The GMC Suburban is a large sport utility vehicle that began as a practical workhorse and morphed into a suburban status symbol before production ended in 1999. The GMC Suburban rides great, with plenty of passenger space. This SUV has a reputation for reliability with a long-life engine. Yet, its mediocre gas mileage and massive size turn some buyers away. Still, despite the drawbacks and its age, the GMC Suburban is still garnering a solid fanbase of happy owners who love its towing capability and spacious interior.
The GMC Suburban gets 14 miles per gallon in the city and 18 miles per gallon on the highway. Its standard engine is a 255-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine that uses regular gas, although a diesel engine was available as an option. With a standard front bench seat and optional third row, the Suburban can seat up to nine people. Its maximum trailer weight is 5,500 pounds, and four-wheel drive is optional. Despite being billed as a status symbol, the sound system is dull, with an optional cassette player.
While many manufacturers have named their models Suburban" since 1935, GMC's version was produced from 1992 - 1999. Thanks to independent front suspension, the GMC Suburban offered a smoother ride than its competitors. Over the years, GMC made changes to the Suburban, including the addition of air bags and daytime running lights. In 1996, the engines that were available on the Suburban were improved to offer better fuel efficiency.
There were three trim levels available for the GMC Suburban, with four-wheel drive available as an option on any model. Other available options included front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows. Buyers could also choose additional convenience features such as keyless entry and a CD player. Some GMC Suburbans were outfitted with heated front seats and a leather interior.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 1999 GMC Suburban with a crash-test rating of four out of five stars. Beginning with the 1998 model, the four-wheel drive system is fully-automatic thanks to the then-new Autotrac transfer case. The GMC Suburban has remained a favorite of full-size SUV enthusiasts thanks to its roomy ride coupled with an impressive towing capacity. Thanks to its durable engine, there are plenty of GMC Suburbans on the road today; however, since many of these are still in the possession of their satisfied first-time owners, the trick is finding a willing seller.
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