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2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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2007 Chevrolet Suburban Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


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 choice—especially if gasoline prices resume their recent rise. Head-curtain side airbags for all three seating rows are offered at extra cost—at 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.

Vehicle Details Interior

There is more passenger space and improved seating comfort for the 2007 Suburban, along with greater overall refinement—including enclosing the "close-outs" around seat bottoms for a cleaner appearance. Rear-seat passengers get increased shoulder room, and the driver benefits from a lower instrument panel that helps increase front-seat space. Two-tone color schemes use softer, low-gloss materials for the instrument panel. The third-row seat is removable, and a power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat is available.

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At 222.4 inches overall on a 130-inch wheelbase, the Suburban is undeniably a biggie. With body-on-frame construction, it's clearly a truck—though fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers. Improved aerodynamics are credited to a more sleekly-angled windshield and tighter body-gap tolerances, while a bulging power-dome hood adds to visceral appeal. Prominent fenders have integrated wheel flares, and the lower fascia displays a skid-plate look to enhance the rugged aura. Standard 17-inch wheels can be replaced by 20-inchers.

Notable Standard Equipment

Three trim levels are available: LS, LT and LTZ, with three sub-divisions of the LT level (LT1, LT2 and LT3), and with either two- or four-wheel drive. Standard LS equipment includes daytime running lights, GM's OnStar emergency and communications system, side steps, split-bench front seat, cloth upholstery, heated power mirrors and remote keyless entry. The LT1 has front bucket seats with a center console, as well as foglamps and a cargo cover. Additional equipment on the LTZ includes Autoride suspension, heated front- and second-row seats, power-release folding second-row seats, a power liftgate, limited-slip differential and 20-inch wheels. The LT3 and LTZ trim levels include head-curtain airbags, leather upholstery, a Bose speaker system and XM Satellite Radio.

Notable Optional Equipment

A Z71 Off Road Appearance Package includes larger recovery hook openings, more prominent foglamps, platinum chrome grille trim and on-road/off-road tires on 18-inch wheels. Power articulated running boards automatically move downward and outward as the doors open. Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist is available, or the optional rearview camera displays the view behind the vehicle. The optional DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system features an eight-inch screen and in-dash loading. Also optional is the 6.0-liter V8 engine and a touch-screen navigation system.

Under the Hood

With two-wheel drive, the Suburban 1500 has a standard iron-block 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 320 horsepower. Four-wheel-drive models get a standard all-aluminum V8 rated at 310 horsepower. A 366-horsepower, 6.0-liter all-aluminum V8 is optional. Suburban 2500 models contain an iron-block 6.0-liter V8 that generates 352 horsepower. All engines except those in the 2500s operate with Active Fuel Management technology, and two of the 5.3-liter V8s are E85-compatible. Each Suburban uses a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission.

5.3-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
340 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD, Gas), 12/16 (2WD, E85)

5.3-liter V8 Flex-Fuel
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20 (4WD, Gas), 11/15 (4WD, E85)

6.0-liter V8
366 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (4WD)

6.0-liter V8
352 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
383 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19

Pricing Notes

In base LS trim with two-wheel drive, the Suburban 1500 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,760. A two-wheel-drive Suburban LS stickers for $38,535, while the top-of-the-line LTZ has an MSRP of $47,035 and four-wheel drive adds $2,800 across the board. Suburban 2500 models range from $38,945 to $42,505. The Fair Purchase Price, which represents what consumers are actually paying, is certain to be somewhat lower. Be sure to click on Fair Purchase Prices to check what the Suburban is currently selling for in your area. In terms of resale value, Suburban 1500s with two-wheel drive are expected to retain 31 percent of their original value over a 60-month period, while four-wheel-drive models should retain 33 percent. That's better than Ford's Expedition, but the shorter-length Tahoe is likely to retain 34 to 36 percent of its original value.

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