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2011 Chevrolet Suburban Trims

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LS 1500

Avg. Price: $28,648

Though the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 represents the most affordable model in the range, it's loaded with features and possessed of considerable capability. As a half-ton trim the 2011 Suburban LS 1500 features a coil-spring suspension that gives a comfortable ride.

Driving the 2011 Suburban LS 1500's rear wheels is a 5.3-liter V8 engine. This motor, which can operate on either gasoline or E85 ethanol, develops 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Though the Suburban is a very heavy vehicle, its small-block V8 provides adequate, if not sprightly, acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and provides excellent shift quality. An optional (and highly recommended) limited-slip rear end should help the rear-wheel-drive Suburban maintain traction in the wet.

Inside, the Suburban LS 1500 features an exceptional amount of space and all the features most families need. Up to nine passengers can be accommodated, and the cloth upholstery is both durable and comfortable. Power accessories (including a power driver's seat) are standard, as are separate front and rear air-conditioning and keyless entry. Options include heated seats, adjustable pedals, and a rear-view camera.

LS 1500 4WD

Avg. Price: $30,667

Though the rear-wheel-drive trim remains a big seller in Texas, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 1500 4WD makes more sense for most buyers, as its part-time four-wheel-drive system adds considerable versatility without a fuel economy penalty. The half-ton Suburban LS 1500 4WD possesses a smooth, well-isolated ride, courtesy of its coil-spring suspension.

Under the hood the Suburban LS 1500 4WD features Chevrolet's proven 5.3-liter Flex-fuel V8. Operating either on gasoline or E85 ethanol, the 5.3-liter makes 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. A smooth, poised six-speed automatic transmission sends power to an electronically controlled four-wheel-drive transfer case with optional low range. Though acceleration is hardly sporty (owing to a curb weight just shy of 6,000 pounds), the Suburban LS 1500 4WD gathers speed purposefully.

With an interior that seats nine, the 2011 Suburban LS 1500 4WD is an ideal choice for large families. The lengthy standard equipment list includes items like power windows, locks, and mirrors, an AM/FM/CD stereo with satellite radio and separate rear air-conditioning. Options include heated seats and a rear-view camera that should be considered essential given this behemoth's size.

LS 2500

Avg. Price: $30,629

With its beefy suspension and rear-wheel-drive layout, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 2500 is an ideal SUV for long-distance highway towing. The three-quarter-ton Suburban 2500 chassis features a torsion bar and leaf spring suspension that delivers a slightly bumpy ride but provides generous payload and tow ratings.

In addition to its stronger suspension, the 2011 Suburban LS 2500 features a 6.0-liter gas V8 engine. Though it cannot be run on E85 ethanol, the larger V8 churns out 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. The extra power provided by the larger motor provides formidable acceleration and enables the Suburban LS 2500 to tow up to 9,600 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and features a tow/haul mode that revises shift points for better performance under load.

With seating for nine the Suburban LS 2500 is able to carry the whole gang, plus their gear, in style and comfort. The fresh, modern interior offers an AM/FM/CD stereo and a power driver's seat as standard equipment. Separate front and rear air conditioning will keep passengers comfortable in the summer, while optional remote start and heated seats will ensure warmth throughout the colder months.

LS 2500 4WD

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Avg. Price: $31,206

Though it's a bit large for tight trails, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 2500 4WD combines a heavy-duty suspension and a low-range transfer case to provide buyers with serious off-road capability. The Suburban LS 2500 4WD's substantial payload capacity and tow rating make it quite a workhorse, though its insatiable appetite for fuel means buyers who don't need its significant capability should consider a smaller vehicle.

The 2011 Suburban LS 2500 4WD features a 6.0-liter V8 engine that makes 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. Despite its three-ton bulk, the powerful V8 enables the Suburban LS 2500 4WD to accelerate with confidence and tow up to 9,600 pounds. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case. The old-school four-wheel-drive system and all-terrain tires allow this beast to slog through the mud with the best of them. Fuel economy, never a strong point in this class, is positively abysmal, with the Suburban LS 2500 4WD returning a paltry 10 mpg in the city.

With a payload capacity of nearly 2,300 pounds, the 2011 Suburban LS 2500 4WD can carry nearly anything you can fit inside its commodious interior. Seating for nine and 45.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity make the Suburban an ideal road-trip vehicle for large families. Its lengthy standard equipment list includes power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear air conditioning, and cruise control.

LT 1500

Avg. Price: $31,117

With the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500, General Motors substantially ups the feature quotient to create a more luxurious truck that can carry eight passengers in style and comfort. As a rear-drive, half-ton variant of the so-called GMT900 platform, the Suburban LT 1500 is well-suited to long highway trips, but those looking to tow heavy loads should probably step up to the three-quarter-ton 2500 trim level.

Powering the 2011 Suburban LT 1500 is GM's stalwart 5.3-liter V8 engine. This Flex-fuel motor can operate on either gasoline or E85 ethanol and serves up 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven via a six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is confident, if not enthusiastic, and the standard locking rear differential helps manage wheel slip.

Inside, the 2011 Suburban LT 1500 gets a big bump in terms of equipment when compared to the base LS trim. The standard front bucket seats limit passenger capacity to eight and are upholstered in leather, while the dashboard gets faux wood accents. Also standard are a Bose nine-speaker stereo that offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, a remote start system, and three-zone automatic climate control.

LT 1500 4WD

Avg. Price: $33,614

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 1500 4WD is the perfect vehicle for buyers who need to carry eight people and their gear through any weather. The Suburban LT 1500 4WD's standard electronic four-wheel drive (with optional low range) enables the big SUV to handle most on-road conditions with ease. The few buyers in this market looking for a serious off-roader should probably step up to the three-quarter-ton Suburban 2500; the LT 1500's coil springs are tuned more for highway comfort than rock hopping.

Chevy equips the 2011 Suburban LT 1500 4WD with its familiar 5.3-liter V8 engine. With 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, this Flex-fuel motor can run on either regular gasoline or E85 ethanol. A six-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties admirably.

The posh interior of the Suburban LT 1500 4WD seats eight passengers on comfortable leather seats. Its lengthy standard equipment list includes such upmarket items as power seats, three-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose premium stereo system with nine speakers. Options include a sunroof, a power tailgate, and GPS navigation with back-up camera.

LT 2500

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Avg. Price: $33,621

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 2500 allows owners to tow their trailer in style. Able to pull up to 9,600 pounds, the rear-wheel-drive Suburban LT 2500 also features a luxurious, leather-lined interior that enables drivers to pass the miles in comfort.

Along with its beefy leaf spring rear suspension, the 2011 Suburban LT 2500 gets a 6.0-liter V8 engine. With 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque, the large V8 is up to the demands of serious hauling. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission and standard limited-slip differential. Overall performance, especially under load, eclipses the lighter-duty half-ton Suburbans. The tradeoff is a much firmer ride when unladen and seriously thirsty fuel economy.

The interior of the Suburban LT 2500 is decked out with leather upholstery, convincing ersatz wood trim, and power accessories galore. Other standard equipment includes a nine-speaker Bose audio system, rear parking assist, and remote start. Options include a GPS navigation system, power sunroof, and heated seats.

LT 2500 4WD

Avg. Price: $38,623

For 2011 Chevrolet's Suburban LT 2500 4WD offers impressive hauling capabilities and a comfortable, luxurious interior. The Suburban LT 2500 4WD features a heavy-duty suspension, eight-lug wheels, and part-time four-wheel-drive with low range. This equipment allows this truck to tow up to 9,600 pounds and carry a 2,273-pound payload.

Under the hood, the Suburban LT 2500 4WD features a 6.0-liter V8 engine that develops 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. With so much torque the big V8 provides a welcome reserve of power when towing a trailer. A six-speed automatic transmission pairs with a two-speed transfer case to deliver power to all four wheels at the twist of a dash-mounted switch.

The Suburban LT 2500 4WD's cushy interior features standard leather seats, an excellent Bose audio system with nine speakers, and three-zone automatic climate control. The standard reverse-sensing system is a welcome addition, but most buyers should consider the optional back-up camera; it makes this pachyderm that much easier to park. Other options include GPS navigation, a power sunroof, and heated seats.

LTZ 1500

Avg. Price: $38,804

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 1500 represents the top trim level in the range, and as such it's loaded to the brim with comfort and convenience equipment. Available only on the half-ton chassis, the LTZ trim package includes Chevrolet's innovative AutoRide suspension, which uses adjustable dampers to ensure a smooth ride over any surface.

With 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque on tap, the Suburban LTZ 1500's 5.3-liter V8 engine gives decent, if not stellar, performance. The V8 is smooth and offers both a refined manner and the ability to run on E85 ethanol as well as gasoline. A six-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels through a locking rear differential.

Inside, the 2011 Suburban LTZ 1500 sets itself apart from lesser trims with special perforated leather seats that are heated in both the first and second rows, standard GPS navigation with a rear-view camera, and a power-operated liftgate. Other standard niceties include a a Bose Centerpoint stereo with ten speakers, memory seats, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Outside, the Suburban LTZ 1500 gets 20-inch alloy wheels shod with performance tires and integrated turn signals in the mirrors.

LTZ 1500 4WD

Avg. Price: $40,612

With swanky looks and a host of luxury equipment, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 1500 4WD can cart the whole family around in style. Leather-clad bucket seats in the first and second rows enable the 2011 Suburban LTZ 1500 4WD to carry seven passengers comfortably. Standard four-wheel-drive with a two-speed transfer case ensures excellent traction in any weather.

The 2011 Suburban LTZ 1500 4WD is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that can run on either gasoline or E85 ethanol. With 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, this V8 endows the Suburban LTZ with decent, if not thrilling, acceleration. Power is transmitted to the road via a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard 20-inch alloy wheels look great and pair with GM's AutoRide adaptive damping system to deliver a comfortable ride.

With supple perforated leather and wood-grain trim throughout, the Suburban LTZ 1500 4WD's interior is undeniably posh. The long list of standard comfort and convenience gear includes heated seats, a power-operated tailgate, and a rear-view camera system. The large in-dash LCD display controls not only the included GPS navigation system, but also an excellent Bose Centerpoint 10-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone connectivity.