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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Driving Impressions

The chassis engineers get a bravo for suspension tuning, as the handling is impressively quick for a three-ton bus. For the redesign, they worked on improving the roll stiffness. A vehicle this shape wants to tip, mass will always have its say in the dynamic equation, but engineers found the right spring rates and antiroll bar thickness to limit body roll and enable rapid transitions. It helps that the weight distribution is close to 50/50.

The electric assist power rack and pinion steering is a little numb and rather slow at 3.4 turns lock to lock. But even so, the Suburban is agile by big SUV standards, which gives the driver a better chance of staying out of trouble.

The ride is on the firm side, with spring rates needed to handle big loads, but they still keep away all but the sharpest bumps.

Braking is another strong suit, for the vehicle’s size. The brake pedal feel is firm, it’s easy to modulate pedal pressure, and the Suburban stops straight and true. We can’t testify to fade resistance, other than to say we failed to provoke any fade with a few hard stops.

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