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a clone of the GMC Yukon XL and the flashier Cadillac Escalade ESV
fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers
Kelley Blue Book
TheCarConnection.com notes that while the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban is a sport-utility vehicle with a boxy shape, it’s handsomely proportioned and well detailed.
This year’s Suburban Chevrolet offers two models: the half-ton Suburban 1500 and three-quarter-ton Suburban 2500. According to most reviewers, other than the latter's slightly larger dimensions, it's difficult to tell them apart. The Chevy Suburban also has three trim levels, says Edmunds: "base LS, more luxurious LT and the sporty LTZ."
As Kelley Blue Book puts it, no matter what the trim, with it body-on-frame construction the 2008 Chevy Suburban is "clearly a truck -- though fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers." Another thing it clearly is: immense. The Suburban has always been large as such utility vehicles go, but this one, at 18.5 feet is a behemoth.
However, according to Car and Driver, in 2007 the Suburban "underwent a major redesign...and emerged as a more modern, refined, handsome, and user-friendly truck." Changes to the Suburban noted by Cars.com include single-frame headlamps in place of the old stacked ones, and "wraparound lower pieces with integrated fog lights [to] minimize body gaps." Kelley Blue Book also mentions "tighter body-gap tolerances" and credits those and "a more sleekly-angled windshield" for the Suburban's "improved aerodynamics...while a bulging power-dome hood adds to visceral appeal." This source also mentions the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban's "prominent fenders" and says "the lower fascia displays a skid-plate look to enhance the rugged aura."
Regarding the 2008 Chevy Suburban's interior, Car and Driver reports a "handsome design inside"; Cars.com writes that "the new look it got in GM's impressive 2007 redesign still holds up." ForbesAutos describes the two-tone interior as "nicely sculpted," and Kelley Blue Book praises this year’s Suburban: 2008’s models have "greater overall refinement--including enclosing the 'close-outs' around seat bottoms for a cleaner appearance." Chevrolet actually offers two different interiors, one more basic and one that’s very upscale, with wood grain trim and a big center console. The overall effect is quite sophisticated for a truck of its size and duty.
The 2008 Chevrolet Suburban looks big but carries its weight well—and sports two interior looks that will please a wide range of buyers.