The Chevy Suburban: Better Than Big

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The Chevy Suburban has always been known for being big, that’s no secret. However, with the latest model in 2015, the Chevy Suburban is better than big: it’s almost a completely new vehicle!

A Milestone For Chevrolet

Chevrolet’s Suburban SUV has always been a steady seller. The current 2015 model year is the 12th Generation and 80th Anniversary of this exceptional XXL vehicle. The more standout highlights of the new Suburban are a more powerful and fuel-efficient 5.3L V8 engine, vastly upgraded interior and new advanced safety and convenience features. With room for nine and the ability to haul a sizable trailer simultaneously, the Suburban retains its place as a top SUV contender in 2015.

So What’s Up?

Under the hood, chevy has made significant improvements to this vehicle. In the past there were concerns and myriad complaints regarding fuel economy on this rightfully massive SUV. Chevrolet has taken plenty of time to develop a new 5.3L EcoTech V8 engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM). This engine features 355 HP, 383 lb.-ft. of torque, and the  AFM will selectively deactivates cylinders under light load conditions, effectively giving you a V4 engine to help conserve fuel. A vacuum-controlled exhaust valve, improved engine mounts and electronic throttle control all work together to mitigate noise and vibration, which in-turn, helps to conserve even more fuel.

The best part is that the exterior has been remodeled to provide improved aerodynamics to help with the fuel economy. Now all this talk about new tech and design mods probably has you thinking, so what is the bottom line with the fuel efficiency? The 2015 Suburban 4WD Z71 has an EPA estimated rating of 15 MPG city/22 MPG highway, averaging 18 MPG combined. This is up 1 MPG across the board from last year’s model on the 4WD. The 2WD Suburban still averages 18 MPG despite having slightly higher fuel savings at 16 city/23 highway.

The Main Event

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If we had to pick a “Most Improved” category on this already improved SUV, we’d have to go with the interior. This department needed significant revisions and Chevy delivered. Sitting at 2.5 inches shorter than last year, it somehow seems longer and more spacious than 2014. On the LT trim, the center console and switchgear are much more attractive and thoughtfully integrated. The new design frees up a ton of interior space and there is also a secret storage compartment behind the 8-inch color touchscreen.

It’s also pretty techy, seeing as how new Suburbans get a 3GB/three-month 4G LTE WiFi hotspot data trial through OnStar. There are no fewer than five USB ports, five 12-volt plugs, a 110-volt AC outlet, and a wireless induction phone charger. The Suburban is just buzzing with energy for your electronic devices. The second-row seats are designed just like the driver and passenger seat, third-row occupants gain a comfortable amount of legroom and ride better due to the relief section ahead of the solid rear axle suspension. Oh, and did we mention that there is an available Blu-ray player option as well?

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All-in-all, the new 2015 Chevy Suburban is better than big, it is a whole new generation of full-sized SUV for the modern era. If you want to see all the bells and whistles for yourself, or take it for a test drive, look no further than Finnegan Chevy Buick GMC in Rosenberg! Stop by today!

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