2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Overview
The current generation of the Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is entering its final model year, so the offerings have been trimmed to regular-duty 1500 models available with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. The heavy-duty 2500 version and the 6.0-liter V-8 that powered it are available to fleet buyers and custom outfitters. New versions of the Suburban and its siblings are due in spring 2014 as early 2015 models and will be based on the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
The Suburban is a longer version of the Tahoe, and it can seat up to nine people. Its GM siblings are the more upscale GMC Yukon XL and even ritzier Cadillac Escalade ESV. The Suburban competes with other full-size SUVs like the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.
New for 2014
Besides trimming the lineup to 1500 models, the Convenience Package is now standard. It includes power-adjustable pedals, remote start, rear parking assist and a backup camera.
The Suburban 1500 comes standard with 17- inch wheels with 18- and 20-inch wheels available. Additional options include turn-signal display in side mirrors, power liftgate, power running boards, and the Z71 off-road package. In addition to performance and driving, the Suburban comes with a variety of chrome options including a custom grille, recovery hooks, door handles, and mirror caps.
Like its predecessors, the 2014 Suburban boasts a maximum cargo volume of 137.4 cubic feet and seating for up to nine in three rows. Three-person front bench seat also available. Cloth seats come standard with an option to upgrade to leather seats. Standard technology includes Bluetooth cellphone connectivity with built-in steering-wheel controls. Additionally, more options include cooled front seats, navigation system with 7-inch screen, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Under the Hood
The Chevrolet Suburban is powered by a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque. Fixed with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine runs on regular gas or E85 ethanol. Optional integrated brake controller for electric trailer-brake systems available along with Autoride Suspension. The Suburban can also be upgraded with the Z71 off-road package adds 18-inch tires, gas-charged monotube shocks and a high-capacity air cleaner. Rear- and all-wheel drive options available. Furthermore, when properly equipped, the Suburban has an 8,100-pound maximum towing capacity.
The Suburban has a reputation as being one of the safest full-size SUVs around. The 2014 trim is no different as it comes with fully stocked safety features such as antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, trailer-sway control and hill start assist, side curtain airbags for all rows of seats, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and a backup camera. Additional safety options include a blind spot warning system.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com