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Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban has one of the greatest distinctions in automobiles; it is the longest running automobile imprint in the world. The Chevy Suburban has been in production since 1935.

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Chevrolet Suburban Origins

The Suburban model is used for any station wagon vehicle that has windows on the back. The original Chevrolet Suburban was a steel vehicle (in an era where wood-body vehicles were still popular), made in 1935. Originally known as the Suburban Carryall, the name was shortened by GMC to Suburban. The Suburban was made a trademark of the General Motors company in 1988.

The Suburban SUV on the market today shows the result of several Chevy Suburban generations.

About the Chevrolet Suburban

Every generation of the Chevrolet Suburban has its own ticks and identifying marks. The recent generation, including vehicles from 2007 onward, is well known for its rugged durability, power as well as its superior safety rating; a rare thing indeed in the SUV market.

Chevrolet Suburban Features

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban comes in two separate models: a half-ton vehicle and three-quarter-ton vehicle.

The half-ton Chevrolet Suburban comes in one of three trim models.

The LS seats eight to nine passengers on cloth seats, has tri-zone climate control, a USB port for iPods, Sirius radio, and OnStar navigation. The LS contains a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with FlexFuel capability, meaning it can run on gas or E85 ethanol mix. Safety-wise, the LS (as well as the other trim models) are excellent. They include six airbags; preventive rollover avoidance is engineered into the unit, and a rear vision camera is available as an option.

The LT model features a few trim upgrades. Leather first and second seats are available, as well as heated front row seating. Bose speakers are included for superior sound. You can even let the sun in with a special sunroof. Many other trim options from the LS version are also available.

The Z71 suspension system for off-road driving is available as an option on the LT model. The rear parking assist comes standard.

The LTZ version has a smaller seating capacity (seven), but all of the trim options and safety features offered on the lower trim models come standard. .

The three-quarter-ton Chevy Suburban houses a 6.0-liter V-8 engine with Variable Timing. The vehicle is huge, containing 137.4 cubic feet of storage space. The car has a six-speed transmission, a Stabilitrak stability control system, 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, an integrated brake controller for heavy hauls, airbags, and ABS. The LT version offers extra trim options unavailable on the standard LS version.

Chevrolet Suburban Evolution

The first, second, and third generations of the vehicle are two-door wagons built with a front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. These vehicles were built between 1935 and 1947. The fourth and fifth generation vehicles are considered two-door carryall vehicles, made to hold and transport heavier loads. The carryall variety was built from 1941 to 1959.

The sixth generation, built between 1960 and 1966, was the first version of what is now considered an actual SUV variety of Suburban available. A new carryall was built for the seventh generation between 1967 and 1972.

Between 1973 and 1991 (one of the longer running models) the Suburban was available as a four-door SUV, a two-door short wheelbase SUV (built and sold in Brazil), and a four-door pickup truck (also built in Brazil).

The ninth generation GMT400 Suburban was produced between 1992 and 1999. These vehicles saw a huge increase in power over the previous models; boasting a variety of engines that included a 5.7-liter L05 V-8, a 5.7-liter Vortec L31 V8, a 7.4-liter L19 V-8, and a 7.4-liter Vortec L29 V-8.

The tenth generation offered a powerful, four-door SUV by the model name GMT800. Upgraded interior ergonomics and materials, and an 8.1-liter Vortec V-8, made this one of the most powerful SUV models on the market. Stabilitrak and other safety options were introduced during this generation.

The GMT900 model and 11th generation was introduced in 2007 and is still manufactured today. The 2010 model was named SUV model of the year by U.S. News and World Report. The current generation produces safe, reliable, and powerful SUV vehicles, offering the best in the SUV market. The 8.1-liter engine of the previous generation was dropped in favor of the 5.3-liter, 6.0-liter, and 6.2-liter Vortec V-8 engines, which boasts an incredible 403 horsepower.

If you are looking for a strong workhorse or a flashy SUV that can handle lugging the entire family around, the Chevy Suburban is a true gem among the SUVs on the market. Even the used vehicles will beat out some other current models.

Select a Chevrolet Suburban Year

2013 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


Perfect for when "too big" is just right.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $27,041

MPG
10-21
Seats
7-8

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


General Motors has made few changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, which underwent a major redesign in 2006 for the 2007 model.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $25,264

MPG
10-21
Seats
7-8

2011 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


New paint colors for the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban are Mocha Steel Metallic, Steel Green Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic. The 1LS trim level gets standard rear audio system controls with two headphone jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, floor console with storage area, wood grain interior trim, luggage rack center rails, body color outside door handles and mirror caps, and premium cloth front buckets with optional 40/20/40 bench. The 1LTZ 4WD adds standard chrome recovery hooks and two-speed transfer case.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $23,873

MPG
10-21
Seats
7-8

2010 Chevrolet Suburban
ESTIMATED RESALE: $20,540

MPG
9-16
Seats
7-8

2009 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


No other full size sport utility vehicle can compare to the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban when it comes to capacity and uses.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $18,265

MPG
11-20
Seats
7-8

2008 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


Originally introduced in 1937, the Chevrolet Suburban marks one of the longest-standing models in the history of the U.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $17,060

MPG
11-20
Seats
7

2007 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The Suburban is a large SUV built by Chevrolet.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,750

MPG
10-19
Seats
7

2006 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2006 Suburban classifies as a full-size SUV manufactured by Chevrolet.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,766

MPG
N/A
Seats
9

2005 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2005 Chevrolet Suburban SUV has everything needed for any type of outdoor adventure.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,725

MPG
N/A
Seats
9

2004 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


If shoppers are looking for a great way to haul the family and all their gear around, the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban remains an excellent choice because of its capable suspension, a powertrain that is excellent, and naturally, its ability to seat nine.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,773

MPG
14-20
Seats
9

2003 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2003 Chevrolet Suburban looks like the same truck-like SUV offered in 2002 from the outside.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,120

MPG
13-18
Seats
9

2002 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,831

MPG
13-17
Seats
9

2001 Chevrolet Suburban

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The 2001 Chevrolet Suburban marks one of the largest sport utility vehicles (SUVs) on the market.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,804

MPG
14-16
Seats
3

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