THE 2013 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN LTZ REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Passenger Room and Performance Combined
Returning with only minor tweaks for the 2013 model year, the Chevrolet Suburban LTZ continues its reign as one of the most powerful and functional SUVs on the market. Unfortunately, its high degree of versatility is accompanied by a steep price tag, and its mediocre fuel economy adds to the overall cost of owning the 2013 Chevy Suburban LTZ. For buyers who need its combination of towing and hauling power as well as its ample cargo and passenger room, however, the Chevy Suburban LTZ offers solid performance and reliability in a full-size SUV.
Under the hood
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 320 horsepower and up to 335 lb-ft of torque. The Suburban LTZ can tow over 8,000 pounds and handle up to 1,528 lbs. of payload, making it a versatile contender in the full-size SUV segment. Buyers can choose rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, both of which come with the standard six-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Fuel economy is average at 15 miles to the gallon in city driving and 21 miles per gallon in the country. (See estimated annual fuel costs with the Suburban). Safety features include stability controls, rearview parking camera, Chevy’s OnStar emergency service, and antilock braking.
Inside the cabin
Fully loaded with an extensive list of standard and optional features, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ is spacious and comfortable with room for up to nine passengers. The LTZ is the top trim level for the Suburban and includes the expected amenities, including tri-zone automatic climate control, power accessories, and a Bose surround-sound stereo with ten speakers. During the winter months, drivers will appreciate the luxury of heated front and second row seats, heated mirrors, and heated steering wheel – all standard on the LTZ. Optional features include a two-screen DVD entertainment system for rear-seat passengers, a sunroof, and an exclusive off-road option package.
On the road
The large size and massive weight of the Chevy Suburban LTZ make it less nimble and responsive than some of its lighter competitors. However, it offers enough pickup for most driving situations and provides a smooth, comfortable ride for driver and passengers.
The target audience for the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ is relatively limited. For those who need its particular combination of power and passenger room, however, this large SUV may be worth the added cost of admission.
Engine: 5.3-liter OHV V8
Horsepower & Torque: 320 hp/335 lb-ft
Transmission: RWD or 4WD six-speed shiftable automatic
Towing Capacity: 8,100 lbs.
Maximum Payload: 1,528 lbs.
Fuel Economy: 15/21
Base MSRP: $55,115
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