The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban boasts one of the longest running names in the market, a vehicle that defined the affordable large SUV class and remains at the top of its game with a spacious, comfortable cabin and excellent towing capability (up to 8,100 lbs.). The Suburban sells in an MSRP range of $41,335 to $56,580 and gets 15 mpg city and 21 highway. It’s major competitors are the Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and Chevy’s own Traverse. All are major people haulers and all start for about $5k less than the Suburban, but none can go toe to toe with the master SUV when it comes to cargo space and towing.
As a half-ton, the Suburban is outfitted with a 5.3-liter V8 producing 320 hp with 335 lb. ft. of torque. The three-quarter ton model uses a 6.0-liter V8 with 352 hp and 382 lb. ft. of torque. Both engines have the GM Fuel Management System, which switches from eight to four cylinders when full power isn’t necessary. The 5.3-liter engine is rate at 15/21 on mileage, while the 6,0-liter gets 10/16. The standard transmission option is a six-speed automatic.
Outside, the Suburban still looks like a Suburban, although the design has evolved and smoothed nicely with the passing years. it’s still angular, but upscale and tends to be popular with reviewers. Inside, the Suburban can be outfitted to carry from seven to nine passengers. The finishing is upscale, with a contemporary quality. The materials feel good, although there are few soft surfaces. Cargo room is 137.4 cubic feet when the third row seats are out and the second row down. When the third row is in place, you get 45.8 cubic feet.
Although the federal government has not tested the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban, the 2010 model earned five stars for driver and front passenger protection in front crashes. No side impact tests were conducted. Rollover scores were three out of five stars, but a stability control system is in place to lessen the chance of a rollover occurring at all.
The Chevrolet Suburban has been around in one form or another since 1935. The current model is actually the 11th generation, but this is a model that has been easily recognizable since the 1970s. You know what you’re getting when you buy a Suburban – a big capable people carrier with serious towing power. It does not disappoint. Gas mileage is what it is. If you have a need for a Suburban, it won’t let you down. A rock solid buy.