The Chevrolet Suburban retains the oldest nameplate in automotive history approaching its 80th anniversary, and still carries the title of “The World’s First SUV”. Now in its 12th generation, the Suburban continues it success formula as one of the largest, and most capable full-size sport utilities available on the market. For 2014, Chevrolet has gathered all of its long-term experience to create what I think is the best Suburban ever produced. A winning combination of luxury, utility, and strength permits the all-new Suburban to be at the top of the game.
At first glance, contemporary styling cues give the Suburban an aggressive, yet modern look. Starting front the front, a large chrome grille creates a masculine centerpiece for the opposed symmetrical, swooped headlamps that are complete with LED daytime running lamps. Large, right angle glass continues on the modern theme that soon graduates to the rear tailgate where LED taillights finish off the classy rear end. The all-new Suburban is no doubt reskinned from inside and out, but the soul of a legendary tradition still remains.
On the interior, a newly revised dash cancels all thoughts of dull and inexpensive material use of General Motor’s past. The quality of material now supports this sport utility to now be ahead of its class, and has the ability to be a benchmark for the segment. A swooped center dash allows controls to be within easy reach, and are supplemented by intuitive steering wheel controls. A well thought out and clever storage area allows the entire navigation screen to slide up and reveal a storage area with two additional USB outlets bringing the total to 6 throughout. Chevrolet’s clever new MyLink is also standard and brings easy functionality for applications including music, telephone, and navigation.
At just over 18 feet long, the new Suburban is just as easy to drive as the award winning Chevrolet Malibu. Audible parking sensors and a crisp, and clear full-size camera screen allow easy reverse maneuvers for even the most challenging parking situations. Acceleration is brisk and powerful, and allows the full size, 5,896-pound sport utility to approach 60 miles per hour in an impressive 7.3 seconds, thanks to a revitalized 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with 355 horsepower.
A few years ago, Chevrolet celebrated its 100 years of automobiles, and I hope to see the Chevrolet live on for the next 100+ years, and probably will. Amazingly enough no matter what happens to the economy, buyers still demand a full size SUV that is capable of accommodating plenty of precious cargo filled with up to 8 passengers. Other manufacturers, both domestic and import, may try to imitate, but can never duplicate the original. For more information, visit the new Suburban at Chevrolet.com.