One of the pioneers among SUVs and undoubtedly one of the largest is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban. This mammoth vehicle accommodates eight passengers and it looks like it can ride roughshod over any obstacle in its path. It does not exactly appear graceful, but more stocky and solid, with all its lines and angles. It features a 5.3L V8 engine running on gas/ ethanol and six speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain is limited to rear wheel drive or four wheel drive and delivers 355 horsepower at 5600 rpm. Performance-wise, the Suburban accelerates and passes easily with hardly any trouble and the braking system is sturdy and reliable. Fuel economy is similar to its rivals at 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 miles per gallon in the city. The engine is also fairly quiet and the cabin keeps out most external noise.
Other regular features include rear parking sensors, a rear vision camera, Bluetooth, several USB ports and HD Radio. You’ll also love how the infotainment system connects to your iPhone via Apple CarPlay. The price for the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban starts at about $49,000 for standard models and higher end models with more features can go up to $67,000.
Why buy it:
You’d be surprised at how luxurious the interior is and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything to complain about in the cabin. It can easily seat all your passengers with substantial leg and headroom. The standard models only have cloth seats, but the seats can be shifted for more comfort. The chairs in the back rows can even be folded if you need additional cargo space. The various storage sections for your items offer a great deal of space as well including behind the dashboard. The glove box, however, is not that large.
More thought and style has gone into the design of the dashboard with the navigation system displayed on an eight-inch LCD touch screen. It also incorporates their highly advanced MyLink infotainment system with voice recognition.
Aside from the interior space, the Suburban’s cargo capacity can’t be faulted either. There’s more than enough space for everything you need to carry here. Another highlight of the Suburban is its hauling power. It can tow up to a formidable 8,300 pounds.
Those interested in its performance will be glad to know it’s highly satisfactory. It’s got an unbeatable and powerful engine while at the same time being enjoyable to drive. Steering responds soundly and it handles very well despite its considerable size. It can go over rough landscape and in most instances, you’ll barely feel a thing.
What you might not like:
Like we mentioned, the Suburban is not really known for an elegant or refined look, although the interior more than makes up for that. If you want more a sleeker looking vehicle, this may not appeal to you.
The massive size of it, though attractive to some customers, may also be considered a hindrance. Its length and width understandably make it difficult to navigate through tight corners and parking lots in the city and down small country roads.
Regarding safety rating, it has all the standard safety features expected: front and side airbags, anti-lock braking system, Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children LATCH child-safety system, stability control and traction control, and tire pressure monitor. When crash-tested, though, the Suburban did not score as well as its other competitors.
Other downsides to take note of are that some owners have also commented that at times, some bumps can actually be felt and fuel efficiency could also be improved.
If we look at the Suburban’s rivals, such as the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia, these other vehicles are more affordably priced. They don’t offer the same kind of space you get from the Suburban, though. Another competitor, the Buick Enclave, has the advantage over the Suburban when it comes to safety, but driving and handling is more enjoyable with the Suburban.
All in all, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban undoubtedly looks and moves like a truck but handles nicely like a slightly larger car. It also provides a smooth and pleasant ride and has exceptional hauling capability. It’s one of the best SUVs for large families.