2012 Chevrolet Suburban at Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac

by Holly Johnson

For over seventy-five years the Chevrolet Suburban has gone through many changes from 1936 when it was a 2 Door panel truck to current day with a smoother body frame and 4 doors with all the upgrades of the 21st Century.  The Chevy Suburban has come a long way from an inline six cylinder engine with 90 horsepower to the current day engine choices of a 5.3L V8 with 320 horsepower or 6.0L V8 with 325 horsepower both are coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission.  This makes hauling that boat to the lake for the weekend a piece of cake or even driving the family around town, a comfortable enjoyable ride.  With an SUV that can work just as hard as any full size truck why would you look at anything else?  With new changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban isn’t it worth a look to see what it can offer you?  Even if you purchase a new or used Suburban you will be making yourself a great investment in the long run.

The 2012 Chevy Suburban holds up to nine people, some full size vans don’t even hold that many or you can easily convert the cargo space to provide 137.4 cubic feet of room for whatever you need to haul.  When it comes to fuel economy, space, and amenities, the 2012 Suburban has a leg up on the competition be it the Dodge Durango, Buick Enclave, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.  The 2012 Suburban also offers over 8,100lbs. of towing power when properly equipped.  Kelly Blue Book named the 2010 Suburban “Top 10 Family Car”.  In 2011 the Chevy Suburban was “U.S. News and World Reports” top two pick as being an affordable large SUV.  With the beginning of 2012 there is no doubt that the award winning Suburban will continue to top the “best of” charts.  With a low MSRP of $41,335, the 2012 Chevy Suburban is a truck based SUV that offers supreme value to buyers.

In spite of the 2012 Chevy Suburban’s truck based platform and being a workhorse functional SUV it has a modern sophisticated interior that outshines the bland design of other utilitarian vehicles.  The refined cabin is loaded with plush features giving the Suburban’s interior a contemporary look that sets it apart from its other large SUV competitors.  With each of the different trims available each one has different features such as Bluetooth, full power accessories, satellite radio, rear seat audio controls, heated outside mirrors rear parking sensors, tri-zone manual climate and remote vehicle start just to name a few.

No matter the changes the Chevy Suburban has endured it has still managed to last through history as being one of the longest made SUV vehicles on the market.  With the ability to haul anything from a boat the size of a small studio apartment to the kids Soccer team wouldn’t the 2012 Chevy Suburban be the ideal fit for you?  If you can’t afford to purchase a new Suburban even a used model will be a good investment for your present and future.

Six good vehicles for families: Part 1 of 6

Chevrolet Suburban

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2012 Chevy Suburban Interior

The new 2012 Suburban seats up to 8 passengers, 9 in the LS model. For convenience is offers power-adjustable pedals, remote start and rear parking assist with camera. Tri-zone temperature control, driver information center and in the LTZ model, heated and cooled leather bucket seats. The exterior has a  remote lift gate, and power-retractable assist steps that add to the convenience. When you have a family, safety is always on your mind. No worries here with a steel safety cage, 6 air bags, OnStar, StabilitTrak, Four-wheel ABS, rear view cameras and a tire pressure monitor system. Technology is at it’s best with hands-free connection for phones, turn-by-turn navigation through OnStar and SiriusXM and XM NavTraffic. It boasts 320 HP and 335 lb-ft of torque under the hood. The Vortec 5.3 V8 gives you the power to pass safely.

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Parts 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

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2011 Chevy Suburban Review by Edmunds

What Edmunds.com says

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban is a compelling choice for those who need a traditional full-size SUV with massive passenger, cargo and towing capacities. We just wonder how many people really do.

Pros

Seats up to nine people; class-leading cargo capacity; lots of standard and optional features; comfortable ride; smooth V8.

Cons

Third-row seat is bulky and doesn’t fold into the floor; acceleration is sluggish under full load; portly curb weight hampers handling.

What’s New for 2011

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban receives only minor feature changes. The entry-level Suburban LS now gets standard Bluetooth connectivity and rear seat audio controls with headphone jacks. The optional towing package now includes a trailer brake controller. Twenty-inch chromed wheels are also now available.

2011 Chevrolet Suburban Vehicle Overview

Introduction

At the risk of ticking some folks off, we’ll come right out and say it: Most people don’t really need a V8-powered full-size SUV. If you are one of the few who do, however, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban should be at the top of your “must test-drive” list.

The Suburban — which celebrated its 75th birthday last year — does an awful lot of things well. That includes things you expect, like hauling lots of people and cargo and towing heavy trailers and boats. As far as traditional full-size SUVs go, the Suburban is actually surprisingly pleasant to drive thanks to a comfortable ride and beefy V8 power.

Of course the Suburban isn’t the only full-size SUV game in town. Buyers interested in more upscale trappings may want to have a look at its fancier GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV cousins. The Ford Expedition EL is similar in size and offers a slightly more versatile interior thanks to its fold-flat third-row seat, but its seating capacity maxes out at eight passengers. The eight-passenger Toyota Sequoia is more powerful than both, but not as roomy inside.

As long as heavy-duty towing isn’t a priority (which goes back to our point about most people not needing a V8 SUV), you might also look at a large crossover like Chevy’s own Traverse, which is still quite roomy yet more nimble and gets better fuel economy. But for maximum seating, cargo and towing capacity, you’re not going to go wrong with the Chevy Suburban.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is offered in 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models. Both are available in the base LS and midlevel LT, while the top-shelf LTZ model is available as a 1500 only. All Suburbans can be had in either two- or four-wheel drive.

The LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, side assist steps, roof rack side rails, power front bucket seats with a center console, a 50/50-split third-row seat, tri-zone manual climate control, full power accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rear-seat audio control with headphone jacks, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, auxiliary audio/USB jacks and satellite radio. The LT adds foglights, roof rack crossbars, a locking rear differential, heated outside mirrors, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starting and an upgraded Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.

The Suburban LTZ gets 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, the Autoride rear air suspension, premium leather upholstery, driver seat memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding heated second-row seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a premium 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with satellite radio capability.

Many of the features that are standard on upper trim levels are available on the LS or LT via packages or individual options. Other major options for the Suburban include 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retracting running boards, a heavy-duty towing package (with an integrated trailer brake controller), an off-road package, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Powertrains and Performance

Chevrolet offers two engine choices for the 2011 Suburban. The 1500 model comes with a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A 6.0-liter V8 that pumps out 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque is standard on the 2500. Both V8s are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With either the 1500 or 2500 model, buyers have a choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the Suburban 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban ranges from a high of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg in combined driving for two-wheel-drive 1500 models to a low of 10/15/12 mpg for the four-wheel-drive 2500.

Safety

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban’s list of standard safety features includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, GM’s OnStar emergency communications system, front-seat side airbags and a three-row side curtain airbag system with a rollover sensor. A blind-spot warning system is also available on the LTZ trim.

The government’s safety testing regimen has become more strenuous for 2011, but under the previous 2010 test the Chevy Suburban was awarded a top five-star rating for its protection of occupants in frontal collisions.

Interior Design and Special Features

Like many of the latest GM models, the Suburban’s passenger cabin looks remarkably good. Both the design and the quality of materials have improved and controls and gauges are both easy to see and simple to operate.

With the available 40/20/40-split front seat, the Suburban can seat up to nine passengers, a total bested only by some full-size vans. Passenger capacity drops to eight with the standard front bucket seats and just seven on LTZ versions equipped with standard second-row buckets.

Cargo capacity is equally impressive, with 137 cubic feet of storage — 17 more than the Toyota Sequoia and 40 more than the Nissan Armada — behind the front seats. Making use of all this space can be a hassle, however, as the heavy 50/50-split third-row seats must be removed, an outdated process that’s both strenuous and awkward.

Driving Impressions

For a vehicle that weighs roughly 3 tons, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban performs surprisingly well. Without passengers or cargo, a 0-60-mph sprint takes just 9 seconds. Load it up, however, and the 5.3-liter V8 produces acceleration that’s best described as adequate. The Suburban’s size and weight also impacts its handling — nimble it’s not. The suspension does manage to provide a fairly smooth ride just the same, a quality enhanced by the relative quiet of the passenger cabin.