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 bought a 2015 Suburban in February of 2016, since I have had the rain sense windshield wipers sensor go out, the door ding sensor go out, the throttle response sensor (twice) go out, parts of the outside of the car fall off, the sunroof leak, the rubber covers on the sunroof sides tear out, the DVD system go out, and now my brakes are out. Took it to the dealership they said it was the brake booster, they fixed that, picked it up yesterday, still no brakes. Now, they're saying best case I need a vacuum pump, worst case I need a vacuum pump, vacuum pump to booster hose, vacuum brake booster, and a brake master cylinder. I am so frustrated, this is a $70,000+ car, it shouldn't be having problems like this.