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Chevrolet can claim it started the whole SUV movement with the Suburban. The nameplate arrived in the 1930s, which means the biggest Chevy utility vehicle is one of the oldest vehicles on the market today.
The current Suburban is completely up to date, though. Revamped for the 2015 model year, it's sold in LS, LT, and Premier trims. In all of them, it's a towing and hauling champion, with extreme interior space to boot—and a big dose of connectivity for long road trips and on-site job needs.
Under the hood, GM's 5.3-liter V-8 powers the Suburban is it does the Chevy Silverado, sending 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic to either the rear or all four wheels. The Suburban accelerates strongly, and has plenty of power for freeway merging, long mountain climbs, and two-lane passing maneuvers. Gas mileage is acceptable given its ability, at up to 19 mpg combined.
Electric power steering assists in improving fuel economy. Though often seen as dynamically inferior, the Suburban's electric power steering doesn't need to elicit sports car feedback. Instead, Chevrolet utilizes electric assist to provide effortless steering in this gargantuan SUV.
The Suburban rides atop a 130-inch wheelbase and exceeds 220-inches long overall, while the shorter Tahoe's wheelbase measures 116-inches long and its overall length is 204 inches.
The Suburban's front passengers sit in wide, well-padded seats and are given what seems like acres of shoulder and leg room—though head room can seem oddly confining for a vehicle this big. Its second row offers swarms of leg and headroom. Depending on configuration--front buckets or bench, second-row bench or captain's chairs--the Suburban can seat between seven to nine passengers.
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Third-row seating is much better than in prior generations. Though more livable thanks to increased room, it's still best to put the kids back there instead of adults. The third-row seat now folds flat into the floor, and a power-folding version is available, but the folded seat raises the cargo floor, making it less useful than it could be.