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SUBURBAN A UTILITARIAN WORKHORSE FOR 80 YEARS

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Take the Chevrolet Tahoe, super-size it and you basically have a Chevy Suburban. Jokes apart, the 2016 Suburban is the bigger sibling with a 14-inch longer wheelbase and stretched more than 20.4 inches in length.
In fact, the two full-size SUVs even share the sole 5.3-liter V-8 engine, which cranks 355 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 383 pounds-feet @ 4100 rpm. The fully boxed frame is coupled to a vigorous 6-speed automatic transmission and comes in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive versions. Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the four-wheel independent suspension as per road conditions, brings toughness and rock-solid stability to the ride. The GM Active Fuel Management system deactivates half of its eight cylinders to conserve gas while cruising or at slower speeds.
Safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for all rows, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction controls, front /rear sensors, lane departure warning and keep assist, blind spot monitor, vibrating safety-alert and rear-cross traffic seat, rearview camera, keyless start, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
You can recognize a Suburban anywhere, thanks to its mammoth presence starting up front with a centered gold bowtie on the twin-port horizontal grille, HID headlights and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Ingress and egress to the second- and third-row seats, which can be operated via a button, is effortless. Other amenities include a tri-zone auto climate control, power four-spoke tilt/telescopic steering column and rear lift gate, six USB and power outlets each, 8-inch central infotainment screen, and 12-way power heated/cooled front seats.
At a base price of $67,310 (for our top-line LTZ trim), this is not a cheap drive. And neither are its fuel economy figures (at just 17 mpg in city/highway) anything to write about. But leave apart the two noes, the ½-ton Suburban will continue to attract buyers, mainly for its capability of carrying nine comfortably, towing up to 8,300 pounds and boasting cargo space of 121.1 cubic feet. No wonder, this full-sized SUV is a purposeful phenomenon that has served its buyers well for more than 80 years now. In fact, no other nameplate has been around that long without at least some time off.

SUBURBAN 4WD (LTZ)
Wheelbase: 130 inches
Length: 224.4 inches
Suspension: coil over shock front; 5-link with coil springs rear
Steering: electric power
Weight: 5,896 pounds
Fuel capacity: 31 gallons
City: 15 mpg
Highway: 22 mpg
Web site: www.chevrolet.com

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