NEW FOR 2009:

– Six-speed automatic transmission on all models
– Bluetooth connectivity with specific steering wheel controls
– LTZ package enhanced, available side blind zone alert system and new 20-inch chrome-clad wheels
– OnStar 8.0 with Stolen Vehicle Slow Down, Turn by Turn navigation, and Destination Download added to navigation radios
– New available backup camera display in rearview mirror, fuel-saving 3.08 axle on 2WD models with 5.3-litre V8, heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio, integrated brake controller
– XM satellite radio adds new real-time NavTraffic feature on navigation radios
– New cloth seat fabrics on LS and 1LT models
– Second display screen optional for third-row seating
– Exterior colours: White Diamond Tricoat and Red Jewel Tintcoat available on LTZ models
– Interior colours: Titanium and Cashmere available on Z71 models

For 2009, the Chevrolet Suburban receives several changes to its list of available and standard features, as well as the adoption of a six-speed automatic transmission on all models.

The top LTZ trim receives several enhancements, including heated and cooled 12-way power seats with perforated leather, new body side mouldings with chrome accents, new rear fascia with chrome accent and trailer hitch cover, a brushed metal steering wheel trim plate, new embossed sill plates, and a Centerpoint Surround Sound Bose speaker system.

The 1500 Suburban uses a 5.3-litre V8 engine that can be optioned to a 6.0-litre V8, while the 2500 series uses the 6.0-litre exclusively; all transmissions mate to six-speed automatic. All can be ordered in two- or four-wheel drive. Trim levels on all configurations are the LS and LT; the LTZ comes on the 1500 4WD, and on the 2500 models. A Z71 off-road package is also available.

Features on the LS include 17-inch alloy wheels (on 1500 models) or 16-inch alloy wheels (on 2500 models), manual tri-zone climate control, assist steps, privacy glass, heated mirrors, roof rack side rails, variable intermittent wipers, fixed-delay rear wiper, cruise control, floor mats, auxiliary rear heater, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, leather-wrapped tilt wheel with audio controls, power windows with driver’s express-down, cloth 40/20/40 seat with six-way power driver’s adjustment, 60/40 split-folding second-row seats, removable 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, CD/MP3 stereo, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, locking rear differential, trailer package, remote starter, power locks with keyless entry, automatic headlamps, anti-theft alarm, and OnStar.

The LT adds colour-keyed door handles, fog lamps, roof rack cross bars, centre floor console, bucket seats with six-way power driver’s adjustment, second-row audio controls and headphone jacks, and OnStar with Directions & Connections plan.

The LTZ adds 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, chrome door handles, chrome grille mesh insert, power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s-side auto-dimming, reverse tilt and integrated turn signals, power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, cargo mat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, 12-way heated and cooled perforated leather seats, driver’s side memory, second-row heated bucket seats with power release-and-tumble, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Bose Centre Channel sound system with subwoofer, AutoRide road-sensing electronically-controlled suspension with rear auto-level, and ultrasonic rear parking assist.

Also appearing as the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV, the Suburban offers an ultra-smooth ride and one of GM’s best-ever interiors. The adoption of the six-speed automatic with all engines is welcome news. The Suburban drives more like a big car, but you’ll notice its bulk on turns and when trying to park. Interior room is correspondingly spacious, although cargo room is minimized by the third row. It can be removed if required to increase hauling capacity while still coddling its first- and second-row passengers.

Type 4-door, 9/8-passenger full-size SUV
Layout Front engine/rear-wheel drive/4WD
Engine 5.3-litre V8, OHV, 16 valves
  6.0-litre V8, OHV, 16 valves
Horsepower 320 @ 5200 rpm
  366 @ 5500 rpm
Torque 340 @ 4200 rpm
  380 @ 4300 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Tires 1500 P265/70R17 all-season
Tires LTZ P275/55R20 all-season
Tires 2500 LT245/75R16 all-season
Curb weight 1500 2WD 2579 kg (5687 lbs)
Curb weight 1500 4WD 2647 kg (5836 lbs)
Curb weight 2500 2WD 2803 kg (6179 lbs)
Curb weight 2500 4WD 2924 kg (6447 lbs)
Wheelbase 3302 mm (130.0 in.)
Length 5648 mm (222.4 in.)
Width 2010 mm (79.1 in.)
Height  1950 mm (76.8 in.)
Ground clearance 2WD 227 mm (8.9 in.)
Ground clearance 4WD 231 mm (9.1 in.)
Towing capacity 1500 2WD 3674 kg (8100 lbs)
Towing capacity 1500 4WD 3583 kg (7900 lbs)
Towing capacity 2500 2WD 4354 kg (9600 lbs)
Towing capacity 2500 4WD 4218 kg (9300 lbs)
Payload capacity 1500 2WD 686 kg (1514 lbs)(w/3rd-row seat)
Payload capacity 1500 4WD 709 kg (1564 lbs)(w/3rd-row seat)
Payload capacity 2500 2WD 1098 kg (2421 lbs)(w/3rd-row seat)
Payload capacity 2500 4WD 976 kg (2153 lbs)(w/3rd-row seat)
Cargo capacity 1297 litres (45.8 cu. ft.)(behind 
   3rd row)
  2548 litres (90.0 cu. ft.)(3rd row 
   removed)
  3890 litres (137.4 cu. ft.)(3rd row
   removed, 2nd row folded)
Fuel consumption 5.3  City: 15.0 L/100 km (19 mpg Imp)
  Hwy: 9.8 L/100 km (29 mpg Imp)
Fuel consumption 6.0  City: 15.6 L/100 km (18 mpg Imp)
  Hwy: 10.1 L/100 km (28 mpg Imp)
Fuel type Regular 
Warranty 3 yrs/60,000 km
Powertrain warranty 5 yrs/160,000 km
Side airbags N/A
Curtain airbags Standard
Anti-lock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Assembly location Janesville, Wisconsin
  Arlington, Texas
  Silao, Mexico


Trim Transmission MSRP* Destination**
LS 1SA 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $50,145 $1,300
LS 1SA 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $50,145 $1,300
LS 1SA 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $53,725 $1,300
LS 1SA 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $53,725 $1,300
LT 1SB 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $51,885 $1,300
LT 1SB 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $51,885 $1,300
LT 1SB 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $55,825 $1,300
LT 1SB 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $55,825 $1,300
LTZ 1SF 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $69,865 $1,300
LTZ 1SF 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $69,865 $1,300
LS 1SA 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $52,265 $1,300
LS 1SA 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $55,465 $1,300
LT 1SB 2WD Automatic 6 Speed $54,005 $1,300
LT 1SB 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $57,205 $1,300
LT 1SD 4WD Automatic 6 Speed $64,720 $1,300

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