2016 Chevrolet SuburbanCommercial Fleet 4x2

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The old Suburban was slab sided, and it showed.This latest Suburban is creased and pressed.The character line at the door handles especially gives the big SUV some dimension.


The Suburban is flexible, seating from seven to nine passengers with the optional front bench seat and second-row captain's chairs.It's hard to find fault with the interior, even with the standard cloth upholstery in the LS model.

It's just about the quietest ride in the class, with minimal wind and road noise.The engine is only audible when the driver stomps on the gas pedal, which opens valves in the intake and/or exhaust system, sending a pleasant V8 baritone to the cabin.

The curved console of the upscale interior is like a counterpoint to the angular exterior.There's an available eight-inch touchscreen with audio controls, and a head-up display with important data for the driver.If you want to stack on the features, there's a Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system and as many as six USB ports and six power outlets.

Throughout the cabin there is useful space for little things, a bunch of cupholders, and a center console that can hold a tablet or notebook computer.The rear seat folds flat, and allows good headroom and legroom.The wayback third row is livable for adults on a very short trip but best for kids.

The third row also folds flat for cargo, with power operation available, and there's an available cargo management system.

Driving Impression

Given its giant wheelbase, its basketball-player height, and its scale-busting weight of nearly three tons, you can't expect it to handle quick and stop fast.Mass will always have its say in dynamic situations.But GM chassis engineers have done a great job with the suspension, working with spring rates and anti-roll bars.It helps that weight distribution is close to 50/50, front/rear.We could say that it leans in turns and lacks overall agility; or we could say that, for a huge SUV, it doesn't lean much in turns and is fairly agile.We will say that it recovers well during rapid transitions in switchback curves.

The electric power steering, a rack and pinion system, is a little numb yet effortless at any speed.

Like the Silverado, the Suburban uses leaf springs in the rear.The LTZ has optional Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magnetically charged fluid to change suspension damping and deliver a supple ride over rough roads, while improving control in turns.

The base ride is on the firm side, in order to achieve the good handling, but it's still sweet enough that the truck's occupants will only be bothered by the nasty bumps.

Braking is also strong, given the weight.The brake pedal feels firm and is easy to modulate, and the Suburban stops true.After a few hard stops there was no fade.


The seven-seat Suburban is smooth, quiet, comfortable, capable, powerful, efficient, handles and rides well, and can tow 8300 pounds.It's also more than 18 feet long.Its only competition is the Ford Expedition EL.


The Chevy Suburban is the grandfather of all SUVs, about 80 years old.But it's a pretty cool grand-dad, because today it can do almost any athletic or high-tech thing imaginable for a car.

It has equipment galore, a luxurious cabin with three rows of seats, and capabilities that put it somewhere between a Land Rover and a school bus.It rides on a wheelbase that's 130 inches long, and measures 220 inches from bumper to bumper.In parking terms, that's more than 18 feet.

The Chevrolet Suburban's only equal is the extra-long Ford Expedition EL, which uses a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making more power and torque than the Chevrolet V8, and with a higher tow rating of 9200 pounds, compared to the Suburban's 8300.

Despite its name (which goes back to the 1930s), the Suburban is no crossover.The Suburban is related to the Chevy Silverado pickup.It uses the truck's box frame and 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, using a 6-speed automatic transmission.Even pulling the Suburban's weight of nearly three tons, the engine accelerates well for freeway on-ramps, mountain climbs, or two-lane passing.It may be big, but it can fly around small, slow cars.And it doesn't even suck that much gas when it does.

Chevrolet has developed that small-block V8 to an impressive place of efficiency.It was redesigned for 2015; now called EcoTe3, it got a new aluminum block, new aluminum cylinder heads, new crankshaft, new pistons, higher compression ratio, and direct fuel injection.While using only four cylinders at cruising times (the switch between eight and four is never felt), the Suburban is EPA-rated at 16 city/23 highway/18 combined mpg with two-wheel drive; with 4WD it gets one less mpg city and highway, but the same 18 mpg combined (go figure, government math).

Safety features include a standard rearview camera and seven airbags, including a front center airbag.Safety options include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, front parking sensor, rear cross traffic alert, and forward crash warning by vibrating the driver's seat.These things factor into the NHTSA test results, but still the Suburban only gets four stars overall.


The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban comes in LS, LT and LTZ models, all with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and fold-flat second- and third-row seats.The Suburban LS is well equipped, with trailer sway control and traction control in addition to stability control, although with cloth upholstery (and available front bench seat).The Suburban LT gets upgrades like a Bose audio system and MyLink infotainment.The Suburban LTZ gets adds foglamps, HID headlamps, LED running lights, power folding second and third rows, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Four-wheel drive is a $3000 option.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Rear audioYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeVinyl
Fabric TypePremium cloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 2Vinyl
Fabric Type 3Vinyl
Fabric Type 3Premium cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimSimulated wood
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet5
12V DC power outlet5
AC power outlet1
AC power outlet1
Adjustable pedalsPower
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteRemote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
3rd Row Head Room978 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,252 mm
3rd Row Leg Room876 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,590 mm
Front Head Room1,087 mm
Front Hip Room1,544 mm
Front Leg Room1,151 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,646 mm
Overall height1,890 mm
Overall Length5,700 mm
Overall Width2,045 mm
Rear Head Room993 mm
Rear Hip Room1,532 mm
Rear Leg Room1,008 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,654 mm
Wheelbase3,302 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Liftgate windowFlip-up
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Height AdjustablePower
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Axle ratio3.42
Axle ratio3.08
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Limited slip differentialMechanical
Rear locking differentialAutomatic
Alternate Fuel TypeE85
Alternate Horse Power380 hp
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.00 : 1
Cylinder DeactivationYes
Displacement325 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power355 hp
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,100 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size5.3 L
Torque520 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearOHV
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsFederal
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Fuel Consumption
City15.1 L/100 km
Combined13.0L/100 km
Highway10.4 L/100 km
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size5.3 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-8
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Third row headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Manual Adjustments4
Manual Adjustments8
Power adjustments4
Power adjustments8
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingTumble forward
Rear heatWith separate controls
Roof rackRails only
Roof rackYes
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
Front seat typeSplit-bench
seating capacity8
seating capacity9
Total Seating Capacity9
Total Seating Capacity8
UpholsteryPremium cloth
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeShort and long arm
Rear Spring TypeAir
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingS
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width285 mm
Width265 mm
Width265 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
Auxiliary engine coolerRegular duty
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Engine hour meterEngine hour meter
Running boardsYes
Running boardsYes
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place1,113 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed2,172 L
Curb weight2,534 kg
Fuel Capacity98 L
Gross vehicle weight3,311 kg
Ground clearance201 mm
Max cargo capacity3,446 L
Payload767 kg
Towing Capacity3,765 kg
Towing Capacity2,858 kg
Turning radius7 m
Rim TypeSilver w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Rim TypePolished aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeChrome aluminum
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Wheel LocksYes
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
One-touch windows4
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Trailer hitch receiver
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Adjustable pedals
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Rear audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rain sensing wipers
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Cylinder deactivation
Limited slip differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Rear locking differential
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Auto-levelling suspension
Chrome wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Chevrolet Suburban Commercial Fleet 4x2, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Edwards Garage, 4403 42ND AVENUE - Box 880, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T-1A6

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