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2015 Chevrolet Suburban

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/19/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

Now in its 80th year and 12th generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is all-new from the ground up including a stronger, fully-boxed perimeter frame. Although the 2015 Suburban stems from the also new 2014 Silverado pickup, the full-size, three-row SUV shares less with the pickup than before. Chevrolet claims the Suburban and slightly smaller Tahoe share no exterior sheetmetal or even lighting elements.

"Though the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban have an in-your-face split chrome grille like the Silverado (standard on all models)," we wrote in our 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban First Look, "the latest take on Chevy's stacked headlight treatment couldn't be any more different, with an almost Ford Explorer/Range Rover-like look to it. Projector-beam headlights come standard on the new Tahoe and Suburban, with HIDs with LED running lights standard on the loaded Tahoe and Suburban LTZ. The previous-generation Tahoe and Suburban's roundish jelly bean-like profile is gone, in its place is handsome, slab-sided, and chiseled sheet metal, lending the Chevys a truck-ish quality."

The 2015 Suburban is powered by GM's latest 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque featuring direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission offering. The Suburban is available in rear- or four-wheel-drive. Fuel economy ratings for the Suburban haven't been revealed. "Depending on configuration, the new full-size GMC and Chevrolet SUVs are rated to tow between 7800 and 8500 pounds, thanks in part to a fully-boxed high-strength steel frame. Like the pickups, the GM full-size SUVs now sport fuel saving measures including cylinder de-activation, electronic throttle control, and electric power steering." LTZ models feature magnetic ride shocks. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, while 20- and 22-inch wheels are available.

Fold-flat second- and third-row seats are new for 2015, while second-row passengers gain two inches of legroom and easier entry and exist. The Suburban shares the Silverado's six-gauge instrument cluster, while an eight-inch color touchscreen radio with MyLink connectivity and up to six USB ports and six power outlets (one 110-volt three-prong outlet) are available. A dual-screen, Blu-Ray rear-seat entertainment system is available. New theft prevention features include window or glass break sensors, and vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Available safety tech includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and the Cadillac XTS' vibrating Safety Alert Seat. The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban SUV hasn't been evaluated by the NHTSA or IIHS for safety.

New for 2015

Virtually all-new, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban features a more upscale interior and new styling, more standard and available infotainment, connectivity, safety, and theft deterrent tech. A new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and new combustion system for more power, improved fuel economy, and less emissions. If you want more power from a Suburban, try the 2015 GMC Yukon XL's available 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8.

You'll Like

  • Lots of passenger and cargo room
  • Powerful drivetrain
  • Available infotainment, connectivity, and safety tech

You Won't Like

  • Maneuverability
  • Headlights
  • Expected fuel economy

Key Competitors

  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Expedition EL
  • GMC Yukon XL/Denali
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Nissan Armada

Rating

4 star

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