By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com

Take the Chevrolet Tahoe, super-size it and you basically have a Chevy Suburban. Jokes apart, the 2023 Suburban is the bigger sibling with a nearly 14-inch longer wheelbase and stretched more 15 inches in length.

In fact, the two full-size SUVs even share the 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which cranks out 420 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet @ 4100 rpm. The fully boxed frame is coupled to a vigorous 10-speed automatic transmission and comes in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive versions. Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the independent coil-over shocks/stabilizer front and multilink rear suspension as per road conditions, brings toughness and rock-solid stability to the ride. An electric power steering makes it a breeze to handle the heavy SUV at higher speeds or while pulling into a parking lot.GM’s Active Fuel Management system deactivates half of its eight cylinders to conserve gas during the frequent stops in peak-hour traffic. Also assisting save fuel is the stop/start feature, especially at a red light.

You can recognize a Suburban anywhere, thanks to its mammoth presence. Our test-drive trim, High Country, gets a badging up front on the grille with bronze accents while flanked by horizontal LED headlights and daytime running lamps. Step into the huge cabin and centered 10.2-inch touch screen for infotainment (nobody can escape Google built-in capability!) draws your attention, as does the 12.3-inch digital cluster. 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 a/c, power four-spoke tilt/telescopic steering column and rear lift gate, 15-inch head-up display, 10-speaker Bose audio system, and 12-way power heated/cooled front seats.

Safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for all rows, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability and traction controls, lane departure warning and keep assist, auto emergency brake, blind spot monitor, safety-alert and rear-cross traffic seat, forward collision alert, surround-view camera, keyless start, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.

At a base price of $80,400 (for our top-line High Country) and topping at over $90,000 with options, this isn’t a cheap drive. And neither are its fuel economy figures (at just 16 mpg in city/highway) anything to write about. But leave apart the two noes, the 6,000-pound-plus Suburban will continue to attract buyers, mainly for its capability of carrying passengers comfortably, towing up to 8,300 pounds and boasting cargo space of 144.7 cubic feet with second- and third-row seats folded. No wonder, this full-sized SUV is a purposeful phenomenon that has served its buyers well for 88 years now. In fact, no other nameplate has been around that long without at least some time off.


Wheelbase: 134.1 inches

Length: 225.7 inches

Width: 81.1 inches

Height: 76.7 inches

Fuel capacity: 28 gallons

City: 14 mpg

Highway: 18 mpg

Web site: www.chevrolet.com