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2012 Chevy Suburban 1500 LS SUV

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Review

(0 Stars)  A big, old-school sport-ute that's ideal for people who like to take it all with them.

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Overview
If the Suburban seems like a vestige of the past, when gas was cheap and hybrids weren't even a glimmer in most manufacturers' eyes, well, it sort of is. At seventy-seven years old, the Suburban is the automotive industry's longest-running nameplate. What is even more surprising is that, in all those years, the Suburban hasn't veered from its mission: a big, capable truck with lots of room for people and cargo. In fact, with an overall length of well over eighteen feet and an interior capacity of nearly 138 cubic feet, the Suburban can carry more people -- a maximum of nine -- and more cargo than any other sport-utility for sale in America. A vehicle this big needs a powerful engine, and the Suburban can be equipped with one of three V-8s all mated to a six-speed automatic. The half-ton (1500) model comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8 with 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque but can be upgraded with an optional aluminum-block version of the same engine that adds 6 hp and 13 lb-ft. Three-quarter-ton (2500) Suburbans get a 6.0-liter V-8. Both engines can burn E85 and use Active Fuel Management to switch from eight to four cylinders to save fuel while cruising. Interior appointments are decent but lack the quality and cohesiveness of Chevy's recent efforts like the Cruze and the Equinox. Fortunately, the Suburban can be equipped with a plethora of comfort and convenience features, including a DVD entertainment system with eight-inch screens for the second and third rows, touch-screen navigation, heated seats for first- and second-row passengers, and a backup camera.

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2012 Suburban 1500 LS Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.3L Vortec V 8 OHV with variable valve timing and two valves per cylinder
E85 / unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 11 MPG city, 16 MPG highway, 13 MPG combined and 403 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
31.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 326 hp @ 5,300 rpm; 348 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Secondary fuel economy:
Secondary power: 320 hp @ 5,400 rpm; 335 lb ft @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Chevy 1500 LS SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Rear Air Conditioning
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Rear Heater
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Fixed Glass Liftgate
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Roof Rail
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Side Steps
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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