I really love this car and very happy with the purchase. This is much bigger than my 2006 Honda Pilot that I was happy to get ride of (that thing was a lemon; coming from a guy who's owned 2 Hondas in the last 22 years). This drives well, not as lively as the 6.2L Denali, but my wallet and gas mileage appreciates that. Love all the radar and safety features, hands free, etc. Radar comes in hand when parking this lovely beast. Mileage is incredible. Over 2500 miles so far and I'm averaging in the 18+ mpg range. Mixed driving City/Hwy. On the Hwy, I got 26 mpg to San Antonio from Austin. I was ecstatic! Update May 2016: This car saved my life. I was hit head on in accident (Volvo S40 slid into me, doing 50+, while I was sitting still) and the car was amazing! Airbags and the car crumbled in all the right spots. I've got whiplash, concussion and some neck and back issues, but I'm alive and the car kept me safe. I won't drive anything else. I insisted on a Suburban Rental that afternoon. This rental Suburban got 27.1 mpg on a recent trip. Crazy good mileage. I consistently get 22+ mpg in my LTZ on road trips and trips to clients. I ordered a new Suburban LTZ to replace the other one that was Totaled in the accident. Chevy, you've got a customer for life!
2,500 Mile In My 2015 Suburban - A Memo To The Brand Team
written on 05-05-2014
Just rolled over 2,500 in my 2015 Suburban LTZ 4x4 (MSRP just over $ 71k). I have driven a Suburban since 1995 and I think this my 16th or 17th. LIKES 1) The comfort of the ride and (lack of) wind noise at speed is unbelievably quiet and in spite of the mass of the vehicle it is taunt. Have owned higher dollar Mercedes and BMW sedans and this Burb is better than both of them. 2) Gas mileage is def up from my last one (2013 LTX 4x4). Trip computer actually showed one segment at 20.4 MPG (highway at 75 cruise). Around town is right at 14 MPG...which is an improvement.
DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my experience with this vehicle as my agency assigned vehicle (emergency services). This 2015 suburban replaced my 2009 suburban. I started driving this vehicle in October and I just turned 10,000k miles this week (26 Jan). PROs: Very nice ride, car-like feel. Quiet. Great support in the seats. Smooth but not soft. Solid and stable at high speed (I've hit 102 with it, running lights and siren). Corners well for a vehicle of this size. Interior has a nice quality feel to it. I love the USB ports! Plenty of cargo room for my purpose (after we pitched the 3rd row seat that it wasn't supposed to come with, according to purchasing spec). The new headlamps are awesome, project well! CONs: For my purpose, the acceleration sucks! There is a huge delay in response from the gas peddle to wheels turning. At times, it is as if the truck is trying to figure out which gear to hit. By comparison, my personal vehicle is a 2500 Ram with the 6.4L Hemi, and also has a 6-speed transmission. There is no hesitation on my Ram when I punch the peddle. Chevy needs to work on this point. Another pet peeve is the windshield wiper controls. The outboard control operates the rear wiper blade / washer. The center control on the stick operates the front wipers / washers. That is completely backwards and anti-intuitive. The front wipers being what we use the most - why would that control not be the most immediately accessible in the outboard position on the turn stick? My 2009 suburban had the same stupid stick. I was hoping Chevy had changed that by now. My only other complaint is the low ground clearance. For a 4-wheel drive, it sits low. So low in fact, those running boards it came with are a trip hazard. I'm removing and tossing them as well. I'm now looking into a lift package. 75% of the value of 4WD is ground clearance. During Snowmeggeden 2016, I was plowing with my front air dam (also useless) and bumper. I've got to get some lift on this thing. OVERALL: Still a very nice vehicle and I enjoy driving it, despite the minor annoyances. If you are not doing crazy stuff the 4-wheel drive thing shouldn't be an issue for you. When my older pickup dies, I will likely replace it with a suburban.
Update, December 2017, I fabricated some rubber supports to wedge between the roof rack and roof to keep it from buffeting/booming. GM is a nightmare to deal with on this issue. These trucks are simply flawed. They have extremely thin sheetmetal that is poorly supported. I would recommend waiting for the next body restyle before considering a purchase. Hopefully the sheetmetal gets thicker where it needs to be and is better supported. Drive it a lot before you buy. These trucks have an issue where the roof comes detached from the roof bows. This causes cabin booming like being inside a big drum. The roof will start to flex causing pressure changes that hurt your ears. It sounds like driving with a window down when they are all up. Our dealer reattached the roof bows but they came detached in a few months and the issues returned. GM will not support anymore work and will not return calls regarding the buy back we had been pursuing. It appears only legal action would work at this stage. Beyond this issue the truck is great. Fuel economy is incredible for a vehicle of this size. The interior is best in class. Unfortunately, this booming/buffeting issue is to hard to live with.
I use this for work (Limousine company) and had been using a 2011. I had to change to the new body style. This had some big shoes to fill. Comparing the two is difficult since there are such drastic changes from 2014 to 2015. First the positive: the look is a bit more square, yet streamlined. Much cleaner, sharper and overall more aesthetically pleasing. Halogen headlights and interior lights make it much easier to see inside and out. The on-board computer system is absolutely night and day. The old version is bare bones while the newer model is far more advanced. The interface is easily navigated and concise. Bluetooth and wireless work well. The interior is clean, the leather stiff but soft, and there seems to be a little bit more leg room in the second row. Step on the gas and this thing flies for something this big and heavy, but beware....it can suck down the gasoline. The ride, when I first purchased it, was stiff and bumpy...not nearly as nice as previous versions. I lowered the tire pressure a couple of pounds and that seemed to help quite a bit but, of course, this leads to a bit lower fuel mileage. The lane control and proximity warnings were a pain in the butt (well thigh, anyway) at first, but you get used to them quickly and I'm actually glad they are there. The LT version is so much more advanced and luxurious than previous LT models. This LT is almost as luxurious as previous LTZ models. Now the negative: Although there aren't many negatives here, they are a bit of a drawback. The legroom in the 2015 and newer is not as much as previous models. I don't care what the specs say, there is less legroom. I'm 6 feet tall and that seems to be the limit unless you lower the actual seat which will bring it back a couple of inches. The instrument panel seems it could have been tilted up a little to be read more clearly (ie, speedometer is tough to judge). To me the absolute worst part is the side view mirrors. They are a LOT smaller than previous models and it's much tougher to see what's next to you on the drivers side, although the built-in convex mirror helps a little. A little, but not much. This takes getting used to. Other than that, honestly....I'm quite happy with the vehicle. I purchased the 2015 model in mid 2017, so it has a few miles on it. It was also purchased from a dealership as CERTIFIED, so everything was up to new or almost new condition. If you're not purchasing as CERTIFIED......a couple of things to watch for. The A/C condensers have a tendency to go. It's not an incredibly expensive repair, but if the one you're looking at either blows warm air or "needs a belt", make them change the condenser. GM has run low on them, but is replacing them. Also, the brakes can be stiff one time you use them, hard the next. That can be an issue. Again, not an actual GM recall, but should be looked at and repaired before you purchase. Third....there was a tiny vibration in the vehicle at highway speeds (mine started at about 60 mph). I was told it was everything from GM not welding the roof to the frame properly to front end bushings to not having the tires rotated enough. I asked the dealership to put on a new set of tires with balance and front end alignment, and VOILA....the vibration disappeared and hasn't returned in the over 2000 miles I've driven the vehicle. I know this is a bit wordy, but I'm also aware that many Suburban buyers have been previous Suburban owners, so they will understand the comparison. I've also owned quite a few different types of SUV's both for limousine work and personal use. This Suburban model is as good as any and better than most. Considering the money you will pay, it's definitely worth the purchase.
Luxury Package ($2,940 -- includes passive entry, remote keyless start, heated second-row split power-fold bench seats, third-row power-fold bench seats, steering column power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist, side blind zone with lane departure alert, rear cross-traffic alert, front foglamps, wireless charging, hands-free liftgate); Z71 Off-Road package ($1,695 -- includes Z71 suspension, 3.42 axle, two-speed transfer case, black tow hooks, skid plate, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, oval assist steps)
Naturally aspirated, direct-injected V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
355 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
383 @ 4,100
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The Suburban?s 5.3-liter V8 is at its best when it?s at full throttle. In fact, full throttle is really the only time we can appreciate this engine. Throttle tip-in feels unnecessarily long and heavy, which doesn?t make a 5,900-pound vehicle feel any lighter. Our quickest runs came by using lots of power-braking at launch. You will develop some wheel spin at launch when running in 2WD, so for maximum acceleration we used Auto 4WD mode, power-braking to bring the revs to about 2,500 rpm. If the stability control off isn?t turned off, engine rpm will be limited to 1,250 rpm. We also discovered there?s a big delay when shifting in Manual mode at full throttle (independent of running into the engine rev limiter by shifting too late). Because of this, manual shifting was slower. The transmission blips the throttle on manual downshifts and hold gears to the rev limiter. Manual shifting is via a rocker switch on the column lever. Full-throttle application in Manual mode won't elicit a kickdown.
Stopping ability in a vehicle this big is critically important, and the Suburban does not disappoint. Braking distances didn?t vary by more than a couple feet, with excellent straight-line stability under full ABS. Front-end dive is more than most vehicles, though it wasn't that bad considering it's such a tall and heavy SUV. Unlike the throttle, the brake pedal exhibited no unusual response characteristics.
With the Z71 off-road package, replete with all-terrain tires, we expected the Suburban to exhibit more understeer than it did around the steady-state cornering of the skid pad. Despite its size and weight, the chassis felt remarkably responsive to steering inputs. Some ride comfort is definitely sacrificed for the gain in this area. Our best skid pad runs were done in Manual shift mode in 1st gear, and the Suburban didn?t struggle too much to maintain a consistent course.