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