The 2001 Chevrolet Suburban marks one of the largest sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market. Even with the base engine—an impressive 6.3-liter, eight-cylinder model—the Suburban has a lot of power and payload capability. The base amenities fall somewhat below par, but the addition of optional features makes up the difference. While this vehicle carries a high price, adding optional equipment does not increase it too much when compared to the competition. Some drivers might prefer the lack of standard features, since this leaves them to pick and choose what they pay for.
The Chevrolet Suburban does not enjoy the same wide appeal as some other SUV models on the market. The high price tag and poor fuel economy prove worthwhile for drivers who make full use of the Suburban’s passenger or cargo capacity. People driving it while only partially full do not receive the full benefit of the model. Loading out a smaller SUV generally seems more economic. However, for people who need the additional space or payload capacity, the Suburban is almost without equal.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter eight-cylinder, 6.0-liter eight-cylinder, 8.1-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Suburban
The Chevrolet Suburban got redesigned in 2000, so changes to the 2001 model seem minimal. The power of the six-liter, eight-cylinder engine option increases. A new 8.1-liter, eight-cylinder engine provides an additional option.
Measuring 219.3 inches long, 78.8 inches wide, and 75.6 inches tall, the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban represents a massive SUV that stands larger than most other vehicles on the road. The only major competitor that looks noticeably larger is the Ford Excursion. However, the size difference tends to work in the Suburban’s favor more often than the Excursion’s, because the Suburban fits into most garages and parking spots. Steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and trailer wiring come standard on the Suburban.
The Chevrolet Suburban has one of the largest interiors on the market. Flexible seating options allow the driver to customize seating for up to nine passengers. The interior and seating seem well-designed and comfortable, even without optional equipment. Standard amenities include rear ventilation ducts, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, Mast audio, and an AM/FM radio. While the standard equipment list does not seem that impressive, almost every common amenity remains available as an option. The Suburban allows a good degree of flexibility for potential buyers to get the vehicle they want.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Chevrolet Suburban handles like a good-quality truck. It does not compete with the smaller, more agile crossover SUVs, but it more than holds its own in the full-size range. It even outperforms some of its smaller competitors. The base engine provides the Suburban with reasonable acceleration and a respectable maximum payload of 2086 pounds. Turning falls on the tight end for a full-size truck, although it proves much weaker than a normal car. The only major hindrance to performance results from its large size. Some drivers might find handling the Suburban awkward, even with the otherwise decent performance.
The 2001 Chevrolet Suburban includes dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and child seat anchors as standard equipment.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Suburban two-wheel drive: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Suburban four-wheel drive: 12/15 mpg city/highway
- Lots of towing capacity
- Massive interior
- Four-wheel drive option
You Won't Like
- Horrible fuel economy
- High price tag
The king of the full-size SUV market.
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