The Chevrolet Suburban is the original SUV, and through the years it remains one of the top full-size SUVs on the market. As one of the U.S. market's oldest nameplates, the Suburban reaches all the way back to the 1930s. However, as we’re about to wrap up 2014, the Suburban of today is worlds apart from its distant predecessors, but still has a strong foothold in today’s full-size SUV market. With modern advances through the years, Chevrolet has been able to keep the Suburban nameplate stronger than ever.
Model and PriceThe 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 2WD ½ ton LTZ we drove comes in with a base price of $61,700 and a destination charge of $995. For that price, you get quite a few standard features, including heated third row seats. Options included the “Sun, Entertainment, Destination” package ($3,305) that adds a power sunroof, additional nine months of XM radio, and Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system with touch & navigation. In addition to adaptive cruise control ($1,695), 22-inch aluminum wheels ($895), crystal red metallic paint ($495), and a trailer package ($300), the final testing price rings in at a total of $68,885.
Safety and Key FeaturesThe 2015 Suburban LTZ comes standard with safety features like forward collision alert, side blind zone alert with lane departure alert, rear cross traffic alert, safety alert seats, a rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system, and a plethora of airbags throughout the cabin, including side impact and head curtain side impact for all outboard seating.
Family Friendliness and UtilityYou can't get much more family-friendly than with the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban. This is a family bus with modern-day amenities. The full-size SUV is purpose-built for taking the whole family away for the weekend with a boat or trailer in tow. Even though the Suburban has from previous years in cargo space--from 45.8 cubic feet to a still large 39.3 cubic feet--there is plenty of space to bring the entire family’s luggage while using the third row. The kids have easy access to the third row, thanks to power-folding second row seating.
Comfort and QualityWe think the 2015 Suburban is the best Suburban yet with it 5.3-liter V-8 under the hood, pushing out 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, it provides plenty of smooth acceleration when getting on those short freeway on-ramps. The standard suspension gives a supple and smooth ride, but with the optional MRC (magnetic ride control), it takes it to another level, controlling the large Suburban body even better. Stepping into the interior, it's clear to see that the quality and feel has benefitted from attention to detail. With a more cockpit-like feel, the dash and center console feel wider, giving each occupant a more personalized and luxurious space.
How it DrivesWe were surprised how well the Suburban handled its weight in all driving conditions, as it was easy to forget just how big this SUV is. It seemed to really shrink thanks to the driver aids like the rearview camera, side blind zone alert, cross traffic alert, and more. But mostly it was the power from the 5.3-liter V-8 that really did the trick. We'd definitely opt for the MRC suspension, as the standard rear leaf springs can leave you wanting.
SummaryStill being a familiar face with a modern-day overhaul, repeat buyers will feel right at home with the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban. Chevrolet has made a much more premium vehicle for the new model year, which is reflected in more than just the price tag. Overall, the 2015 Suburban nailed it. Keeping it a true full-size SUV and bringing in modern-day technology and amenities really make it a winner.
Spec BoxPrice-as-tested: $68,885
EPA City: 16
EPA Highway: 23
EPA Combined: 18
Cargo Space: 39.3 cubic feet
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Excellent
Child Seat Fitment, Third Row: Good
Estimated Combined Range: 558 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: N/A