For the year 2012, Chevrolet offers its full size Suburban SUV with updated navigation system and rear-seat entertainment system. The Suburban is Chevrolet’s oldest running nameplate and has remained in production since 1935. It has been one of the most profitable Chevrolet model to date. The U.S. News & World Report has declared the 2012 Suburban as one of the most affordable large SUV. Suburban can seat up to nine people and hold massive cargo in the back. It has one of the best towing capacity in its class. however, being large does not mean that the Suburban is crude or raw; the vehicle offers a smooth and powerful ride, thanks to the V8 under the hood. But do not expect a large sized SUV to be light on fuel; the Suburban is meant to deliver heavy duty job only it has been made for. It boasts the biggest interior space in its class. It also sports a powerful V8 that is never short of power.
Engine and Performance:
The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is subdivided into models: 1500 and the heavy duty 2500. The 1500 model is powered by 5.3 Liter V8 that generates 320 horsepower and delivers 335 lb-ft of torque at wheels. The 2500 model is powered by a 6.0 Liter V8 and delivers 352 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission. The Suburban is offered in both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive 4WD versions. 0-60mph is achieved in 9 seconds, which is pretty much an average figure for vehicle of its class. The 2500 model has one of the most impressive towing capacity in its class that stands at whopping 9,600 pounds.
The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban has also surprising EPA fuel estimates for its class. The fuel economy for the rear wheel drive 1500 model are: 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined. This however, goes down for the 4WD 2500 model: 10 mpg city, 15 mpg highway and 12 mpg combined.
In terms of safety, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban does not lag behind at all. In government crash tests, it is recipient of four star rating in the overall crash protection. In frontal and side impact protection, it has scored 5 stars. Braking is acceptable with Suburban coming down to a complete halt from 60 mph in under 145 feet.other standard safety equipment include all around antilock disc brakes , airbag protection for front seat and side curtain airbags for all three rows occupants, OnStar, traction and stability control and a blind spot warning system on the LTZ trim only.
Trim Levels and Optional Package
Both Chevrolet Suburban 1500 and 2500 models are offered in three different trim levels: the baseline LS, the upscale LS and top of the line LTZ.
LS Trim: This is the base model and features 17 inch alloy wheels, roof rack side rails, 50/50 split third row seat, climate control for all three zones, powered accessories, side assist steps, Bluetooth, audio controls on steering wheels and rear-seat, CD player with 8 speaker and interface for USB/iPod.
LT Trim: The LT is a bit upscale trim level. In addition to most of the LS trim standard equipment, it features roof rack crossbars, locking rear differential, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, adjustable power pedals, climate control for all three zones, remote engine start and an upgraded Bose sound system.
LTZ Trim: The LTZ is the top of the line trim level and adds 20 inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, premium leather interior, blind spot warning system, driver memory settings, auto dimming rear-view mirror, 10 speaker Bose sound system, heated and ventilated fronts seats, powered lift-gate and hard drive based navigation.
Pros and Cons
The Chevrolet Suburban is an excellent heavy duty SUV that never falls short of expectations. The vehicle has a spacious interior and a good haul capability. Despite having best fuel mileage in its class, the vehicle is still gives a terrible mileage when compared to the midsize or compact SUVs.