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2008 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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EngineEngine 5.3LV-8
MPGMPG 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2008 Suburban 1500 Overview

Last year, as gas topped $3 a gallon and more people expressed more concern over global climate change, Chevy introduced a thoroughly redesigned but unrepentantly monster-sized 2007 Suburban.The Suburban was demonized by SUV haters.The result: In the first quarter of 2007, Suburban sales surged 10 percent over the same period in 2006.Suburban sales may decline as it becomes a costly alternative to a car, but what was once true, remains true:

The Chevy Suburban excels at towing heavy trailers, hauling loads of people and gear, and enduring hard use and rugged terrain.Observers who judge them negatively don't always understand the abuse these vehicles are called upon to withstand.A lightweight, fuel-efficient car designed to look like an SUV simply won't cut it when it's time to tow a heavy trailer or bounce over boulders along a river bank on a regular basis.

For an icon approaching its 75th birthday, the Suburban has never looked better.

The Suburban was completely redesigned for 2007, and there are no significant changes for 2008.This latest-generation Suburban represents a major improvement over pre-2007 models.The windshield of this latest generation is raked for better aerodynamics, and the chrome has been swept off the side.Inside, the dashboard has been lowered and instrument panel finally made tidy.The seats have been raised, giving a commanding view of the road with that lowered dashboard.With optional adjustable pedals, a driver of any size can achieve a comfortable and confident driving position.The frame is strong, stiff and fully boxed, the suspension is thoroughly modern, and steering is via rack-and-pinion.The front track was widened by three inches, and the rear by one inch.This Suburban rides and handles much sweeter than any before it, with less undulation and more precision.

The Suburban can seat from six to nine passengers, depending on the seating configuration ordered.There is 137.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the front seats, with the second row folded and third row removed.Behind the raised third row there are still 45.8 cubic feet.The seats don't fold flat into the floor, but the Suburban will accept a lot of cargo including very long items.

Suburban comes in three trim levels, with two- or four-wheel drive.It's available with a light-duty 1500 or heavy-duty 2500 chassis.The latest generation of its 5.3-liter Vortec engine makes 320 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque in 2WD models, and 310 horsepower and 335 pound-feet with 4WD.A new 6.0-liter V8 is optional, with an aluminum block and heads and variable valve timing, making 366 horsepower and 380 pound-feet.

The 2500 models come with a different 6.0-liter engine, with an iron block.The 2500 uses Hydroboost brakes, a stiffer suspension with leaf springs in the rear, and 16-inch truck tires.It is a serious tow vehicle with an enclosed passenger/cargo compartment.

The base-level 5.3-liter (1500 2WD) is EPA-rated at 14 City and 20 Highway miles per gallon on regular unleaded.The same truck with the optional 6.0-liter engine is rated at 12/17 mpg.Both engines feature what GM calls Active Fuel Management, meaning they can shut down up to four cylinders to …
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2008 Suburban 1500 Overview

Last year, as gas topped $3 a gallon and more people expressed more concern over global climate change, Chevy introduced a thoroughly redesigned but unrepentantly monster-sized 2007 Suburban.The Suburban was demonized by SUV haters.The result: In the first quarter of 2007, Suburban sales surged 10 percent over the same period in 2006.Suburban sales may decline as it becomes a costly alternative to a car, but what was once true, remains true:

The Chevy Suburban excels at towing heavy trailers, hauling loads of people and gear, and enduring hard use and rugged terrain.Observers who judge them negatively don't always understand the abuse these vehicles are called upon to withstand.A lightweight, fuel-efficient car designed to look like an SUV simply won't cut it when it's time to tow a heavy trailer or bounce over boulders along a river bank on a regular basis.

For an icon approaching its 75th birthday, the Suburban has never looked better.

The Suburban was completely redesigned for 2007, and there are no significant changes for 2008.This latest-generation Suburban represents a major improvement over pre-2007 models.The windshield of this latest generation is raked for better aerodynamics, and the chrome has been swept off the side.Inside, the dashboard has been lowered and instrument panel finally made tidy.The seats have been raised, giving a commanding view of the road with that lowered dashboard.With optional adjustable pedals, a driver of any size can achieve a comfortable and confident driving position.The frame is strong, stiff and fully boxed, the suspension is thoroughly modern, and steering is via rack-and-pinion.The front track was widened by three inches, and the rear by one inch.This Suburban rides and handles much sweeter than any before it, with less undulation and more precision.

The Suburban can seat from six to nine passengers, depending on the seating configuration ordered.There is 137.4 cubic feet of storage space behind the front seats, with the second row folded and third row removed.Behind the raised third row there are still 45.8 cubic feet.The seats don't fold flat into the floor, but the Suburban will accept a lot of cargo including very long items.

Suburban comes in three trim levels, with two- or four-wheel drive.It's available with a light-duty 1500 or heavy-duty 2500 chassis.The latest generation of its 5.3-liter Vortec engine makes 320 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque in 2WD models, and 310 horsepower and 335 pound-feet with 4WD.A new 6.0-liter V8 is optional, with an aluminum block and heads and variable valve timing, making 366 horsepower and 380 pound-feet.

The 2500 models come with a different 6.0-liter engine, with an iron block.The 2500 uses Hydroboost brakes, a stiffer suspension with leaf springs in the rear, and 16-inch truck tires.It is a serious tow vehicle with an enclosed passenger/cargo compartment.

The base-level 5.3-liter (1500 2WD) is EPA-rated at 14 City and 20 Highway miles per gallon on regular unleaded.The same truck with the optional 6.0-liter engine is rated at 12/17 mpg.Both engines feature what GM calls Active Fuel Management, meaning they can shut down up to four cylinders to …Hide Full Review