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2015 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 SUV - Overview

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Overview

What's New for 2015:

  • Completely redesigned
  • New, more fuel-efficient V-8 engine
  • Next-generation infotainment systems
  • Modern safety technologies
  • Third-row seat never needs removal to expand cargo capacity

Introduction
This year, Chevrolet celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Suburban, the original SUV. Completely redesigned for 2015, the iconic full-size SUV continues to seat up to 9 passengers and can carry up to 121.1 cu. ft. of cargo with both rows of seats folded down. As a result of the redesign the Suburban's third-row seat no longer requires removal to maximize cargo capacity.

Prices start at less than $49,000 for a Suburban LS with rear-wheel drive, and this big Chevy competes directly against the Ford Expedition EL. Alternatives include the slightly smaller Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.

Models and Features
Chevrolet sells the Suburban in LS, LT, and LTZ trim levels. Upgrading to LT trim requires more than $5,000 in added expense, but adds leather upholstery, heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats, power-adjustable pedals, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and memory for the driver's settings. Additionally, the Suburban LT includes a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an 8-in. color touch screen and a hidden in-dash storage compartment, Bose premium audio system, power rear liftgate, and safety systems including forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and a Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to help get the driver's attention when threats exist.

The Suburban LTZ is the top-of-the-line version, identified by its high-intensity discharge headlights, LED running lights, fog lights, 20-in. polished aluminum wheels, and upgraded trim inside and out. The LTZ also features perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustment, heated second-row bucket seats with a power release function, and a power-folding third-row bench seat. Keyless entry with push-button starting is also standard for the LTZ, along with a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding exterior mirrors with ground illumination, front and rear park-assist sensors, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, and three additional safety features including side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change alert.

All 2015 Suburbans are equipped with fold-flat second- and third-row seats to make expanding cargo capacity easier, but the total amount of volume is smaller than last year at a maximum of 121.1 cu. ft. Standard equipment also includes glass-breakage sensors, motion detectors, and a self-leveling inclination sensor in order to thwart thieves.

Highlights from the Suburban's option list include a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with a Blu-Ray DVD player, navigation system, power sunroof, and a trailer brake controller, among other extras.

Under the Hood
A direct-injection, 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation technology is standard for every 2015 Suburban. The engine makes 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. torque and is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with a tow/haul mode, automatic grade braking, and TapShift manual gear control. When properly equipped, the Suburban can tow up to 8,300 lbs., and Chevrolet supplies free scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 24,000 miles of ownership.

In addition to the new, more powerful and more efficient V-8 engine, the 2015 Suburban benefits from improved steering, braking, ride, and handling characteristics, according to Chevy. Contributing factors include the SUV's stiffer frame, variable-assist electric steering, and DuraLife brake rotors boasting twice the normal lifespan for such components, Chevrolet claims.

Fuel Economy
Chevrolet says the new 2015 Suburban boasts a 10% improvement in fuel economy compared with the previous model. According to the EPA, that translates to a range between 15 mpg in the city for the 4-wheel-drive model and 23 mpg on the highway for the 2-wheel-drive model.

Safety and Technology
According to the NHTSA, the 5,664-lb. Suburban gets a 4-star (out of a possible 5 stars) overall crash-test rating. Frontal-impact test results are 4 stars for the driver and front passenger, and rollover resistance is rated 3 stars.

Standard safety equipment includes a reversing camera and, for vehicles with front bucket seats, a front center air bag. Options include side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert, lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, adaptive cruise control with Crash Imminent Braking, and a Safety Alert Seat that vibrates to get the driver's attention when a dangerous situation may be present.

A Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is standard for LT and LTZ trims and includes text-messaging alerts and Siri Eyes Free mode technology. OnStar telematics is standard, offering 5 free years of RemoteLink Key Fob service, 6 free months of Directions and Connections service, and 3 free months of a 4G LTE high-speed Internet connection with mobile Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity. Wisely, Chevrolet limits the free trial period to a maximum of 3GB of data.

Additionally, the 2015 Suburban offers up to 6 USB ports and a 3-prong, 110V power outlet.

Available Trims for the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS 6 speed automatic $48,250 355-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 16/23
LT 6 speed automatic $53,455 355-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 16/23
LTZ 6 speed automatic $63,035 355-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 16/23

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