Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chevrolet Suburban Continues to Rule the Road

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chevrolet Suburban Continues to Rule the Road

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD Ton LTZ: The all-new King of the Road.

Price: $72,835 as tested ($64,700 base).

Marketer's pitch: "Built for everything and everyone."

Conventional wisdom: A McMansion on wheels.

Reality: Ginormous on the outside. But the inside? Debatable.

Redesigned for 2015: "All new" may be a bit of an overstatement for a big truck like the Suburban. General Motors' leading media pitch is the new 5.3L V-8 gets direct injection and other technologies for greater highway efficiency.

Outside: A slightly updated exterior keeps the ginormous box that has defined the Suburban since its inception in 1935.

Inside: The second- and third-row seats now fold flat as well. The driver's seat makes one feel as if he or she is piloting the Space Shuttle, which is not so new, but the interior is pretty and the controls are nice.

The big fella: This is it - the beast, the mother (or father) of all family vehicles. With seating for up to nine and plenty of room for storage, they don't offer more space than the Suburban, right?

To the test: Fortunately, Mr. Driver's Seat recently purchased one of the latest-generation Toyota Siennas, so I have an easy comparison for bigness. The Sienna, of course, has none of the coolness of the Suburban.

For the family: With the bucket seats in the middle row, getting in the back is surprisingly easy. Seating for nine is available, but our example had room for just seven.

Tight fit: Upon arrival in the way, way back, though, I was surprised to find the rear seat less than comfortable.

Fourteen-year-old Sturgis Kid 4.0 points out that the Suburban seems to use its space to provide more cargo area than seat, and I believe he's correct.

A real downside over most minivans is that the middle row doesn't move. My feet barely fit behind the middle row, so this vehicle poses more problems for adult passengers than the Sienna.

Cargo space: The 121 cubic feet of space behind the front seats is just about 80 percent of the Sienna's 150.

The 38.9 behind the rear seat compares to Sienna's 39.1.

Still, the cargo area could best be described as "adequate. …

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