Chevrolet Suburban – Overview – CarGurus

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Chevrolet Suburban


About the Chevrolet Suburban


Not many people need to 9 passengers, 137 cubic feet of and a 9,600-pound trailer, but for those who do the is an American-made savior. Now in its eleventh this 75-year-old trucking original still stands as one of few options for highly demanding – and it stands tall.

year the base LS gains Bluetooth connectivity alongside audio controls and headphone The towing package has been to include a trailer brake and 20-inch chrome wheels are now – in whole making the one of the most appealing and well-rounded for heavy civic duties.

a 6-speed automatic is available for the 5 offered this year, any Suburban can be fitted with drive (4WD) instead of the rear-wheel (RWD) configuration. two engines power this with the smaller 320-hp and torque 5.3-liter flex-fuel V8 in 1500 versions, while the 352-hp and 382-lb-ft torque V8 is reserved for 2500 versions.

The LS and leathered-up LT are both offered as a 1500 or 2500 trim, the luxurious LTZ is available only the smaller engine, but either way the possible fuel figures top out at 21 The larger V8 has the heaviest appetite, just 10 mpg city /16 highway, but the of the two will still get you to 60 mph in 9 seconds and a much more palatable Opting for 4WD shaves only a off the highway figures.

The $41,000 tag would likely be well it just for the Suburban’s massive alone, but even the base LS fully loaded with like 17-inch alloy tri-zone climate control, power accessories and an 8-speaker system with CD player, audio jack, iPod and connectivity, steering-mounted and rear controls with headphone and satellite radio.

The LT adds features such as a rear differential, heated mirrors, rear parking leather upholstery, automation for the control, power-adjustable pedals, starting capability and a Bose upgrade with 6-CD

The LTZ raises the bar including 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, wipers, driver memory power-folding heated second-row auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an spiffier stereo with 10

Most of the higher-end features are for the lower trim levels as and highlights of the remaining options include 22-inch wheels, a powered running boards, camera, rear-seat entertainment and, of course, towing and packages, while the seating can be configured to suit 7 to 9 passengers captain’s chairs or benches for the and second rows.

Although you have to completely remove the seating to fully utilize the maximum cargo capacity, year’s offering is undeniably overall, with a beautiful and interior and wholly capable anywhere in the lineup. Drivers only a desire for power-folding seats without a single complaint.

Model History

is definitely some truth to the runs deep campaign, but not all about long-forgotten bygones. The is a prime example of a very nameplate that is old enough to be the of most people who would its driver seat. Listen and grandaddy Suburban might you how he survived the Korean War, the Emissions Repression, fashionably competition and a twin brother GMC that always had something to

This story begins a commercial panel truck, but of a windowless cargo area, the twins were given a passenger compartment capable of eight. Essentially a station built on a truck, these featured two doors and a two-piece ushered down the road by a V6 good for just 90 ponies but what more can you expect out of a engine?

As much as 205 hp was available in the fourth generation, spanning with horsepower before trapped in the lower hundreds, or and able base engines arrive for two more generations most of the delays due to setbacks the Korean conflict. GMC also 4WD in its Suburban for ’56 – waited until ’57, but it only with the V6 – company eventually giving drive versions a C prefix and a K to 4WD

Adequate baseline power in the sixth generation’s redesigned dating from 1967. Now two passenger-side doors, tailgate or rear access and a look mainstream appeal, the ’69 was notably powered by a quartet of V8s grossly between 255 and 350 horsepower in to perfectly capable V6 offerings. generation also debuted the Custom Deluxe and Cheyenne while 4WD Suburbans finally an automatic transmission.

Four-door arrived for the ’73 debut of the generation, as did permanently engaged On the new horsepower rating system the ranged from the base V6 to the 240-hp 454-cubic-inch V8, but by ’75 trims were the base Deluxe to the chromed-up Scottsdale and the Silverado.

The wholly redesigned generation that debuted for and ran for the next decade, was more and lighter by as much as 300 pounds. The Spark Control efficiency introduced in a 305-c.i. V8 amped it up to par the pair of 350s in terms of but bested those in fuel

The 454 was the only other V8 to carry with the usual pair of V6s up the rear.

A new V8 diesel arrived on the for ’82, the stronger and more 6.2-liter replacing the old 350 diesel and taking on the job of 4WD. A new automatic debuted that year, improved fuel economy and engine integration. A 1987 tweak on the gas-powered versions power up to 170 hp on the 5-liter V8 and 210 hp for the 5.7, the previous C to indicate two-wheel became an R and the 4WD K became a V for the next years.

The 5.7-liter V8 got piston and upgrades, and antilock rear became available for the ’90, the 7.4-liter (454 c.i.) receive a number of refinements the course of ’90 and ’91. A new transmission for the heavyweights arrived as a of prelude to the changes in store for the generation.

The ’92 overhaul rang in the ninth generation the Suburban up to par with the handsome and functional interior its truck benefitted from over the four years. With outward visibility and ease of Suburbans of this era also standard all-around antilock Two-wheelers were back to called by a C, while 4WDs to the K indicator, and four-wheelers likewise an independent front suspension and the to shift power to all wheels via the new Insta-Trac transfer case

Over the course of this generation the Suburban would several engine and transmission to squeeze out more power, the ride and improve driving A new 4-speed automatic debuted for Suburbans in the generation’s second while the following year the first wave of engine and a new 6.5-liter turbodiesel good for 190 hp and 360 of torque.

Chevrolet Suburban

Trims changed the Cheyenne and Silverado starting to a Base, LS, and leathered-up LT for ’95, the coinciding with additional features and tweaks for safety and The gasoline powerplants transformed the Vortec series for ’96, the V8 – or Vortec 5700 pumping out 250 hp and the 7.4-liter now good for 290 hp. The gearbox was likewise boosted to the added power, while an transfer case opened up a of floor space, replacing with a switch at the driver’s

A few tweaks improved driving for ’97, especially at lower The ’98 update brought a deterrent system, more tweaks, Onstar and AutoTrac 4WD pushed power to the rear until additional traction was To finish out the ninth generation, just beefed up the durability of components in the coolant, engine and systems.

The tenth and second-most-recent Suburban ran from 2000 to as a shorter but still very competitor to new kids on the block the Ford Excursion. Although materials were merely and it still cut through highway like boots in a fishing the Suburban also offered well-sorted space overall any other.

The base, LS and leathered-up LT levels approached the line to the generation with a few notable such as the Vortec 5300 V8, for 285 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which the 5700, and the Vortec 6000 in the 2500 spit out 300 hp and 355 lb-ft of for a grand towing total of pounds.

The ’01 update bumped the 6000 numbers up to 320 horses, and a new V8 shoehorned under the hood put out 340 hp and 455 of torque. For the following year the could burn an ethanol but the base trim level and gave the midlevel LS powered seats, heated mirrors and

The big news came for ’03 the addition of the Quadrasteer four-wheel-steering on select trims, which towing stability and reduced the radius significantly – a 8 feet – but this lasted only 4 years. the Suburban continued up the scale creature comfort improvements on the such as tri-zone climate DVD entertainment system, second-row chairs and power-adjustable pedals. ’06 other updates the standard inclusion of OnStar, audio controls and a tire monitor.

The latest generation on an updated chassis for improved performance, efficiency and ride This new aerodynamic design came available as a base LS, LT and luxurious LTZ. The usual carried over but with a new deactivation system to improve economy.

Stability control was in the previous generation, but became alongside a 6-speed automatic in the for ’08, and since then has made only a few changes to the equipment.

Used Versions

speaking most makers fix issues inside a few years, but the and constant innovation of the Suburban it a little tough to nail every issue straight The general rule here is to buy the end of a generation – usually the two or three years are not only with fixes, but Chevy consistently improved on component toward the end of each generation, these all the more desirable.

Most Suburbans are fairly with just four years worth avoiding the plague – 1997, ’01 and ’03. The most model years are the ’95, and 2008 or newer, with the common problems in these for less than $100. it’s just a silly or hose rubbed raw, but the fuel pump, and braking are expectedly complicated with issues due to the heavy-duty nature of the beast – although you do well by avoiding the model listed.

If you don’t mind a lack of amenities and a few trips to the the ’02 is a wide-open bargain the beefed-up engines well-tested in the year’s debut, but do be sure the have been properly and retrofitted to fix the crankshaft and fuel problems. Also note the and ignition systems are not the greatest, but the right first owner, Suburbans are a real steal the market’s tendency to overlook it for the reliable ’03 and its highly Quadrasteer system.

Buying older than the ’90 not be the smartest idea, as these antilock rear brakes, and an ’86 or older Suburban earn you a honk or two – to get out of the way. For seriously fuel-efficient charisma, opt for an ’08 or newer in the generation.

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