KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 3/6/2014
With all-new styling, interior and chassis, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is more than just a refresh, but a wholly modern vehicle that adds a huge helping of refinement. Already nearly in a class of its own – save for other GM versions – the new Suburban leapfrogs the Ford Expedition EL with a refined interior and exterior, and finally adds things like a cargo-friendly flat-folding third row. The big SUV also gets improved steering, and an available Magnetic Ride Control suspension helps it float over bumps large and small. For a vehicle that Chevy says owners use "like a minivan," the improvements in practicality and comfort will go a long way towards expanding its everyday usability. Fuel economy, though improved, is still this V8-powered truck's biggest drawback.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want maximum cargo and passenger capacity, combined with 4-wheel-drive (4WD) capability, big-trailer towing capacity, and a luxurious interior, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is your best pick.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Despite its improvements, the 2015 Suburban is still a massive vehicle. If fuel economy and parking lot maneuverability are more important than towing or off-roading, then check out a smaller SUV, or a minivan.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is all new from stem to stern. Based on the same chassis as the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, the Suburban boasts styling wholly different from the truck, an interior that's easily best-in-class, and a host of technology new to GM's big SUVs.
The 2015 Suburban benefits from a host of new technologies to improve the driving experience. Foremost among these are Magnetic Ride Control, available on the top-line LTZ trim levels. The system uses high-tech shock absorbers that can adjust their stiffness depending on road conditions, smoothing out rough surfaces while still preventing too much body lean in corners. "Nimble" is too strong a word, but "carlike" isn't too far off. The new Suburban is quieter as well, and even at highway speeds we were able to maintain a conversation without a single "What?" or "Speak up!" The upgraded 5.3-liter V8 engine delivers enough power to make acceleration and passing afterthoughts, albeit at the expense of fuel economy in the low- to mid-teens. Then there's parking: Chevy went to considerable lengths to make the Suburban more maneuverable, but its considerable length is always going make parking lots a challenge.
MAGNETIC RIDE CONTROL
Taming the ride characteristics of a 5,800-pound SUV is never easy, but Chevy's Magnetic Ride Control keeps things on the level. The shocks sense road conditions as you drive, adjusting their stiffness to keep the ride smooth, but still control body lean in corners.
With nearly 40 cubic-feet of cargo space behind the third row, the Suburban is the cargo-hauling king of SUVs. Add to that up to 8,300 pounds of towing capacity – plus decent 3rd-row legroom – and you have a remarkably family-friendly cargo-hauler.
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