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2013 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2013 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Overview

Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's Suburban full-size SUV is available in a variety of payload, drivetrain and trim-level configurations, including regular-duty 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Suburban can seat up to nine, and its GM sibling is the more upscale GMC Yukon XL. The Suburban competes with other full-size SUVs like the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.

New for 2013
Powertrain grade braking — which uses engine torque to slow the vehicle on descents, reducing brake wear — now operates outside of the transmission's Tow/Haul mode.

The Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market, with traditional boxy styling. Various options, like fog lights, can dress up the exterior. A variety of wheel sizes are available, with 17-inch wheels standard and 18- or 20-inch wheels optional. An available Z71 off-road package adds underbody skid plates and unique exterior details including color-keyed fender flares and a chrome grille. Exterior features include:
  • Optional turn-signal display in side mirrors, power liftgate, and power running boards
  • Variety of chrome options, including a custom grille, recovery hooks, door handles and mirror caps
The Suburban can seat up to nine people in three rows of seats, but that third row doesn't fold flat into the floor, which can limit storage. Options include a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system, automatic climate control and first- and second-row heated seats. Interior features include:
  • Bluetooth cellphone connectivity with steering-wheel controls
  • Optional three-person front bench seat, leather upholstery, cooled front seats, Bose stereo, remote start, power-adjustable pedals, and heated steering wheel
Under the Hood
The 5.3-liter V-8 in the 1500 can run on regular gas or E85 ethanol and uses Active Fuel Management to shut down cylinders to improve fuel economy. On rear-drive 1500 models, the 5.3-liter V-8 has an iron block; on four-wheel-drive models, it has an aluminum block. When properly equipped, the Suburban 1500 can tow up to 8,100 pounds and the 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Mechanical features include:
  • 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (326 hp and 348 pounds-feet of torque with E85) in 1500 models
  • Optional integrated brake controller for electric trailer-brake systems, heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio, and Autoride suspension
  • Z71 off-road package adds 18-inch tires, gas-charged monotube shocks, an automatic-locking rear differential and a high-capacity air cleaner
Safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, trailer-sway control, hill start assist, Side curtain airbags for all rows of seats, and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Rear parking sensors, a backup camera, and blind spot warning system are optional.

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EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 MPG
  • Highway: 21 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****