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The Chevrolet Suburban VS the Competition 

The Chevrolet Suburban Has One Very Simple Motto; Accomplish Anything. Why? Because in a Suburban, You Can! From Family Trips, to Towing boats, to Rough Terrain, You'll Get There in a Suburban

 


 

The Chevrolet Suburban vs Toyota Sequoia

In the battle for the big SUVs, there can only be one winner. Chevrolet’s Suburban has been around for decades, a testament to its reliability and popularity, but within the last several years, Chevy’s biggest global competitor, Toyota, came out with the Sequoia. It may not have been Toyota’s idea to compete with the Suburban, but here it is.

Both vehicles can be equipped well and be roughly within the same price range, but it is the Suburban that has the higher price tag in comparable trim levels. And while the Suburban has a smaller engine with less horsepower and torque (The Suburban comes equipped with a 5.3L V8 that produces 355hp and 383 ft-lbs of torque vs the Sequoia’s 5.7L V8 with 381hp and 401 ft-lbs of torque.) that is about all there is that the Suburban might “lack.”

When it comes to head room both front and rear, the Suburban is the clear winner with about 43 inches in the front and 38.5 in the rear. Compare that with the Sequoia’s roughly 35 inches of front head room and 34.5 in the rear. So you’ve got plenty of room in the Suburban!

Sure, it’s got a smaller engine with less power than the Sequoia, but the upside of that is in the Suburban’s fuel economy. The suburban will get an estimated 15MPG in the city and 22MPG on the highway. Sequoia falls short at 13MPG in the city and 17MPG on the highway. Not to mention the Suburban has a larger fuel tank, so expect to go farther distances between fill ups when compared to the Sequoia!

Though both cars are known for their reliability, it is inevitable that some day you may break down or get a flat tire, it’s life. So what’s a new vehicle owner to do when the situation arises? Well, if you own the Sequoia, you’d better hope in happens within the first 2 years or 25,000 miles (which ever comes first, because after that, you’ll be required to pull out your wallet and pay for towing. Meanwhile, in a Suburban, you get a whole 5 years and 60,000 miles for roadside assistance.

In the battle of the big SUV’s there can only be one winner. Perhaps that’s why the winner here wears a bowtie on its grill.  

 


 

The Chevrolet Suburban vs Ford Expedition EL

 

Chevrolet and Ford; two of America’s most Iconic brands in terms of passenger vehicles. When it comes to moving a large group of people from point A to Point B in style and comfort, these two brands certainly know a thing or two. Chevrolet with, what many have come to consider, the king of the big SUVs; the Suburban and Ford with its slightly newer offering to the game; the Expedition EL (which replaced the Excursion after its discontinued status in 2005). These two heavyweights can surely haul a family and more, but which one reigns supreme? Let’s take a look.

Right off the bat, the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition EL share many of the same features and benefits like remote keyless entry, traction control, and stability control as well as in vehicle communication and assistance service. They both have very similar warranties as well with both offering a 3 year/ 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, 5 year/ 60,000 mile powertrain warranty AND 5 year/ 60,000 mile roadside assistance. But it’s Chevrolet’s 2 years of scheduled maintenance that wins out over the blue oval. Let’s also mention that as an added safety feature, the Chevrolet Suburban comes standard with lane departure warning.

While the Suburban is slightly more expensive in LTZ trim vs the Expedition EL’s King Ranch trim (Suburban is $67,440 MSRP vs Expedition EL $64,945) and while the Suburban’s 5.3L V8 gets less power than Ford’s twin turbo V6, the Suburban does win in overall fuel economy!

But what about comfort? The suburban is the clear winner in this arena, building off of decades of updates and redesigns. The Suburban offers an extra almost three inches of front head room and an overall almost extra two inches of width which makes stretching out a whole lot easier.

It’s tough to dethrone a king. So if you’re looking for a comfortable, fuel efficient family hauler, there really aren’t many better vehicles equipped for the task than Chevrolet’s Suburban. There’s a reason it’s been a mainstay in the Chevrolet stables since 1935. 


 

The Chevrolet Suburban vs Infiniti QX80

If there’s one type of vehicle American’s love more than trucks, it’s large luxury SUVs! And when it comes to big luxury SUVs it was Chevrolet who set the standard with the Suburban many decades ago. Since then there have been many vehicle manufacturers who have set their sights on dethroning the American Original – the Suburban. One of those manufacturers is Infiniti with its large and luxurious QX80 4WD SUV. So lets take a look at how they stack up to each other.

Some might argue that these two behemoths aren’t exactly in the same class of vehicles. Many people would think the Infiniti is set to take on comparable vehicles from Mercedes and Lexus, but remember we’re putting up to the test against the original luxury SUV – the Suburban. So in terms of flash it may have a bit more, but at what cost?

For starters, the QX80 in limited trim compared to Chevy’s LTZ trim comes in about $20,000 more! The Infiniti offers a larger 5.6L V8 engine pumping out 400 horsepower and 413 ft-lbs of torque compared to the Suburban’s 5.3L V8 producing 355 horsepower and 383 ft-lbs of torque. What the Suburban lacks in power, it more than makes up for in fuel economy, which is important for a large vehicle like this, especially when considering that it will be moving your whole family (and possibly more) around town and around vacation. The Suburban achieves up to 15MPG in the city and 22MPG on the highway, compared to the Infiniti’s 13MPG in the city and 19MPG on the highway.

One thing that really strikes us about the Infiniti, is that you would think with such a high price tag that certain amenities would be standard. Amenities like lane departure warning and adjustable pedals, but no, they are not standard on the QX80… but they are on the Suburban. And what about comfort? Luxury is all about comfort, right? Well in terms of head room, the Suburban offers nearly 3 additional inches of front head room and nearly 2 additional inches of rear head room.

If you’re reason for purchasing a vehicle is mostly for the status symbol and not a comfortable, safe way of moving you and your family around, than by all means go for the Infiniti. It does indeed have a few more bells and whistles and a longer warranty period (4 year/ 60,000 mile bumper to bumper and 6 year/ 70,000 mile powertrain, compared to Chevy’s 3 year 36,000 bumper to bumper and 5 year/ 60,000 power train) but one of the things we’ve seen here at Karl Chevrolet over the years, is that when a customer decides to choose a high end luxury brand vehicle after owning a Chevrolet for years, they tend to come back to Chevrolet pretty quickly.   

 


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