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Chevrolet Suburban

Motor vehicle

"GMC Yukon XL Denali" redirects here. It is not to be confused with GMC Denali.

Motor vehicle

The Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV from Chevrolet. The name started in 1934 for the 1935 U.S. model year, making it the longest continuously used automobilenameplate in production. It has traditionally been one of General Motors' most profitable vehicles.[1] The 1935 first generation Carryall Suburban was one of the first production all-metal bodied station wagons. It now comes with three engine options: a 5.3 liter V8, 6.2 liter V8 or a 3.0 liter Inline-6 turbo diesel.[2]

The Suburban was additionally produced under the GMC marque until the GMC version was rebranded as the Yukon XL. It was also briefly marketed as a Holden. For most of its recent history, the Suburban has been a station wagon−bodied version of the Chevrolet pickup truck, including the Chevrolet C/K and Silverado series of truck-based vehicles. Cadillac offers a version called the Escalade ESV.

The Suburban is sold in the United States, Canada, Central America, Chile, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the Middle East (except Israel) while the Yukon XL is sold only in North America (exclusive to the United States and Canada; Mexico to start in 2020) and the Middle East territories (except Israel).

A 2018 iSeeCars.com study identified the Chevrolet Suburban as the car that is driven the most each year.[3] A 2019 iSeeCars.com study named the Chevrolet Suburban the second-ranked longest-lasting vehicle.[4]

In December 2019, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce unveiled a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for the Suburban, noting that the Suburban had been in "1,750 films and TV shows since 1952."[5][6]

History[edit]

Several automotive companies in the United States used the "Suburban" designation to indicate a windowed, station wagon type body on a commercial frame including DeSoto, Dodge, Plymouth, Studebaker, Nash, Chevrolet, and GMC. The (Westchester) Suburban name was, in fact, a trademark of U.S. Body and Forging Co. of Tell City, Indiana, which built wooden station wagon bodies for all of these automobile and light truck chassis and more.

Chevrolet began production of its all-steel "carryall-suburban" in 1934.[2]GMC brought out its version in 1937. These vehicles were also known as the "Suburban Carryall" until GM shortened the name to simply "Suburban". GMC's equivalent to the Chevrolet model was originally named "Suburban" as well, until being rebranded as "Yukon XL" for the 2000 model year.

With the end of production of the Dodge Town Wagon in 1966 and the Plymouth Fury Suburban station wagon in 1978, only General Motors continued to manufacture a vehicle branded as a "Suburban", and GM was awarded an exclusive trademark on the name in 1988. The Chevrolet Suburban is one of the largest SUVs on the market today. It has outlasted competitive vehicles such as the International Harvester Travelall, Jeep Wagoneer, and the Ford Excursion. The latest competitor is the extended Ford Expedition EL, which replaced the Excursion.

The Suburban of today is a full-size SUV (upgraded to extended length from 1967 onward to make room for the then-new K5 Blazer that debuted in 1969) with three rows of seating, a full pickup truck frame, and V8 engine. It is one of the few station wagons available with all bench rows. The Suburban is the same height and width as the Chevrolet Tahoe, although the Suburban is 20 inches (510 mm) longer. The extra length provides a full-sized cargo area behind the 9 passenger seating area.

From 1973 to 2013, and again from 2016 to 2020, it had been available in half-ton and 3/4-ton versions. Chevrolet discontinued this option for the public during the tenth generation model's tenure in 2013 due to slow sales. It would return as an exclusive to rental, fleet, and government services with the eleventh generation starting with the 2016 model year with a 4WD LS and LT trim option, but soft sales would result in Chevrolet discontinuing production on this feature in 2020.

A ninth-generation suburban is used for a police truck in Toronto

In recent years, the Suburban has been used as a police truck, fire chief's vehicle, or EMSvehicle. Suburbans are also used as limousines. Gothic black Suburban vehicles are commonly used by federal intelligence services, such as Secret Service for example. Secret Service operates fully armored versions of the Suburban for the President of the United States when he attends less formal engagements.[7] The Suburban (as well as the Tahoe and GMC variants) is very popular with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a service vehicle.

In the late 1990s, GM also introduced a RHD version of the Suburban, badged as a Holden, for the Australian market. Sales were low and GM withdrew the model in 2000 from Holden's lineup. In 2019, Chevrolet looked at bringing the Suburban back to the region as a converted RWD import through Holden Special Vehicles but using the Chevrolet badge, but is holding off on those plans because of numerous factors and partly due to the situation involving GM's decision to retire the Holden brand in 2020.

In 2015, the Suburban commemorated its 80th anniversary at General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant where the 10 millionth Suburban was produced.[8] A video was posted on Chevrolet's YouTube channel about its eighty-year legacy.[9]

In a February 26, 2018 article celebrating the vehicle's 83rd year, Car and Driver notes that the Suburban's longevity is due to being one of GM's best selling brands, its appeal to customers across the board regardless of race, gender, class, or political affiliation, and a unique loyalty to the SUV. In an interview from Chevrolet's truck/SUV marketing executive Sandor Piszar, who recalls an event celebrating the truck division's 100th anniversary when they asked about what they named their vehicles, “It’s a funny question, but it really is an intriguing point,” Piszar says. “People name what they love. And they love their Suburbans.”[10]

On December 5, 2019, The Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for its excellence in film and television, having appeared in more than 1,750 films and television series since 1952, and can also claim to have appeared in at least one television series every year since 1956, and at least one film every year since 1960, the most ever for an automobile of any type. The star, placed at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, will also carry the Chevrolet "Bowtie" symbol instead of the entertainment symbols (film, stage, television, radio, musical instruments, and recording artist), another first for the Walk of Fame.[11]

There have been a total of twelve generations of Chevrolet Suburbans since its 1934 debut, the latest due to go on sale in spring 2020 as a 2021 model.

First generation (1935)[edit]

Motor vehicle

1935–1940[12]
1937 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban (front).jpg

1937 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban

Model years1935–1940
AssemblyOakland Assembly, Oakland, California
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, Canada
Body style2-door wagon
2-door panel truck
2-door canopy express
LayoutFR layout
RelatedChevrolet Master
Engine207 cu in (3.4 L) I6[13]
Wheelbase113.5 in (2,883 mm)[14]

Prior to the first generation Suburban, in 1933 the Chevrolet Master had offered a station wagon body built on the 1/2 ton truck frame. This model was specifically built for National Guard and Civilian Conservation Corps units. Much of the body was constructed from wood and could seat up to eight occupants.

The actual first-generation model was offered by Chevrolet as a "Carryall Suburban" – a tough, no-nonsense load carrier featuring a station wagon body on the chassis of a small truck. Focused on functionality, the concept was literally to "carry all": the whole family and their gear were to find sufficient space in one truck.[2] It shared the front sheet metal and frames of the 1/2 ton pickup models of the same year, but featured all-metal wagon bodies differing very little in shape from contemporary "woodie" wagons. Seating for up to eight occupants was available, with three in the front row, two in the middle row, and three in the rear row. Either the side-hinged rear panel doors or a rear tailgate/lift window could be selected for cargo area access.[2]

1937 Carryall Suburban (rear)

Second generation (1941)[edit]

Motor vehicle

1941–1946
1941 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban.jpg

1941 Chevrolet Carryall Suburban

Model years1941–1946
AssemblyOakland Assembly, Oakland, California
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, Canada
Body style2-door wagon
2-door panel truck
2-door canopy express
LayoutFR layout
PlatformAK Series
Engine216 cu in (3.5 L)I6
228 cu in (3.7 L)I6
Transmission3-speed manual[15]
Wheelbase116 in (2,946 mm)
Length196.625 in (4,994 mm)[15]

Suburbans were built in model years 1941, 1942, and 1946. It was also produced during the war as a military transport vehicle.[16][14] Seating for up to eight occupants was available. Models with rear panel doors were designated "3106," while those with tailgates were designated "3116." The Chevrolet versions were equipped a 216-cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine. The GMC version was equipped with a 228-cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine. It shared much of its mechanicals with the AK Series trucks.

Third generation (1947)[edit]

Motor vehicle

1952 Chevrolet COE Suburban
GMC version of GM's 1954 Suburban

This model generation was based on the Chevrolet Advance Design series of pickups.

Beginning in 1953, the Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission was available in GMC models and in the 1954 model year Chevrolet Suburbans. Models with rear panel doors were designated "3106," while those with tailgates were designated "3116." In 1952, the Suburban came with either a tailgate or panel doors.[14] The front bench seat was split, with two seats on the driver's side and a single seat on the passenger side, which slid forward for access to the rear two rows of seats. The second row was a "2/3" seat, requiring occupants to move past the front passenger seat, as well as the second-row seats to access the third row.

This was the last series to feature "Canopy express" models.[citation needed]

The design of the 1947 Suburban would inspire the design of the Chevrolet HHR over half a century later.[citation needed]

Fourth generation (1955)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Updated engineering and styling on Chevrolet trucks was not introduced until March 25, 1955, in the middle of the model year that GM called the Chevrolet Task Force/GMC Blue Chip series. All Chevrolet and GMC truck models received new styling that included a flatter hood, front fenders flush with the body, and a trapezoid grill.[14] The trucks' V-shaped speedometer was shared with passenger car models.[22]

Engines included I-6 and the small-block V8s. Chevrolet used its 265 V8 engine, later evolving it to a 283-cubic-inch version. GMC based their V8 on a Pontiac design. Standard Suburban model numbers continued from the previous series, but the introduction of four-wheel-drive models in 1957 added the numbers "3156" for 4WD Suburbans with panel doors, and "3166" for 4WD Suburbans with tailgates.[23][24]

The "Suburban" name was also used on GM's fancy 2-door GMC 100 series pickup trucks from 1955 to 1959, called the Suburban Pickup, which was similar to the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, but it was dropped at the same time as Chevy's Cameo in March 1958 when GM released the new all-steel "Fleetside" bed option replacing the Cameo / Suburban Pickup fiberglass bedsides. The Suburban name was never used again on a 1/2 ton pickup after the discontinuance of the Suburban Pickup. Although not documented due to a fire that destroyed the records, the production of Suburban Pickups is understood to be 300 or fewer each model year it was offered from 1955 to 1958.

Fifth generation (1960)[edit]

Motor vehicle

The styling of the 1960 – 1961 model year took cues from the late 1950s Chevrolet vehicles and had large oval ports above the grille. Front independent suspension was new for 1960.[26] The cab featured a "wrap around" windshield, while tailgate and panel door rear openings were available.

From 1962 onwards, the hood styling was more conservative, with hoods that eliminated the large ports. In 1964, the front glass area was updated to a flatter windshield and larger door glass. 1,150 lb (520 kg) of cargo could be carried in the back.[27]

This model series introduced a factory-equipped 4WD ("K") option for the first time. The 2WD ("C") models introduced a torsion bar-based independent front suspension and trailing arm and coil spring rear, but by 1963, returned to a more conventional coil-spring approach.

Engine options included I-6 and small-block V8s. A 305 cu in (5.0 L) GMC V6 engine was also available on GMC models. This 305 was actually from GMCs medium-duty truck line. It featured high torque but was also notable for poor fuel economy. Transmissions were a 3-speed and 4-speed manual, the automatic Powerglide, and the dual-range Hydramatic in the GMC models.

A 15-passenger conversion was done by Stageway of Fort Smith, Ark. These modified Suburbans had three doors on the right, a 171 in (4,343 mm) wheelbase, were 273 in (6,934 mm) long, and weighed 6,300 lb (2,858 kg).[14]

One ton (C-30), 10-foot (3 m) panel truck models were no longer available after 1966.

1964 Chevy Suburban Carryall

1966 GMC Suburban version

Chevrolet Veraneio (Brazil)[edit]

Front view, from the right, of a green 1972+ Chevrolet Veraneio
1972–1978 Chevrolet Veraneio

In 1964, Chevrolet in Brazil introduced a 5-door version of the Suburban called C-1416 (known as Veraneio from 1969 onwards, which is Portuguese for "summertime"). It was based on the contemporary Brazilian Chevrolet C-14. Like the C-14, the C-1416/Veraneio used the instrument cluster from the US C/K series although the exterior sheet metal layout is exclusive to Brazil. It was initially powered with a Chevrolet 4.2 L inline-six based on the pre-1962 "Stovebolt" engines. Later it used the 250-CID 4.1 L engine from Chevrolet's Brazilian mid-size sedan – the Opala. The original version of the Veraneio was kept in production, with another grille and interior, until 1988 (model year 1989), but it was eventually replaced with an updated version based on the Série 20 family.[28] The second generation of Veraneio was produced from 1989 to 1995.

In 1997 GM introduced the then-current North American pickups to the Brazilian market, replacing the long running C-series. The Brazilian version of the Suburban was also converted to the current generation at the time and lasted until 2001 as the "Grand Blazer", succeeding the Veraneio. The 4.1 L inline-six engine with 138 hp (103 kW) was offered on both models with option for a MWM 4.2 L turbodiesel unit with 168 hp (125 kW).

In 2015, Autoweek ranked the Veraneio fourth among Chevrolet station wagons never sold in the US. It also cited the vehicle's design as "baroque" and summed it up as "a 1960s Brazilian crossover." Autoweek noted that the Veraneio is eligible for import to the United States under the 25-year exemption.[29]

Sixth generation (1967)[edit]

Motor vehicle

Chevrolet Suburban C10 badge

The 6th generation Suburbans featured a single driver-side door and two passenger-side doors, and were available in both 2WD and 4WD models.

Engines offered over the six model years included the 250 and 292 CI inline 6, 283, 307, 327, and 350 CI small-block V-8, and 396/402 CI big-block V-8. For the first time, a three-quarter-ton version was available. It also became a larger size vehicle as well with the introduction of the K5 Blazer that debuted in 1968 for the 1969 model year.

This series would also be the last to offer C-10 & C-20 panel truck models for commercial purposes, with 1970 as the last year.

1971 models featured disc brakes on the front wheels,[33] and 1972 was the last year for coil-spring rear suspension on 2WD models. 1972 also introduced a smaller housing for the rear seat air conditioning (a unit that ran the full length of the roof had been available since 1967). The Comfort-Tilt steering wheel became optional in 1971.[34]

This generation of Suburban coincided with the rapid growth of the recreational vehicle market. While only about 6,200 Suburbans were produced in 1967, by 1972 that number had grown to some 27,000.

Seventh generation (1973)[edit]

Motor vehicle

1973–1991
GMC Suburban -- 12-14-2011.jpg
Also calledGMC Suburban
Chevrolet Veraneio (Brazilian version)
Model years1973–1991 (1989–1996 in Brazil)
AssemblyFlint, Michigan
Janesville, Wisconsin
São Caetano do Sul, Brazil
Body style4-door SUV
2-door SWB SUV (Brazil)
4-door Pickup Truck (Brazil)
LayoutFront engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformC/K series
RelatedChevrolet K-Blazer/GMC K-Jimmy
Chevrolet/GMC C/K
EngineDiesel:
4.0 L (245 cu in) I4 Maxion S4/S4T (Brazil)
5.7 L (350 cu in) LF9 V8 (1978–81)
6.2 L (379 cu in) Detroit Diesel V8 (1982–91)
Gasoline:
4.1 L (250 cu in) I6
5.0 L (305 cu in) V8 (1976–88)
5.0 L (307 cu in) V8 (1973)
5.7 L (350 cu in) V8
6.6 L (400 cu in) V8 (1976–80)
7.4 L (454 cu in) V8
TransmissionManual:
3-Speed
4-Speed
Automatic:
3-Speed THM-350
3-Speed THM-400
4-Speed 700R4 (1981–91)
4-Speed 4L80-E (1991)
Wheelbase129.5 in (3,289 mm)
Length219.1 in (5,565 mm)
Width79.6 in (2,022 mm)
HeightR10: 72.0 in (1,829 mm)
V10: 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
R20: 74.3 in (1,887 mm)
V20: 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
Curb weight5,837 lb (2,648 kg)

With the third generation Rounded-Line C/R & K/V models, the Suburban became a four-door vehicle.[35] The Rounded-Line 1970s body style remained largely unchanged for 19 model years – making this series the longest Suburban generation in production. 2WD (C/R) and 4WD models (K/V) were both available in 1/2 and 3/4 ton ("10" and "20") chassis.

Suburbans for model year 1973[36] now had two doors on each side (the previous generation had just one door on the driver's side), front-and-rear air conditioning, a baggage rack, a heater under the third seat and step-plates for easier access.[37] A new Eaton Automatic Differential Lock was introduced as an option extra for the rear differential.

For the 1973 model year, the base engine was the 250 CID inline-six (100 net HP), with a 307 or 350-cubic-inch small-block V8 (115 or 155 net), or the new-for-1973 454 CID big-block V8 (240 net HP) optional. The 307 V8 was dropped for 1974, supplanted by the 305 and 400 small block V8's in 1976. The 400 was dropped after 1980, leaving the 350 as the only available engine in K-series Suburbans as the 454 was not yet offered in 4x4's. In 1982 a new 6.2 L (379 cu in) Detroit Diesel V8 engine was available, producing 130 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque.[38] The Diesel later became the engine of choice for Suburbans exported to Europe from USA. Except for the discontinuation of the 305 V8 in 1988, the engine line-up continued mostly unchanged, with the 350, 454, and 6.2 diesel, until the Suburban was redesigned onto the GMT400 chassis in 1992.

Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 and 400 automatic transmissions were available, and the four-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic 700R4 was introduced in 1981 and was available with the small block and 6.2-liter diesel. Towing packages, with lower axle ratio and heavy-duty cooling additions, were optional.

Trim options included the base model ("Custom Deluxe" before 1975, "Scottsdale" or "High Sierra" after) and the upgraded ("Cheyenne Super" before 1975, "Silverado" or "Sierra Classic" after) versions.[39][40][41][42] Optional 2nd and 3rd-row bench seats allowed for nine-passenger configurations.[40]

A popular "endgate" option was offered to replace the conventional swinging panel doors. The endgate included a hidden manual crank handle on the exterior for lowering the rear glass. Endgates could be ordered with an electrically-operated window regulator to replace the exterior crank, which used a key to operate. Once the rear glass was down, the endgate became a pickup-style tailgate that folded down for cargo loading.[40]

Rear floor heat and ceiling air conditioning systems were optional. The standard 25-gallon fuel tank could be replaced with 30 gallon (from 1973) or a 40-gallon (from 1974).[39][40]

For model year 1981, automatic locking front hubs were added for shift-on-the-move four-wheel drive models, and the NP208 transfer case replaced the NP205 in most models.[43]

For 1984, asbestos was removed from rear brakes. For 1985, a new grille was used.[44] A total of 64,670 Suburbans were made in 1985.[44]

For model year 1987, the method of fuel delivery for the engines was switched from carburetors to electronic fuel injection. (However, for the 454 cubic inch or 7.4-liter displacement engine, carburetors were still made available along with electronic fuel injection for the 1987–1989 model years).[45] The system that GM chose was called throttle body injection, or TBI. Suburban gained rear-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) for the 1990 model year. A heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmission, the 4L80-E was added for 1991. Also for 1989, the grille was redesigned to accommodate a quad side-by-side headlight setup and larger marker lights/turn signals than the previous dual filament single headlight setup, which was styled concurrently with the GMT400 light duty trucks. Economy models (usually for fleet usage) were available with only two headlights (again, based on the base model C/K series).

GM temporarily changed the usual "C/K" designation to "R" and "V" for the 1987 through 1991 model years. This was done to avoid confusion with the GMT400-based Chevrolet C/K pickup trucks, which were introduced in 1987, during the overlap period.

  • 1977 GMC Suburban C15 Sierra Classic

  • 1977 Chevrolet C20 Suburban Estate

  • 1979 Chevrolet Suburban C20

  • 1980 GMC Suburban C15 Sierra Classic

  • 1983 GMC Suburban K25 Diesel

  • 1985-1988 GMC Suburban Sierra Classic

  • 1989-1991 Chevrolet Suburban 2500

  • 1977 Suburban Estate dashboard

Eighth generation (1992)[edit]

Motor vehicle

GMT400
1997 Chevrolet Suburban 5.7 Front.jpg
Also calledGMC Suburban
Holden Suburban (Oceania)
ProductionOctober 1991–1999 (US)
February 1998–January 2001 (Australia)
Model years1992–1999 (US)
1998–2001 (Australia)
AssemblyJanesville, Wisconsin
Arlington, Texas
Silao, Mexico
DesignerChuck Jordan (1988)
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT410/425
RelatedChevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Chevrolet/GMC C/K
Engine6.5 L (395 cu in) L56 & L65 Turbo Diesel V8 (2500 Only)
5.7 L (350 cu in) L05 V8 (1992–1995)
5.7 L (350 cu in) Vortec L31 V8 (1996–1999)
7.4 L (454 cu in) L19 V8 (2500 Only) (1992–1995)
7.4 L (454 cu in) Vortec L29 V8 (2500 Only) (1996–1999)
Transmission4-speed 4L60 automatic (1500) 4-speed 4L80 automatic (2500)
Wheelbase131.5 in (3,340 mm)
LengthChevrolet: 219.5 in (5,575 mm)
1992–94 GMC: 218.9 in (5,560 mm)
1995–96 GMC: 220.0 in (5,588 mm)
Width77.0 in (1,956 mm)
Height68.8 in (1,748 mm) (1992–94 GMC) – 74.6 in (1,895 mm) (1997–99 2500 4WD)
SuccessorGMC Yukon XL (for GMC Suburban)

The GMT400-based Suburbans were introduced in December 1991 for the 1992 model year. The C/K pickup had already switched to the newer platform in 1987 for the 1988 model year. Both 2WD and 4WD models, designated "C" and "K", were offered, as well as half-ton and three-quarter-ton ("1500" and "2500") models.

The base engine for all variants was the small-block 5.7 liter (350 cu in) V8. The big-block 7.4 L (454 cu in) V8 was optional for the 2500 series. The optional 6.5 L Turbo diesel was available on all models – though rare on the 1500 series. The 6.5 L Turbo diesel used in the Tahoe was detuned to 380 lb⋅ft (520 N⋅m) torque due to the limitation of the 8.5-inch (220 mm) axle capacity. 1500 Suburbans with the 6.5 L Turbo diesel used the 14 bolt axle from the 2500 series. Ground clearance was 6.9 inches, the approach angle was 18 degrees for the K-1500 (28 degrees for the K-2500) and the break over angle was 18 degrees.[46]

Transmissions included the 4L60 four-speed automatic in the 1500 series, and the heavier duty 4L80 four-speed automatic in the 2500 series and the 1500 series fitted with the 6.5 L Turbo diesel. The manual transmission option from the previous generation was dropped.

The GMT400 series introduced independent front suspension. The 2WD models used coil springs and 4WD models used torsion bars in the front suspension. All models used a live axle and leaf springs in the rear.

0–60 mph time for a 1995 Suburban was 9.3 seconds. Top speed of a 1995 Suburban is governed on the engine for economy. A maximum of 98 mph (158 km/h) can be obtained.[46] City fuel economy was 13 mpg‑US (18 L/100 km)[46] and highway was 15 mpg‑US (16 L/100 km)[46] while the turning circle was 47.8 ft (14.6 m).[46] In 1996, fuel economy had improved to 17 mpg‑US (14 L/100 km) highway.[47]

Trim options included a base-level version, the LS, and the LT. Interior seating arrangements allowed for either bucket or bench seating in the first row and optional third-row bench. The vehicle could be configured from two- to nine-passenger seating.

Beginning in 1994, GM began making numerous annual changes to the Suburban, including:

  • Revised front clip and center stop lamp (1994)
  • Revised interior including a driver-side air bag, revised side mirrors (1995)
  • Revised Vortec L31 (350 cu. in.) and Vortec 7400 (454 cu. in) engines with increased power and fuel efficiency, electronic 4WD shifting, daytime running lights, illuminated entry, and some new interior features (1996)
  • Revised transmissions, improved steering system, and added passenger-side airbag (1997)
  • Onstar, PassLock security system and full-time AutoTrac 4WD option added, next generation "depowered" air bags, revised steering wheel, transmissions revised again (1998)[48]
  • No major changes upon introduction of redesigned 2000 models (1999)
  • 1992–1994 Chevrolet Suburban (Cheyenne Trim)

  • 1992–1994 GMC Suburban (SL [Base] Trim)

  • GMT400 1997–1999 GMC 1/2 Ton Suburban

  • GMT400 1997–1999 Chevrolet 3/4 Ton TurboDiesel Suburban (Silverado Trim)

Holden Suburban[edit]

In Australia and New Zealand, Holden imported the right-hand drive Chevrolet Suburban built by GM in Silao, Mexico, between February 1998 and January 2001.[49] The Suburban was first previewed in October 1997 at the Sydney Motor Show.[50] In total, 746 were sold (460 petrol and 286 diesel).[51] After 2001, subsequent models reverted to the original Chevrolet brand, which had also been used before 1998. Over the model's lifetime there were three trim levels: a base model, the LS and the LT. Not to be confused with the trim variants is the model code, designated K8.[52]

Holden Suburban (K8) 1500, New Zealand model

The Holden's interior differed from that of the American version, as the right-hand drive dashboard of the Blazer was used instead. However, it had to be stretched on the passenger (left) side to fit in the larger Suburban. A bench seat came standard on the entry-level variant as well as the LS, but the more expensive LT received bucket seats. With the omission of the center seat, the LT has a maximum seating capacity of eight, compared to nine.[53]

Creature comforts standard in all models included a LCD compass in the rear-view mirror, a tilt adjustable steering wheel, a driver's airbag, ABS brakes, and dual-zone air conditioning.[53] The second tier LS brought alloy wheels, power windows and mirrors among some features. To further up the ante, the LT gained electric front seats, leather trim, and a horizontally slated, two-part tailgate. This came as opposed to the "barn doors" found on the other specifications.[54]

The Suburban was offered with the choice of either a 5.7-liter VortecV8, producing 190 kW (255 hp) and 447 N⋅m (330 lb⋅ft) of torque, or a 6.5-liter turbodieselV8 outputting 145 kW (194 hp) and 583 N⋅m (430 lb⋅ft).[53] The former choice was designated the "1500" name, while the turbodiesel saw the "2500" identify.[54] The 5.7-liter petrol engine is LPG-compatible, and such systems can be retrofitted if desired. Regardless of the engine specified, the truck was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. However, what differed was the type of transmission. Petrol motors were fitted with the GM 4L60-E transmission, with the GM 4L80-E reserved for the diesel.[51] A dashboard switch allows the vehicle to power all four wheels simultaneously, or the rear wheels only, and allows the low range gearing to be engaged.[53]

The vehicle's fuel efficiency has been rated at 19.7 L/100 km (11.9 mpg‑US) for the diesel specification,[55] with that figure rising to 21.8 L/100 km (10.8 mpg‑US) for the petrol model.[56] With the hefty fuel consumption comes a 159-liter fuel tank.[53]

To combat the extra payload and towing capacity of the diesel, an improved braking package, as well as super heavy duty axles and suspension were fitted. Holden recommends a maximum 3,400 kilograms (7,500 lb) towing limit for the turbo diesels, with a reduced figure of 2,720 kilograms (6,000 lb) for the petrol models.[53]

The Holden Suburban's run wasn't the first or only time that Holden had sold the GMT400 platform in Oceania. Beginning in 1996, they imported GMC C/Ks for ambulance conversions. Unlike the Suburbans, these vehicles were not available to the general public, nor did they bear Holden badging. They also were not built as right-hand-drives from the factory like the Suburban was; the same company that handled the ambulance conversion (Jakab Ambulance in Tamworth) also switched the steering to the other side.

Ninth generation (2000)[edit]

Motor vehicle

GMT800
2000-2006 Chevrolet Suburban -- 03-16-2012 2.JPG
Also calledGMC Yukon XL
GMC Yukon XL Denali
Cadillac Escalade ESV
Production1999 – December 2005
Model years2000–2006
AssemblyJanesville, Wisconsin, United States
Arlington, Texas, United States
Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
DesignerWayne Cherry (1996)
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT830
RelatedChevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra
Chevrolet Avalanche/Cadillac Escalade EXT
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Cadillac Escalade
Hummer H2
Engine5.3 L (325 cu in) Vortec 5300 LM7 V8 (Gen III) (1500 only)
5.3 L (325 cu in) Vortec 5300 L59flex fuel V8 (Gen III) (1500 only) (2002–2006)
5.7 L (350 cu in) Vortec L31 V8 (2000–2002 Mexico Only)
6.0 L (364 cu in) Vortec 6000 LQ4 V8 (Gen III) (optional on 1500 in 2006; standard on 2500)[57]
8.1 L (496 cu in) Vortec 8100 L18 V8 (optional on 2500 only)
Transmission4-speed 4L60Eautomatic (1500 only)
4-speed 4L65E automatic (Denali only)
4-speed 4L80E automatic (2500 w/ 6.0 L engine only)
4-speed 4L85E automatic (2500 w/ 8.1 L engine only)
Wheelbase130.0 in (3,302 mm)
Length219.3 in (5,570 mm)
Width78.8–79.8 in (2,002–2,027 mm)
Height73.3 in (1,862 mm) (2000–02 Chevy 1500 4WD) – 77.1 in (1,958 mm) (Yukon XL 2500 4WD)

The GMT800-based Suburbans were introduced in late December 1999 (Texas-only) and January 2000 (nationally) for the 2000 model year.[58] They were sold in two series: 1/2-ton 1500 and 3/4-ton 2500. Suburbans came in Base, LS, and LT trims. Optional was a pushbutton 4WD with a low-range transfer case. A tow hitch with a trailer wiring plug was optional.

For 2000, Chevrolet's long-serving 5.7 L and 7.4 L V8 engines were retired along with the 6.5 L diesel. New engines were Vortec 5300 5.3 L (325 cu in) for the 1500 series and Vortec 6000 6.0 L (364 cu in) for the 2500 series.

Where Chevrolet kept the Tahoe/Suburban branding, GMC renamed their GMT800 products Yukon and Yukon XL, a change that continues to the present day. The shorter 116" wheelbase became the Yukon and the full-length 130" wheelbase became the Yukon XL. Yukons were delivered in SLE, SLT and Denali finish packages.

New features included:

  • A spare tire relocated beneath the vehicle (instead of in the cargo area as on previous models)
  • "Puddle lamps" in the exterior mirrors on LS and LT models
  • New instrument panel including a driver message center and engine hour meter
  • Electronic climate control available on LT models
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Load-leveling Autoride suspension available on LT models
  • Premium Ride rear self-leveling suspension available on LS models
  • Digital Components
  • new wheels
  • new interior
  • new modern dashboard
  • taillights with separate amber-colored turn signal indicators (thus this generation only)

For 2001, the 6.0 L V8 in 2500-series Suburbans gained 20 hp (15 kW) from a number of changes including aluminum cylinder heads. The new Vortec 8100 8.1 L (496 cu in) V8 was added as an option for the 2500 as well. OnStar became standard on LT models and LS models with the new Z71 package. Quadrasteer four-wheel steering was added as an option on 2500 models only.

2002 saw several optional features made standard equipment on the LS model, including front and rear air conditioning, alloy wheels, power windows, power front seats, side steps, fog lamps, and heated outside rearview mirrors. Base models were discontinued, leaving LS and LT.

The Vortec 5300 L59 variant in the 1500 series added flex-fuel capability. The 6.0 engine was not available in the 1500 series.

For 2003, all GM full-size trucks received an upgraded interior, with better-quality materials and other enhancements. New radios offered Radio Data System compatibility, XM satellite radio, Bose sound and improved ergonomics. Adjustable pedals were added as an option, and the instrument cluster-mounted Driver Information Center was improved and monitored up to 34 vehicle functions. A Panasonic DVD system was added as an option. GM's Stabilitrak system was added, and Quadrasteer became available on 2500 series Suburbans. Towing capacity for Quadrasteer-equipped vehicles was reduced by 300 lbs (the weight of the system).[59]

For 2004, 1500-series Suburbans received the Hydroboost braking system that was previously introduced in the 2500 series.

The Mexican-market Suburban received a front end update this year, matching that of the Silverado.

The 2005 model year saw the long-standard side-hinged panel doors discontinued in favor of the formerly optional liftgate. All engines switched to an all-electric cooling system to reduce power loss and fuel consumption.

The Z71 package, long exclusive to 4WD models, became available on 2WD Suburbans. OnStar also became standard across the board.

Finally, Stabilitrak became standard on all models shortly after the start of the model year.

the 2005 Suburban 1500 won the J.D. Power and Associates award for highest initial quality among large SUVs, beating out its rivals the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

For 2006, the GMT800 Suburban's last year, a special LTZ trim package became available, featuring 20-inch (510 mm) wheels, all-wheel drive, and the LQ4 6.0 L engine of the 2500 series of trucks and SUVs.

The catalytic converters were relocated closer to the engine. The XM radio antenna and the OnStar antenna were combined into a single unit.

Engines[edit]

  • Vortec 5300 325 cu in V8 270 hp (00), 285 hp(01-03), 295 hp (03-06) at 5200 rpm and 335 lb·ft (454 N.m) of torque at 4000 rpm.
  • Vortec 6000 364 cu in V8 (335 hp at 5200 rpm and 375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) of torque at 4000 rpm).
  • Vortec 8100 496 cu in V8 (325 hp at 4200 rpm and 447 lb⋅ft (606 N⋅m) of torque at 3200 rpm).
  • Vortec 5700 350 cu in V8 remained in use in 2002-00 Suburbans, Tahoes (called Sonora) as well as Silverado pickup trucks in the Mexican market

Tenth generation (2007)[edit]

Motor vehicle

GMT900
Chevrolet Suburban LT 2008 (15047911025).jpg
Also calledGMC Yukon XL
Cadillac Escalade ESV
VIA VTrux SUV
ProductionJanuary 2006 – December 2013
Model years2007–2014
AssemblyJanesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Arlington, Texas, U.S.
Silao, Mexico
DesignerWayne Cherry (2002)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT930:
GMT931 (Suburban)
GMT932 (Yukon XL)
RelatedCadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
T-98 Kombat/Dartz
Engine5.3 L (325 cu in) Vortec 5300 LY5 V8 (1500 only)
5.3 L (325 cu in) Vortec 5300 LMGflex fuel V8 (optional on 1500 only)
6.0 L (364 cu in) Vortec 6000 L76 V8 (1500 only) (optional from 2007 – 2009)
6.0 L (364 cu in) Vortec 6000 LY6 V8 (2500 only)
6.2 L (376 cu in) Vortec 6200 V8 (GMC Yukon XL 1500 Denali only)
Transmission4-speed 4L60Eautomatic (1500 only) (standard from 2007 – 2009)
4-speed 4L80E automatic (2500 only) (standard 2007 only)
6-speed 6L80 automatic (1500 only) (optional in 2009, standard from 2010 – 2014)
6-speed 6L90 automatic (2500 only) (standard from 2008 – 2013)
Wheelbase130.0 in (3,302 mm)[60]
Length222.4 in (5,649 mm)[60]
Width79.1 in (2,009 mm)
Height76.8 in (1,951 mm)
Denali: 77.1 in (1,958 mm)
GMT900 GMC Yukon XL Denali
2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT

The 2007 model year Suburban and Yukon XL 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 January 2006 (Suburban) April 2006 (Yukon XL), with the vehicles arriving at dealerships in April.

The new models were redesigned with more modern, less boxy styling,[60] already seen on the previously released 2007 Tahoes and Yukons. The exterior features a more aerodynamic shape, made partly by a steeply raked windshield angle.

The interior has a redesigned dashboard and improved seats. It still retains its 9-passenger seating availability, which is available on LS and SLE models only. LT2 and LT3 models have leather seating and available 6-, 7-, and 8-passenger seating. A Z71 package was available on LT2 and LT3 models which includes two-tone leather seats. All Mexican-built Suburbans including the 9-seat models offer the special two-tone leather seating used by the Z71. The Suburban LTZ comes standard with a DVD player and a GPS navigation enhanced touchscreen radio.

For the 2010 model year, in which U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the number one affordable large SUV,[61] the Suburban added a premium interior package that includes tri-zone climate control and handy features like Bluetooth and rear audio controls. Additionally, radios that are standard in all 2010 trims got a USB port, allowing for music to be played from auxiliary devices through the radio, as well as charging other small electronics. Side blind zone alert became an option on LT and LTZ. The 6.0-liter engine in the 2010 models will also be flex-fuel capable. Minor front end changes including a slightly raised front bumper and side torso airbags were also made standard for 2010.

In February 2010, Chevrolet unveiled a 75th-anniversary edition of the Suburban, which had the LTZ trim with white diamond tricoat exterior paint and cashmere interior, along with standard 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, revised roof rails, integrated navigation radio, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, rearview camera, rear park assist, remote starting, adjustable pedals, and leather upholstery with heated/cooled front seats. Chevrolet says that the anniversary edition will be limited to 2,570 units because of the amount of white diamond paint GM can procure.[62]

The 5.3 L and 6.0 L engines carried over, and a new 403 horsepower (301 kW) 6.2 L Vortec V8 was added for the Yukon XL Denali. The 8.1 L engine was dropped.

For the 2011 model year, the Suburban will add three new exterior colors to the lineup: Mocha Steel Metallic, Green Steel Metallic, and Ice Blue Metallic. The trims will also get an updated modification, with the rear audio system, Bluetooth, floor console/storage area, woodgrain interior, luggage rack rails, body-color exterior door handle/mirror caps, and premium-cloth front bucket seats now standard on the 1LS trim, and chrome recovery hooks, two-speed transfer case, and 20-inch chrome wheels standard on its 1LS 4WD models. In addition, the trailering package will feature the trailer brake controller as a standard on all trims.[63]

For the 2012 model year, trailer sway control and Hill Start Assist become standard on all trims, while the LTZ trim added a heated steering wheel and Side Blind Zone Alert as a standard.[64] Also, the LT1/2 options for the Suburban and SLE1/2 and SLT1/2 options on the Yukon XL were discontinued, leaving the Suburban with only an LS, LT, and LTZ trim and the Yukon XL with an SLE and SLT trim. In 2012, GMC celebrated its 100th anniversary by releasing a special edition of its Yukon XL, offering a Heritage Edition trim package.[65] This was the final year that three colors, Graystone Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic, and Blue Topaz Metallic, would be offered, along with the all-season blackwall P265/65R18 tires.

For the 2013 model year, two new colors were offered: Champagne Silver Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic (extra charge). Also new is Powertrain Grade Braking, normal mode. The 2013 model arrived at Chevrolet dealers in June 2012.[66]

For the 2014 model year, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starter system, and rear parking assist along with rear vision camera and inside mirror with camera display became standard on the Suburban LS trims. Concord Metallic (which was supposed to be available for the 2013 MY) was added to the Suburban color offerings for the 2014 models.[67] For the Yukon XL, a convenience package became standard on its SLE models, along with a new color, Deep Indigo Metallic.[68] In February 2014, The Suburban came in second behind the Tahoe among the top-ranked large affordable SUVs by U.S News & World Report.[69] This would be followed by being acknowledged as an award recipient in the large SUV category by JD Power and Associates in July 2014.[70]

The three-quarter-ton model's towing capacity is 9,600 lb (4,400 kg), being one of the best of any 4x4 SUV and unmatched by any other SUV. The towing capacity of the Suburban 2500 was unmatched, but also uncontested due to the discontinuation of the Ford Excursion in 2006. The three-quarter-ton model also has a GCVW of 16,000 lb (7,300 kg).

The 2500 Suburban was originally sourced from Silao, Mexico from 2007 to 2008 but was moved to the Arlington, Texas assembly plant for the 2009 model year, where production of all GM fullsize SUVs was consolidated after the closing of the Janesville plant.[71][72]

GM discontinued the 2500 3/4 Ton versions of both Suburban and Yukon XL models after the 2013 model year.[73][74]

The tenth generation Suburban's design provided the basis for the Declasse Granger and its law enforcement counterparts, a line of fictitious SUVs that are featured in the Grand Theft Auto video game series as of Grand Theft Auto V.

Eleventh generation (2015)[edit]

Motor vehicle

GMT K2YC/G
2015 Chevrolet Suburban LT in black, front left side view.jpg
Also calledGMC Yukon XL
Cadillac Escalade ESV
ProductionDecember 2013–December 2019
Model years2015–2020
AssemblyArlington, Texas
DesignerLouis "Chip" Thole, Warrack Leach, Alexandre Henriques, Tyler Moffatt, Fawad Jamil[75]
LayoutFront engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT K2XX
Suburban: GMTK2YC
Yukon XL/Denali XL: GMTK2YG
RelatedCadillac Escalade
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Engine5.3 L (325 cu in) EcoTec3 V8 FlexFuel
6.2 L EcoTec3 V-8 FlexFuel (Yukon XL Denali 2015–present; RST Suburban package, 2019–)[76]
Transmission6-speed GM 6L80 automatic 8-speed GM 8L90 automatic (Yukon XL Denali)
10-speed Hydra-Matic 10L90 automatic (RST Suburban package, 2019–)
Wheelbase130.0 in (3,302 mm)
LengthSuburban: 224.4 in (5,700 mm)
Yukon XL: 224.3 in (5,697 mm)
Width80.5 in (2,045 mm)
Height74.4 in (1,890 mm)
Denali: 77.1 in (1,958 mm)
Curb weight5,586–6,021 pounds (2,534–2,731 kg)[77][78]
Rear view of Chevrolet Suburban
Interior (Chevrolet Suburban)

The eleventh generation Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali XL were introduced to the public on September 12, 2013,[79] and GM unveiled the vehicles in different locations (The Suburban in New York, Yukon XL in Los Angeles) on that date.[80] Both vehicles are based on the GMT K2XX platform and carried unique serial designated numbers, identified by platform (K2), brand (YC for Chevrolet, YG for GMC), drivetrain (C for 2WD; K for 4WD), tonnage (15 for half-ton, 25 for 3/4-ton, 35 for 1-ton), wheelbase (7 for short, 9 for long), and 06 for SUV, which means that a K2YC-K-15-9-06 would be identified as a Chevrolet Suburban 1500 4WD.[81] The Suburban and Yukon XL went on sale in February 2014 as a 2015 model,[82][83] with the vehicles built exclusively in Arlington, Texas.[84]

Production details[edit]

The newly redesigned Suburban and Yukon XL were showcased to the public for the first time on September 27, 2013, at the State Fair of Texas.[85][86] This move comes on the heels of the 80th anniversary of the first production of the Suburban in 1934.

The designs and concepts were created by GM's exterior design manager Chip Thole (before his transfer to GM's Buick design studio in 2013), who told Truck Trend "I start with what intuition tells me about the market and get the team going on that. You look at trends around the industry – fashion, culture, what people are buying, what they say they want now – and project that into the future. The fun part is putting those ideas to paper and going from there." He then added, "We wanted to take what was good about today's vehicles, bring that forward and make them new and different with that spark of freshness that people recognize, without making them gimmicky or overdone." Thole also challenged his design team to help bring ideas to the SUVs, which lead to the split headlamps and a more graphic feel for the Suburban design, while a more industrial but sculptured look was added to the Yukon XL to give it a unique identity of its own.[87]

Production on the Suburban and Tahoe began in December 2013 with the first completed SUVs being used for testing purposes.[88] GM then officially started shipping the vehicles to dealerships on February 5, 2014.[89] It is estimated that it takes 8–10 weeks to assemble the SUVs, save for the upgrades on the level trims and destination scheduling.[90]

Chevrolet introduced the designs, choices and build-your-own features for the 2015 models on its website in January 2014 with a set price starting at $47,000 (2WD) to $50,000 (4WD) for the LS trim, $52,000 (2WD) to $55,000 (4WD) for the LT trim, and $61,000 (2WD) to $65,000 (4WD) for the LTZ trim.[91][92][93] The pricing on GMC's Yukon XL was set at around $49,000 (2WD) to $52,000 (4WD) for the SLE, $57,000 (2WD) to $60,000 (4WD) for the SLT, and $65,000 (2WD) to $68,000 (4WD) for the Denali trims.[94]

Features[edit]

The front fascias of the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are distinct, but from the base of the A-pillars back, they share most of the same styling cues. This now includes inlaid doors that tuck into the door sills, instead of over them, improving aerodynamics, fuel economy, and lessens interior noise. The hoods and liftgate panels are made of aluminum to reduce vehicle weight, and the wiper blades that were located on the liftgate door were moved to the rear spoiler located on the top of the rear liftgate window. Also noticeable is the SUV's length, which expands from 222.4 to 224.4 in (5,649 to 5,700 mm) (the Yukon XL's length is shorter at 224.3 in (5,697 mm)) and its width from 79.1 to 80.5 in (2,009 to 2,045 mm), while the height decreases from 76.8 to 74.4 in (1,951 to 1,890 mm), thus allowing the vehicle to become slightly leaner, a little bit wider, more streamlined, and roomier.

A more efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 V8 powertrain (5.3 for the Suburban, 6.2 for Yukon XL/Yukon Denali XL) coupled with improved aerodynamics, helped the SUVs offer greater estimated highway fuel economy and improving its fuel economy estimates to 16MPG (City)/23MPG (Highway)/18 (Combined) for 2WD, and 15MPG (City)/22MPG (Highway)/18 (Combined) for 4WD.[95] The increased fuel economy also vaulted the Suburban/Yukon XL into the top spot among large SUVs with the most efficient fuel economy rating numbers for this segment.[96] However, when Motor Trend (which placed the 2015 Suburban on the front cover of its June 2014 issue) did a road test review on the SUVs, it estimated the 4WD MPG on the Suburban LTZ to be slightly better at around 15.2 City and 22.3 Highway, while the 4WD Yukon Denali XL, whose fuel economy (MPG) is rated at 14 City/20 Highway, was estimated lower at 12.4 City and 19.2 Highway.[97]

Like the 2007–14 version, both the Suburban and Yukon XL do not share a single piece of sheet metal or lighting element with the brands' full-size pick-up trucks (GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado), and the front grilles of both vehicles are slightly altered to give it their own identity. The front headlights feature projector-beam headlamps that flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models, sweeping into the front fenders, while the Tahoe, Suburban LTZ, Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali trims feature projector-beam high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps. The Yukon and Yukon XL also feature projector-beam halogen headlamps on all SLE and SLT trims. The improved safety features included a 360-degree radar detection for crash avoidance and occupant protection and a high-tech anti-theft system that now includes vertical and interior sensors, in-glass and window breaking, a triggering alarm, and a shutdown device that prevents the vehicle from moving. The latter is expected to address the issues regarding the constant thefts of the vehicles, especially with the previous generation's removable seats and items left in the cargo space, which has become a target for carjackers who see the third-row seats as valuable on the black market.[98] According to General Motors' head of Global Vehicle Security Bill Biondo, "We have engineered a layered approach to vehicle security," adding that "With new standard features and the available theft protection package, we are making the vehicles less attractive target to thieves and more secure for our customers."[99]

Also new are the addition of fold-flat second and third-row seats (replacing the aforementioned 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 legroom for second-row passengers. HD radio became a standard feature on all trims. Multiple USB ports and power outlets are now spread throughout their interiors, including one 110-volt, three-prong outlet on both Suburban and Yukon XL, 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, while the Yukon XL adds a standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation. A 4G LTE WiFi access system, along with Siri Eyes Free and text messaging alerts, was included in all vehicles that feature the OnStar device around the second quarter of 2014.[100][101]

The Yukon XL interior has more additional features that include seats stuffed with dual-firmness foam, a standard Bose sound system and SD card slots, and laminated glass for the windshield and front windows, decreasing interior noise. The Denali Yukon XLs comes equipped with active noise-cancellation technology, with GM's third-generation magnetic ride control suspension as a standard feature, which is only featured on the Suburban LTZ models, whose upgraded features also includes 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.

The Suburban will have eight color palettes to choose from for the 2015 model year: Champagne Silver Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat, Sable Metallic, Crystal Red Tricoat, Summit White, Tungsten Metallic, and Black.[102] The GMC Yukon XL palettes will be available in nine colors: Onyx Black, Summit White, Quicksilver Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Bronze Alloy Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, and Midnight Amethyst Metallic. The latter three will be the most expensive color trim options.[103]

2015 mid-year update[edit]

The Suburban received a new color palette, Brownstone Metallic, and added a hands-free power liftgate feature that is standard on the LTZ but included on the LT with the optional Luxury Package. The added 4G LTE WiFi and Siri features became standard on both LT and LTZ trims, while the MyLink with Navigation feature was upgraded from optional to standard on the LTZ trim. The E85 capability feature is removed from retail orders.[104]

The Yukon XL's 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine was updated with the new 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission for the interim model year, allowing it to improve fuel economy.[105] The Yukon XL Denali, however, saw its MSRP bumped up by $1,300 in part due to the loaded features.[106]

All GM Full-sized SUVs received a body-colored painted Shark Fin antenna as part of the 2015 mid-year refresh.

This refresh is often referred to as the 2015i, "i" for interim processing code.

2016[edit]

For the 2016 model year (which commenced sales in July 2015), the Chevrolet Suburban received more upgraded changes and new features that included power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alert, IntelliBeam headlamps, lane keep assist, and a safety alert seat as part of the newly introduced enhanced driver alert package as an available option on the LS trim. The inside floor console with storage area-SD card reader was removed, while a new AM/FM audio integrated system with Sirius XM, HD Radio, and CD/MP3 capabilities was introduced as a standard feature on all trims; the 8-inch MyLink feature was expanded to the LS trim and became standard (replacing the 4-inch display), although the navigation feature remains as an option on LT and standard on LTZ. A new liftgate shield was added to the Theft Protection Package, along with the new lane keep assist which replaced the lane departure warning. The capless fuel fill tanks became standard on all trims. Siren Red Tintcoat and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat became the new color trims, replacing Crystal Red Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat. The instrument cluster was re-configured with a new multi-color enhancement and a heads-up display was introduced as a standard only on the LTZ trim.[107][108] The 2016 models also saw a price hike as well.[109]

The 2016 GMC Yukon XL also sees similar changes, with the new enhanced driver alert package as an available option on the SLE trim, liftgate, power, hands-free now packaged on SLT trims, a free-flow feature that replaced the Premium package, a lane keep assist added to all trims, and two new premium colors (Crimson Red Tintcoat and White Frost Tricoat) replacing Crystal Red Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat respectively.[110][111]

Chevrolet added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Capability features to the Suburban starting with the 2016 models. However, only one of their phone brands at any one time can be used,[112] while the Android Auto option will only be available on LT and LTZ trims featuring 8-inch screens.[113]

GM expanded newer 4G LTE features (like detecting battery failure and monitoring insurance discounts based on driver performance) to 2016 model year vehicles, including the Suburban, which GM cited as being the vehicle that is the most used among data subscribers.[114]

2017[edit]

The 2017 model year Chevrolet Suburban received upgraded changes after it went on sale in August 2016. The level trims LS and LT are retained but the LTZ is renamed Premier, the latter serving as the equivalent to the Yukon XL Denali. The LS trims also saw the badged "LS" lettering removed. The new features include two new colors (Blue Velvet Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic), two new 22-inch wheel options (a 7-spoke Silver wheels with Chrome inserts for all trims; Ultra Bright machined aluminum wheels with Bright Silver finish for Premier trim only), black roof rack cross rails (as part of the Texas Edition Package and All-Season Package), front active aero shutters (all trims), and heated and vented seats (Premier trim only). The MyLink was updated to incorporate Teen Driver, App Shop, Rear Seat Reminder customization, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking (as part of Enhanced Driver Alert Package on the LS trim, but standard on LT and Premier). The Rear Seat Entertainment System was overhauled to include a new video voiceover feature for the visually and hearing impaired, an HDMI/MHL connector, digital headphones, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology incorporated into the Wi-Fi system, and a 2nd USB port with the capability of charging up to a 2.1-amp at the back of the console.[115][116]

The 2017 model year Yukon XL also received similar changes, but with a few exceptions. Two new colors, Dark Blue Sapphire Metallic and Mineral Metallic were introduced, the latter exclusive to the Denali, which also added a new 22-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels with midnight silver premium paint and a head-up display to its features. The interior backlights changed from red to blue. The heated and vented driver and front passenger seats are now standard on the SLT and Denali trims.[117][118]

2018[edit]

The 2018 model year Suburban had a few upgrades and deletions. LED daytime running lights became standard on all trims, along with a new color, Havana Metallic and Satin Steel Metallic. The Cocoa/Mahogany interior that was combined with the Pepperdust Metallic exterior was dropped along with the wireless/inductive phone charging that was part of the Luxury and Texas Edition LT level trims. The fleet/commercial level trim, which had fewer features, is upgraded to include MyLink, HD Radio, multi-color driver information center, LED daytime running lights, and an optional driver alert package.[119]

The 2018 Yukon Denali XL received a new grille with a layered appearance like the ones on its redesigned 2018 Acadia and Terrain brands, featuring high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED daytime running lights. The refreshed design provides better airflow to the radiator, and when less cooling air is needed, shutters behind the grille close to improve aerodynamics and increase efficiency. The interior featured new ash wood trim that GMC says gives the cabin a richer appearance. A new 10-speed automatic transmission was mated to its 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, replacing the 8-speed transmission.[120]

2019[edit]

The 2019 Suburban will have both Havana Metallic and Tungsten Metallic deleted in favor of a new Shadow Gray Metallic exterior color, while the top of the line Premier will now have the name displayed on the tailgate. The LS trim continues to make HD Radio a standard feature, but can be deleted if customers opt for the OnStar feature.[121]

The 2019 model year GMC Yukon XL adds three new exterior colors, Dark Sky Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, and Smokey Quartz Metallic, while deleting two others, Mineral Metallic and Iridium Metallic. GMC also introduces two new package features, Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition, which will be available in the SLT level trim only[122]

2020[edit]

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban dropped the LT Signature Package and the LS All-Season Package, along with the Pepperdust Metallic color,[123] while the 2020 GMC Yukon XL replaced its Pepperdust Metallic color with Carbon Black Metallic and made no additional changes.[124]

Accolades[edit]

The 2015 Suburban was ranked third among the top affordable SUVs and fifth among affordable SUVs with 3-row seats by U.S. News & World Report,[125] and was among the finalists in Motor Trend's SUV of the year for 2015.[126] It also received a 2015 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award for best large SUV,[127] while Consumer Reports ranked the Suburban as the best SUV with a third row seat, topping its competitors in this category.[128]

The Chevrolet Suburban took third place behind the Tahoe and GMC Yukon in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study among full-size SUVs, based on responses from owners of the vehicles.[129]

Good Housekeeping named the 2018 Suburban the “Best New Car of Year 2018” in the Large SUV category. In its review of the vehicle from GH and its reason for the decision to award the SUV: “Whether you're bringing the whole soccer team home or moving kids into college, it's a larger-than-life workhorse that can handle your crew and all their stuff.”[130]

Consumer Reports added the 2018 Suburban to their recommended list due to high owner satisfaction scores.[131]

The Suburban was given a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on December 5, 2019, one of two inanimate objects to be awarded such (Disneyland being the other), for its frequent appearances in film and television. Because city regulations prohibit placing corporate names on public sidewalks including the Walk of Fame, the star was instead placed in an area adjacent to the Walk of Fame.[11]

Sales[edit]

The eleventh generation Suburban saw an increase in sales; April 2014 brought a 109.8 percent spike, with most dealers reporting that the vehicles are being sold within 10 days after arriving on the lot, with customers opting for the fully loaded LTZ model, making it one of Chevrolet's fastest selling brands in 2014.[132] The eleventh generation Suburban is also a hot seller in the Middle East, where in August 2014 posted a 37% increase in sales, with most of the purchases coming from Saudi Arabia (65%), the United Arab Emirates (15%) and Qatar (108%).[133] By the end of September 2014, GM sold more than 4101 units of the Suburban (up 50.1%), while the Yukon XL posted 2165 units sold (up 64%), with GM boasting that 80% of the vehicles sold were its large SUVs.[134]

In Canada, sales of the Suburban reached 966 units (up 43%) in 2014, although the Yukon XL is the best seller in that country with 1,760 vehicles sold (up 50.3%) that same year.[135] Overall, they account for 70 percent of GM Canada's SUV sales for 2014.[136]

On August 17, 2015, GM confirmed plans to increase production on its large SUVs, especially on the Suburban/Yukon XL, due to lower gas prices and a higher demand for the vehicles. The move also resulted in its Arlington Assembly adding more hours and increasing its production from 48,000 SUVs to 60,000 based on the expanding hours and added Saturday overtime shifts.[137]

The 2017 MY Suburban saw its biggest sales increase in January 2017, when it posted a 72.3% gain (5,634 units), the most ever since January 2008 when it had the 2008 MY Suburban.[138]

Twelfth generation (2021)[edit]

Motor vehicle

GMT1YC
2021 Chevrolet Suburban LT, rear 6.14.21.jpg
Also calledGMC Yukon XL
Cadillac Escalade ESV (2021–)
ProductionMay 2020–present
Model years2021–present
AssemblyArlington, Texas
LayoutFront engine,
rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformGMT T1XX
RelatedCadillac Escalade (2021)
Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon (2021)
Engine5.3 L (325 cu in) EcoTec3 V8 FlexFuel
6.2 L EcoTec3 V-8 FlexFuel (not on LS trim)
3.0 L LM2 DuramaxI6 turbodiesel (not on Z71 and Mexico-export version)
Transmission10-speed Hydra-Matic 10L80 automatic
Wheelbase134.1 in (3,406 mm)
LengthSuburban: 225.7 in (5,733 mm)
Yukon XL: 225.4 in (5,725 mm)
Width81.1 in (2,060 mm)
Height75.7 in (1,923 mm)
Curb weight5,785–5,993 lb (2,624–2,718 kg)

On December 10, 2019, Chevrolet introduced the twelfth generation Suburban at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This time around, GM chose to introduce the Chevrolet full-size SUVs first. The GMC Yukon XL was later introduced on January 14, 2020.[139] Although the full size fifth generation Cadillac Escalade made its debut on February 4, 2020,[140] its extended length sibling Escalade ESV was the last GM full size SUV to be introduced online in April 2020 after it was withdrawn from the canceled 2020 New York International Auto Show.[141][142] Originally scheduled to start in April 2020, GM began production on the Suburban on May 18, 2020. They began entering dealerships in June 2020.[143][144]

Chevrolet Suburban[edit]

2021[edit]

Based on the same GMT T1XX platform as the Silverado 1500, the Suburban distinguished itself by swapping that truck's live axle and leaf springs for an independent rear multilink suspension setup with coil springs, thus lowering the floor of the vehicle and creating more room, in both the cargo area and the second- and third-row seats.[145] The Suburban expanded its length to 225.7 inches, and the wheelbase to 134.1 inches while shortening down by 15 inches longer due to the rear wheelbase moving back by 5 inches, making it the largest and longest SUV in the extended length segment. It gains 2.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 2.2 inches of third-row legroom. The towing capabilities were increased with the twelfth generation models.[146]

The trims feature the primary basic LS, LT, and Premier levels, with the 4WD-exclusive Z71 and RST moving from package to premium levels, along with the newly added High Country level, the latter being the top of the line. Chevrolet rolled out the LT, Z71, Premier, and High Country levels first, with the LS and RST levels arriving in late Fall 2020.[147]

Quad exhaust tailpipes are added to the vehicle, giving it a more unique look, although this feature is only standard on Premier and High Country. This feature isn't offered on the LS, LT, Z71 and RST because of their configuration as regular base, off-road, and street-centric level trims respectively, nor on all trims with a Duramax option.[148]

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Compare 2002 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe

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4-Door 1500 4WD LS

StyleMPG CityMPG HwyInvoiceMSRP
Suburban 4-Door 1500 4WD LS 13 17 $33,647 $38,454
Suburban 4-Door 1500 4WD LT 13 17 $33,647 $38,454
Suburban 4-Door 1500 4WD Z71 13 17 $33,647 $38,454
Suburban 4-Door 1500 LS 14 18 $31,227 $35,688
Suburban 4-Door 1500 LT 14 18 $31,227 $35,688
Suburban 4-Door 2500 4WD LS N/A N/A $35,132 $40,151
Suburban 4-Door 2500 4WD LT N/A N/A $35,132 $40,151
Suburban 4-Door 2500 LS N/A N/A $32,638 $37,301
Suburban 4-Door 2500 LT N/A N/A $32,638 $37,301

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4-Door 1500 4WD LS

StyleMPG CityMPG HwyInvoiceMSRP
Tahoe 4-Door 1500 4WD LS 14 17 $31,255 $35,720
Tahoe 4-Door 1500 4WD LT 14 17 $31,255 $35,720
Tahoe 4-Door 1500 4WD Z71 14 17 $31,255 $35,720
Tahoe 4-Door 1500 LS 15 19 $28,834 $32,954
Tahoe 4-Door 1500 LT 15 19 $28,834 $32,954
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2002 Chevrolet suburban Lt owner review test drive walkaround

2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS

Key Features & Specs View full specs MPG/MPGe

EPA estimates for fuel efficiency (measured on a mile-per-gallon basis) are based on laboratory tests conducted by manufacturers according to federal regulations. EPA re-tests about 10% of vehicle models to confirm manufacturers’ results.

17 Highway / 13 City Engine

An engine’s displacement is the total volume of the engine’s combustion chambers, a rough index of the engine’s size and power. This is typically measured in liters (3.2L, for example), though sometimes it is expressed in cubic inches. I-4 and V-6 refer to the configuration and number of cylinders.

Gas V8 5.3L/325 cu in Transmission

The transmission adapts the output of the engine to the drive wheels. Transmissions usually have multiple gear ratios (“gears”) with the ability to switch between them as speed varies (6 gear ratios = “6 Speed”). Transmissions must either be controlled manually by the driver (“Manual Transmission”) or automatically by the vehicle (“Automatic Transmission”). One type of Automatic Transmission is the Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) which doesn’t have a fixed number of gears.

Automatic w/OD Drive Train

The drivetrain of a vehicle is the group of components that deliver the engine’s power to the drive wheels. Common configurations include front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

4-Wheel Drive Seating

The number of people the car will hold.

9 Horsepower

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Chevrolet suburban 2002

2002 Chevrolet Suburban

This is the best vehicle to buy for anyone who needs to haul six or more people and cargo at the same time. You just can’t beat the Chevrolet Suburban for its cavernous interior, strong torque for towing, off-road capability, and stable, comfortable ride for long-distance travel. Six or more people can travel in comfort, even in the third-row seat. And there’s still room for stuff in back. Fold the seats down and this thing will move a mountain of cargo. It’s a great companion for long trips, even when towing a hefty trailer.

The least-expensive base model is gone, but the Chevrolet Suburban continues to provide excellent value in a jumbo package. The Suburban was totally redesigned and re-engineered for 2000 and arrived with more powerful engines, a more rigid frame, re-engineered suspension that provided excellent handling, improved brakes and an upgraded interior.

The vehicle was vastly improved, and the improvements continued last year with even more horsepower for the 2500 model’s standard 6.0-liter V8 engine and with a new 8.1-liter V8 available. Now, for 2002, the Vortec 5300 V8 can run on regular or ethanol-content fuel, electronic climate control is available if you order your Suburban with a sunroof, there’s a new and special color scheme and the LS trim level gets more standard equipment.

Model Lineup

Suburban comes with a choice of two or four-wheel drive and is available in two load ranges, 1500 and 2500. Two trim levels are available: LS and LT. Suburban 1500s come equipped with a 5.3-liter V8. The 2500s are available with a choice of 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V8s.

In two-wheel drive, the LS starts at $35,443 and the LT at $38,209. In four-wheel drive, the prices are $37,056 and $39,906 respectively.

New standard equipment on the LS includes heated outside mirrors, with a self-dimming mirror on the driver’s side, six-way power front seats, side-step assist steps, a rear window defogger, fog lights and a HomeLink Universal transmitter.

Available on 2002 models is a special Redfire Metallic exterior color with body-colored components, including the front bumper, bodyside moldings and wheel flares.

On LT models, electronic climate controls are available with a sunroof.

Walkaround

The Suburban looks like an old friend. It was completely redesigned for 2000, which gave it a smoother and more aerodynamic look. Sharp edges were rounded. New headlights gave it a more contemporary appearance. But there was no mistaking the ‘burb.

Two tailgate configurations are available. A lightweight, one-piece rear hatch similar to those found on compact SUVs is useful for families and can be opened with one hand. Chevrolet lists it as a no-cost option. Our test Suburban came with traditional side-by-side cargo doors, which I like because they open wide and allow a closer working position to the vehicle’s storage area. Cargo doors are also useful when pulling trailers because they will usually clear the trailer tongue jack. And I like them because it’s easier to control my dog when I open them. The hinges have been re-engineered for a more finished appearance; and they let the doors open wide without having to disconnect the hinges.

A puddle lamp mounted below the side mirrors shines down to light up the perimeter of the Suburban. It’s a nice feature that can be turned on using the keyless remote when approaching the Suburban in a dark parking garage, as it illuminates underneath the vehicle. It can also be used in the backwoods to help you avoid stepping into mud puddles.

Suburban is about 17 inches longer than the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, and nearly identical to the GMC Yukon XL, which was called the GMC Suburban until last year.

Interior Features

The seating is cleverly designed. The third-row seatback folds down without having to remove the headrests, then the whole thing flips forward to substantially increase cargo capacity. A short prop rod locks it into place. This bench seat can be easily removed as it’s mounted on wheels; it weighs 75 pounds, however, so get some help before pulling it out the back end of the Suburban. After removing the third-row seat, flip the seat bottom of the second row forward, fold the seatback down (no need to remove the headrests), flip the floor extension down and you’ve got a huge, flat cargo space behind the driver’s seat. Loading cargo is easy because there’s plenty of space for it; lift-over height is lower than that of the Ford Excursion. The spare tire has been moved underneath the vehicle to free up rear cargo space.

The optional cloth bucket seats in our LS were okay, but don’t offer as much support as I’d like. LT’s leather seats seem more supportive. The second row is quite comfortable. Headphone jacks allow rear-seat passengers to listen to CDs while those up front turn on the radio. Sitting in the third row is surprisingly comfortable for an adult; slide your feet under the seat in front of you and you can ride back there fairly long distances. Getting back there requires folding and flipping the seat out of the way.

Though my height-challenged mother-in-law found getting into the Suburban a bit of a step up, it isn’t a problem for those of standard stature. Step-in height is actually lower than before because of the new fully boxed frame. She liked the running boards, which make getting in easier.

Driving Impressions

Ride quality in the Suburban 1500 is smooth, greatly improved over the previous-generation Suburban. The optional Premium Ride suspension features a hydraulically controlled rear self-leveling system to keep the Suburban at normal ride height even when carrying heavy loads. This system offered a good ride quality on the Suburban I drove.

The more sophisticated optional Autoride suspension system uses computer-controlled shock damping for improved ride quality over uneven pavement. Whether towing a horse trailer or picking up a soccer team, Autoride continually adjusts the suspension for optimum ride and handling. This technology also helps reduce dive on braking (so that the nose of the vehicle doesn’t dip down unduly), and body roll (or lean) during cornering. Most people find the 1500 models meet their needs.

Chevrolet Suburban offers excellent handling for a big, heavy truck; and the steering provides better feel than previously. Driving quickly over wet pavement on mountain roads, we never lost traction. We drove into wet turns as quickly as we’d ever want to go in a Suburban and never lost grip. We were impressed. The frame is completely re-engineered. The entire front part of the frame is hydro-formed from one piece of metal and is far more rigid than a bunch of pieces welded together.

The 2500 models, often referred to as the 3/4-ton versions, are only needed for those who tow heavy trailers. Rated to tow up to 10,500 pounds, they effectively match the towing capacity of the Ford Excursion. Suburban 2500 will ride a bit harsher because its rear suspension uses leaf springs instead of the coil-springs used on the 1500. But the 2500 rides surprisingly well, given its load range, a big improvement over the previous-generation 2500 models and smoother than the big Ford Excursion.

Until 2000, Suburbans came with mushy brakes. You had to tromp on them to get the thing to stop. GM redesigned the brake system to address this. The pedal now works smoothly and progressively, which makes is easier to stop without drama. A Dynamic Rear Proportioning system modulates the pressure applied to the rear brakes for more effective braking. Brake pads and rotors are 40 percent larger and use twin-piston calipers. This new four-wheel-disc brake system reduces 60-mph stopping distances by 20 feet, according to Chevrolet, and the pads are expected to last 40 percent longer.

Cost is the main consideration on whether to get four-wheel drive. Those in the Sunbelt may not see justification for it. But even if you aren’t an off-road driver, four-wheel drive can keep you going through snow, or on sandy, unpaved roads, or help pull a boat up a slippery boat ramp. If you don’t get a 4WD model, consider the optional traction-assist system for the 2WD models.

Four-wheel-drive models offer several modes of travel and shifting among them is as easy as changing stations on the radio. Press 2WD Hi, then, as conditions grow worse, press the 4WD Hi and 4WD Lo buttons to operate the system like a traditional part-time four-wheel-drive. If conditions are fluctuating, hit the Auto 4WD button and the Autotrac all-wheel-drive system automatically transfers power from a slipping wheel to the wheels with the best traction; no input is needed from the driver.

The 2500’s 6.0-liter V8 has aluminum heads and last year got a revised camshaft that helps it produce a nice, round 300 horsepower. We haven’t tried the new 8.1-liter V8, but responsiveness from either the 5.3 or 6.0 is excellent.

Suburban’s automatic transmission comes with a tow/haul mode. Pressing a switch on the end of the column shifter changes the shift points of the transmission. The tow/haul mode improves performance while towing and lessens wear on the transmission. Even when not towing, it works well when driving through mountainous terrain.

Summary

We love the ‘burb. It’s a great vehicle for moving cargo, towing trailers, or hauling people. Get sleepy on a long trip and you can simply pull over and stretch out in back.

While Ford’s giant Excursion has taken the Suburban’s long-held position as the largest sport-utility vehicle, it doesn’t match the smooth ride and all-around utility of the ‘burb. Excursion is not a good choice if you’re just moving people around. Suburban’s greater maneuverability makes it a much more sensible choice for that role.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:1500 models: LS 2WD ($35,223); LT 2WD ($39,204); LS 4WD ($37,989), LT 4WD ($41,970)
2500 models: LS 2WD ($36,836), LT 2WD ($40,817), LS 4WD ($39,686), LT 4WD ($43,667)
Engines:285-hp 5.3-liter ohv V8; 300-hp 6.0-liter ohv V8; 340-hp 8.1-liter ohv V8
Transmissions:4-speed automatic with tow/haul mode
Safety equipment (standard):dual front air bags, dual front side-impact air bags, ABS with Electronic Brake Controller standard
Safety equipment (optional):N/A
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Janesville, Wisconsin; Silao, Mexico
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):1500 4WD LS ($37,989)
Standard equipment:(LS) air conditioning, automatic headlamps, automatic door locks, child security rear doors locks, tilt steering wheel, three power outlets, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo with nine speakers and subwoofer, cruise control with telltale, remote keyless entry with alarm, mirror with electronic compass and temperature readout, rear air conditioning and heater, leather-wrapped steering wheel, enhanced sunshades, power windows, machined cast aluminum wheels, dual power heated mirrors with ground illumination, 6-way power front seats, side-assist steps, fog lamps, rear window defogger, HomeLink Universal remote
Options as tested (MSPR):Trailer Package ($260) includes trailer hitch platform, wire harness connector, high capacity air cleaner, transmission oil cooler; reclining bucket seats (NC) includes six-way power adjustment and center console; Premium Ride Suspension (NC); locking rear differential ($252); rear-seat audio controls ($165); off-road skid plate package ($95)
Destination charge:N/A
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$39526
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:5.3-liter ohv V8
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):285 @ 5200
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):325 @ 4000
Transmission:4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:14/16 mpg
Wheelbase:130.0 in.
Length/width/height:219.3/78.8/75.4 in.
Track, f/r:65.0/66.0 in.
Turning circle:42.3 ft.
Seating Capacity:8
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.7/61.4/41.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:39.0/61.6/39.1 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.6/49.2/36.1 in.
Cargo volume:138.4 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:8600 Lbs.
Suspension, f:Independent
Suspension, r:live axle
Ground clearance:8.4 in.
Curb weigth:5123 lbs.
Tires:P265/70R16
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:33.0 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 15, 2002.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-950-2438 - www.chevrolet.com
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2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

Retail Price

$35,938 - $38,704MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Engine5.3L V-8
MPG14 City / 18 Hwy
Seating9 Passengers
Transmission4-spd auto w/OD
Power285 @ 5200 rpm
Drivetrainrear-wheel
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