The Chevrolet Suburban has always been a very capable sport utility vehicle and big on practicality for month-long excursions or weekend wipeouts. It is big, powerful, smooth, and, with the 6-speed automatic, decent on fuel consumption. Suburbans are designed with towing in mind and offer room to bring the big family and all the things that go with them.
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Model Line Overview
Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 2WD ($42,220); LS 1500 4WD ($45,065); LT 1500 2WD ($45,980); LT 1500 4WD ($48,825); LTZ 1500 2WD ($55,115); LTZ 1500 4WD ($58,115); LS 2500 2WD ($43,830): LS 2500 4WD ($46,670); LT 2500 2WD ($47,570); LT 2500 4WD ($50,415)
320-hp 5.3-liter ohv V8; 352-hp 6.0-liter ohv V8
6-speed automatic (two versions)
Safety equipment (standard):
frontal airbags, front side-impact air bags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control with trailer sway control and hill start assist, traction control, ABS with electronic proportioning, tire pressure monitor, OnStar
Safety equipment (optional):
rear park assist, rear-view camera, side Blind Zone Alert
3 years/36,000 miles
Arlington, Texas; Silao, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500 4WD ($48,825)
leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, power locks, cruise control, front bucket seats with floor console, message center, fog lamps, remote entry, stability control, driver information center, third row seating, rear audio controls, AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, power heated mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, OnStar
Options as tested (MSRP):
HDD Navigation ($2,500); moonroof ($995); rear entertainment ($1,395)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.3-liter ohv V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
320 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
335 @ 4000
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
137.4 cu. ft.
independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
live axle, five-link with coil springs
vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of April 06, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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