Regardless of whether buyers opt for the roomier Chevrolet Suburban and or the somewhat shorter, but more manageable Tahoe, it comes with a 5.3L V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is teamed to a responsive 6-speed automatic transmission, and fuel economy ratings now weigh in at 16 mpg city, 23 highway with rear-wheel drive or 15/22 mpg with 4-wheel drive, both of which are available throughout the model line. The engine features variable valve timing and direct injection, which both help provide power over a wider rev range. Included Active Fuel Management will shut down half of the cylinders to save gas during steady-speed cruising or coasting. The engine is also capable of running on flex-fuel mixes up to E85 (85 percent ethanol). Yet, when properly equipped, the Suburban can tow up to 8,500 pounds--made easier to manage thanks to the transmission's TapShift controls, dedicated Tow/Haul mode, and Auto Grade Braking.
Inside, the new Suburban and Tahoe continue to excel in ride quality, as the previous-generation models had, but their interiors have been upgraded and their instrument panels get a sharper, more modern and detailed look. Most versions get a new 8-inch touch-screen audio system that allows access, via a motorized faceplate, to a 'hidden' bin behind--good for stashing cameras or other small valuables. Meanwhile, Chevy says that the center console compartment is now large enough for a laptop or iPad.
All Tahoe and Suburban models continue with sturdy body-on-frame construction, although the frame has been strengthened; there's a wider track that aids stability; and additional noise-and-vibration damping measures have been added to make the cabin especially quiet. At the top LTZ level, it comes with magnetic ride control, which can 'read' the road and constantly adjusting the way that the suspension responds, softening it for bumpy, pitchy surfaces or firming it up for quick emergency maneuvers. All of these models now include precise, variable-assist electric power steering, as well as 4-wheel disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors that, GM claims, last twice as long as ordinary ones.
With up to six USB ports, as well as a 110-volt AC outlet in LT and LTZ models, there are plenty of options for plugging in the whole family's devices.
The roomier Suburban is the way to go if for three rows of seating. The second row can be specified with either a 60/40-split bench seat or with dual bucket seats. A power-folding arrangement is available. The Suburban provides considerably easier entry to the third row, thanks to wider door openings.
Versions of the Suburban and Tahoe with dual bucket seats in front get a new front-seat center air bag, which will help protect those in front in certain kinds of side impacts.
Both 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models are offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Base LS models include tri-zone automatic climate control, power windows, locks and mirrors, a rear-vision camera system, Rear Park Assist sensors, and a remote, GM's OnStar concierge and convenience system (including six months of the Directions & Connections plan), and an audio system that includes HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility. Moving up to the LT adds Forward Collision Alert, leather upholstery, a power liftgate, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, the enhanced MyLink touch-screen connectivity and entertainment system and the potential to option up to items such as keyless entry with push-button start, full Front and Rear Park Assist, a sunroof, a navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and Blu-Ray compatibility.
At the top of the lineup, the LTZ includes most of those aforementioned items as standard (except for the rear entertainment and power sunroof, which are also optional. But the LTZ gets loads of other meaningful upgrades, including heated side mirrors, upgraded trims, bigger wheels and tires, fog lamps, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, heated and cooled front seats, and Bose Centerpoint audio. Adaptive cruise control and a power-folding second-row seat arrangement are among the few options on top LTZ models.
Versatility And Toughness
Comfortable, Refined Ride
Relatively Fuel-efficient Engines
Chevrolet's full-size Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, have been completely redesigned for 2015. While these models are essentially the same size on the outside as those that they replace, GM has re-engineered these trucks for much-improved refinement and ride quality--as well as more power and higher towing capability.
Both model lines get new Chevrolet MyLink touch-screen connectivity in most of their trim levels. Meanwhile, second- and third-row seating has been revamped to include the convenience of a fold-flat arrangement, for added cargo versatility. Additionally, Suburban models get a little more legroom for those in the second row, while a new dual-screen rear entertainment system with Blu-ray DVD player is offered in the Suburban. Otherwise keyless entry and push-button start are both new and widely available in both the Suburban and Tahoe lineups, as are other new convenience features, like adaptive cruise control.
The Suburban and Tahoe are by far the best-selling models in their class, and they're tough rivals for the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada, among just a few others. These two Chevy models are closely related in most ways--although there's a key difference: The Suburban is 14 inches longer in wheelbase and 20 inches longer overall than the Tahoe; and that results in a significantly larger third-row seat than in the Tahoe--as well as easier access to it, and more cargo space.
Compared to rival models, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban still stand out for their good ride quality and efficient engines, and they handle surprisingly well considering their size and mass. They're also very rugged and versatile, and can be outfitted for off-road toughness, tow ability, and interior luxury as needed.
Chevrolet claims that the Suburban will be the most fuel-efficient model in the full-size SUV class, thanks to its standout combination of fuel-saving technologies like direct injection and active fuel management (cylinder deactivation). Although the profile of the Suburban and Tahoe haven't changed all that much, Chevy has managed to make significant improvements to aerodynamics. Yet chiseled sheetmetal and big, flamboyant wheels (up to 22 inches) help maintain a powerful look.
Engine, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)
Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode
Rear axle, 3.08 ratio (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
Transfer case, active, single-speed, electronic Autotrac with rotary controls, does not include neutral. Cannot be dinghy towed (Requires 4WD model. Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
Battery, 720 cold cranking amps with 80 amp hour rating
Alternator, 150 amps
Trailering equipment includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg)
Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) aluminum with high-polished finish
Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
Wheel, full-size spare, 17" (43.2 cm) steel
Tire carrier, lockable outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
Fascia, front body-color
Fascia, rear color-keyed
Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted
Assist steps, Black
Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding and color keyed
Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
Liftgate, rear manual
Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack includes 2 USB ports and 1 SD card reader
Audio system feature, single-slot CD/MP3 player
Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system (Deleted when (UE0) OnStar delete is ordered.)
Seating, front bucket with Premium Cloth passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and Power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline (Includes (AYQ) frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger air bags and (D07) Front center console. Upgradeable to (AZ3) front 40/20/40 split-bench seat.)
Seat trim, cloth
Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
Console, floor with storage area, cup holders, SD card slot and auxiliary jack (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seat.)
Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls includes Driver Information Center controls
Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range (Not included when (PCK) Luxury Package is ordered.)
Remote vehicle start
Windows, power, all express down, front express up
Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
Defogger, rear-window electric
Power outlet, 110-volt
Power outlets, 5 auxiliary, 12-volt includes outlets in the instrument panel, console, back of console, 1 in 3rd row and 1 in cargo area (when bench seat is ordered, the outlet on the back of the console is lost) (Included and only available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seats.)
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Assist handles, all seats
Lighting, interior with dome light, driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions.
Cargo management system
Theft deterrent, electrical, unauthorized entry
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control
Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Included and only available with (A95) front bucket seats. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
Automatic Occupant Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
OnStar Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
Rear Park Assist with audible warning
Rear Vision Camera
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats; lower anchors and top tethers located in all second row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
Tire Pressure Monitor System air pressure sensors in each tire with pressure display in Driver Information Center (does not apply to spare tire)
Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and right-front passenger safety belt unfasten and turn signal on