2004 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 Towing Test

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When it comes to a big load and carrying throngs of Chevy’s time-tested Suburban is to beat.

The day before we returned the Suburban to Chevrolet public a guy in a Chevy 2500 Express van alongside at a stop light and “When is GM going to put the Duramax in those things?”

It was a fair since buyers have not had the of a diesel engine in a Suburban the 80s. It was also a relevant especially since our test had delivered an average of 11.5 mpg our week of testing—less while

Compared with the four-wheel 2003 three-quarter-ton Yukon XL we last December, which was with a 4.10:1 rear ratio, the 2500 Suburban didn’t fare much in fuel economy, despite a rear-axle ratio of 3.73:1. It was a better, but not much. With fuel prices, that become increasingly important to the SUV-buying public.

That’s typically been the complaint we’ve had about the in half- or three-quarter-ton versions: fuel mileage. The Vortec engines are world-class power but you would think GM would be numerous Suburban sales to outgoing Excursion, which has introduction offered a fine engine that nets 16 mpg.

Fuel mileage the Suburban 2500 with the Quadrasteer package is a very truck, if a big SUV is what it takes to your trailer and haul family. The best part is the price of the Quadrasteer package has slashed dramatically.

For example, in the 2003 three-quarter-ton XL we tested last December, the package priced out at $4,495. may have prevented a lot of buyers checking the box on the options sheet. But year’s model 2500 the four-wheel steering option in at a paltry $1,995. We recommended it at the price.

For the money it takes to get it you’d be foolish to get a Suburban it. Why?

It makes the truck so easier to drive. In two-wheel-drive the turning circle decreases 44.5 feet to 35.2 In four-wheel-drive models, such as our model, the radius measures 35 compared with 44.3 in models without the option.

that it’s only in Chevy and GMC’s three-quarter-ton

The system is so well suited for especially in a couple of situations. For when backing, the tongue of the moves to one side or another more quickly than conventional steering. It makes it to back trailers into from a 90-degree angle.

It makes it easier to correct in judgment.

The other situation in Quadrasteer is a huge plus is tight corners with a trailer. Because the rear turn the opposite direction of the wheels at low speeds, the trailer on a wider radius than it were it being towed by an SUV conventional steering. In real-world that means you avoid the sidewalls of your trailer or scaring pedestrians standing on the

We preferred to switch the system off trips on open freeway, but town, we liked it so much we turned it off.

We also liked the tip-in while towing. The drive-by-wire made the first few feet of smooth enough that it was to release the surge brakes on the without any undue clunking or

Traveling up our usual acid-test, a 7 percent grade, the truck had to shift and rev well over rpm to maintain speed, but the tachometer was the gauge that budged.

The series has had hydraulic power-assisted disc brakes for a few years. The now comes on the half-ton models, is a good thing. The “hydroboost” system works splendidly. It great response to pedal prodigious power and ample before the antilock system

Other new-for-2004 items a front passenger seatbelt system, available traction which includes a locking new colors and a seven-to-four-pin brake-wiring in the trailering package.

The interior hasn’t changed but it didn’t need to. Front offer ample thigh use a tad more—a good range of and class-leading lateral support.

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The seat realistically could four adults—but there are enough seatbelts for three—and the row is roomy enough for two to ride in

If your family trips child seats, you’ll be to know the anchors are located in sight. No hunting between the and the backrest, hoping to hook an by pure chance. They’re galvanized so they won’t like a painted piece.

they’re not much use for regular and egress, we appreciated the running when loading cargo and the car seat. And they’re tucked in enough to keep you from your pant leg every you get out of the truck. Theoretically, the wheel that come on a 2500 are to deflect the splash the inevitably on the running boards, but they’re for show. We’d probably ask to them if possible.

The truck is equally handsome them.

More than it’s equally utilitarian them. Now, if we can only get to offer it with a diesel.

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