2017 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban combines the performance capabilities normally reserved in a truck with the practical conveniences found in SUVs. The result is a stunning vehicle that will more than accommodate families’ needs.

Here is a closer look at what the Chevrolet Suburban offers in the way of style, performance, and affordability. Then, we’ll compare it to other large SUVs to see how it performs in key areas relative to its immediate peers.

Exterior Styling

The Chevrolet Suburban has a bold stance accented by its athletic body lines, attention-stealing chrome grill, and a multitude of accessories like the Midnight Edition, where you can deck your SUV out in dark tones to have it achieve a menacing profile. Though manufacturers face unique challenges when designing SUVs the size of the Suburban, Chevrolet did an excellent job providing it with enough angles to give it a contemporary vibe.

Interior Styling

Chevrolet made the Suburban with convenience and elegant touches, giving it a luxury feel. The available wood trim for the center console is a great representation of the touches of craftsmanship Chevrolet put into this SUV. Of course, the leather seating, easy to reach touchscreen, and ample storage also help its allure.

Interior Functionality

An important consideration for SUV buyers is how versatile a vehicle’s interior is. In this regard, Chevrolet thought of everything when it designed the Suburban. Let’s start with the generous storage in the center console, where you can store items as large as a laptop. Chevrolet also made tucked away storage areas in the doors, perfect for items like your water bottles or coffee tumblers.

You can also receive the available power-release second row and power-flat third-row seating. This makes it convenient for you to open up more space in your SUV’s interior to maneuver inside or to house larger items during transport.

Speaking of space, the Suburban has ample room for your family’s needs. The 39.3 cubic feet of room behind the third-row seating allows you plenty of space to store groceries, sports equipment and more easily. Furthermore, with a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cubic feet–with the second and third–row seating folded–you have all the room you need for larger items.

Performance

As mentioned at the top of this review, the Chevrolet Suburban might look the part of an SUV, but it delivers truck-level performance. A big reason for this concerns its 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. This engine generates an awesome 355-horsepower output and 383 ft-lb of torque. It is also more than capable of handling your most demanding hauls with a towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. Along with exceptional power, you receive good fuel efficiency. The engine helps the SUV achieve 23 highway mpg, which is best in its class, according to Chevrolet.

Safety Features

Another trademark of great SUVs is a full range of the most innovating safety equipment. The Suburban fits this bill well, as it comes with accident prevention technology like side blind zone alert, front and rear park assist, and low speed forward automatic braking.

Additionally, the high strength steel cage construction of the Suburban can protect you and your vehicle’s occupants during a crash by evenly absorbing the crash energy. The steel frame also adds durability, so you can feel confident it will hold up even when driving on the most rugged terrains.

This SUV also comes with available OnStar services such as Automatic Crash Response. If you are in an accident, the system sends a signal to OnStar, who will make a call to first responders on your behalf.

Technological Capabilities

To account for the tech-savvy family, Chevrolet equipped the Suburban with everything you would need. To start, it accounted for keeping devices powered during your longer trips. In this regard, Chevrolet equipped the Suburban with up to 14 charge points for your devices.

It also gave the Suburban WiFi connectivity. What this means is if you buy a data subscription, you can transform your SUV into a mobile hotspot, making it convenient for those that want to work or play on the go.

Lastly, Chevrolet made it easy for you to sync your smartphone through the Suburban via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. And to keep kids from driving you bonkers on your longer excursions, there’s the available rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray to entertain them.

All these benefits show how well equipped the new Chevrolet Suburban is to meet your needs. However, equipment will only take the model’s appeal so far.

 

How the Chevrolet Suburban Compares to Its Competitors

Using data compiled from automotive research site AxleGeeks, here’s a closer look at how the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban compares to others in its segment:

  • Cost: With a starting price of $49,915, the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban prices right in line with the average of its segment.
  • Fuel efficiency: Full-size SUVs don’t have the best fuel efficiency typically, so the 19 combined mpg the Suburban earns is average for its class. Where you’ll see the best value is highway driving, as the SUV earns 23 highway mpg–the best in its class.
  • Power performance: The Suburban’s 355-horsepower output is average for its class. However, its towing capacity of 8,300 pounds means it can tow 2,100 pounds more than its immediate peers average.
  • Interior space: The Suburban possesses a generously sized interior. Its trunk space of 39.30 cubic feet is 129 percent more trunk space than other 2017 full-size SUVs have on average. It also holds a 43-percent advantage on its counterparts in maximum cargo space with 121.7 cubic feet.

Our Take

The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is the perfect blend of truck performance and SUV capability. Though average in price and fuel efficiency, its ample interior room and excellent performance capabilities make it one of the best choices in its segment.

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