The Chevrolet Suburban is one of the longest lasting names in the auto industry. Since 1935, it’s represented a large vehicle for carrying cargo or people, or both. And since the advent of the SUV movement, it’s been one of the largest and most formidable vehicles for many consumers and fleet buyers.
2015 to Present: Chevrolet Suburban
A new Suburban debuted for 2015. Styling was further refined from the old model, boosting efficiency and upping the premium quality. Engines, however, are largely unchanged. A 5.3-liter V8 was the only engine offered, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard two-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.
The base Suburban LS can be had with seating for up to nine, along with full power features, tri-zone automatic climate control, power front seats and a third-row seat that folds flat into the floor. The Suburban LT gets leather upholstery, power adjustable pedals, forward collision warning, a Bose audio system, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. Top Suburban LTZ models receive 20-inch wheels, cooled front seats and magnetic shock absorbers.
For 2016, a larger touch screen with MyLink became standard, along with Apple CarPlay. A head-up display was also added to the list of options.
Earlier Chevrolet Suburban Models
The Suburban was redesigned for the 2000 model year. It was comprehensively renewed with more power and refinement. As before, the Suburban was available in standard 1500 form or as a heavy duty 2500 model.
The Suburban got either a standard 5.3-liter V8 with 280 horsepower, or a 6.0-liter V8 if you selected the Suburban 2500. All models feature a four-speed automatic transmission, with either two-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Available models were base, the mid-grade and consumer-oriented Suburban LS and leather-lined Suburban LT.
The Suburban was largely unchanged for 2001, except for a newly available Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system on Suburban 2500 models and an available Z71 off-road package for the Suburban 1500. Trim shuffling for the 2002 model year meant that the Suburban got more standard equipment.
For 2003, the Suburban got revised interior trim to incorporate new options such as a tri-zone climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system and second-row captain’s chairs. Stability control was a new option on models with the 5.3-liter engine. New wheel designs and an available tire-pressure monitor were the main changes for the 2004 Suburban.
A navigation system was a new option for 2005. GM’s OnStar telematics system, while a tire-pressure monitor and stability control became standard for 2006.
The Chevrolet Suburban was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Its lines were softened slightly, but with a bolder front-end and improved aerodynamics. Engines choices for this generation include a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 horsepower or a 6.0-liter V8 on the Suburban 2500. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard, which is paired with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The entry-level Suburban LS came with features such as power accessories, aluminum wheels and stability control. LT models generally have a power driver’s seat, upgraded trim and leather upholstery. The top LTZ trim features 20-inch wheels, heated seats, side air bags, a power tailgate and an air suspension. A navigation system, a backup camera and a rear-seat entertainment system were options on higher-end models.
Side air bags were made standard on all 2008 Suburbans, and a six-speed automatic transmission became standard on 2009 Suburban models with the 5.3-liter engine. Bluetooth, ventilated front seats and blind-spot monitoring were also introduced as new options.
The four-speed automatic was basically gone by 2010 and some equipment levels were adjusted as the lineup was simplified. The Suburban went basically unchanged until 2014, awaiting a new design that debuted for the 2015 model year.