returns for the latest model year. It includes the Z71 Off Road suspension with high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks; 18-inch on/off-road tires; automatic-locking rear differential; front recovery hooks; a durable skid plate and a high-capacity air cleaner. Large, color-keyed fender flares; an aggressive front fascia and satin chrome tubular assist steps; and bright chrome grille insert provide a distinctive appearance.
Other optional features for Suburban include: Power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat, Remote vehicle starting system, First- and second-row heated seats, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, Driver information center, Tri-zone automatic HVAC, Rearview camera system, Touch-screen navigation system and DVD rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch screen.
Standard safety features include dual front, front side and side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
In terms of sheer size, the only SUV that can rival the Suburban is the Ford Expedition EL. Smaller "full-size" body-on-frame SUVs include the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.