Friday, July 18, 2014

The Big Boy is Still Cruising: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

When someone mentions the Chevrolet Suburban it brings thoughts of a very large truck-like SUV that is equipped with lots of space for people and cargo as well as a ton of towing capacity.  In short, the thoughts are of a capable vehicle.  The Suburban has long been known as an SUV that can do it all and ask for more to do because it never tires even with the driver and other occupants have worn themselves out for the day.  The Suburban continues to be a great large SUV for families and work crews to enjoy and put to the test.

For the 2015 model year, the Suburban takes on a new style with a brand new interior and chassis to modernize this big, beefy and powerful vehicle.  Basically competing with no other vehicle because no other auto maker has made an SUV that actually achieves or comes close to achieving the performance of the Suburban this monster has eclipsed the Ford Expedition EL, which would have been the only other possibility to be in its class.  With the entire vehicle receiving an upgrade, the Suburban now boasts an interior that is easily the best in its class, but that is a class all to itself.

The driving experience in the Suburban is smooth and easy to enjoy according to Indianapolis Chevrolet.  Benefiting from Magnetic Ride Control that allows the shocks to absorb and adjust their stiffness based on road conditions this technology prevents most of the body lean that would be experienced in turns and corners otherwise. 
The steering is easily predictable and responsive however because this is truly a mammoth vehicle it will not be darting in and out of traffic at all.  The cabin is exceptionally quiet allowing the occupants to be entertained by what they want to listen to instead of a massive amount of road noise.

Similar to the Traverse, the Suburban for 2015 only offers one engine for owners to enjoy.  This engine comes in the form of a massive 5.3-liter V8 that touts 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.  This awesome engine is directly injected to add to the fuel economy and increase power allowing owners to enjoy the best of both worlds.  The power plant also employs Active Cylinder Management that shuts down half the cylinders when not needed and adds another boost to the fuel numbers.  This advanced engine comes partnered up to a six-speed automatic transmission that brings in a fuel efficiency of 16 city/23 hwy mpg for the two-wheel drive and 15 city/22 hwy mpg for the four-wheel drive models.  The towing capacity for this great powertrain comes in at 8,300 pounds, enough to get a decent sized boat to the lake or haul a large load for a weekend project in the back yard.

The all new interior of the Suburban is impressively upscale and easily offers enjoyment and comfort to every seating position.  The materials used are all upscale and plush allowing soft touches and a comfortable feeling all around.  The dashboard sweeps across the front full of intuitive controls that are easy to find and use.  Storage and cargo space plentiful with a massive rear end and the fold flat third row of seats that adds a cargo compartment under the seats when up in position. 

On the outside the Suburban has all new body styling and finally doesn’t have to be the hand-me-down version of the Chevrolet truck line.  The front grill is not menacing looking instead it appears more like a knowing elderly statesman who knows they are at the top of the heap, which the Suburban is.  The grill is flanked by massive LED headlights and offers the look and feel of functionality and capability.  The vehicle is long and the lines continue from the front to the back.   

The basic shape is still very much squared off, but it does have some nice angles in the rear and coming off the roof to add a bit of charm to an otherwise boxy shape.  There is a well-proportioned amount of chrome all over the exterior and the finishing touch is added with the Chevrolet mag-styled wheels that add just a bit of attitude to this big SUV.

The standard features offered for the Suburban begin with the base LS trim that offers cloth seats, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors.  The LT model brings in forward collision alerts, lane departure warning, the MyLink infotainment system and a Bose audiosystem.  The top of the line LTZ trim adds the rear cross-traffic alter system, blind spot monitoring, Magnetic Ride Control, and 20-inch wheels.  The only detraction for the LTZ model is the subtraction of one seat when the second row changes from a three seat bench to two captain’s chairs.

The optional list of features offered for the Suburban includes a front bench seat to expand seating up to nine people, a Luxury Package for the LT trim that adds the LTZ luxury to the lower trim level, a theft protection package that adds interior motion sensors, the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package adds a navigation system, a rear seat Blu-ray entertainment system and a power sunroof for the LT and LTZ trims.  22-inch wheels can be ordered for the LTZ and the Suburban is expected to allow 4G LTE hotspot capabilities later in the model year.  Adding all these options makes the Suburban more and more a vehicle that owns its own class and standing in the SUV world.

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is a bit more expensive than the 2014 model was across the board, but it has been upgraded to warrant such an increase.  The base LS trim starts just above $48,000 for two-wheel drive and the LT comes in at $53,500.  The four-wheel drive will add $3,000 to the price of any model and at the top of the line the LTZ model starts just below $63,000.

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