The Chevrolet Suburban
The Chevrolet Suburban is a large sport utility vehicle from Chevrolet. It is the longest continuous used automobile nameplate in production in the world, starting from 1934 for the 1935 U.S. model year, and has traditionally been one of General Motors’ most profitable vehicles.
The Suburban’s soft-edged angular design, power dome hood, raked windshield, strong-jawed two-tier grille, integral fender well flares, seamless bumper-to-body look and commanding exterior dimensions all give the vehicle street presence that rivals, if not surpasses, any SUV in the market today. Yet despite such authoritative and striking good looks, the Suburban is as much about substance as it is about size and style.
The Suburban indulges occupants with a 10-way power adjustable leather driver seat, standard leather seats with power lumbar control, heated seat cushion and seatbacks power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seats, steering wheel-mounted controls (for audio, driver information center and cruise control), power-adjustable accelerator and brake pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, triple-zone automatic climate control, five power outlets, accessory power-off delay and a DVD/CD/MP3, 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer. Comfort is further enhanced by Chevrolet’s signature Premium Autoride Suspension which is a semi-active damping system that responds in real-time to varying road and driving conditions based on body and wheel sensors, resulting in an extremely refined ride and minimized body roll. Truly, it is a luxury in transit.
The Suburban comes standard with a Vortec 5.3-liter V8 SFI (sequential fuel injection) that’s good for 331-horsepower and 348 lb-ft. (472NM) of torque, running through a 6-speed automatic transmission and 265/70R17 tires. This provides the confidence in driving and riding whether it is passing at freeway speeds, climbing rough terrains or traversing under various weather and road conditions.
All this power still comes with responsible efficiency, thanks to the standard Active Fuel Management and Flex-Fuel capability. Flex-Fuel capability allows the V8 to function on E85 Ethanol, a biofuel with a mixture of 85% (more or less) denatured alcohol (from natural bio sources such as corn) and gasoline which translates to some TLC for Mother Nature.
In terms of safety and convenience, the Suburban both shelters and pampers with dual airbags, roof-mounted head curtain side airbags for all three rows, anti-lock brake system (ABS), Stabilitrak (stability control system), daytime running lamps, rain-sensing wiper system, rear intermittent wiper with washer, tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), remote keyless entry, speed-sensing power door locks, remote vehicle starter system, security system with electronic immobilizer, power rear-door lift gate, integrated turn signal lamps, an ultrasonic rear parking assist with rearview camera and LED display with audible warning… and the list goes on and on.