2015 Chevrolet Suburban

LS RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V8 auto trans

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Chevrolet Tahoe Front Three Quarters
For buyers of the Chevrolet Suburban and, to a lesser extent, the Chevrolet Tahoe, it seems that no other vehicle will do. Fully half of all buyers shopping for full-size SUVs choose Chevrolet. (Add their GMC Yukon equivalents, and GM has three-quarters of the full-size-SUV market.) In redesigning its family of large sport-utilities, GM appears to have been very conscious of that fact, as the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are a very careful evolution of the species.

Long history

The Suburban is the U.S. auto industry’s oldest nameplate, having been in continuous production since 1935. Originally sold as both a Chevrolet and a GMC, it has been exclusive to Chevrolet since GMC rechristened its version the Yukon XL for the 2000 model year. Over the course of time, the Suburban has been a two-door, a three-door, and a four-door. The Tahoe has been around since 1995, but it didn’t gain four doors—and with them real market relevance—until the following year.
Both nameplates enjoyed their peak popularity in the early George W. Bush years, when full-size SUVs captured as much as seven percent of the U.S. auto market. Today, the segment has settled back down to its historic two-percent slice of new-car sales. Even so, these vehicles’ outsized profits make this a segment worth staying in.

Every bit as big

The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are undiminished in size. Both SUVs ride on the same wheelbase as before: 116 inches for the Tahoe, 130 inches for the Suburban. Both have grown by 2 inches in length and by an inch and a half in width. Height is the only dimension that has decreased, by about 2.5 inches (for both 2WD and 4WD versions). Nor have these big boys achieved any significant weight loss. Depending on the model variant, they’re within 100 pounds of their previous weights, ranging from 5466 pounds for the rear-wheel-drive Tahoe to 5896 pounds for the four-wheel-drive Suburban.

One V-8

Whereas crosstown rival Ford recently announced that it will be replacing the 5.4-liter V-8 in its Expedition and Lincoln Navigator with a turbocharged V-6, Chevrolet is sticking with a normally aspirated V-8 for the Tahoe and the Suburban. At 5.3 liters, the displacement is the same as before, but this is the new “Gen 5” version of the 5.3-liter, which made its debut in the redesigned Silverado pickup. Power and torque output increase to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, up from 320 hp and 335 lb-ft for the previous V-8. Paired again with a six-speed automatic, the new engine helps the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban squeeze another mile or two out of each gallon of unleaded: rear-wheel-drive versions of both trucks manage 16/23 mpg (city/highway), while the more popular 4WD models get 16/22 mpg (Tahoe) and 15/22 mpg (Suburban). Full-size SUV buyers who are keenly interested in fuel economy -- anyone? -- will be disappointed to learn that the Tahoe hybrid is no more.
In our drive from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, the 5.3-liter proved to be adequately powerful—the 0-to-60-mph time for the Tahoe 4x4 has dropped from more than 8 seconds to an even 7.0 seconds. The new V-8 features variable valve timing and direct injection, but the intake noise you often find in direct-injected engines is completely absent. The engine also has the ability to shut down four cylinders under light load, and while the in-cluster display indicates when that happens, it is otherwise not discernable. One quibble: while the 5.3-liter is well matched to the six-speed automatic, when you do want to manually downshift (which is done using the plus/minus button on the shift lever) you first have to move the column shifter out of D and into M.

Drive small?

Despite the vehicles’ size, more than one engineer told us that a goal for the new Tahoe and Suburban was that they “drive smaller than they are.” To that end, you might expect a lower step-in height, a tighter turning circle, or a more sloped hood to provide better sight lines. You won’t find any of them. Instead, GM added a host of new driver-assistance systems, which don’t really make these big SUVs seem small from behind the wheel but do make them easier to drive. A backup camera is now standard, and rear cross-path detection is optional. Audible park assist can now be had for the front as well as the rear to aid in docking maneuvers. In addition to blind-spot warning, forward-collision warning with automatic braking and lane departure warning are available. The big utes may not drive smaller, but they do drive more confidently, thanks to extremely well-tuned electric power steering and improved brake pedal feel.

Cozier cabin

Whereas the new Silverado pickup has a large, blocky instrument panel, the Suburban/Tahoe interior is more cockpit-like, with a new dash flowing into a wide center console. Naturally, the large console creates a vast amount of storage space; there is also an abundance of power points and USB outlets. We were more impressed, though, with the well-thought-out switchgear. Our top-spec LTZ test car sported the obligatory touch screen, but there are still plenty of knobs for easy access to the most-used audio and climate-control functions, and buttons are grouped to help make everything easy to find. And, for the first time, the cabin’s design and materials reflect the fact that these trucks often share garage space with a luxury car. The dash has greater dimension than before; there are fewer hard plastics; and well-padded surfaces cover the door panels and armrests. The seats have been redesigned, which is good, but we still found the driving position awkward for lack of a driver’s dead pedal.

Cargo considerations

Cargo volume, whether you’re measuring behind the third row, the second row, or the front seats, has shrunk slightly in both the Tahoe and the Suburban. The reason is that the cargo floor had to be raised by several inches to allow the second- and third-row seats to fold flat. It’s not the most elegant solution—and it’s one downside to the solid rear axle—but it beats having to remove the third-row seats, a heavy chore that owners hated. Power folding of both rows is available, and the second-row seats can do a quick tumble at the push of a button to allow access to the third row.
Although not quite as commodious as it was previously, the Suburban is still a supersized family bus. Its 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat (versus 45.8 cubic feet previously) should easily accommodate a family’s luggage for a weeklong vacation and/or an extra-large dog crate. If you’re looking for maximum luggage space while still using all three rows of seats, the 2015 Suburban is going to remain at the top of your shopping list.
It’s harder, though, to make a case for the Tahoe. Chevrolet’s own Traverse has significantly more cargo space (behind any of its three rows) and a much more usable third-row seat in a similar-sized package. The only real advantage for the Tahoe is trailer towing, where the V-8-powered, body-on-frame SUV puts the V-6 Traverse crossover, well, on the trailer. The 2015 Tahoe is rated to tow 8600/8400 pounds (2WD/4WD), which is slightly more than before and significantly more than the Traverse’s 5200 pounds. For its part, the Suburban also tows with the best of them, although its maximum is slightly less than its smaller sibling’s, at 8000/8300 pounds. Note that the Suburban 2500, the heavy-duty variant powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 and towed five tons, is no longer part of the Suburban lineup.

The new bottom line

Familiar but pleasantly updated, there is little about the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban to shock their large cadre of repeat buyers—with the possible exception of the number at the bottom of the window sticker. Although the base two-wheel-drive LS versions of both trucks have increased by just $1000 (to $45,595 for a Tahoe $48,295 for a Suburban), the more popular, higher-trim 4x4s are up by a lot more. The starting price for the Tahoe LT 4x4 has grown by $2510 (to $53,995) and by $2650 for an LTZ. The Suburban 4x4 LTZ jumped $3300, to $65,695. Tap into the richer vein of options, and prices climb still more. The Suburban 4x4 LTZ we drove sported a sticker price of $71,090.
Overall, the strengths and character of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban remain as before. The upgraded interiors, longer equipment list, and quieter ride make them more credible premium products—which is a good thing, considering their more premium price.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe / 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

On sale:Now
Base price:$45,595/$48,295 (Tahoe/Suburban)
Engine:5.3-liter V-8
Power:355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque:383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Transmission:6-speed automatic
Drive:Rear- or 4-wheel
Curb weight:5466–5683/5664–5896 lb (Tahoe/Suburban)
Cargo capacity:94.7/51.6/15.3 cu ft (Tahoe, behind 1st/2nd/3rd seats); 121.1/76.7/39.3 cu ft (Suburban, behind 1st/2nd/3rd seats)
Maximum towing capacity:8600/8300 lb (Tahoe/Suburban)
Fuel economy:16/23 mpg (Tahoe/Suburban 2WD), 16/22 mpg (Tahoe 4WD), 15/22 mpg (Suburban 4WD)
2015 Chevrolet Suburban
2015 Chevrolet Suburban

New for 2015

The Chevrolet Suburban has been significantly revised for 2015, gaining updated styling, a more efficient engine, upgraded interior, longer equipment list, and a quieter ride.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Suburban is a three-row full-size SUV that offers seating for up to nine passengers, towing up to 8,300 pounds, and luggage space for the whole family. Luxury features help justify the price increases of some models to more than $70,000, but the capability still remains. The mechanically related Tahoe sits on a shorter wheelbase, but is able to tow 300 extra pounds more than the big Suburban when properly equipped. The Suburban sits at the top of the Chevrolet passenger-hauling lineup, above the Tahoe and Traverse.

Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is powered by a 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 383 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six-speed automatic that's EPA-rated rated at 16/23 mpg city/highway in rear-drive trim, and 15/22 mpg in four-wheel drive trim. The capabilities are less than the heavy duty Suburban 2500 from years past, but remains a capable 8,000/8,300 pounds in 4WD and RWD models, 38.9-cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 76.7-cubic feet with the third row folded, and 121.1-cubic feet with both rear rows folded. Useful features abound throughout, such as the 8-inch infotainment screen that hides a lit storage area, power folding third row, hands-free programmable power liftgate, available wireless charging for personal electronics (inductive, requires a special case for the device), available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (requires a subscription), a rear-seat entertainment system with a 9-inch screen, Bose premium audio system, and hands-free keyless access with push-button start.
Safety features range from industry standard to downright innovative, with adaptive cruise control, front automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a side blind one alert with lane change alert. One of the neat innovations is the Safety Alert Seat, which uses haptic feedback (vibrations) on the right and left of the driver’s seat bottom cushion to warn drivers of threats. Instead of the typical incessant beeping from a backup sensor, the seat will vibrate to alert drivers when pulling into a tight parking spot. The seat will also vibrate when the Suburban’s sensors detect a potential collision, such as when a turn signal is activated and a car is detected approaching from the passenger side the seat will vibrate on the right.
The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is the vehicle for people who want to take passengers, possessions, and powercraft along for the weekend, but also don’t want to give up comfortable luxury touches. In a Driven review of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban we said “for the first time, the cabin’s design and materials reflect the fact that these trucks often share garage space with a luxury car. The dash has greater dimension than before; there are fewer hard plastics; and well-padded surfaces cover the door panels and armrests. The seats have been redesigned, which is good, but we still found the driving position awkward for lack of a driver’s dead pedal.” One of the goals, we’re told, in the redesign was that the Suburban/Tahoe duo, “driver smaller than they are,” to which we said, “The big utes may not drive smaller, but they do drive more confidently, thanks to extremely well-tuned electric power steering and improved brake pedal feel.” Back inside, the Suburban can be equipped with power-folding second and third rows, making cargo/passenger Tetris games much easier.
The Ford Expedition EL (extended wheelbase) matches up directly with the Suburban, and offers several notable advantages in utility, such as a 9,200-pound towing capacity, and 42.6/85.5/130.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the 3rd/2nd/1st rows. Additionally, the independent rear suspension allows for a lower floor in the third row, making it more comfortable. The Suburban fires back with better fuel efficiency (16/23 mpg versus the Ford’s 15/21 mpg), a more comfortable ride, and a more significant styling update than the Expedition.

You’ll Like

  • Class-leading fuel efficiency
  • More confident drive
  • High-quality interior

You Won’t Like

  • Cramped third row with high floor
  • Less cargo and towing capacity than Ford Expedition
  • Can get pricey

Key Competitors

  • Ford Expedition EL
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Nissan Armada

Rating

4
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General Motors is investing $1.4 billion into its Arlington Assembly Plant where it builds full-size SUVs. The upgrade is part of a larger $5.4-billion investment into its U.S. manufacturing plants over the next three years.
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General Motors used the Consumer Electronics show to reveal information on three new programs available for OnStar customers. Aimed at increasing the connectivity between the owner and their car, GM will offer these new services for most new OnStar-equipped vehicles.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Front Three Quarter
Chevrolet announced that two new packages will join the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban—the popular Z71 package and a new Texas Edition. The Texas Edition is an aesthetic and convenience package, while the Z71 package for the Tahoe and Suburban does add some off-road performance capability.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Badge
Sales of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs have come out of the gate strong over the last few months, as customers were clearly swayed by the vehicles’ 5.3-liter, 355-hp V-8 and surprisingly comfortable driving dynamics. Now buyers will be able to opt for an additional Z71 option package, although Chevrolet declined to reveal any more details on the package, such as included equipment and pricing, promising that more information will be forthcoming in late September.
2015 Chevrolet Suburban Front Three Quarter
If you’ve read our review of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, you may already know that these redesigned SUVs cost more than their predecessors. GM has now released full pricing on the Tahoe and Suburban, and these new models cost $45,890 and $48,590 with destination to start, respectively.

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.3L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
Horsepower:
355 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
383 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM ) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC). The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting.
Consequences
If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on May 19, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14121.
Potential Units Affected
489,936
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on May 13, 2014. The affected vehicles were assembled with a roof rail air bags (RRAB) that were not reinforced at the points were the bags contact the hardware used to attach the roof carrier.
Consequences
During deployment, the RRAB may be punctured or torn by the roof carrier hardware, reducing its performance and increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof carrier attaching hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14359.
Potential Units Affected
22
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles, and model year 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, an electrical signal short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral without the driver's input.
Consequences
If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is not in use, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of injury to bystanders. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will re-program the software in the transfer case control module, free of charge. The recall began in early August 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14192.
Potential Units Affected
392,459
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steering (EPS). Due to a problem with the EPS module, the affected vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist during vehicle operation.
Consequences
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering assist motor kit, free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14743.
Potential Units Affected
679
Notes
General Motors LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
3
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

Depreciation
47.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$24,776
47.6%
Insurance
$6,555
12.6%
Fuel Cost
$12,533
24.1%
Financing
$4,773
9.2%
Maintenance
$2,264
4.4%
Repair Costs
$554
1.1%
State Fees
$547
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $52,002 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average