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2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban
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I used to hate trucks. I didn’t get them — big vehicles that handled poorly and rode like chuck wagons. Then I needed a truck and I started to warm up to them because of their usefulness. Over that short period of time (approximately eight years), they have stopped riding like chuck wagons due to suspension improvements and market demands.

So this week I’m happy to be driving a truck disguised as an SUV. The new 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, the SUV that’s as big as some houses, as expensive as some houses and nicer than some houses — it even has two TVs!

2015 Chevrolet Suburban
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In true press-vehicle style this puppy is loaded to the nines and then some, an LTZ model that has a base starting price of just over $70,000. Add in features like a sunroof, power retractable side steps, a Bluray entertainment system, adaptive cruise and more, and the as-tested price soars past $83,000.

The Suburban is powered by GM’s widely used 5.3-litre EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management (otherwise known as cylinder deactivation). The engine outputs 355 horsepower and 382 lb-ft of torque.

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and power is put to the pavement through a 4WD system that offers a manual 2WD / 4WD selection as well as automatic transfer and lockable differential in 4WD-low.

I’m going to try to move some gear this week with this beast, as I try to do with all my large truck tests. But let me tell you this much: all it’s taken is a couple of short trips behind the wheel and I’m already singing its praises.

Pricing: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban
Base price: $70,785
Options: 22-inch wheels — $985; Crystal Red Pain — $515; MyLink Audio with Nav — $995; Max Trailer — $630; Block header — $100; Sunroof — $1,325; Power retractable steps — $1,920; Entertainment system — $2,095; Adaptive Cruise — $1,780; Theft system — $435
A/C tax: $100
Destination: $1.650
Price as tested: $83,315

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