Sometimes when you are getting into a new vehicle you want to test it out a bit to see the kind of speeds that it can go and how fast it can get to those speeds. Then there are times when the vehicle doesn’t beg to be driven fast. You get in and it teaches you to slow down, not worry about speed, but enjoying the ride. The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ was one of those latter vehicles. I am sure most of you have seen how large this vehicle is. I mean it is like a boat. It doesn’t want to be pushed to its limits for acceleration. It wants you to sit back, relax, and take it easy.
Now don’t get me wrong this beast has the power under to hood to do what you want it to do and not slow poke it through traffic. It will tow and perform just like you need and expect it to for such a large vehicle. People who own large vehicles like a Chevrolet Suburban will most likely have a larger family and need the space for seats as well as cargo. The one I was able to drive had a 7 passenger capability. The second row was captain’s chairs which made it much easier to get to the third row of seating. There is a bench row option available if you need to seat 8.
Like I have said before these larger vehicles are actually easier to drive then you would expect. Sure they are long and wide so it is best to not park at the front of parking lots, but their turning and steering is smooth. With sensors all around the vehicle there is plenty of tech to help guide you into parking spaces, guide you out with cross traffic alert that buzzes your seat, and rear cameras. This is one of those vehicles that I would love to see the 360 cameras in as it would aide in seeing all around when there are blind spots.
One of my complaints just like in the Yukon XL was the placement of the DVD player screens. They fold down in the direct way of the rear view mirror. It would be much better if they were in the back of the seats versus on the ceiling. Another good arguement for having the 360 cameras!
The leather upgrades in the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban make this vehicle luxurious and comforting.
We took it on a road trip to San Antonio and man was it a great ride. With a larger gas tank we were able to make the 4 hour drive plus some of the return trip without having to fill up the tank. It helps when you aren’t pushing the limit and passing lots of people too. Set the cruise and enjoy the ride. It was a bit of a toss up between the Chevrolet Suburban LTZ and the GMC Yukon Denali XL. The Yukon had a few more upgrades that come along with the Denali package, but the Suburban was just as nice of a ride for about 8K less.
What a funny life lesson that a vehicle could teach me to slow down, take it easy, and enjoy the moments that you have on a drive. Really get a feel for the vehicle, see how it takes the turns, snuggles you in the seat, and really becomes a part of the journey.
Specs for the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat: MSRP $72,735
- 5.3L V8 ECOTEC3 engine, 6 spd automatic
- Fully automatic locking rear differential
- Magnetic ride control
- Engine oil cooling system
- Front and rear park assist
- Trailering equipment
- Forward collision alert
- Lane keep assist
- Side blind zone alert with lane departure alert
- Rear cross traffic alert and rear vision camera
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Intellibeam headlamps, HID
- Front fog lamps
- Rain sensing wipers
- Power heated outside mirror with adjustable turn signal
- Body color side moldings
- Luggage rack side rails
- Assist steps
- Passive entry system
- 20″ polished aluminum wheels
- 17″ spare wheel
- Power handsfree liftgate
- Leather front bucket seats
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Second row power release bucket seats
- Heated second row seats
- Remote vehicle start
- Leather telescoping heated steering wheel
- Power adjustable pedals
- Trizone HVAC
- 110 Volt AC power outlet
- 10 speaker Bose surround sound system
- Wireless charging
- Onstar, 4G LTE Wifi
- 8″ nav system with Apple CarPlay
- Headup display
- Power sunroof