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2014 Chevrolet Suburban: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions December 2015

With the first Suburban Carryall wagon dating all the way back to 1935, no model name can claim a longer lineage. The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban is a "yes-I-can" utility, big enough to carry up to nine passengers and their gear. Its cargo capacity exceeds many minivans, plus its towing capacity of up to 8,100 pounds is hard to beat. If you are looking for one vehicle that can carry it all, the Suburban is a good bet.

The 2014 Suburban features a stiff, fully boxed frame, rack-and-pinion steering and wide front and rear tracks for greater stability. It can tote up to 137 cu ft. of cargo with the second- and third-row seats folded. Both rear-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive models are offered. The fuel tank holds a whopping 31.5 gallons.

Standard fare includes OnStar automatic crash notification, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and side airbags, tire-pressure monitoring and roof-mounted head-curtain airbags that deploy in a rollover. A backup camera, sonar rear park assist and side blind-zone alert systems are also available. A heavier-duty 2500 version of the Suburban available in prior years has been discontinued for 2014.

What We Like

Seating capacity; cargo space; interior quality; ride quality on LTZ model; towing capacity; comfortable first- and second-row seats; relative fuel economy

What We Don't

Uncomfortable third-row seat; no fold-flat second- or third-row seats; filling up the 31.5 gallon tank; heavy-duty 2500 version discontinued for 2014

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

Standard fare is a 5.3-liter small-block Chevy V8 with 320 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3-liter V8 is E85 capable, which means it can operate on regular unleaded gasoline, clean-burning E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. A yellow fuel filler cap and an E85 sticker inside the fuel filler door are your clues. However, because E85 has a lower energy content than gasoline, using it will cause fuel mileage to drop by about 25 percent. The 5.3-liter also features active fuel management, a cylinder-deactivation system that shuts down four of the eight cylinders when coasting or highway cruising under light loads to save fuel.

The Suburban comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A tap-up/tap-down gear selection on the column shifter gives the driver easier manual gear control for grades, and a tow/haul mode offers the driver improved control of transmission shift points when dealing with heavy loads. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates are 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive powertrains.

Standard Features & Options

The Suburban is available in three trim levels: base LS, mid-level LT and luxury LTZ trim.

LS standard fare includes OnStar, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a split front bench seat with fold-down armrest and power driver's seat, dual-zone air-conditioning with both front- and second-row controls, a backup camera, cruise control, power adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped tilt wheel, keyless remote entry, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with steering-wheel controls and a USB port. Also standard are a trailer-hitch receiver, split fold-down second- and third-row seats, a security system, a trip computer, a rear defroster, a rear wiper/washer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a compass, outside temperature display, intermittent wipers, automatic headlamps, ultrasonic reverse sensing, power windows, mirrors and door locks and a remote start system that allows owners to remotely start and warm up the engine on frigid winter mornings or cool down the interior on a blazing summer day in the driveway from the comfort of home. Four-wheel-drive LS models come with a 1-speed transfer case; a 2-speed case is optional.

Moving up to LT trim brings standard leather seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system, fog lamps, a locking rear differential, rear-seat audio controls and power front bucket seats. It is also available with a host of optional features the LS doesn't offer, such as a power rear liftgate, turn-signal indicator mirrors, sonar backup sensors, a sunroof, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, heated leather seats with memory, power front passenger seat and rain-sensing wipers.

LTZ trim adds such standard items as heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a touchscreen navigation system, surround sound, 20-in alloy wheels, Autoride real-time adjustable shock-absorber damping, auto-leveling suspension, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto air-conditioning, a power lift gate, side blind-zone alert, heated outside mirrors, HomeLink garage-door opener, heated front seats with memory, heated rear seats, rear-seat entertainment and rain-sensing wipers. Four-wheel-drive LTZ models come standard with a 2-speed transfer case.

Optional is a Z71 Off Road appearance package that adds an off-road suspension with high-pressure gas shocks, 18-in on/off-road tires, skid plates, a high-capacity air cleaner, auto-locking differential and front recovery hooks. Z71 appearance items consist of large body-color wheel flares, chrome tubular running boards and an aggressive front fascia with chrome grille insert, plus leather seats and brushed metal trim inside.

Other popular Suburban options include power retractable running boards, power release second-row seats, a sunroof and a heated steering wheel.

Pricing

The Suburban holds its value, because it's built in limited quantities, and there is little else in the market that can match its trucklike durability, minivanlike roominess and carlike civility. Four-wheel-drive versions fetch higher prices, especially in rural and mountain areas and northern climates.

For a good idea of the prices of used 2014 Suburbans, check out the used-car values on KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The following safety recalls have been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban:

A contaminated chassis control module may short out, disabling stability control and increasing the risk of a crash.

The rear brake caliper bolts may not have been tightened to specifications at the factory and may loosen, reducing braking ability and increasing stopping distances.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

In NHTSA testing, the 2014 Suburban received a 4-star overall rating, a 5-star rating for driver and passenger front-impact performance as well as side-impact performance, plus a 3-star rollover rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash-test the 2014 Chevy Suburban, hence no ratings from the insurance company testing organization.

The Chevrolet Suburban featured a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with free roadside assistance, 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty and 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

A Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Suburban can be no more than 5 years old or have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Each CPO Suburban undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus whatever remains on the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a new 2-year/30,000-mile maintenance plan and roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Expedition EL -- The EL model stretches 15 inches longer than the standard Expedition, and its third-row seat space is more generous than the Suburban's, but the Expedition EL comes up short on cargo room. The Expedition's independent rear suspension, however, rides better than the Suburban's live rear-axle setup.

2014 Toyota Sequoia -- Toyota's biggest SUV is based on the Tundra full-size pickup and has been a class winner for full-size SUV initial quality in many J.D. Power surveys. While it doesn't have as much passenger or cargo space as the Suburban, the Sequoia can tow up to 7,400 pounds and now comes standard with trailer-sway control. The standard 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 delivers entertaining performance. Adaptive cruise control and Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment are available.

Autotrader's Advice

Unless you are a die-hard Ford fan, the Suburban is pretty much in a class of its own in the large utility segment. LT trim comes with most of the standard features buyers want. The trucks enjoy a high resale value. It's best to avoid customized Suburbans with modified suspension or oversized aftermarket wheels. Always get a car history report before you buy and make sure any applicable recall repairs have been performed by a GM dealer.

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