2009 Chevrolet Suburban Consumer Review: Almost Perfect Tow Vehicle

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Almost Perfect Tow Vehicle
By TJ in CT on


2009 Chevrolet Suburban LS 2500 4dr SUV 4WD (6.0L 8cyl 6A)


Traded my 2004 3/4 Ton in. The new hitch Platform is appx. 3" higher than the old one, so the trailer tongue and hitch needed to be adjusted. The engine Combo with the 6 speed Transmisson pulls my 24' 10'tall Wells Cargo trailer very well. Weight 3000 lbs empty and 8500 lbs with my Pierce or Bentley loaded. 2400 miles so far and 350 towing. In Tow Mode with a full load the transmission will down shift to hold the load back when needed. It shifted down to 2nd gear at 35mph. The tach popped to 4500rpm. but did in fact help slow the vehicle. I achieved 9.0MPG towing on highways and back roads on pretty agressive hills and valleys. w/o trailer I got 20 MPG on pure highway driving.

Best Features

I have the 60/40 bench seat in front. The new drop down center rest has room for 3 cup holders and lots of convenient storage within.

Worst Features

When the center console is in the upright position you have no cup holders. Their is very little leg room for the middle passenger. The trailer hitch does not leave enough room to push the pin through the receiver, and clearance to insert the final locking pin is limited and a knuckle skinner
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