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Redesigned for 2007, Chevrolet's Suburban is powered by a new family of V8 engines. Built on GM's new full-size SUV architecture, it's capable of hauling more passengers and cargo than anything in its segment. Cousin to the comparably-redesigned GMC Yukon XL and Chevrolet's own Avalanche SUV/pickup, Suburbans also are related to the shorter full-size Tahoe sport-utility. As before, Suburbans come with two- or four-wheel drive, in regular 1500 or heavy-duty 2500 models. Depending upon the model, a variety of V8 engines are available, of 5.3-liters and 6.0-liters.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're a fan of big passenger-carrying wagons, and can cope with the operating costs, SUVs don't get much bigger than a Suburban. Boat and trailer owners in particular gravitate toward Suburbans, which offer up to 8,200-pounds towing capability (9,700 pounds for the heavy-duty 2500 series).You May Not Like This Car If...
Unless you really need this much passenger- and cargo-hauling capability, a smaller vehicle might be a better choiceespecially if gasoline prices resume their recent rise. Head-curtain side airbags for all three seating rows are offered at extra costat a time when many vehicles include them as standard equipment.What's Significant About This Car?
More powerful than before, Suburban 1500s also promise greater fuel economy, courtesy of Active Fuel Management technology that switches automatically from eight- to four-cylinder operation. Two of the 5.3-liter V8s also have flex-fuel capability, so they can run on the E85 ethanol/gasoline blend or gasoline alone.Driving It Driving Impressions
Refinement, though markedly improved, shines less brightly in Suburbans than in shorter-length GM trucks. With four-wheel drive and the 6.0-liter V8, the automatic transmission sometimes seems to shift a little abruptly, and there is noticeable engine noise under harder acceleration. However, ride comfort is considerably more appealing; it's pleasantly absorbent and cushiony on smooth surfaces and copes reasonably well with bumps. Acceleration is vigorous from a standstill, if less so to pass or merge. The Suburban feels more truck-like than smaller SUVs and, on the expressway, it behaves admirably.Favorite Features
Active Fuel Management Technology
Chevrolet is one of several automakers offering V8 engines that can automatically switch to four-cylinder operation as a fuel-saving measure, and it's a welcome feature. Considering the propensity of big SUVs to guzzle gasoline, every little bit of technology that reduces consumption is a bonus.
Power-operated Running Boards
Sure, they might tap you in the shin if you're standing too close, but the Suburban's optional power running boards are wide enough to really help passengers who might have trouble climbing aboard.