- suv 105,000
- 17,000 fair
- Denver, CO
- 4 years
2009 chevrolet suburban review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. The quintessential full-size suv. introductionthe suburban nameplate is the longest-running in chevrolet history and will soon turn 75. A truck that will tow a sizable trailer and carry lots of people or haul a load of cargo over primitive roads is an indispensible tool for those who need it. That's the suburban's mission. It has gotten more luxurious over the years, sometimes becoming a substitute for a large sedan. for 2009, the suburban comes with a new six-speed automatic transmission. An integrated trailer brake controller is now available, which is a great feature for towing. Also new is the latest onstar version 8. 0, bluetooth, wheels, colors, an added third screen for the rear-seat entertainment option, xm navtraffic, two choices of backup camera systems, side blind zone alert option, more standards on ltz (such as heated and cooled memory front seats), a luxury package to bring a 2lt trim-level closer to ltz spec. The suburban was completely redesigned for 2007. suburban can handle 137 cubic feet of cargo, or up to nine passengers and 45 cubic feet or stuff, and myriad combinations in between. Two weight classes are offered, the normal 1500 and the heavy-duty 2500. the suburban competes with the ford expedition el (8 seats max), the gmc yukon xl, the cadillac escalade esv (more features and power, no low-range 4wd), lincoln navigator l, toyota sequoia and nissan armada. lineupthe 2009 chevy suburban comes with 2wd or 4wd, half-ton 1500 series or three-quarter-ton 2500 series. Both offer ls and lt (subdivided into 1lt and 2lt) models; the luxury-oriented ltz comes only on 1500. every 1500 comes standard with one of three 310-hp 5. 3-liter v8 engines, each with afm which switches off half of the cylinders when the power or idle smoothness isn't needed. The 1500 2wd ls gets an iron-block engine and the e85-capable version is available on ls (no charge) and standard on lt-and-up. All 1500 4wd trucks come with an aluminum-block, e85-capable 5. 3 standard. Epa ratings for 5. 3-powered suburbans run 14 city/19-20 highway on gasoline and 10/15 mpg on e85. an aluminum-block, 366-hp 6-liter v8 with afm and variable valve timing is optional on all 1500 (around $1100). Epa ratings for 2wd are 14/19 mpg; expect 4wd numbers to be equal or 1 mpg lower. 2500 series suburbans come only with a heavy-duty iron-block, 352-hp 6-liter v8 and stronger six-speed automatic transmission. Although there are no badges or names denoting 2500 these heavy-duty suburbans use different steering gear, brake parts, suspension, alternators, wheels, tires, axles and fuel tank than 1500-series. All prices given below are for 1500-series trucks and are manufacturer's suggested retail prices that do not include the destination charge. Onstar is upgraded to directions & connections service, which includes turn-by-turn navigation. options on 1lt trucks include the convenience and trailering packages, 6-liter v8, rear entertainment system 1295), third-row screen 600), navigation with xm navtraffic 2500 plus xm subscription), 20-inch wheels 1795), three-zone air conditioning 195), and ugdo 120). the 2lt 2wd 43,905) and 4wd 46,750) models add leather upholstery for first and second-row seats, three-zone ac, adjustable pedals, rear audio controls, cd changer, and rear park assist. Options include the 6-liter v8, autoride suspension with rear air assist/self-leveling, rear entertainment, navigation, skid plates, bose audio system upgrade 500) and a luxury package (heated 10-way front and power-release second-row buckets, bose audio, power-folding mirrors, power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors with turn signals). a z71 off-road package is offered only on lt trucks, in 2wd or 4wd. It adds a different chrome grille and fascia, rectangular fog lamps, body-colored fender flares, mirrors and door handles, tubular assist steps, 18-inch wheels with on/off road tires, off-road suspension package, automatic locking differential, skid plate, higher-capacity air cleaner. And badges. at the top of the half-ton line is the ltz 50,615) and ltz 4wd 53,460), which includes the contents of the 2lt luxury package, heated and cooled perforated leather front seats with memory, bose centerpoint surround sound system, autoride, locking differential, remote start, chrome mirrors, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and rain-sensing wipers. Options include navigation, rear entertainment, floor mats 276 for entire truck) and side blind zone alert 500). safety equipment on all models includes dual frontal airbags, full-length head-curtain airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, a tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock disc brakes with electronic proportioning, and stabilitrak, gm's electronic stability program with anti-rollover mitigation and traction control. Safety-related options include rear park assist, rear-view camera, and side blind zone alert. Side airbags are not available. walkaroundchevy suburban was totally restyled for 2007 and apart from items like colors and chrome details remains unchanged. the profile is elegant in its simplicity, no lines drawing the eye up or down, just a smooth clean surface from one end to the other like an aircraft. Big boxes are best carried in big boxes, not sloping hatchbacks. the 'burb has a square-jawed face that's smooth and rugged at the same time, a twin to the shorter tahoe. The mesh grille is split by a gold chevy bowtie, and the daytime running lights use separate lamps and can be switched off for after-dark campground arrivals. The bumper fascia reveals a low license-plate holder sandwiched by openings for tow hooks, with small round fog lamps at the corners like single teardrops falling from the headlamp eyes. The seam between the fascia and fenders is very tight, and a good indication of gm's solid body quality on the current generation of trucks. rake was added to the windshield for 2007, improving aerodynamics and looks. The hood has two long bulges at its sides, reaching almost from windshield to grille; chevy calls these twin bulges the power dome; we call them a good way to keep such a large expanse of otherwise-flat steel from fluttering, just as long-cab pickups have grooves on the roof. For aesthetics we would prefer if the roof-mounted antenna were centered but long, flat cargo on the roof might present a problem. the rear liftgate is vertical, and the rear window opens independently, with both the manual and power liftgate, which is aluminum, reducing the weight and thus the effort to raise and lower it. Rear wiper coverage is average at best. Some are nearly void of chrome while the z71 adds machismo with sizable fender flares and side steps so short drivers can get in and tall ones can mess up their pant legs. the standard wheels are five-spoke, 17-inch aluminum. Polished wheels are available. Also available are 20-inch dubs that look good, but we think they are too big for grown-ups. Taller sidewalls yield a better ride and in most consumer-magazine testing those large-diameter wheels don't go, stop or handle any better, they just ride harder so we prefer the 17-inch wheels. The z71 package comes with 18-inch wheels. interiorthe chevy suburban can seat six to nine passengers, and even with all seats filled still has more than 40 cubic feet of cargo area. With all the seats in place, set up for passengers, 45. 8 cubic feet of cargo space is available, with 90 behind the second row, third row removed.
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