Chevrolet's Suburban full-size SUV is available in a variety of payload, drivetrain and trim-level configurations, including 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. Exterior
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. Optional exterior features include turn-signal display in side mirrors, power liftgate, power running boards, and a 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:
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- Standard Bluetooth cellphone connectivity with steering-wheel controls and cloth seats standard
- Optional leather seats, cooled front seats, Bose stereo, remote start, power-adjustable pedals, and heated steering wheel
Suburban 2500 models are powered by a 6.0-liter V-8. When properly equipped, the Suburban 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Mechanical features include:
- 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 382 pounds-feet of torque (2500)
- 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 and hill start assist, side curtain airbags for all rows of seats, and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Further safety options include rear parking sensors, backup camera, and blind spot warning system.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com