Few vehicles can match the cargo space, passenger capacity and general entertainment and technological amenities of the Chevy Suburban 1500. With its stout engine and transmission, rugged truck-based platform, and raw power the Suburban can tow your boat, transport nine people, and haul enough groceries and luggage for your weekend outing.
Chevrolet offers the Suburban 1500 in three trim levels: the LS, LT and the LTZ. Each is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. For 2013, all Suburbans have a modified transmission that downshifts more effectively to reduce brake wear on grades.
Rear-wheel drive is standard. Four-wheel drive is optional and available in two different varieties: one with a standard two-range transfer and another with a single-speed low gear. The latter is not available on the LTZ.
Drivers and passengers will appreciate the Suburban's comfortable interior. Entertainment options are plentiful and the ride is quiet and supple. The Suburban seats eight; an optional split-front bench seat boosts passenger capacity to nine. The third row is set far back and requires a bit of agility to access; because it doesn't fold down, it must be removed to make additional room. However, when all the rear seats are removed, the Suburban boasts a whopping 137 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Suburban handles more like a large truck than anything else, which shouldn't be a surprise. While heavy, it accelerates at a fairly quick pace; when towing or carrying a full load, however, the Suburban becomes noticeably sluggish. The weight, long braking distances, cumbersome handling and extra-large body means the Suburban can be a challenge in the city or in tight parking lots.
The Suburban might seem excessive, but if you're hauling a baseball team, towing lots of things, or in need of a lot of cargo room on a regular basis, it just might be the ideal choice for you.