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2013 Chevrolet Suburban

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2013 Chevrolet Suburban Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV offers enough seating for nine passengers, as well as their luggage. Although the Suburban has mainly been a family-hauler, it has more capabilities than many owners may use. It can tow boats and campers, though it may not be as practical as a minivan or smaller SUV. Powered by a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 320 horsepower, the Chevrolet Suburban manages 11/16 mpg city/highway.

Offered in six different models, the LS 2WD, LS 4WD, LT 2WD, LT 4WD, LTZ 2WD, and LTZ 4WD, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban offers an array of standard features including 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, roof rails, cruise control, six-way power front bucket seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, as well as full power accessories, OnStar communications, Bluetooth, satellite radio, rear headphone jacks, and rear controls. The LT models bring with them a locking rear differential, rear parking sensors, remote ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. The top-of-the-line LTZ models continue to bring more features, including a rear air suspension with automatic load leveling, automatic wipers, power liftgate, blind-spot warning, heated steering wheel, navigation, real-time traffic, voice controls, and an upgraded Bose audio system. Many of the standard features on the LTZ are available on the LS and LT models.

Although handling and fuel economy put a damper on the decision to purchase the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, customers will be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that can offer as much seating, comfort, towing capacity, and cargo room. With the addition of the new braking mode, the Chevrolet Suburban keeps its competitive edge.

New for 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban offers small changes for the new model year, including a powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode.

You'll Like:

  • Smooth and comfortable ride
  • Class-leading cargo space
  • Seating for nine

You Won't Like:

  • Third row doesn't fold into the floor
  • Long braking distance
  • Slow acceleration with large load

Key Competitors:

  • Ford Expedition EL
  • Toyota Sequoia

See the New 2015 Suburban.

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