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MSRP: $47,595 - $64,700
Invoice: $44,263 - $60,171
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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Chevrolet Suburban Performance

According to test drivers, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban’s potent V8 has smooth power delivery. Reviewers say the Suburban is fairly easy to maneuver, and its handling is well-controlled. Some say the Suburban rides comfortably, but a few critics note that the Suburban's ride can be rigid over rough patches of pavement.

  • "You already know that the Suburban doesn't perform like a low-slung sport sedan. But just like a good 300-lb NFL linebacker, the Suburban will surprise you with its speed, its athleticism and its sheer will to get the job done." -- AutoTrader
  • "Despite their size, all versions of these SUVs are surprisingly easy to drive. The strengthened and boxed ladder frame has been improved and made stiffer, giving the vehicles a strong and stiff foundation. The electric power steering is smooth." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 2015 Suburban benefits from a host of new technologies to improve the driving experience. Foremost among these are Magnetic Ride Control, available on the top-line LTZ trim levels. The system uses high-tech shock absorbers that can adjust their stiffness depending on road conditions, smoothing out rough surfaces while still preventing too much body lean in corners. ‘Nimble’ is too strong a word, but ‘carlike’ isn't too far off." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 325 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The Suburban gets an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is decent for the class. Chevrolet says the 2015 Suburban can tow up to 8,100 pounds.

Test drivers say the 2015 Suburban puts out more than enough power for both city and highway driving, and some add that the Suburban climbs hills with ease. Reviewers mention that the transmission is responsive.

  • "In our drive from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, the 5.3-liter proved to be adequately powerful - the 0-to-60-mph time for the Tahoe 4x4 has dropped from more than 8 seconds to an even 7.0 seconds." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As for power, the big 5.3-liter V8 has plenty to spare and is easily capable of surpassing the 20 mpg mark when driven at reasonable highway speeds." -- AutoTrader
  • "While driving around Lake Tahoe for three days, there was never a want or need for more power. All of the test vehicles handled the hills well, whether going up or down." -- Motor Trend
  • "Behind the wheel, you immediately appreciate the additional power. In the cut and thrust of urban traffic, the greater muscle and quicker reactions of the recalibrated six-speed automatic transmission make the big machine feel far more responsive than before, like an offensive lineman who's gone to a pre-NFL Combine training academy." -- Car and Driver
  • "The upgraded 5.3-liter V8 engine delivers enough power to make acceleration and passing afterthoughts, albeit at the expense of fuel economy in the low- to mid-teens." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say that the 2015 Suburban is easy to maneuver for its size, and add that its steering is smooth and responsive. Some critics report that the 2015 Suburban's ride feels comfortable, but can occasionally feel rough over road imperfections. They also agree that it has strong, smooth brakes.

  • "The electric power steering provides reduced steering effort in parking lots and surprisingly good on-center highway feel, as well as nice effort build-up on winding roads. A redesigned braking system provides solid, confident pedal feel while remaining easy to modulate." -- Car and Driver
  • "Chevy went to considerable lengths to make the Suburban more maneuverable, but its considerable length is always going make parking lots a challenge." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In both the LTZ and Denali, the ride was very jittery even on roads that appeared smooth, though the suspension did a good job of absorbing larger bumps, controlling bounce over pavement swells, and limiting body lean in fast turns. Other drivers we spoke to noticed the same thing, and a couple who had a chance to drive 'lesser' models had no such complaints. The nervous ride was surprising, because we've driven other GM vehicles with Magnetic Ride Control and never had the same impression. It's possible this could be corrected with computer reprogramming, but it was enough to make us encourage people to 'Try before you buy.' But in other ways, these big SUVs - while hardly nimble - don't feel as ponderous as their generous size would suggest. They're also very quiet inside, with little in the way of road, wind, and bump noise filtering through to the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "GM added a host of new driver-assistance systems, which don't really make these big SUVs seem small from behind the wheel but do make them easier to drive." -- Automobile Magazine
Review Last Updated: 6/20/14

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