|aka|| GMC Yukon XL|
|Body Style||5-door wagon|
|Engine|| 5.3 liter OHV V8|
6.0 liter OHV V8
|Power|| 320 hp @ 5200 RPM|
340 lb-ft of torque @ 4200 RPM
366 hp @ 5500 RPM
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4300 RPM
|Similar|| GMC Yukon XL|
Ford Expedition EL
Many automotive companies in the United States used the "Suburban" name to indicate a windowed, station wagon type body on a commercial frame including Dodge, Plymouth, Studebaker, Chevrolet, and GMC. With the end of production of the Dodge Town Wagon in 1966, only General Motors continued to manufacture a vehicle branded as a "Suburban", and they were awarded an exclusive trademark on the name in 1988. The Suburban is one of the largest SUVs on the market; it has three rows of seats and a normal-sized cargo area behind them.
See Autopedia's comprehensive Chevrolet Suburban Review.
A twelfth generation redesign was unveiled in 2013 and went go on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model.
Styles and Major OptionsEdit
The Suburban comes in three trims: the LS, LT, and LTZ. A 5.3L 310hp V8 engine is standard for all trims, but an optional 6.0L 366hp V8 is also available for the LT and LTZ, which are also available in flex-fuel versions. All operate on a 4-speed automatic transmission, and all are available in either rear wheel drive or full-time automatic four wheel drive. For a list of standard safety equipment on the Suburban, see the Safety section below. Other standout features include:
- Suburban LS:
- New 5.3L V8 engine with Direct Injection
- Seating for up to nine
- Fold-flat second- and third-row seats
- Automatic tri-zone climate controls
- Front center air bag
- Rear vision camera
- Rear Park Assist
- Remote vehicle starter system
- Suburban LT:
- Leather-appointed trim
- Heated front bucket seats with memory
- Power liftgate with programmable height
- Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Chevrolet MyLink
- Bose premium sound system
- Suburban LTZ:
- High-intensity discharge headlamps
- LED daytime running lamps
- Passive entry with push-button start
- Front Park Assist
- 12-way power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats
- Memory power-tilt and telescoping steering column
- Power-release second-row and power-fold third-row seats
- Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Change Assist
- Touring suspension
- 17" polished alloy wheels
- 8-way (6-way power) driver's seat
- Premium cloth seating and vinyl door trim
- Dual zone front manual air conditioning
- Rear air with separate controls
- 8-speaker AM/FM/XM/MP3/CD audio system
- Cruise control
- Class IV heavy duty trailering hitch and harness
Adds to or replaces LS Features with:
- Front bucket seats
- Roll-up cargo cover
- Multi-source rear radio controls
- 5 power outlets
Adds to or replaces LT features with:
- Automatic ride control
- 20" polished alloy wheels
- 8-way power front heated buckets seats
- Leather seating and vinyl door trim
- Dual zone automatic climate control
- 9-speaker AM/FM/XM/MP3/6CD-changer audio system w/amplifier
- HomeLink wireless control system
- Power adjustable pedals
- Ultrasonic rear park distance control
- Rain detecting wipers
- Chrome grille
As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:
As a brand new vehicle, there is no accurate long-term reliability information yet available for the 2007 Suburban.
- RECALL ALERT: On August 29, 2008, GM issued a GM-wide recall (no.08V441000) affecting 857,735 vehicles built between 2006-2008 and equipped with heated windshield washer fluid option including the 2007-2008 Chevrolet Suburban. The system was liable to short out causing cessation of function, smoke, possible fire and malfunctioning of other electronic systems in the car. GM urges owners of affected vehicles to go to their nearest local dealer so the problem can be remedied.
The 2007 Suburban got mixed results from safety tests carried out by the NHTSA. In both two wheel drive and four wheel drive tests for rollover, the Suburban managed a 3-Star rating. It fared better in front-impact crash tests, earning 5-Star ratings for both driver and passenger side impacts. The Suburban was not tested for side-impact. Some of the standard safety features found on the Suburban include:
- ABS and driveline traction control
- StabiliTrak electronic stability control
- Front and rear anti-roll bars
- Four wheel anti-lock brakes
- Driver/passenger front-impact airbags
- Side impact bars
- Front seatbelt pretensioners
Colors will vary by trim, and a complete list is viewable at CarsDirect.com. Some of the possible combinations include:
- Amber Bronze Metallic
- Bermuda Blue Metallic
- Dark Blue Metallic
- Doeskin Tan
- Graystone Metallic
- Summit White
- Wheatland Yellow
- Light Cashmere/Ebony Accents
- Light Titanium/Ebony Accents
- Nissan Armada
- Toyota Sequoia
- GMC Yukon
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- Ford Expedition EL [2007-present]
- GMC Envoy
- Ford Excursion [2000-2005]
There are no hybrid models of the Suburban currently in production.
According to Kelley Blue Book, "the Suburban holds a slightly better than average projected resale value, beating the Ford Expedition, Ford Excursion and Nissan Armada over a five-year period. The Toyota Sequoia retains more of its value over the same period."
- "Unfortunately, many contemporary garages are just too small." - Popular Mechanics
- "The optional cloth bucket seats in our LS were okay, but don't offer as much support as I'd like." - New Car Test Drive
- "If you're shopping SUVs, our warnings of poor fuel economy and tight parking spaces are understood. Beyond that, about the only reason not to like the Suburban may be that it lacks some of the newer features found in other SUVs such as power-folding rear seats and side-airbag protection for second and third-row passengers." - Kelley Blue Book
- "Steering wheel. Downright ugly and annoyingly off-center." - USA Today
Current Generation: (GMTK2YC:2015- )Edit
On September 10, 2013, GM announced that the twelfth generation Chevrolet Suburban would be introduced to the public on September 12, 2013 and unveiled the vehicle in New York on that date. It is based on the GMT K2XX platform and went go on sale in February 2014 as a 2015 model, with the vehicles built exclusively in Arlington, Texas.
GM released the photos and press release of the newly redesigned and was later showcased to the public for the first time on September 27, 2013, at the Texas State Fair. This move by the way comes on the heels of the 80th anniversary of the first production of the Suburban in 1934.
On September 18, 2013, Chevrolet confirmed that there will be no three-quarter ton version or diesel variant of the full-size SUVs planned for the 2015 model year (although it is looking at adding a 2500 HD variant trim during the 2016 model year), but in October 2014 bought the Z71 package back along with a Texas Edition. GM will also offer an off-road variant or trim for the Suburban starting with the twelfth generation, which is in the planning stages.
The front fascias of the Chevy Suburban are distinct, but from the base of the A-pillars back, it share most of the same styling cues with its sister large SUVs. This now includes inlaid doors that tuck into the door sills, instead of over them, which improves aerodynamics and fuel economy, and lessens interior noise. The hoods and liftgate panels now are made of aluminum in an effort to reduce vehicle weight, and the wiper blades that was located on the liftgate door is moved to the rear spoiler located on the top of the rear liftgate window. Also noticeable is the SUV's length, which expands from 222.4in to 224.4 in and its width from 79.1 in to 80.5 in, while the height decreases from 76.8 in to 74.4 in, thus allowing the vehicle to become slightly leaner, a little bit wider, more streamlined, and more roomier than ever. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 5.3 V8 powertrain coupled with improved aerodynamics will now help offer greater estimated highway fuel economy for the SUVs, which GM hopes will improve its MPG and CAFE estimates, which will be announced before the vehicles go on sale.
Like the 2007-14 version, the Suburban do not share a single piece of sheetmetal or lighting element with the Silverado, and the front grille is slightly altered to give it their own identity. The front headlights will feature projector-beam headlamps that will flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models, sweeping into the front fenders, while the LTZ trims will feature high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps. The improved safety features will include a 360-degree radar detection for crash avoidance and occupant protection and an anti-theft system that include vertical and interior sensors, in-glass and window breaking, a triggering alarm and a shutdown device that prevents the vehicle from moving.
Also new are the addition of fold-flat second and third-row seats (replacing the removable third seats), which is now a standard feature but can be equipped with an optional power-folding feature for the upgraded trims, and an additional two inches of leg room for second-row passengers. Multiple USB ports and power outlets are now spreaded throughout their interiors, including one 110-volt, three-prong outlet, with the Suburban adding an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity along with an available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and Blu-ray DVD player. GM's third-generation magnetic ride control suspension will be optional on the Suburban LTZ models, whose upgraded features will also include a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by "reading" the road every millisecond, and changing damping in just five milliseconds.
Previous Generation: (GMT900:2007-2014)Edit
The Suburban was completely redesigned for the 2007 model year and were unveiled at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show in January. Production of the redesigned GMT900 Suburban and Yukon XL began at Janesville Assembly and Silao Assembly in March of 2006, with the vehicles arriving at dealerships in April. It receives new exterior styling as well as several updates to its interior and to its engineering. Some of the new features for 2007 include amenities like Ultrasonic rear park distance control and rearview camera, a remote start system, and a touchscreen navigation system. Engine power has been increased, and handling has been refined.
The new models have been redesigned with more modern styling, which has been seen on the already released Tahoes and Yukons. Interior quality has been substantially improved, and the seats have also been redesigned. Leather seating is standard in the LT2, LT3, and LTZ models. The available DVD-player and Navigation Radio screens have been increased in size, and the overall length of the Suburban has been increased by 2 inches.
The 2010 Chicago Auto Show hosted the unveiling of the 2,570 unit limited edition 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Suburban. Built on top of the Suburban LTZ, the special 'burban celebrates the SUVs 75th anniversary with a White Diamond paint job, a new roof rack, special badging, and unique 20-inch chrome wheels. Inside, it features cashmere leather upholstery, 'Diamond Edition' sill plates, and embroidered front headrests as well as heated and cooled front seats, GPS navigation, a rearview camera, adjustable pedals, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The LT2 and LT3 Suburbans were dropped after the 2012 model year. The 2500 3/4-ton Suburbans were discontinued after the 2013 model year.
Previous Generations (GMT800:2000-2006)Edit
As of 2006, Chevrolet sells two models of Suburbans: 1/2 ton 1500 model and 3/4 ton 2500 model. On the 1/2 ton model, a customer has a choice of four different trim levels: LS, LT, Z71, and LTZ. The first three offer the Vortec 5300 V8 (295 hp at 5200 rpm and 335 ft·lbf of torque at 4000 rpm). The latter trim choice has a Vortec 6000 V8 (335 hp at 5200 rpm and 375 ft·lbf of torque at 4000 rpm). On the 3/4 ton model, there are only two trim options, either LS or LT. These both come with a standard Vortec 6000 V8 or an available Vortec 8100 V8 (325 hp at 4200 rpm and 447 ft·lbf of torque at 3200 rpm). All types of the Suburban can either be 2WD or 4WD, except the LTZ, which is AWD.
Chevrolet began production of its all steel "carryall-suburban" in 1935. GMC brought out its version in 1937. These vehicles were also know as the "Suburban Carryall" until rebranded simply as the "Suburban" in the 1980s with the arrival of the SUV craze.
General Motors has produced these large SUVs for both its GMC and Chevrolet marques, but in 2000 the GMC version was renamed the Yukon XL; today the name is limited to vehicles produced under the Chevrolet marque. In 2003 Cadillac introduced its version of the Suburban, calling it the Escalade ESV. Notably, the Escalade ESV can only seat a maximum of 8 people; the Chevrolet and GMC models can each seat nine. Shorter versions of these vehicles are sold as the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade. Versions with a pickup bed in place of the rear cargo box are sold as the Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT.
The Suburban is mostly sold in North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), The US Insular Territories, The Middle East, and The Philippines.
Design quirks and odditiesEdit
The trucks are popular with large suburban families due to their "go anywhere, haul anything" nature, but have been criticized for their excessive bulk and poor fuel economy.
In recent years, the Suburban has been popular as a police car, fire chief's vehicle, or EMS fly-car. Suburbans are also popular when converted for duty as a limousine.
- 2003 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study winner (Full-size SUV)
- The official Chevrolet Suburban website
- The History of the Suburban
- 2010 Chevrolet Suburban 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Debut in Chicago