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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Driving Impressions


Given its giant wheelbase, its basketball-player height, and its scale-busting weight of nearly three tons, you can’t expect it to handle quick and stop fast. Mass will always have its say in dynamic situations. But GM chassis engineers have done a great job with the suspension, working with spring rates and anti-roll bars. It helps that weight distribution is close to 50/50, front/rear. We could say that it leans in turns and lacks overall agility; or we could say that, for a huge SUV, it doesn’t lean much in turns and is fairly agile. We will say that it recovers well during rapid transitions in switchback curves.

The electric power steering, a rack and pinion system, is a little numb yet effortless at any speed.

Like the Silverado, the Suburban uses leaf springs in the rear. The LTZ has optional Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magnetically charged fluid to change suspension damping and deliver a supple ride over rough roads, while improving control in turns.

The base ride is on the firm side, in order to achieve the good handling, but it’s still sweet enough that the truck’s occupants will only be bothered by the nasty bumps.

Braking is also strong, given the weight. The brake pedal feels firm and is easy to modulate, and the Suburban stops true. After a few hard stops there was no fade.

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