Need a good-looking, feature-laden full-size SUV for towing, hauling and comfortable people-moving? Check out the three-quarter-ton 2012 Chevrolet Suburban LT 2500. This big Chevy offers 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, a potent V8 and, best of all, seating for up to 9 people. Look for standard appearance features like 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, step running boards, power-adjustable heated mirrors and a trailer hitch and wiring, with leather-appointed upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, a leather and simulated-alloy steering wheel and simulated wood and simulated alloy dash and door trim inside. Comfort and convenience features include power windows and door locks, tri-zone climate control, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, rear parking sensors, remote engine start, adjustable pedals and Sun Sensor auto-adjusting lighting and climate control. An MP3-capable single-CD player and 9 Bose premium speakers, along with satellite radio and a USB connection, provide the tunes, while phone pre-wiring and Bluetooth hands-free technology will handle communications. All of this is complemented, meantime, by standard OnStar Directions and Connections service.
A slew of options packages include upgraded 18- and 20-inch wheels, a power sunroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a rear-view camera, front bench seating (9 passengers), reclining second-row bucket seats (7 passengers), hard-drive-based navigation, memory for driver's settings and power-folding outside mirrors.
A potent 6.0-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine powers the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 2012 Suburban LT 2500, managed by the ubiquitous 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This combo delivers 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque and can pull up to 9,600 pounds of trailer, but, alas, is estimated to get only 10 mpg city/16 highway, despite variable valve timing (VVT) and cylinder deactivation on the highway.
Standard safety features aboard this big Chevy SUV include, besides its notable size, 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and three-row head airbags. Further safety items delivered with the LT 2500 include daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, all complemented by OnStar Emergency Service, Stolen Vehicle Tracking and Airbag Deployment Notification. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors, meanwhile, are optional.