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2015 Chevrolet Suburban: Used Car Review

Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2007 – 2013, 2014, 2016 or 2017 Chevrolet Suburban review.

 

Now in its 12th generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is all new with more streamlined sheet metal, a stiffer structure, new body mounts with an improved ride, a more powerful V8 engine and a long list of infotainment upgrades and new safety systems. It’s Chevy’s biggest SUV, more than a foot and a half longer than the Chevrolet Tahoe, blending minivanlike cargo space with truck toughness. New for 2015 is standard OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and in-vehicle Wi-Fi, and the Chevy MyLink infotainment system is Apple CarPlay compatible. New safety systems include crash-imminent braking, lane-departure warning, forward-collision alert, side blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, plus adaptive cruise control is available.

The 2015 Suburban can tote up to nine passengers or 121.7 cu ft. of cargo with the second- and third-row seats folded. Both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are offered. Max tow capacity is 8,300 pounds. The fuel tank holds 31 gallons. See the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban models for sale near you

What We Like

7-9-passenger seating; interior quality; ride quality on LTZ model; towing capacity; fold-flat second- and third-row seats; 4G LTE Wi-Fi

What We Don’t

High load floor; won’t fit in some garages

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Suburban is equipped with an updated all-aluminum version of the 5.3-liter small-block Chevy V8 now with direct injection. It’s rated at 355 horsepower with 383 lb-ft of torque. The engine 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’s standard 6-speed automatic transmission features tap-up/tap-down gear selection on the column shifter, giving 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 (EPA) fuel economy estimates for 2-wheel drives are 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway; estimates are 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy on 4WDs.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Suburban is available in base LS, mid-level LT and luxury LTZ trim.

The LS standard fare includes OnStar with 4G LTE and an in-truck Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, cloth upholstery, power front bucket seats with lumbar adjustment (a split-front bench seat with fold-down armrest is optional), tri-zone automatic air conditioning, a backup camera, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt wheel, keyless remote entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with steering-wheel controls, HD Radio and Apple CarPlay compatibility, five USB ports, a conversation mirror, an auxiliary transmission cooler, a locking rear differential, split fold-down second- and third-row seats, a security system, a 110-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, intermittent wipers, automatic head lamps, ultrasonic reverse sensing, rain-sensing wipers, power windows, heated mirrors and door locks and a remote-start system.

Moving up to the LT trim brings standard leather seats, heated front seats, an 8-in color infotainment touchscreen, a manual tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a power lift gate, a haptic safety alert seat, forward-collision alert and lane-departure alert. Also available is a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system.

The LTZ trim adds such standard items as heated and cooled front seats, driver’s seat memory, power-folding heated second-row seats, a touchscreen navigation system, Surround Sound, 20-in alloy wheels, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated rear seats, wireless phone charging, a hands-free lift gate, push-button start, Magnetic ride control shocks, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, lane-change alert and blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems.

Popular options include power-release second- and third-row seats, 22-in alloys, Bose 10-speaker Surround Sound, power-retractible running boards, dynamic cruise control and dual-screen Blu-ray DVD rear-seat entertainment.

Pricing

The Suburban is as popular as ever, thanks to its trucklike durability, roomy cabin and carlike comfort. 4-wheel-drive versions fetch higher prices, especially in mountain areas and northern climates.

For a good idea of the prices of used 2015 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

These safety recalls have been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban:

The overhead airbags may be torn or punctured by roof rack hardware, reducing airbag effectiveness and increasing the injury risk during a crash.

Defective airbag-sensing and diagnostic module software may fail to deploy the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in a crash.

The ignition switch may bind in the srart position and later snap back to the accessory position while driving, causing a loss of power, steering and braking assist and deactivating the airbags.

There may be a sudden loss of electric power-steering boost during vehicle operation.

On 4WD models, an electrical short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral, allowing the vehicle to roll away or creating a sudden loss of power.

A loose automatic transmission cooler fitting may spray transmission fluid on a hot engine component, creating a fire risk.

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

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Suburban a 4-star overall rating with four stars for front impacts, five for side impacts and 3 stars for rollover resistance.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash-test the 2015 Suburban.

General Motors covered the 2015 Suburban with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with free roadside assistance, a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty and 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

A certified pre-owned (CPO) Suburban cannot be more than 5 years old or have greater 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

2015 Ford Expedition EL — The extended-wheelbase version of Ford’s biggest SUV is almost 4 inches shorter than the Suburban but, thanks to a lower cargo floor, beats it by nearly 10 cu ft. on cargo-carrying space. Its 9,200-lb tow rating also beats the Suburban by almost 900 pounds. A new 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 provides smooth turbocharged power. The Expedition’s independent rear suspension rides better than Chevy’s live rear-axle setup.

2015 GMC Yukon XL — Nearly identical except for styling details, GMC’s biggest SUV one-ups the Suburban with a lively 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 in the topline Denali trim.

Autotrader’s Advice

With a legacy some 80 years long, Chevy’s full-size Suburban offers undeniable safety, security and trailer-towing ability. The LT trim comes with many standard features buyers want, such as an 8-in MyLink infotainment system, Siri Eyes-Free, text-message alerts, leather seats, a power lift gate, forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning. Look for a 4-wheel-drive version if you live in a mountainous area or snow country or if you must deal with unpaved roads. The Suburban enjoys a high resale value and has a solid reputation for durability. A certified pre-owned model is a good way to go. Always get a car history report before you buy, and make sure any applicable recall repairs on the Suburban you are considering have been performed by a GM dealer. 

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