2009 Chevrolet Suburban

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2009 Chevrolet Suburban Review

Full-size SUV with maximum capacity for cargo and passengers.

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Overview

No other full size sport utility vehicle can compare to the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban when it comes to capacity and uses. Regardless of its size, it has an amazingly smooth ride, due in part to the V-8 engine. Chevrolet continues to enhance it, and one of the most recent improvements has been a six-speed automatic transmission, which increases efficiency and is now a standard feature. All trims now have a 50/50 split bench in the third row and include Bluetooth connectivity. With the enormous seating and cargo capacity, there are limitless possibilities.

The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is often utilized as police and fire chief vehicles, converted to use as limousines, and casinos frequently use it to chauffeur VIP patrons. The Secret Service even uses armored models to transport the President of the United States. There have been no reports of major mechanical problems. Regular service is recommended every 12 months, or 10,000 miles. Tires should be replaced regularly, especially if the vehicle has high usage, and oil should be changed every 3000 miles.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Suburban 1500, Chevrolet Suburban 2500

What's New

The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban include numerous changes, such as a more efficient six-speed automatic transmission. New 50/50-split third-row bench seats are available across the entire line. The navigation system is now equipped with real-time traffic capability and available as an option on the 1LT trim level. Heated and cooled leather seating has been made standard for the line-topping LTZ model. Bluetooth phone connectivity has also been made standard across the line.

Exterior

With a length of 222.4 inches, the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is the longest full-size SUV on the market. It also has a height of 76.8 inches, and a width of 79.1 inches. LS and LT trim levels are equipped with 17-inch wheels, while 20-inch wheels are available as an option for the LT model and come standard on the LTZ.

Interior

The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban have made numerous improvements to the interior over the years, including the quality of the materials and easily-accessed controls. It has a standard third row seat that aids in the ability to seat up to nine passengers. The enormous cargo capacity is 134.4 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban has three different engines to choose from on the 1500, all of which come standard with a 5.3-liter V-8 making 310 horsepower. A 6.0-liter V-8 makes an astounding 366 horsepower and is an option on the 2LT and LTZ trims. All engines on the 1500 have a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2500 model, similarly, has a standard 6.0-liter, V-8 engine but is rated at 352 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque. It also has a six-speed automatic transmission that is geared for an enhanced towing capability. Both models have a choice of either the rear or four-wheel drive. It can tow as much as 9600 pounds. Surprisingly for its size, it can go from zero to 60 mph in an amazing nine seconds. In addition, the cabin is quiet and the ride is comfortable, even on irregular road surfaces. It would be hard to beat the passenger and cargo space.

Safety

The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is equipped with stability and traction control, OnStar systems, anti-lock disc brake system, daytime running lights, rear door child safety locks, auto delay off headlamps, and dusk sensing headlamps, which are all standard. Additional standard safety features include side curtain airbags and a rollover sensor. The LTZ also has the option of adding a blind-spot warning system. Government crash tests awarded five stars for its excellent protection of occupants in frontal and side-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Suburban: 14/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior seats up to nine
  • Cargo capacity is the best in its class
  • Generous array of standard and optional features
  • Comfortable ride quality

You Won't Like

  • Bulky third row of seating doesn’t fold down into floor
  • Sluggish acceleration when laden with cargo or passengers
  • Hefty curb weight diminishes handling capability

Sum Up

Full-size SUV with maximum capacity for cargo and passengers.

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