A blind-spot warning system is an option, as are a rearview camera and parking sensors. Acceleration is vigorous from a standstill, if less so to pass or merge. That increases to a whopping 137. Guiding a Suburban is effortless, the steering nicely weighted and direct by truck standards. All engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
With the 2500 Suburban there is a 6. It is big, powerful, smooth, and, with the six-speed automatic, decent on fuel consumption. All Suburban engines have a fuel shut-off feature, called Active Fuel Management, that cuts fuel to half the cylinders when full power is not needed. Taller tire sidewalls yield a better ride and in most consumer-magazine testing those large-diameter wheels don't go, stop or handle any better, they just ride harder so we prefer the 17-inch wheels. The Suburban engine lineup is simplified for the 2010 model year. The powertrain isn't really taxed by ordinary passenger duty, and it can tow up to 8,100 pounds. New for 2010 The 6.
Only full-size utilities and crossovers, minivans, and Ford's Flex offer the kind of room you find in these first two rows. Some are nearly void of chrome while the Z71 adds machismo with sizable fender flares and side steps so short drivers can get in and tall ones can mess up their pant legs. With slightly different interiors in five-passenger and six-passenger versions, the Suburban blends plastics and wood grain into a friendly, airy cabin with straightforward gauges and intuitive controls. If you want to slide a long item inside, the third-row gets cut to one person; an offset split would allow long items and four passengers in the rear two rows. When properly equipped, the Suburban 1500 can tow up to 8,100 pounds and the 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds.
Car and Driver reports that tire pressure monitoring and seat belt pre-tensioners are also standard with the Suburban. It has gotten more luxurious over the years, sometimes becoming a substitute for a large sedan. The self-leveling rear suspension aspect of Autoride might help while towing but it is no substitute for a proper weight-distributing hitch. This will be most noticed on level ground at moderate, steady speeds. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. A two-speed transfer case is optional. With body-on-frame construction, it's clearly a truck — though fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers.
There's a slot in the dash just to the left of the turn signal, perfect for coins or tickets. Power-operated Running Boards Sure, they might tap you in the shin if you're standing too close, but the Suburban's optional power running boards are wide enough to really help passengers who might have trouble climbing aboard. The obvious drawbacks to its size come with handling; the ride quality is very good, as the sheer mass blunts most potholes and road seams, but quick steering has hardly any feedback, and the Suburban simply isn't the kind of vehicle that's used for aggressive, corner-hugging driving. Rear-seat passengers get increased shoulder room, and the driver benefits from a lower instrument panel that helps increase front-seat space. The engines in 1500 models with two-wheel drive have an iron block and those in four-wheel drive models have an aluminum block; both versions have aluminum heads.
Flipping forward the second-row seat leaves only a narrow gap for passengers to hop in the way-back, and the seat itself doesn't fold flat like the third-row seats in the Ford Expedition, for example. And because of its boxy shape the corners are reasonably well defined; available rearview cameras and park sensors make it easier to parallel park but it won't drop right in. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-1020 -. The 2500 Suburban has a different feel than the 1500 but drives through the same controls. The standard wheels are five-spoke, 17-inch aluminum. Also optional is the 6. The primary reason for selecting the 2500 over the 1500 is for its greater towing capacity.
The obvious drawbacks to its size come with handling; the ride quality is very good, as the sheer mass blunts most potholes and road seams, but quick steering has hardly any feedback, and the Suburban simply isn't the kind of vehicle that's used for aggressive, corner-hugging driving. Other Features StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger. Other options include a navigation system, a rear-sea. It has a much stronger rear axle with a shorter ratio, Chevrolet wisely thinking 2500 owners will prioritize towing performance over empty highway fuel economy. New for 2010 The 6.
Some competitors have independent rear suspensions that enjoy an advantage on rough roads and for spirited driving. We sort it out for you right here, including specs on all the new models,…. A single-speed transfer case is made standard on four-wheel-drive models; a two-speed transfer case is optional. The Suburban can handle 137 cubic feet of cargo, or up to nine passengers and 45 cubic feet of stuff, and myriad combinations in between. It maintains control over the road quite well for a vehicle of its size, however.
Four-wheel-drive versions add the Autotrac system that has on-pavement all-wheel-drive ability. Suspension, f: independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar Suspension, r: live axle, five-link with coil springs Ground clearance: 9. With four-wheel drive and the 6. There are also a variety of new color options for 2010. With all the seats in place and set for passengers, 45. The Fair Purchase Price, which represents what consumers are actually paying, is certain to be somewhat lower. It has aged very, very well.