The Suburban nameplate is the longest-running in Chevrolet history. It is the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production and this year Chevrolet will commemorate that milestone with a 2010 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Model. It has aged very, very well.
Sometimes you just need something big and strong, with genuine four-wheel drive, and you need it all in one vehicle. Something that will tow a sizable trailer and carry lots of people or haul a load of cargo over primitive roads is an indispensible tool for those who need it. That's the Suburban's mission. It has gotten more luxurious over the years, sometimes becoming a substitute for a large sedan.
The Suburban can handle 137 cubic feet of cargo, or up to nine passengers and 45 cubic feet of stuff, and myriad combinations in between. Two weight classes are offered, the normal 1500 and the heavy-duty 2500.
The Suburban's competitors in the full-size field are obvious. But, once you say Suburban, no other explanation is required.
For 2010 the changes are relatively few in number but significant just the same. All the engines offer Flex Fuel capability, meaning they will operate on gasoline or E85, which is 85-percent ethanol. There is a 6.0-liter with variable valve timing for the 2500 models. All radios have a USB port to accept compatible music devices. The four-wheel drive models have a standard single-speed transfer case, while a two-speed case is optional. There are a couple of new options packages, and the 1LT trim level now includes tri-zone climate control, a Bose nine-speaker premium audio system, power-adjustable pedals, remote start, rear park assist, and locking rear differential. The Z71 Off-Road suspension is available on the 1LT trim level.