...Two new colors freshen the dated exterior design this year. Inside, the modern instrument panel holds a selection of white-on-black analog gauges with zone markings and red-orange needles. Climate controls are easy to grasp and use, within easy reach of each occupant. Dual cupholders ease out of a compartment at the center of the dashboard, but are poorly located so that beverages sit in front of the air vents. Three assist handles help entry/exit. Passenger car tires make less rough-and-tumble Suburbans ride smoothly and quietly. Despite its pickup truck heritage, the Suburban produces a...
...The second-row seat is a split-folding bench, but you have to tumble the seat bottom forward and remove the headrest from the seat back in order to fold it down. Folding both seats down reveals 149 cubic feet of cargo space, which is huge. Other amenities, such as rear-seat air conditioning and dual airbags, add safety as well as comfort. Access to the luggage compartment of our test unit was through two side-hinged panel doors, and they were easy to use. Their only drawback is that they cannot be equipped with a rear wiper. A switch enables all doors to be locked or unlocked from the back, a...
...Diesels are known for their commotion, and the Suburban was loyal to thatcause. You will hear the noise in the cabin as well, which, if nothing else,makes your neighbors a bit happier. A nother drawback is that even though you may have a 40-gallon fuel tank anddon't have to stop all that often to fill, when you do you must 1) find astation that offers diesel, which often means a remote truck stop; 2) wait inline behind a truck getting 100 gallons of fuel before you can get $10 worth;and 3) carry a credit card because, if you're running low on fuel, diesel canrun a dime to a quarter more per...