Nine-passenger seating; up to 9,600-lb plus tow limit; huge cargo space; comfortable ride; abundance of amenities
Heavy and sluggish off the line; abundant body roll; third-row seat is difficult to stow; low city fuel economy; hard to maneuver in parking lots
The best Suburban is the 1500 LT. This is an extremely well-equipped package that doesn't have an inflated price due to many unnecessary upgrades (such as power retractable running boards or a heated steering wheel). We suggest that those in cold climates opt for the 4-wheel-drive system. An optional sunroof is always a pleasant extra, and the DVD rear entertainment feature is a must for making those long trips pass quickly and quietly.
The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban comes in three trim levels -- LS, LT and LTZ. Base-level Suburban 1500 models are offered with all three trims, while the heavy-duty Suburban 2500 is available only in LS and LT guise.
The Suburban LS ($46,000 for the 1500; $47,000 for the 2500) boasts all the full-size SUV necessities. That includes features such as alloy wheels, tri-zone climate controls, power front seats, Bluetooth and power accessories (windows, locks, mirrors, etc.). It also includes OnStar, satellite radio, an iPod/USB interface for music and, for the 2014 model year, power adjustable pedals, a rearview camera and a remote starter.
The LT ($49,000 for the 1500; $50,000 for the 2500) adds automatic climate control, leather seats, heated front seats and a Bose audio system with a 6-disc CD changer. LT models also include a roof rack and fog lights.
Topping the Suburban range is the LTZ ($57,500), which is only offered in 1500 spec. The luxury-trimmed LTZ includes a long list of upscale features, including rear air suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic and a power rear lift gate.
Major Suburban options include 22-in wheels, power running boards, a sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Cadillac Escalade ESV -- It's not as capable or as spacious as the Suburban, but the Escalade offers more in the way of style, creature comfort and premium technology.
Chevrolet Traverse -- The Traverse can tow only about half as much as the Suburban, and it has a maximum passenger capacity of eight compared with the Suburban's nine. But the Traverse wins when it comes to fuel efficiency, ride and handling, interior flexibility and even features.
GMC Yukon XL -- The Yukon is the GMC counterpart to the Suburban. The two vehicles are very much the same, though the Yukon has more upscale styling and a wider array of available features.
Infiniti QX56 -- The QX is certainly big, but it's not as spacious as the Suburban. The Infiniti has richer content and delivers a more sophisticated drive.