Price: $56,190 ($60,195 as tested)
Engine: VORTEC 5.3-liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Power: 320hp & 335 lb-ft of torque
As a young kid, my family owned a Suburban. It was solid, dependable, and most of all, it was huge. Living on a ranch, it was necessary to have such a large luxury SUV with towing capabilities that are almost unrivaled in SUVs. Skip forward an amount of years I wish not to admit, and I find that the 2013 Chevy Suburban LTZ retains the characteristics that I was once accustom to in our family vehicle.
Its easy to say that the 2013 Suburban LTZ is large, but I sincerely mean it when I say that this thing is large and in charge. To complement the car’s large stature, Chevy has stuck with the classic styling that has shaped the Suburban over the years, making it unmistakable. In the front, a grille separates two sizeable headlights that work in part with the lower-mounted headlamps. Everything about the exterior screams “rugged” “capable”.
Inside is where you see why the Suburban’s big body is so welcomed. Depending on if you opt for bench seats or not, you can have seat 7 to 9 people comfortably. I found that the bucket seats in the front were more my taste, as the heated and ventilated seats were a great touch. The leather appointed seats were incredibly cushiony and comfortable. The passengers in the 2nd row also have a great experience with heated bucket seats. Thanks to our Sun & Entertainment package, the rear seats were given an entertainment system, perfect for those long trips with a large group. The third row in most SUVs is like the secret you like to keep hidden and for good reason, because who wants to cram themselves in the very back of the vehicle? I can gladly say that the third row was spacious and comfortable enough to be a touted about.
Large families are not the only thing the 2013 Suburban 1500 LTZ can haul. While you can get the more beefy 1500 & 2500 models with the LT and LS trims, the LTZ trim only comes in the 1500 model, which offers plenty of power. Horsepower created by the 5.3-liter V8 is rated at 320hp and the torque is at 335 lb-ft. Mated to the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission. Obviously, the 2500 model is going to be the tougher and powerful of the two, but if you aren’t looking on hauling big boats, trailers or campers, the 1500 should get the job done. While the Suburban itself is quite heavy, its hardly noticeable. Acceleration was quick with only two passengers, but I can only imagine how quickly performance would drop off with a heavier load.
Driving in the Suburban is just as smooth as you would expect in such a large vehicle and thanks to the Autoride Suspension. When coupled with the extraordinarily quiet cabin, you’ll be sure to hear every peep from your passengers even at high speeds.
The 2013 Chevy Suburban LTZ is an extremely capable SUV that is designed to provide comfort for those with big chores. Whether the chore is taking 6 kids to a soccer game or hauling a trailer full of horses, the Suburban LTZ will accomplish the task with surprising grace.