2001 Suburban 1500 New Car Test Drive
Chevy's Suburban was totally redesigned and re-engineered for 2000. New engines offered substantially more power; a more rigid frame and a re-engineered suspension provided excellent handling; brakes were greatly improved for pedal feel and performance; and the interior was upgraded for greater comfort and convenience.
The whole vehicle was so vastly improved and refined that you might think the engineers would take a year off, but they haven't: 2001 brings more horsepower for the 2500 model's standard 6.0-liter V8. And a new 8.1-liter V8 is now available for 2500-series models for behemoth towing tasks.
For all these changes, however, the Suburban retains the same folksy qualities that people have loved since its 1935 inception: a cavernous interior, strong torque for towing, off-road capability, and a stable, comfortable ride for long-distance travel.
Suburban comes with a choice of two or four-wheel drive and is available in two load ranges, 1500 and 2500. Three trim levels are available: base, LS and LT. Suburban 1500s come equipped with a 5.3-liter V8. The 2500s are available with a choice of 6.0-liter or 8.1-liter V8s.
Base 1500 models list for $25,921 in 2WD and $28,837 in 4WD. Base-trim 2500s go for $27,780 in 2WD and $30,780 in 4WD. To these prices add $7,423 to upgrade to an LS, or $11,000-plus to move up to the LT. (Exact LT prices are different for 1500s and 2500s, and are discounted slightly if you also opt for the $1,095 power sliding sunroof.)
All Suburbans come with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, dual front air bags and dual side-impact air bags, but air conditioning is a $1,542 option on base models.
Moving up through the trim levels brings nicer interiors: LS and LT come with power windows, front and rear air conditioning, a compass and remote keyless entry. LS gets a nicer cloth reclining front bench seat with adjustable lumbar support; and bucket seats are an option. LT is fitted with leather seating surfaces and premium full-function heated front bucket seats. LT also comes with electronic climate control, premium CD stereo, the HomeLink universal garage door opener, and GM's OnStar system. Otherwise, the primary functional difference is that LT comes with Chevy's ZW7 Premium Ride Suspension.