New Suburban offers more space
By Eric Mathes
The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban

Sometimes, good things keep getting better. Not only is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban loaded with new technology features, it also boasts 121 cubic feet of available storage space.

I’ll be honest. As I walked out onto the lot at Vande Hey Brantmeier in Chilton to test drive the new Suburban, all I could do was stare.

When it comes to being noticed, few SUVs on the road stand out more than the Suburban. The 2015 model makes a striking design statement with a crisp profile and an athletic stance on the road.

The design is luxurious, yet powerful, with a big body and clean edges to finish off the look. The Suburban LTZ offers standard 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and is available with 20-inch chrome-aluminum or premium 22-inch painted aluminum wheels with chrome inserts.

What the Suburban has in appearance is also matched by performance under the hood with 355 hp, 383 pound-feet of torque, and 8,300 pounds of maximum towing capacity.

A tuned coil-over-shock front suspension system features lighter aluminum control arms and front springs that are 25 percent stiffer than before. The result is an exceptional ride and confident handling.

When I finally pulled out of the lot, I couldn’t help but notice the smooth acceleration leaving the city limits. The always comfortable Chevy ride is at its finest inside the Suburban, making it comfortable for those summer trips to the lake up north.

Technology on another level

Inside the vehicle is a menagerie of technology and features that round out the new Suburban on almost every level.

A redesigned eight-inch touch screen display inside the dash is complete with navigation featuring two and three dimensional maps, SiriusXM NavTraffic, and SiriusXM Travel Link with a three-month trial.

The new system also has available music streaming featuring Pandora radio and an available 10 speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System.

Calling features, located right on the steering wheel, helps drivers keep their hands off their phones and on the wheel.

Chevy has added a 110-volt, three-prong outlet behind the center counsel to charge laptops and other devices while away from the home or office.

One of my favorite features that has emerged in the automotive industry over past years is the integration of smartphones and remote starts with new vehicles. Save yourself from those cold winter mornings or humid summer afternoons trying to adjust to the temperature inside your Suburban and remote start the vehicle while you’re inside your home or office.

As long as the key fob is in your pocket, or inside the Suburban, you can start the engine with the push of a button on your smartphone. You can also start the vehicle remotely with the available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app.

A step up in technology now gives drivers access to this technology without having to be in certain proximity of the vehicle. I can finally imagine getting into a warm vehicle in the dead of winter while returning to the airport after my next vacation.

No such thing as over-protection

The 2015 Suburban is hands down the most advance Suburban ever—like I said, sometimes good things just keep getting better.

What makes the new Suburban so special is that it’s loaded with features that make the driving experience safer for everyone inside.

The new Suburban offers a full suite of available driver assist technologies that use strategically located cameras and radar sensors around the vehicle to warn drivers of potential risks on the road.

In the case of a crash, built-in sensors can automatically alert a specially trained OnStar Advisor, who is immediately connected into your vehicle to help you. OnStar Automatic Crash Response, which comes standard for six months, uses GPS technology to locate you and severity prediction to dispatch the right help right away, even if you can’t ask for it.

What impressed me the most on my test drive were the built-in alert systems that reassured me the car was paying as much attention to the road as I was.

Short-range radar and ultrasonic sensors in the bumpers of the new Suburban help prevent collisions at low speeds. The front automatic breaking system alerts the driver if the lead vehicle slows or breaks unexpectedly.

Drivers can also use the steering wheel controls to adjust the closing speed range of the system through a three-way gap setting.

Since drivers sometimes miss a blind spot check, the Suburban has been redesigned to help keep families safe while on the road. Available lane change alert systems employ radar sensors in the rear quarter panels to help detect and warn the driver of fast-approaching vehicles in the adjacent lanes from up to 230 feet away, not just in the side mirror blind zones.

As a driver nears the center line, as confirmed in my test drive, alerts are sounded inside the vehicle. This accountability is a reminder to all drivers just how quickly an accident can occur.

Increased storage space

While the Suburban has always boasted a large storage capacity, things have gotten even better for drivers in the 2015 model.

I can remember having to haul the third row of seating out by hand in my parent’s old Suburban, but now, that’s a thing of the past.

In just a few seconds, the second and third row seats can be folded flat, right inside the vehicle. This leaves drivers with an amazing amount of storage space; 100 inches from behind the driver’s seat, 49 inches from left to right, and 34 inches in height.

It’s the vehicle I remember growing up in, redesigned in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined. Take a test drive and see what I mean, but be prepared, because you’re going to want to take one home.