- Completely redesigned for 2015
- New boxy exterior styling and an upgraded cabin
- Fold-flat second- and third-row seating for added storage
The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban rolls into the new model year with huge changes, adding brand new styling along with an updated and improved cabin.
GM completely redesigned each of its trio of full-size SUVs for 2015, also including Chevrolet’s Tahoe and the GMC Yukon, which combine to comprise three-quarters of the large SUV market. The Suburban certainly has the most history of the bunch; this is the 12th generation of the large utilitarian people mover, and has now been sold for 80 years in the United States.
Many of the updates to the Tahoe can be found on the Suburban, including the changes to the exterior styling and various interior upgrades. The biggest difference between the two is overall size, where the longer Suburban has more interior room for passengers and more cargo space. The new Suburban is boxier and less rounded than the previous version, with high side walls that are more vertical and don’t round off at the top, giving the large SUV an imposing stance to match its impressive size. Heated side mirrors and 18-inch wheels are standard, with larger wheels, a power liftgate, and fog lamps optional.
Under the hood, the Suburban gets one of GM’s new EcoTec3 engines, a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that features direct injection and cylinder deactivation, which improves fuel economy. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel drive Suburbans can tow up to 8,300 pounds, while four-wheel drive models top out at 8,000 pounds. Electric power steering has also finally made it to the Suburban, which further increases efficiency.
Inside, the 2015 Suburban can be configured to seat up to nine passengers across three bench rows, but the most common configurations are for seven or eight passengers. Basically everything has changed inside, from the addition of more upscale materials, to a new dash and center console layout that is unique to the SUVs (no more shared parts with the Silverado pickup truck). Cargo room tops out at 121.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-rows folded down (power folding is available as an option). Standard interior features include HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry along with remote vehicle start. There are also some new technology options as well for 2015, such as an 8-inch color touchscreen audio system with MyLink connectivity, up to six USB ports to charge devices, push-button start, and a Blu-ray rear entertainment system with two screens.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and thankfully a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, almost a must on a vehicle of this size. Much like the interior, available safety technology has taken a leap as well with forward collision alerts, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alerts, and adaptive cruise control all optional.