2017 Chevrolet Suburban
For a family-size SUV that needs to do more than haul people around, the Chevrolet Suburban is a good place to start. Especially with the new trims coming out this and next year, it’s a great time to look at the already modern exterior and spacious up-to-date interior. Families that need space but also want power, should make the Chevy Suburban their top choice.
Max. Towing Capacity
5.3L EcoTec3 V8
Avail. Fuel Economy
Available with two drivetrains, all 2017 Chevrolet Suburban trims are powered by a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. It’s an engine built with direct injection, cylinder deactivation at steady speeds (half of the total a.k.a. 4), and integrated continuously variable valve timing technology. The engine pushes out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. All trims are also connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The four-wheel drivetrain comes standard with rear-wheel drive as the default. Trims with this drivetrain also come standard with an Autotrac 4WD active transfer case that transfers torque to the front wheels when slippage is detected, and comes with a 3-position rotary knob for 2WD, automatic, and 4WD. An auto-trac 2-speed transfer case is an available upgrade that comes with a 4-position knob with 2WD, automatic, 4WD, and 4WD low, plus other capabilities such as shift-on-the-fly. It is also included in the Max Trailering Package, one of many packages available, along with two suspension packages that are available on the LS and LT trim, with a Magnetic Ride Control suspension package standard with the Premier trim.
Fuel Economy and Towing
When it comes to fuel economy between drivetrains, there’s always a slight difference but nothing ground breaking. Across all three trims, being that they all share the same engine, on a two-wheel drivetrain the fuel economy is 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. When it comes to a four-wheel drivetrain, the fuel economy dips to 15/22 mpg city/highway.
Towing capacity also changes, and maybe not the way one would expect. One may think 4WD is better for towing, more wheels turning means more power to tow. Actually though, the torque is being split between four wheels instead of two. So in fact, 2WD is better for towing, at least for the Suburban, with a maximum capacity of 8,300 (8,000 for 4WD) pounds when equipped with the Max Trailering Package; otherwise, it’s 6,300 pounds for either drivetrain.
On the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, it’s not too tough to find the features one may want. If they aren’t on the base trim, the LS, then they may be on the next one up, the LT, followed by the Premier. Standard on all trims are black assist steps, heated exterior side mirrors, luggage rack side rails on the roof (Crossrails are an available upgrade), ride on 18-inch all-season tires, and come with a 17-inch all-season spare tire and 17-inch full-size steel wheel. Power-retractable assist steps are available on the Premier; various wheel options are available for all three trims, and high-intensity discharge headlamps come on the Premier; IntelliBeam headlamps can be found on the Premier and LT, but are also available on the LS. The LT comes with a power rear liftgate, and a hands-free power liftgate is on the Premier.
As with many Chevrolet models, optional packages are available to spice things up. There’s the Luxury Package with push-button start, heated second-row seats and power-release 60/40 split-fold bench seats, wireless charging, advanced safety, and more. There’s also the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package for Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation, a rear seat Blu-Ray entertainment system, and a power sunroof. Both packages are only available on the LT and Premier.
The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban has various amenities sprinkled throughout the lineup. Standard features one can find are floor mats (all-weather available), automatic triple-zone climate control, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. On the Premier, the steering wheel is also heated (available on the LT), a second row 60/40 split-folding bench comes standard on the LS and LT with a power-fold variant on the Premier also available on the LT, and heated second row seats come with the Premier, available on the LT.
A third row bench is standard on all trims, a 60/40 split-bench with power-folding on the Premier. Memory settings for the driver depending on the key used comes standard with the LT and Premier. Keyless entry is standard on the Premier, available on the LT. There is a “Texas Edition” of the Suburban available for the LT trim only that adds many of the features mentioned here, as well as safety advancements and respective aesthetic changes.
All 2017 Chevrolet Suburban trims come with a Chevrolet MyLink audio system - six speakers on the LS, a Bose premium 9-speaker on the LT, and Bose Centerpoint surround sound 10-speaker system on the Premier. As noted, the system can come with navigation capability on the LT, standard on the Premier. A rear seat Blu-Ray entertainment system is available on the LT and Premier, and wireless charging is available on the LT, standard on the Premier. OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is a lineup standard, a nice 3-month/3GB trial.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban comes with many basic safety features as well as offers many advanced safety features. Standard features consist of 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, an occupant sensing system, daytime running lamps, child rear seat locks, a rear vision camera, traction and stability systems, Teen Driver mode, and various OnStar programs. Advanced features available are rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, front and rear park assist, forward collision alert, a content theft-deterrent system, an automatic collision preparation system to mitigate collisions, and side blind zone alert and lane change alert.
All 2017 Chevrolet vehicles are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 6-year/100,000-mile rust-through warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 2-year scheduled maintenance plan, and roadside assistance with courtesy transportation for 5 years or 60,000 miles.