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2000 Chevrolet Suburban

2000 Chevrolet Suburban
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

By Mitch McCullough, Editor-in-Chief

Review Pages
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1. Overview
2. Walkaround and Interior
3. Driving Impressions
4. Summary, Prices, Specs

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Overview

Chevrolet Suburban has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for model year 2000. Every piece of bodywork is new, though you'll have no trouble recognizing it. Its interior is all new and improved, but feels familiar. Its new engines offer substantially more power. Its rigid new frame and re-engineered suspensions offer excellent handling and ride quality. Last, but certainly not least, the brakes have been totally re-engineered for vastly improved pedal feel and stopping performance.

Soup to nuts, the Suburban is a more refined vehicle than before. Yet it retains all those qualities we've loved since its introduction in 1935: a spacious interior, strong torque for towing, off-road capability, and a stable, comfortable ride for long-distance travel.

Model Lineup

Suburban comes with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive and is available in two load ranges, 1500 and 2500. Three trim levels are available, base, LS and LT. Suburban 1500s come equipped with a 5.3-liter V8. The 2500s come with a 6.0-liter V8. (A diesel engine may be available next year.)

Retail prices for 1500 models: 2WD ($26,421); LS 2WD ($33,844); LT 2WD ($37,912); 4WD ($28,375); LS 4WD ($36,760); LT 4WD ($40,828). Prices for 2500 models: 2500 2WD ($29,337); 2500 LS 2WD ($36,760); 2500 LT 2WD ($40,392); 2500 4WD ($31,305); 2500 LS 4WD ($38,728); 2500 LT 4WD ($42,360). (Chevrolet prices these as models, but window stickers show trim levels as option packages.)

All Suburbans come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front air bags and dual side-impact air bags. All come with air conditioning. LS and LT come with power windows, rear air conditioning, a compass and remote keyless entry. Moving up through the trim levels brings nicer interiors: LS gets a nicer cloth reclining front bench seat with adjustable lumbar support; bucket seats are an option. LT is fitted with leather seating surfaces and premium full-function heated front bucket seats. LT also comes with electronic climate control, premium CD stereo, the HomeLink universal garage door opener and GM's OnStar system. Otherwise, the primary functional difference is that LT comes with Chevy's Premium Ride Suspension.


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