For over 80 years, the Chevrolet Suburban has been rolling out of Chevrolet’s factories and into showrooms and garages around the world. Powerful and practical, the Suburban has been meeting and exceeding expectations for decades as the longest produced vehicle in history. Keep reading and see what makes the Chevrolet Suburban one of the best SUVs on the market.
The first Chevrolet Suburban was introduced in 1935 as the Suburban Carryall, implying the vehicle’s usefulness. The last part of the name was later dropped, leaving “Suburban” to be one of the most recognizable vehicle names. However, the Suburbans of today look nothing like those of old.
While modern Chevrolet Suburbans are muscular, cargo- or people-hauling machines, the original Suburban looked more like a milk delivery truck. However, even early Suburbans were dependable, truck-based vehicles with seating for up to eight passengers. The second-generation Suburbans served as military transport vehicles in Word War 2. They were powered by a six-cylinder engine and came with either a tailgate or a rear panel door.
In the mid-1950s, the fourth-generation Suburban arrived, bringing with it four-wheel drive and an option for a V8 engine. The exterior also received an update, resulting in a more sleek, aerodynamic look. By the 1960s, with the Suburban in its fifth iteration, it began to take on the appearance of an SUV and featured updated suspension and new engine options.
By 1972, more modern features like front disc brakes and rear air conditioning began to show up, and in 1973, the Suburban entered its 18-year-long seventh generation. This generation would help usher the Suburban into the modern era with a slew of new features inside and out, along with multiple V8 engine choices, including a Diesel engine.
Eighth-generation (1992-99) Chevrolet Suburbans were offered with four-speed automatic transmissions and two different turbo Diesel engines were available, along with small- and big-block gasoline V8s. Improvements to the four-wheel drive system were also made during this generation.
The ninth and 10th generations, which covered 2000-06 and 2007-14, respectively, look like the Suburbans most of us are familiar with. The Suburban underwent massive changes during these two generations, with both the interior and exterior receiving a ton of upgrades like four-wheel disc brakes, a 6.0-liter V8 engine, standard OnStar®, a new dashboard and more. Tenth-generation Suburbans offered features like heated leather seats, USB ports, Bluetooth® and at the end of the generation, a rearview camera and parking assist.
Now in its 11th generation, the Suburban continues to be a top choice for customers looking for a large, powerful SUV with loads of space, modern features and impressive towing capacity.
With seating for up to nine passengers, 121.7 cubic feet of storage space, an upscale interior, a standard 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine and Premium Smooth Ride suspension, the Suburban has remained a top choice in the large SUV market.
Towards the end of the Suburban’s ninth generation, Chevrolet’s Stabilitrak vehicle stability system and OnStar® became standard and the Z71 package was made available for both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models. Improvements to engine cooling were also made this year.
2014 offers the best of the Suburban’s seventh generation, with standard remote start, a rearview camera, Bluetooth®, trailer sway control, rear parking assist and the option of either a 5.3-liter or 6.0-liter engine. Body-colored fascia is also featured, replacing the previous generations’ chrome bumpers.
In 2015, the 11th generation of the Suburban began, and the 2019 model represents the best of this generation. Sleek and sophisticated, the Suburban is every bit as modern as it is muscular. Standard features for the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban include a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Premium Smooth Ride suspension, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, a remote start system, WiFi hotspot capability, seven airbags, LATCH system for child safety seats and much more. Plus, with a towing capacity of up to 8,300 lbs. on equipped vehicles, the Suburban can handle any and every job that’s thrown its way. Your search for a large SUV ends with the capable and spacious Chevrolet Suburban.
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