I had a new 2010 Chevy Suburban scheduled for this week and I must say I was sort of excited about it. I have driven the new Suburban briefly, but have never done a full review. I am always interested in anything built at the GM Arlington plant. They really do a super job out there, but the 75th anniversary of Suburban was just last week, so the timing was terrific. Plus, I always want anything that is extremely popular in this market, like Suburban is.
My test vehicle is a 1/2 ton 4-wheel drive LTZ 75th Anniversary Edition. They are all Diamond White which is stunning actually. As part of the package you get 20″ chrome wheels and special anniversary badging on the exterior, which was not overdone like you see with some vehicles.
The LTZ comes with just about everything as standard, including beautiful leather seats that are heated and cooled, 2nd row captain chairs that are heated, and of course 3rd row seating. Also standard are automatic headlamps, driver information system, trailer hitch, power liftgate, keyless remote, and remote starting system.
Electronically, the LTZ comes with a very impressive list, including navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, Bose premium sound, XM Radio, and OnStar. My test vehicle had the popular Sun and Entertainment package which consists of rear seat DVD player and a power sliding sunroof.
It drives like a dream and feels much smaller than its size. Handling is more stable than I remember from past drives in a Suburban, and for the driver, everything is easily accessible.
Under the hood, Suburban comes with a 5.3 liter Vortec V8 and 6-speed automatic transmission. It will run on E85 if you choose and has Active Fuel Management which means half the cylinders drop off when at cruising speeds. The 5.3 liter delivers 320 horses, which sounds OK, but given the size and weight of this SUV, feels pretty underpowered to me. That is my only complaint on this vehicle. To be fair, I am used to the 6.2 liter in my Escalade, which is a real hoss.
Suburban is big and beautiful, and clearly not for everyone; but if you need a large SUV with room for 7 or 8 adults AND a ton of cargo room, Suburban is probably the vehicle for you. It is easy to see why it’s called the national car of Texas.
What I liked most: The room and interior, plus the overall exterior looks.
What I’d change if I could: Let me have my 6.2 liter!
Price as tested: $60,580 MSRP
Fuel economy: 15 City/21 Highway.
Suburban in a few words: If you want BIG, it’s awesome!