The Chevrolet Suburban
As one of the biggest American car manufacturers around its no wonder that Chevrolet has one of the best SUV line-ups on the market. It's an increasingly more popular type of vehicle, and it's considered among the most American items in the world. We sure love our SUVs and with the kind of vehicles on the market today, who wouldn't. In this article we'll take a look at two of the biggest, most commanding SUVs out there today, both with a proud heritage behind them and both serving the same two basic consumer needs splendidly: power and comfort.
Few people know that any Chevrolet Suburban on the road today is a piece of working Americana memorabilia. It got its debut way back in 1935 when the Second World War was yet to start, and since that day, 84 years in all, it has been constantly produced, making it one of the oldest nameplates still in fabrication. To put things in perspective, from the moment the Suburban was available to purchase, it would be another 5 years until Sir Winston Churchill would become the UK's Prime Minister, 7 more years until Jimi Hendrix was born, 6 more years until the birth of Bob Dylan and 72 more years until the iPhone was first announced by Steve Jobs. That is a lot of history and Chevrolet's Suburban was there for it all. I imagine people were driving it when the news of France's invasion hit, or when Elvis Presley was famous. People had listened to the likes of the Beatles and David Bowie in it when they were in the mainstream, and the model doesn't show signs of stopping anytime soon.
Today, the Suburban is still fateful to the philosophy it had at the very beginning, that of providing colossal power and interior room, but added the perks of modern features to the mix to transform into an exceptionally comfortable ride for its passengers.
The first thing you notice when you see a brand-new Suburban is that it commands a presence, especially in the Secret Service-ready black paint. The exterior lines are conservative, and there's none of this modern-aggressiveness we see in many new designs, but still, mild and well-mannered as it is, the model impresses through size. Colossal, unapologetic size. It's more to this than just appearance since you can fit comfortably as many as 9 people inside and you'd still have 40 cubic feet of cargo space to spare. If you want more cargo room inside all you have to do is to put down the third row, and you'll get from 40 to 77 cubic feet of cargo room, or you can also recline the second row and then you'll have a whopping 120 cubic feet of space behind the driver's seat. As far as towing power goes the Suburban is capable of pulling upwards of 8300 pounds, and it's all thanks to the 5.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower and 383 pounds of torque.
Modern comforts include a long list of standard features like an 8-inch touchscreen that comes with the famously good MyLink infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, cloth upholstery, the Teen Driver mode, three-zone automatic climate control, active aero shutters, heated outside mirrors, rear park assist and front bucket seats that can be substituted for a bench at no extra cost.