Designed For Families On The Go, The 2015 Chevy Suburban
The 2015 Chevy Suburban prepares to celebrate 80 years of production as the oldest automotive nameplate in automotive history. Designed for families on the go, new features make this full-size SUV the logical choice when it comes to road trip vehicles.
Last fall, my family rented and drove a 2014 Suburban from our home in Ohio to California and back. After our 5,000+ mile trek, I’d found more than a handful of reasons to fall in love with the Suburban but just in case I wasn’t 100% convinced, I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the brand new models. I have no doubts that the Suburban the perfect road trip vehicle.
What Moms Love about the Chevy Suburban
I’m vain. I’ll admit it. I like to drive a vehicle that looks sharp and the Chevy Suburban is one stylish vehicle, inside and out. The leather seating, retractable (lighted) running board, sunroof, tinted windows and new inlaid doors (triple sealed for the quietest SUV in the size category) are just a few of the features that combine to make this vehicle something that commands attention.
The luxurious climate controlled power captain’s seats with adjustable pedals and optional power tilt and telescopic column adjustment for the heated steering wheel allow you to settle in on long road trips and drive in comfort.
3. Room to Haul.
Whether I’m running to the grocery store for my family of five, or packing for a road trip, this SUV has room to haul everything I need. A new feature to the 2015 model includes fold down 2nd and 3rd row seats at the push of a button – creating even more space when needed.
I think the safety features on the new cars are brilliant and go a long way to improve my driving skills. The 2014 Suburban contains many of the safety features as previous models, including the standard rearview camera system, front-seat center air bag, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology. Optional upgrades for 2015 include Front Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control with Crash Imminent Braking. How can you not be more aware as a driver with those capabilities?
5. New Technology.
The MyLink features an 8-inch color touch screen with a new Text-to-Voice feature and new OnStar 4G LTE with an available Wi-Fi hotspot to stay connected while you’re on the road.
6. Decent Gas Mileage.
The Chevy Suburban is big. And it’s heavy. I won’t say the gas mileage is as good as my mini-van, but the 5.3 liter, V8 motor does have the amazing ability to deactivate four cylinders when you are cruising down the highway and aren’t hauling the family camper behind you. With 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, our road trip to California was much more affordable than I had originally imagined it to be.
I wasn’t the only one who found reasons to love the Chevy Suburban. Unlike previous road trips in our Chevy Tahoe, this trip was smooth and dare I say, enjoyable?
I attribute the difference to more space. While the Tahoe is a sharp looking vehicle and fun to drive, it just doesn’t compete when it comes to leg room (especially in the third row seat) and storage space for luggage and other road trip necessities.
What Teens Love about the Chevy Suburban
1. New Technology.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Teens love to be connected and the Chevy Suburban makes it easy. With five USB ports and six power outlets, everyone in the family is able to charge their electronic devices peacefully. No more fighting over the power port to charge phones, iPod or tablets!
The Suburban also offers a dual screen entertainment system with a Blu-Ray DVD player and wireless headsets. Add a few trips to Redbox and you’re nearly guaranteed your road trip will be as smooth as any mom could hope for.
My teens like to travel in comfort and while I appreciate the storage space that the Suburban offers, my kids took notice of the leg space which lends a comfortable ride for their tall frames. With second row captain’s seats (2nd row bench seat also available) and a third row bench seat, my teens have plenty of leg space- which is important when two of your teens are over 6’3”.
The back storage also provides space for the blankets and pillow pets that my kids insist on packing on road trips.
3. Drink holders.
This is something that you may tend to overlook, but my teens need someplace to hold their Gatorade and soda while we’re driving down the road so they take drink holders and placement serious.
4. Stylish Good Looks.
Teens love to ride in a car that gets noticed and as I’ve already stated, the Chevy Suburban demands attention.
I wasn’t the only one who felt a pang of sadness when our 10-day road trip ended and we had to return the SUV to the rental office. The Chevy Suburban is one amazing road trip vehicle for large families who need a bit more space than the average vehicle allows.