Summary, Prices, Specs

By March 28, 2011


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
Model lineup:Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 2WD ($40,925); LS 1500 4WD ($43,770); LT 1500 2WD ($44,435); LT 1500 4WD ($47,280); LTZ 1500 2WD ($53,170); LTZ 1500 4WD ($56,170); LS 2500 2WD ($42,535): LS 2500 4WD ($45,375); LT 2500 2WD ($46,025); LT 2500 4WD ($48,870)
Engines:320-hp 5.3-liter ohv V8; 6.0-liter 352-hp ohv V8
Transmissions:6-speed automatic (two versions)
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, front side-impact air bags, side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS with electronic proportioning, tire pressure monitor, OnStar
Safety equipment (optional):rear park assist, rear-view camera, side Blind Zone Alert
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Arlington, Texas; Silao, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Chevy Suburban LT 1500 4WD ($47,280)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):Navigation ($2,500); moonroof ($995); rear entertainment ($1,295)
Destination charge:$950
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$53020
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:5.3-liter ohv V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):320 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):335 @ 4000
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:15/21 mpg
Wheelbase:130.0 in.
Length/width/height:222.4/79.1/76.8 in.
Track, f/r:68.2/67.0 in.
Turning circle:43.0 ft.
Seating Capacity:8
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.1/64.4/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:38.5/61.8/39.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.1/49.4/34.9 in.
Cargo volume:137.4 cu. ft.
Payload:1564 Lbs.
Towing capacity:8000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:live axle, five-link with coil springs
Ground clearance:9.2 in.
Curb weigth:5836 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:31.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 28, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-1020 -