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2013 Chevrolet Suburban – Chevy’s Oldest Nameplate Continues On…

Published October 12, 2012

2013 Chevy Suburban, 2013 Suburban

Despite the ever increasing gas costs around the country, the big SUVs are still in demand by consumers who are in search of a vehicle that can transport people and cargo. One of the most sought after vehicles is the 2013 Chevy Suburban. With the capability of holding up to nine passengers and an enormous amount of cargo, it is no wonder. However, there are plenty of cons that come along with the vehicle – this year and prior models. Let’s examine the car in further depth.


Spacing can be configured to hold up to nine people and plenty of cargo – this is the main reason why people buy it. It comes with the option for a three-person bench in the front – something that Chevy is quickly doing away with. Don’t want a taste of the past? No problem, you can request individual bucket seats in both the first and second row. Genius, if you ask me. Of course, they are entirely too big for my taste, so moving on…

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The center console is big like the vehicle, although it certainly is nice. If they would only do away with the unnecessary plastic bits that Chevrolet seem to love so much. The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban features tumble seats in the second row that make accessing the third row even easier. And of course, if you need the additional cargo space, the third row offers a 50/50 split. When the third row seats are up and in use – you still get 45 cubic feet of cargo space – no wonder it is popular.


First impressions – beyond the fact that 2013 Chevy Suburban is big – there’s no getting around that. It is 18 feet long to be exact and features exactly no flair. It truly is a box of metal on wheels, but it is not designed to be an attractive vehicle it is meant for functionality and it certainly serves that purpose.

Under the Hood

Besides being the definition of a gas guzzler – the best mpg it manages to score is a whopping 21mpg, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is a powerful vehicle with a powerful engine to boot. It comes in a half ton and three quarter ton vehicle base, each with impressive engines. The half ton model features a 5.3L V8 engine while the three quarter ton boasts a 6.0L V8 engine. It has towing capabilities as well – which is not surprising considering the power that lies within.


Like most SUVs, you can get the 2013 Chevy Suburban in different trims. The base model, the LS, starts at just over $43,000 while the LTZ model that offers 4-wheel drive and is the top model can be loaded with options and comes to a total of just over $65,000. If you want to upgrade to the three quarter ton model, you can expect to pay at least $1200 more, making for one very expensive, difficult to park, gas guzzling vehicle. But, hey, don’t let my opinion deter you.



Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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