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2023 Chevrolet Suburban 1500: speck and features


The Suburban name has been around since 1935 and is now as recognizable as Coca-Cola. This behemoth SUV, which boasts a body-on-frame design, is currently in its 12th generation and offers ample seating for up to eight passengers. It also boasts impressive towing capacity. A shorter version of the Suburban, known as the Tahoe, is reviewed separately. The Suburban comes standard with a 355 horsepower V8 engine; however, an optional277 horsepower inline six turbodiesel engine and 420 horsepower gas V8 are also available options..

The standard engine is tethered to a responsive 10-speed automatic transmission, and you can equip it with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive—with the exception of the off-road focused Z71 trim that only comes in four-wheel drive. The Suburban has plenty of cargo space; 20 cubic feet more than the Jeep Wagoneer when their third rows are folded down. And if you want an even smoother ride, upgrade to an air suspension which glides effortlessly over any bumps or dips in the road. The interior might not wow you with its style or materials, but it's functional nonetheless; all your controls are within easy reach on the 10.2 inch touchscreen display.

Chevrolet Suburban 1500

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Suburban's engine lineup consists of two V-8s and one diesel six-cylinder. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The default engine on all but the top High Country model is a 355hp 5.3 liter V-8. Standard on the High Country trim is a 420 hp 6,2 liter V=8, although this trim can also be equipped with an optional 277 hp 3,0 liter diesel six cylinder - which produces 460 lb ft of torque (equaling that of the bigger v=8).

The Suburban can be outfitted with adaptive dampers and an adjustable air suspension. The latter allows the ride height to be both automatically lowered or raised, which improves passenger accessibility, aerodynamics, and ground clearance. Those looking for sporty styling should see the RST model; it has blacked-out exterior trim and 22-inch wheels . The more rugged-looking Z71 trim level has 20-inch wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, and a two-speed transfer case that provides traditional four=wheel drive.

Towing and Payload Capacity

The Chevy Suburban with the 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive can tow up to 8,300 pounds when optioned with the Max Trailering package. The four-wheel drive diesel model has a slightly lower towing capacity of 7,800 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The most efficient engine for the Suburban is the available diesel option, which gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 on highways. The standard 5.3-liter V-8 isn't too far behind at 15 mpg in cities and 20 on highways--just one mile per gallon less than the optional 6.2-liter V-8.

We thoroughly test all of our vehicles on a 75-mph highway route to gauge their real-world mpg. We recently tested a Tahoe—the Suburban's smaller sister—outfitted with the diesel engine and it achieve 27 mpg. This verifies its efficiency in relation to gas engines. The suburban should not differ much, as according to EPA rates, the Tahoe only gets one more mile per gallon on the highway. If you want learn more about fuel economy for this vehicle specifically, visit EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Suburban's cargo and passenger space are both larger than its predecessor. Its second and third rows have more legroom, and the second-row seats can slide fore and aft. The Suburban's cargo area also expands by 23 cubic feet (145 total); the load floor is flatter and lower, because of the independent rear suspension.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado infotainment system has a lot of great features, including wireless phone charging and heated-and-ventilated seats. The head-up display is larger than in previous models, and the LT model comes with a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster.


Is Chevy Suburban a reliable SUV?

Consumer Reports Gives the 2022 Chevy Suburban a Poor Rating for Reliability. The 2022 Chevy Suburban is an iconic full-size SUV that offers families both small and large the versatility they need in an SUV they want. While the new Suburban is certainly stylish and comfortable, it isn't exactly perfect.

Is a Tahoe or Suburban more reliable?

Chevy Suburban: Reliability. According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is rated at a 79 out of 100 when it comes to quality and reliability. On the other hand, the 2021 Chevy Suburban is rated at just 70 out of 100.

Do Chevy Suburbans have transmission problems?

Chevy is aware of the transmission problems with the Suburban. According to a Chevy Service Bulletin #PIP5504C, the transmission is subject to torque converter vibrations resulting in a severe shake of the vehicle. Its clear the transmission problems are a substantial impairment in safety and could cause an accident.

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