The Chevrolet Suburban has had an interesting life. Essentially, the big SUV has been a larger version of the Chevrolet Tahoe for the last few number of years. Think about the Cadillac Escalade; GM needed to somehow spread the extended wheelbase we see in the Escalade ESV to make it make sense economically, so they made the Suburban to go along with the Escalade. Which is a bit different than the Suburban’s long history.
The Chevrolet Suburban also seems to be the choice of pretty much every celebrity convoy as well. It’s massive, comfortable, and non-dramatic. If celebrities don’t travel in an Escalade with their groupies, they travel in a Suburban.
So with that said, the Chevrolet Suburban hasn’t been a huge hit with consumers as the Tahoe has, but it has its own special place in the world. It’s essentially a re-badged Escalade ESV now. When a lot of space simply isn’t enough.
The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban gets some updates to keep with the times, but there is still a lingering feeling of classic stamped-out-ness. What I mean by that is that the Suburban feels like a number of other vehicles, sharing a similar platform, technology, and other units.
In 2016, Chevy created the heavy duty Suburban for all those movie-like car chases. Interesting place for an SUV.
The Specs-2017 Chevrolet Suburban:
|Vehicle Type:||Luxury SUV|
|Power Plant:||5.3 L v8|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto/8 speed auto|
|MPG:||Up to 23 Highway/16 City|
|Top Speed:||113 MPH|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||7.1 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$51,000 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Chevrolet Suburban:
The exterior of the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is largely the same as we’ve seen for the past couple of years. It is a giant fleet-looking vehicle that takes up a huge amount of space.
The front fascia is made up of plain, hard angles and nothing fancy. Just the essentials; Headlights, a grille, lower intakes, and that’s it. The look of the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban goes hand in hand for what it’s used for: Space and transport.
Even though the headlights have odd curves in them that seem a bit over-thought.
The side of the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is…extensive. There is no design cue or anything remotely interesting about the side view, other than the fact the thing is 224 inches long. The Suburban doesn’t necessarily need anything crazy or any interesting design formula for the side, but it looks so straight up and down, it’s kind of boring. Here’s two doors, windows, and a badge. That’s it.
The rear is just as stamped out as the rest of the car. The tail lights offer the only different surface from the rest of the rear end, which is just as minimal as it gets.
The over all style and looks of the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, from LS, LT and Premier trims, is just a plain, giant SUV with only passenger transport in its concerns. That’s why you see so many in government agencies and celebrity entourages. As well as soccer moms and soccer practice in a parking lot populated with either these, Tahoe’s, or Land Rover’s.
The Interior-2017 Chevrolet Suburban:
If you Google the interior of the Chevrolet Suburban and the interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, it’s like one of those games where you have to try and find differences between the two pictures. They are seriously identical.
This makes it more apparent that they are essentially the same vehicle, but the Suburban has a bigger butt.
But that doesn’t mean the Suburban is has a bad interior, because it doesn’t. The vehicles size is just as apparent on the inside which is fantastic for the important people who ride inside.
The center console divides the cabin in a very wide fashion, which makes it very comfortable, and creates a lot of space inside the console for stuff.
The dashboard is actually pretty sharp and intuitive. Plus, it is a very upscale look, which is actually surprising coming from Chevrolet.
Rear seat leg room is also fantastic, which stays true for the third row seat. The third row seat in this trifecta of GM SUV’s has notoriously been bad, so the fact that this new model has good leg room in the third row is awesome.
Given all the space, comfort and interior style, it makes sense how popular the Suburban is with soccer moms and famous individuals alike.
The Performance-2017 Chevrolet Suburban:
The engine and transmission that the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban are decently outdated. The standard 5.3 L V8 connected to a six speed automatic is as traditional as these big SUV’s get.
The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban only has that one V8 engine that produces 355 HP (could be more) and 383 pound feet of torque. Then you have the dismal fuel economy. 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 in the city. All wheel drive being standard is good, but it clearly doesn’t help MPG ratings.
Chevrolet have said they will be looking into forced induction on a V6 platform for future generations. Also, Chevrolet will be replacing the 6 speed auto with a 10 speed. Both changes will definitely help fuel economy.
Regardless, 0-60 is done in a decent 7.1 seconds. Keep in mind this is almost a 5,000 pound SUV.
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is the same vehicle we’ve seen for the better part of three years. It isn’t particularly special, but it manages to hold a special place in the automotive world. Impressive stuff.
Now if only Chevrolet could stop with those ridiculous “Real People” commercials.