The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban launch saw a reduction in its trim lines as the base model was dropped, leaving only the LS and LT models available. It's built on the same platform as the Silverado and comes in a half-ton 1500 version and a three-quarter-ton 2500 version. Both versions come in LS and LT trim and are equipped with rear and all-wheel drive.
Body styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 8.1-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS, Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LT, Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LS, Chevrolet Suburban 2500 LT
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban's model line was reduced with the base model dropped for both versions of the full-size SUV. In addition to losing a model, other changes include the addition of further standard features for the LS model. As of 2002, heated mirrors, side-mounted steps, six-way power front seats, and a programmable system for opening garage doors and automatic gates are all standard for the LS. The 5.3-liter, V-8 engine is capable of running on ethanol/gasoline blends of fuel from 2002.
The last time the exterior of the Chevrolet Suburban was redesigned was for the launch of the 10th generation for the 2000 model year. Since then, this large SUV has remained relatively unchanged. The addition of side-mounted assist steps makes getting into and out much easier and is the only significant change made to the exterior since the current generation was released. It's equipped with four doors for passenger entry and exit and either dual rear cargo swing-out doors or an aluminum liftgate for access to the cargo area. Either option is available with no additional cost being affiliated with either.
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban is roomy and provides plenty of space for seating up to nine passengers across three rows of seats. Both front- and second-row bucket seats can be installed so that passenger capacity is reduced to seven or eight depending on the seating configuration. Both second and third row seats can be folded down and removed to increase cargo room as necessary.
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban LS include standard features such as cruise control, power front driver and passenger seats, remote keyless entry, and a nine-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and CD player. Upgrading to the LT trim line adds heated front seats and the OnStar communications system as standard.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban offer three different V-8 engines: the 1500 version is equipped with a 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 285 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The 2500 version has a 6.0-liter V-8 with a power rating of 320 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. An optional 8.1-liter V-8 is available for the 2500 version and provides 340 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. All are equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and come in rear and all-wheel drive.
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban provides quick acceleration from a stop and while carrying out passing maneuvers at speed. Although this is a large SUV, driving it doesn’t feel like that. Steering is responsive but can have a light feel. Handling is good for a vehicle this size, but body lean will be felt during cornering. Carrying out quick maneuvers isn’t a good idea, which can make driving around town a little more difficult. The height gives the driver excellent visibility, and the ride is smooth and quiet with plenty of room for all passengers.
The 2002 Chevrolet Suburban includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and dual front and side airbags as standard safety equipment. Traction control is available as an option for rear-drive models.
EPA Fuel Economy
2002 Chevrolet Suburban: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-8 engines
- Roomy interior for up to nine passengers
- Plenty of cargo space
You Won't Like
- Poor gas mileage
- Handling around town not the best
- Large size can be difficult to navigate or park in urban areas
An excellent choice for a carrying a family in a full-size SUV.
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