Used SUV - 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500 in Monroe, La

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    About This 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500
    Vehicle Location:
    Monroe, La
    LT 1500
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    Four Door
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    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    Miles Per Gallon
    Highway MPG
    Combined MPG: 18
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $131.25*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
    Actual costs may vary.
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    Seller's Description and Comments:

    This 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT is proudly offered by Hixson Autoplex of Monroe Rest assured when you purchase a vehicle with the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, you're getting what you paid for. This SUV gives you versatility, style and comfort all in one vehicle. Excellence, luxury and stature are just a few of the pillars this car is built upon. Where do you want to go today? With 4WD, you can choose to drive virtually anywhere and on terrain 2WD vehicles can't handle. More information about the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban: Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid models for 2011 get the latest Gen 9.0 version of OnStar for better voice recognition. Head restraints for the second row have been revised. On 2011 Tahoe and Suburban models, a better trailer brake controller is introduced for 2011 and new chrome-clad wheels are now available. Across all Tahoe, Tahoe Hybrid and Suburban model lines, Mocha Steel Metallic is a new exterior color, while Steel Green Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic are also added to the non-hybrid Tahoe and Suburban. This model sets itself apart with quiet, refined interior, Towing and hauling ability, hybrid drivetrain available, ride and handling, available luxury features, and available seating for up to nine

    Located at Hixson Autoplex in Monroe, La.  Call Hixson Autoplex today at 318-388-3300 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • Audio System Controls
    • Rear With 2 Headphone Jacks (headphones Not Included)
    • Power Outlet And Controls For Volume
    • Station Selection And Media)
    • Audio System
    • Am/fm Stereo With Cd Player And Mp3 Playback Seek-and-scan
    • Digital Clock
    • Auto-tone Control
    • Radio Data System (rds)
    • Speed Compensated Volume
    • Theftlock
    • Auxiliary Input Jack
    • And Usb Port (not Available With (pcj) Sun
    • Entertainment And Destinations Package.)
    • Bluetooth For Phone Personal Cell Phone Connectivity To Vehicle Audio System And Hmi (human Machine Interface)
    • With Specific Steering Wheel Controls
    • Bluetooth For Phone Personal Cell Phone Connectivity To Vehicle Audio System And Hmi (human Machine Interface)
    • With Specific Steering Wheel Controls (deleted When (ue0) Onstar
    • Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Audio System Feature
    • Bose Premium 9-speaker System With Subwoofer In Center Console
    • Audio System Feature
    • 6-speaker System
    • Audio System Feature
    • Usb Port
    • Door Handles
    • Color-keyed
    • Headlamps
    • Dual Halogen Composite With Automatic Exterior Lamp Control And Flash-to-pass Feature
    • Moldings
    • Color-keyed Bodyside
    • Wheel
    • 17 (43.2 Cm) Full-size
    • Steel Spare (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Fog Lamps
    • Front
    • Halogen
    • Tire
    • Spare P265/70r17 All-season
    • Blackwall (1/2 Ton Models Only. Upgradeable To Seo (4jp) P265/70r17 On-/off-road
    • Blackwall Spare Tire.)
    • Tire Carrier
    • Lockable Outside Spare
    • Winch-type Mounted Under Frame At Rear
    • Luggage Rack Side Rails
    • Roof-mounted
    • Black
    • Fascia
    • Rear Color-keyed
    • Tires
    • P265/70r17 All-season
    • Blackwall (requires 1/2 Ton Models. Not Available With (z71) Off-road Suspension Package.)
    • Wiper
    • Rear Intermittent With Washer
    • Assist Steps
    • Black (not Available With (z71) Off-road Suspension Package.)
    • Liftgate With Liftglass
    • Rear Door System With Rear-window Wiper/washer
    • Glass
    • Solar-ray Deep-tinted (all Windows Except Light-tinted Glass On Windshield And Driver- And Front Passenger-side Glass)
    • Luggage Rack Center Rails
    • Roof-mounted
    • Black
    • Fascia
    • Front Color-keyed
    • Mirrors
    • Outside Heated Power-adjustable
    • Manual-folding (mirror Caps Are Color-keyed.)
    • Wheels
    • 4 - 17 X 7.5 (43.2 Cm X 19.1 Cm) Aluminum
    • 5-spoke
    • With Smooth Surface And Rectangular Pockets (1/2 Ton Models Only. Not Available With (z71) Off-road Suspension Package.)
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Driver 6-way Power
    • Air Conditioning
    • Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control With Individual Climate Settings For Driver And Right Front Passenger
    • Floor Mats
    • Color-keyed Carpeted First And Second Row
    • Removable
    • Seat Adjuster
    • Front Passenger 6-way Power
    • Pedals
    • Power-adjustable For Accelerator And Brake (includes Memory Function With (an3) Front Bucket Seats.)
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Air Pressure Sensors In Each Tire With Pressure Display In Driver Information Center (does Not Apply To Spare Tire)
    • Steering Wheel Controls
    • Mounted Audio And Cruise Controls
    • Remote Vehicle Starter System Includes Remote Keyless Entry
    • Warning Tones Headlamp On
    • Key-in-ignition
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger Safety Belt Unfasten And Turn Signal On
    • Heater
    • Rear Auxiliary With Rear Passenger Heating Ducts
    • Defogger
    • Rear-window Electric
    • Steering Wheel
    • Leather-wrapped
    • Console
    • Floor With Storage Area
    • Cup Holders And Integrated Second Row Audio Controls
    • Seats
    • Second Row 60/40 Split-folding Bench
    • 3-passenger With Center Armrest With 2 Cup Holders
    • Floor Covering
    • Color-keyed Carpeting
    • Cruise Control
    • Electronic With Set And Resume Speed
    • Door Locks
    • Power Programmable With Lockout Protection
    • Air Conditioning
    • Rear Auxiliary
    • Lighting
    • Interior With Dome Light
    • Driver- And Passenger-side Door Switch With Delayed Entry Feature
    • Cargo Lights
    • Door Handle Or Remote Keyless Entry-activated Illuminated Entry And Map Lights In Front And Second Seat Positions
    • Seats
    • Third Row 50/50 Split-bench
    • 3-passenger
    • Removable
    • All-belts-to-seat
    • Windows
    • Power With Driver Express-down And Lockout Features
    • Visors
    • Driver And Front Passenger Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
    • Padded With Cloth Trim
    • Extends On Rod
    • Mirror
    • Inside Rearview Manual Day/night
    • Power Outlets
    • 5 Auxiliary
    • 12-volt Includes 2 On The Instrument Panel
    • 1 In The Cargo Area
    • 1 Inside The Center Console And 1 At The Back Of The Console
    • Theft-deterrent System
    • Vehicle
    • Pass-key Iii
    • Instrumentation
    • Analog With Speedometer
    • Odometer With Trip Odometer
    • Fuel Level
    • Voltmeter
    • Engine Temperature
    • Oil Pressure And Tachometer
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt-wheel
    • Adjustable With Brake/transmission Shift Interlock
    • Assist Handles
    • Front Passenger And Second Row Outboard
    • Headliner
    • Cloth
    • Seats
    • Front Bucket With Leather-appointed Seating (ag1) 6-way Power Driver And (ag2) Front Passenger Seat Adjusters
    • Adjustable Head Restraints
    • (am1) Driver Manual Lumbar Control
    • Floor Console And Rear Storage Pockets
    • Recovery Hooks
    • Front
    • Frame-mounted (included And Only Available On 1/2 Ton 2wd Models With (z71) Off-road Suspension Package. Standard On 4wd 1/2 Ton Models And All 3/4 Ton Models.)
    • Differential
    • Heavy-duty Locking Rear
    • Transmission
    • 6-speed Automatic
    • Heavy-duty
    • Electronically Controlled With Overdrive And Tow/haul Mode (requires 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • 4-wheel Drive
    • Rear Axle
    • 3.08 Ratio (requires 1/2 Ton Models. Not Available With (k5l) Heavy-duty Trailering Package.)
    • Transfer Case
    • Active
    • Single-speed
    • Electronic Autotrac With Rotary Controls
    • Does Not Include Neutral. Cannot Be Dinghy Towed. (requires (gu4) 3.08 Rear Axle Ratio. Not Available On 2wd Models
    • 3/4 Ton Models Or With (k5l) Heavy-duty Trailering Package.)
    • Engine
    • Vortec 5.3l V8 Sfi Flexfuel With Active Fuel Management
    • Capable Of Running On Unleaded Or Up To 85% Ethanol (with Gas - 320 Hp [238.6 Kw] @ 5400 Rpm
    • 335 Lb-ft Of Torque [452.2 N-m] @ 4000 Rpm
    • With E85 Ethanol - 326 Hp [243.1 Kw] @ 5300 Rpm
    • 348 Lb-ft Of Torque [469.8 N-m] @ 4400 Rpm)
    • Iron Block (requires 4wd 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Suspension
    • Front Coil-over-shock With Stabilizer Bar (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Suspension Package
    • Premium Smooth Ride (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Alternator
    • 160 Amps (standard On 1/2 Ton Models. Included And Only Available With (vyu) Snow Plow Prep Package On 4wd 3/4 Ton Models. Not Available On 2wd 3/4 Ton Models.)
    • Battery
    • Heavy-duty 600 Cold-cranking Amps
    • Maintenance-free With Rundown Protection And Retained Accessory Power
    • Steering
    • Power
    • Trailering Equipment Includes Trailering Hitch Platform
    • 7-wire Harness With Independent Fused Trailering Circuits Mated To A 7-way Sealed Connector And (vr4) 2 Trailering Receiver
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel Antilock
    • 4-wheel Disc
    • Vac Power (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Gvwr
    • 7400 Lbs. (3357 Kg) (requires 4wd 1/2 Ton Models.)
    • Suspension
    • Rear Multi-link With Coil Springs (1/2 Ton Models Only.)
    • Onstar Turn-by-turn Navigation (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Stabilitrak
    • Stability Control System With Traction Control
    • Rear Parking Assist
    • Ultrasonic With Audible Warning
    • Safety Belts
    • 3-point
    • Driver And Front Passenger In All Seating Positions
    • Daytime Running Lamps With Automatic Exterior Lamp Control
    • Latch System (lower Anchors And Top Tethers For Children)
    • For Child Safety Seats
    • Onstar
    • 6 Months Of Directions And Connections Plan Includes Automatic Crash Response
    • Emergency Services
    • Crisis Assist
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance Including Stolen Vehicle Slowdown And Remote Ignition Block
    • Remote Door Unlock
    • Turn-by- Turn Navigation With Destination Download (requires Navigation Radio) And Onstar Enav (where Available)
    • Onstar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Roadside Assistance
    • Remote Horn And Lights
    • And Hands Free Calling. (visit Onstar.com For Details And System Limitations.)
    • Air Bags
    • Seat-mounted Side-impact
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger For Thorax And Pelvic Protection (always Use Safety Belts And The Correct Child Restraints For Your Child's Age And Size
    • Even In Vehicles Equipped With Air Bags. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Infant
    • Child Or Booster Seat. See The Owner's Manual And Child Safety Seat Instructions For More Safety Information.)
    • Automatic Crash Response (deleted When (ue0) Onstar Delete Is Ordered.)
    • Air Bags
    • Head Curtain Side-impact
    • First And Second Row Outboard Seating Positions With Rollover Sensor
    • Includes Third Row Seating Positions With (as3) 3-passenger Third Row Bench Seat (head Curtain Side Air Bags Are Designed To Help Reduce The Risk Of Head And Neck Injuries To Front And Rear Seat Outboard Occupants On The Near Side Of Certain Side-impact Collisions. Always Use Safety Belts And The Correct Child Restraints For Your Child's Age And Size
    • Even In Vehicles Equipped With Air Bags. Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Infant
    • Child Or Booster Seat. See The Owner's Manual And Child Safety Seat Instructions For More Safety Information.)
    • Air Bags
    • Dual-stage Frontal
    • Driver And Right-front Passenger With Passenger Sensing System (right-front Passenger Air Bag Status On Overhead Console) (always Use Safety Belts And The Correct Child Restraints For Your Child's Age And Size. Even In Vehicles Equipped With Air Bags And The Passenger Sensing System
    • Children Are Safer When Properly Secured In A Rear Seat In The Appropriate Infant
    • Child Or Booster Seat. Never Place A Rear-facing Infant Restraint In The Front Seat Of Any Vehicle Equipped With An Active Frontal Air Bag. See The Owner's Manual And Child Safety Seat Instructions For More Safety Information.)

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    2011 Chevrolet Suburban Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    2011 Chevrolet Suburban
    The benchmark for full-size SUVs.


    The Chevrolet Suburban can tow a sizable trailer. It can safely transport up to nine passengers. And, equipped with genuine four-wheel drive, it can haul a load of cargo over primitive roads. It's an adept workhorse and arguably the best SUV you can get for towing trailers.


    For 2011, Suburban is available with a new towing package that includes an integrated brake controller. 2011 Chevrolet Suburban models come with more standard equipment than last year's models, including Bluetooth and upgraded trim. The 2011 Suburban LTZ 4WD comes standard with a two-speed transfer case, allowing low-range operation, and chrome recovery hooks. Launched during the Great Depression in 1936, the Suburban was completely redesigned for the 2007 model year.


    The Suburban can hold 137 cubic feet of cargo, or up to nine passengers and 45 cubic feet of cargo, or myriad combinations in between. Two weight classes are offered, the normal 1500 and the heavy-duty 2500. The 2500 is a good choice for towing trailers.


    The Suburban is available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The 1500 and 2500 are available in LS and LT trim levels, and the 1500 is also available in a more luxury-oriented LTZ trim level.


    Suburban 1500 models come with a 5.3-liter V8 engine of 320 horsepower, 335 pound-feet of torque and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engines in 1500 models with two-wheel drive have an iron block, while models with four-wheel drive have an aluminum block; both versions have aluminum heads. Fuel economy for a Suburban 1500 is an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg City/Highway.


    Suburban 2500 models get a 6.0-liter V8 with aluminum block and heads and variable valve timing rated at 352 horsepower and 382 pound-feet of torque. It also comes with a 6-speed automatic. Suburban 2500 4WD is rated at a woeful 10/15 mpg. Sadly, a diesel engine is not available.


    The Suburban 2500 uses a different steering gear, brake parts, suspension, alternator, wheels, tires, axles and fuel tank than the 1500 series. The primary reason for selecting the 2500 over the 1500 is for its greater towing capacity. A Suburban 2500 4WD is rated to tow up to 9,400 pounds, or 9,600 pounds with 2WD. A Suburban 1500 4WD is rated to tow up to 8,000 pounds.


    All engines are E85-compatible, which means they will run on 85-percent ethanol fuel, and all have Active Fuel Management (AFM) which switches off half the cylinders when the additional power or idle smoothness isn't needed. Fuel economy with E85 is a dismal 11/16 mpg for the Suburban 1500, however. The EPA hasn't published E85 fuel economy for the Suburban 2500, perhaps because it involves single-digit numbers.


    The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 LS ($40,925) comes standard with cloth interior, power locks and windows, three-zone air conditioning, leather wheel with cruise and audio controls, woodgrain trim, tinted rear windows, roof rack with crossbars, folding power heated mirrors, a seven-wire trailer harness, 17-inch aluminum wheels, three power outlets, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 sound system with six speakers, USB port, rear audio system controls and two headphone jacks, Bluetooth connectivity, floor and overhead consoles, front bucket seats with six-way power adjustment, 60/40 second-row seat, 50/50 third-row split-bench seat, paint-matched mirrors, door handles and side moldings, and OnStar with six months of the Directions and Connections plan, which includes Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Suburban 1500 LS 4WD ($43,770) models add the Autotrac system that has on-pavement all-wheel-drive ability (no two-speed transfer case with low range). A 40/20/40 split front bench seat with fold-down armrest and storage is available.


    Options include a trailer package, which for 2011 includes an integrated trailer brake controller ($430); a Convenience package with adjustable pedals, remote start, rear park assist, and rear camera display in the rearview mirror ($1,060); locking differential ($295); 3.42:1 axle ratio; and engine block heater ($75).


    Suburban LT 2WD ($44,435) and LT 4WD ($47,280) add leather seating, Bose premium sound, automatic climate control, automatic locking rear differential, remote start, rear park assist, adjustable pedals, fog lamps, and two more 12-volt power outlets (for a total of five). LT models offer a DVD-capable audio system with navigation ($2,500), a rear-seat entertainment system ($1,295), and other options not available on the LS.


    Suburban LTZ 2WD ($53,170) and LTZ 4WD ($56,170) come with perforated leather seating surfaces, a navigation system with XM NavTraffic and rearview camera, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound, second-row bucket seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Autoride suspension with rear air assist and self-leveling, and other features.


    The Z71 Off-Road Package ($1,535) is offered only on the LT trim level, in 2WD or 4WD. Suburban Z71 gets a different chrome grille and fascia, body-colored fender flares, tubular assist steps, 18-inch wheels with on/off road tires, off-road suspension package, skid plate, higher-capacity air cleaner, and badges.


    Safety equipment on all models includes dual frontal airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact 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. OnStar telematics will send help if the airbags deploy and you don't respond. Safety-related options include rear park assist, and side Blind Zone Alert.


    Suburban's 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 Suburban 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.


    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. The barn-door side-swinging rear doors of the predecessor model are no longer offered.


    Although the lines remain the same, the Suburban's ultimate appeal depends on which trim level and wheel style and size you choose. 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 wheels that look good, but we think they are too big for grown-ups. Taller tire 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.


    The Chevy Suburban can seat six to nine passengers, and even with all seats filled still has more than 40 cubic feet of cargo area.


    Cargo space is plentiful, with 137.4 cubic feet of storage behind the front seats (second row folded, third row removed); if you aren't interested in cargo space you don't need a Suburban. With all the seats in place and set for passengers, 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space is available, with 90 behind the second row with the third row removed. You'll need to lift stuff about two-and-a-half feet off the ground to load the cargo area, and rear side doors without wheel cutouts make entry and loading much easier.


    Given the lift-over height at the rear bumper, it's not easy to climb up in through the back to reach things, especially since there are no grab handles; nor are there standard hooks or nets in the back. But there is a nice compartment over the left wheel well, for tools, flashlights, snow chains or the like.


    Smart storage space abounds. The huge console has deep storage and a tray on top. There are two cup holders in a removable tray forward of the console, and one in each wide door pocket. There's a slot in the dash just to the left of the turn signal, perfect for coins or tickets.


    The driver's seat offers a good view over the low dash, perhaps the best visibility in truck-dom. The seats are designed for American comfort rather than European firmness, and can be ordered with heat and cooling. The front seats are bucket seats on most models, but a bench seat can be specified to allow three passengers in the front.


    The second row can be outfitted with a bench seat or a pair of buckets. The bench seat is split, so the right third of the seat folds independently of the left to allow curb-side entry to the third row; it also allows skis or boards on the right with two passengers on the left. With bucket seats in the second row, you can climb into the third row from either side; the second-row buckets can be released at the touch of a button, and are heated if you option right. Only full-size utilities and crossovers, minivans, and Ford's Flex offer the kind of room you find in the first two rows of the Suburban.


    The third row seat has three belts but just two headrests, and it splits 50/50 right down the middle where a center passenger would go. It's really only good for two people. The third-row seats do not fold flat with the floor, so if you want a long flat load deck to camp, carry building materials or dog boxes, you have to unbolt the third-row seats and leave them at home (our recommendation if you don't need them).


    Third-seat room is good compared to most three-row SUV and crossover vehicles which aren't as long, as wide or both.


    Cabin materials and style show a pleasant feel and appearance more car-like than utility appliance; with woodgrain trim, and leather in the upper models, the only reason to upgrade to an Escalade ESV would be more power, but you'd lose 4WD trail ability in the process.


    Analog instruments are more responsive than in any other (non-GM) big SUV, clearly labeled and nicely lit, as easily read at night as in daylight; gauges include a voltmeter, oil pressure and transmission fluid temperature. Steering wheel buttons handle audio and cruise chores, plus the message display panel on most models and the interface is fairly intuitive. Upper trims have adjustable pedals and the steering wheel tilts but it is offset and angled slightly to the right of the driver seat centerline.


    The navigation and audio system is easy to operate. It includes a touch-screen monitor. We set the programs we liked, and could switch from an XM to AM to FM to digital file with one finger push. OnStar has been further refined, XM real-time traffic data is available.


    With the navigation system, the rearview camera displays a large image of what's behind you onto the display screen whenever you shift into reverse. It can help you spot a child or shopper when backing up. It also makes parallel parking quicker and easier, and it makes hooking up a trailer much easier. Without navigation, the image is displayed one the rearview mirror, which is small and hard to see.


    Driving Impression
    The Suburban 1500 engines are rated at 320 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 335 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. All Suburban engines have a fuel shut-off feature, called Active Fuel Management, that cuts fuel to half the cylinders when full power is not needed. This will be most noticed on level ground at moderate, steady speeds. You won't notice when it changes back and forth, because it's very smooth. And it delivers big benefits in fuel economy.


    The Suburban 2500 uses a 6.0-liter engine of 352 horsepower. Like the others it features a Tow/Haul mode for less shift busyness over rolling terrain and a bit of compression braking.


    The 6-speed automatic transmission pays benefits in performance, fuel economy, noise, and control, whether towing or not. With low gears that make it easy to get going, high gears that keep engine speed to a minimum on the highway, and more gears in the middle so you can tow uphill without screaming along in second gear, the 6-speed is a very nice feature.


    The shifter has PRNDML positions and a thumb-operated rocker switch for changing gears manually. However, you first have to move the entire lever to the M position. Or you can move it to D and leave it shift itself.


    All Suburbans have four-wheel antilock disc brakes and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. Like any vehicle with ABS, press the brake pedal as hard as you can and steer and disregard any buzzing noises or vibration; that means it's working and is your best way to avoid an obstacle or accident.


    Guiding a Suburban is effortless, the steering nicely weighted and direct by truck standards. At 18.5 feet long and 6.6 wide the Suburban isn't ideal for congested areas but it's quite maneuverable for its size; it needs 43 feet of road to make a U-turn (45.3 for the 2500), but that's just a yard more than some two-seaters and small sedans. So, it's pretty good, in other words. And because of its boxy shape the corners are reasonably well defined; available rearview cameras and park sensors make it easier to parallel park but it won't drop right in. An available blind spot alert system adds a warning if you didn't see the vehicle next to you; like all such systems it focuses on your car and not what might be next to any trailer you're towing.


    The Suburban's 130-inch wheelbase and nearly three-ton weight contribute to a good ride quality, one of the best for any vehicle with a solid rear axle. Some competitors have independent rear suspensions that enjoy an advantage on rough roads and for spirited driving. Some people believe you must have a solid rear axle for towing and they are a bit easier to maintain, but extreme-duty vehicles like the Humvee and Mercedes Unimog successfully used independent rear suspensions. In any case, the Suburban has the traditional setup for towing.


    Autoride suspension is standard on LTZ. It monitors the road surface and driver inputs and adjusts damping as needed, optimizing the blend of ride comfort and handling grip, and also limits body roll in heavy cornering. The self-leveling rear suspension aspect of Autoride might help while towing but it is no substitute for a proper weight-distributing hitch.


    The 2500 Suburban has a different feel than the 1500 but drives through the same controls. Since it is designed for heavier use, carries about 600-900 pounds more and tows about 1500 pounds more the bits underneath are more truck-like. It has a much stronger rear axle with a shorter ratio, Chevrolet wisely thinking 2500 owners will prioritize towing performance over empty highway fuel economy. The rear suspension uses leaf springs rather than the 1500's coil springs.


    All these parts add weight so the 2500 rides a little bit firmer and isn't as quick to turn as the 1500 but it is still a very competent chassis and at full load feels like it rides and handles at least as well as a loaded 1500. Were we regularly towing 6,000 pounds, or 5,000 with the family and gear onboard, we'd opt for the 2500 and its stouter running gear. We suspect the 2500 will feel more stable than a 1500 when pulling a 5,000-pound trailer.


    The leaf spring rear-end on the 2500 allows a significant increase in fuel capacity, from 31.5 gallons on the 1500 to 39.0 on the 2500, meaning the 2500 will travel farther between fill-ups of weaving your trailer through gas stations.


    By default all Suburbans are set up for towing, but for larger loads, such as anything more than a twin-axle bass boat trailer, consider opting for the trailer towing package (more engine oil and transmission fluid cooling), larger outside mirrors, and the integrated trailer brake controller. (Note that the controller may not work with electro-hydraulic trailer brakes as on some higher-end RVs; so consult your dealer.) A Suburban with this tow package is a fine tow vehicle, indeed. We've done major cross country tows over frozen highways and the Suburban performs admirably in this type of duty.


    The Chevrolet Suburban has always been a very capable sport utility vehicle and big on practicality for month-long excursions or weekend wipeouts. It is big, powerful, smooth, and, with the 6-speed automatic, decent on fuel consumption. Suburbans are designed with towing in mind and offer room to bring the big family and all the things that go with them.


    G.R. Whale reported to NewCarTestDrive.com from Southern California.


    Model Lineup
    Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 2WD ($40,925); LS 1500 4WD ($43,770); LT 1500 2WD ($44,435); LT 1500 4WD ($47,280); LTZ 1500 2WD ($53,170); LTZ 1500 4WD ($56,170); LS 2500 2WD ($42,535): LS 2500 4WD ($45,375); LT 2500 2WD ($46,025); LT 2500 4WD ($48,870).


    Assembled In
    Arlington, Texas; Silao, Mexico.


    Options As Tested
    Navigation ($2,500); moonroof ($995); rear entertainment ($1,295).


    Model Tested
    Chevy Suburban LT 1500 4WD ($47,280).The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban retains the same maximum-size virtues that have made it a bestseller for so many years. It remains the first choice for anyone who needs to haul six or more people plus their cargo. The Suburban 1500 is available in LS, LT, and LTZ trims in both two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It can seat up to nine passengers in its three rows of seats. The standard engine is a 320-hp 5.3-liter flexible-fuel V8 with Active Fuel Management technology, and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, side curtain airbags and GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system with rollover mitigation are standard. For 2011, the LS trim receives premium cloth front bucket seats with center console and rear audio controls, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, body-color door handles and exterior mirrors, and center roof rails.

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    1201 Louisville Ave
    Monroe, La. 71201

    Phone:   318-388-3300
    Contact: Sales Manager

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    Hixson Autoplex

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    1201 Louisville Ave
    Monroe, La. 71201

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