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2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Review

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2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Chevrolet has been building the Suburban for nearly 80 years, making it the oldest nameplate in automotive history. Generations of families have grown up with the Suburban, which is why, despite its massive size and thirst for fuel, it remains an integral part of the American automotive story. With an all-new Suburban on deck for 2015, the 2014 Suburban acts as a holdover model, losing the larger V8 and 9,000-pound tow rating of the now-defunct 2500 model in the process. While the Suburban is good at what it does, it doesn't offer the towing ability or flush-folding 3rd-row seat of the Ford Expedition, or the superior horsepower offered by the Toyota Sequoia.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2014 Suburban is good at hauling people and stuff, delivers a quality ride and is surprisingly agile for its size. A loaded LTZ is nearly Cadillac-plush.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There is an all-new 2015 model on deck, so if you want something state-of-the-art, waiting a few months might be prudent. If you're looking for best-in-class towing or horsepower, the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia hold those titles, respectively.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.5
  • 6.4
  • 7.4
  • 6.8
  • 7.2
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#34

out of 42

Fuel Economy

#12

out of 42

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Consumer Rating

8.6 out of 10
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2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is basically a holdover vehicle until the 2015 model debuts in the first quarter of 2014. As for changes, the LS and LT models gain power-adjustable pedals, remote start, rear park assist and a rearview camera as part of their standard-equipment list.

Driving the Suburban 1500
2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Usually, an SUV built from a truck frame would ride and drive very much like a truck. But with the 2014 Chevy Suburban, the feel is...

... more like a large sedan, albeit a very long, very tall one. The ride is smooth, the handling surprisingly agile and when equipped with 4-wheel drive (4WD), the ability to forge through snow and over dirt trails is impressive to say the least. The 5.3-liter V8 delivers its power without fuss, aided by one of the nicest 6-speed automatic transmissions ever to grace an SUV. Maneuvering the Suburban isn't as pleasant as riding in it, a result of the 222-inch-long body. In fact, the Suburban is so long that it won't fit in some garages. Thankfully, the rear parking assists and rearview camera help avoid bumper damage and crushing small objects.

ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT
The 5.3-liter V8 engine in the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban employs Active Fuel Management (AFM), which can deactivate four of the eight cylinders when the load is light enough. AFM not only helps conserve fuel, but reduces emissions as well.

ADJUSTABLE PEDALS
Standard on all trims, the power-adjustable brake and gas pedal assembly helps drivers of all sizes find the most comfortable driving position.

2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Details
2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The Suburban is one of the relatively few new vehicles that can still be had with a 3-passenger bench seat up front. Combined with two other rows of 3-person benches, the Suburban can comfortably carry up to nine people. Alternatively, it can be had with pairs of front- and 2nd-row bucket seats, allowing for greater comfort of two people in each row. Fold-and-tumble 2nd-row seats make for easier access to the 3rd-row seats, which can split and fold in a 50/50 fashion. Cargo room is enormous. Even with the 3rd-row seats up, there is over 45 cubic feet of space.

Exterior
2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 photo

A visual definition of utility, the 2014 Chevy Suburban's boxy shape stands in contrast to the curves, waves and wild angles adorning other people-movers. Dress one of these – and yourself – in black, and some might suspect you're part of a secretive government agency. Up front is a big, 2-bar honeycomb grille with the Chevy bow-tie icon sandwiched between. The broad sides are highlighted by three boxes of windows and prominent wheel arches. Rear-wheel-drive versions have 8.9 inches of ground clearance, and 4WD versions sit a bit higher, with 9.2 inches of clearance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Chevy Suburban comes in three trims: LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with 4WD an option. Base LS versions are equipped with tri-zone air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, cruise control, Bluetooth, AM/FM/CD player with USB port, rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and six months of complimentary service to the OnStar Directions & Connections plan. Stepping up to the LTZ trim brings much more, including leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, Autoride suspension, locking rear differential, blind-spot monitoring system, 20-inch wheels, and an upgraded Bose audio system with 7-inch touch screen and 30-gig hard drive.

Optional Equipment

Add-ons and extras for the 2014 Suburban include power sunroof, rear DVD entertainment system with two sets of wireless headphones, Z71 off-road appearance package, 2-speed transfer case, engine-block heater, heavy-duty trailering package, 22-inch wheels, retractable side steps and 3rd-row DVD screen.

Under the Hood
2014 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Engine photo

The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban SUV has a 5.3-liter V8 that delivers 320 horsepower and runs on regular unleaded gasoline or E85 ethanol blend. This engine features Chevy's Active Fuel Management system, which cuts power from eight to four cylinders under light-load situations. A 6-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission is standard.

5.3-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (gas), 11/16 mpg (E85)

The 2014 Chevy Suburban has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $47,500 for a base LS model, before cash offers and incentives. A top-line, 4WD LTZ model with options can reach over $65,000. At these prices, the 2014 Suburban is slightly more expensive than the Ford Expedition EL and Toyota Sequoia, and nearly $10,000 more than a Nissan Armada. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what other buyers in your area are paying for the 2014 Suburban. Down the road, the Suburban's resale value is expected to be marginal, similar to the Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada, and trailing the Toyota Sequoia.

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2014 Chevrolet Suburban Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 254 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Way too expensive to operate.

By on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Big Space,Comfort on long distance drives,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"The is a Truck converted to a car. Almost all of the milage is highway. At 105,000 miles the transmission needed to be replaced. $5,000 WOW. Of course just after my 100,000 mile extended warranty was over, it must be engineered this way. I never trailered or overloaded this vehicle I moved three children and a 12 lb. dog. Now at 165,000 mile I have serious engine problems. This car was always serviced at the dealer with regular oil changes. This 2009 Suburban is a disappointment and I feel that with such light usage and regular maintenance on a heavy duty vehicle it should have performed MUCH better. I won't buy another Suburban. Back to Japanese cars where they respect my big dollar expense to purchase a car."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle. Selling due to new purchase

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Excellent vehicle and selling due to new vehicle purchase. Mileage is a little high but highway miles"

11 people out of 21 found this review helpful

All around great truck!

By on Monday, November 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Ride/handling, good looks, people/cargo capacity"

Cons: "MDS cyl switching not as smooth as it could be"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2013 Suburban gives me all the utility and comfort I could ask for. From hauling the family and dogs around town and occasional 9-hour road-trips for work to getting extra kids to and from sports and other school activities our 'Burban cannot be beat! The LT interior is excellent with leather seats for comfort and easy cleaning but yet I can still haul 4x8 sheets of plywood or drywall, mulch, or a couple dozen flats of flowers for the flower beds at home without any problem. I used to own full size four-door pickups before I moved to the GMC/Chevy full-size SUV's, and other than hauling very tall items (like large appliances) I have found nothing I used to haul in a pickup that I cannot with my Suburban. For anything really tall that will not fit inside I just hook up a small utility trailer and take advantage of the effortless towing the Suburban provides. Yes, the third-row seats are heavy to haul out if you need maximum cargo space but GM has made them very easy to roll in and out. It is an easy one-person job. No issues driving in any weather. I can count on one hand the number of times I needed to switch out of 2WD to the "auto" setting for 4WD including during several winter trips in heavy snow across PA on I-80 or during the numerous snow storms here in lower Michigan last fall. And most of those times were more to soothe my nerves than for actual traction or control issues. Smooth and responsive at highway speeds but agile enough to easily handle the local shopping mall or home improvement parking lots. Gas mileage is not an issue for me. It's a full size truck with a 320 horse 5.3L V8. What do you expect? Overall a great truck with outstanding utility you will not regret owning."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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