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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the new look it got in GM's impressive 2007 redesign still holds up
fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers
Kelley Blue Book
Editors at TheCarConnection.com are pleased to note that the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is nicely designed and proportioned—which is more than one might expect from this behemoth.
The Chevy Suburban has three trim levels, says Edmunds: "base LS, more luxurious LT and the sporty LTZ." Additionally, it is offered in 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 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is huge. The Suburban has always been large as such utility vehicles go, but this one, at 18.5 feet, is a behemoth. As Kelley Blue Book puts it, no matter what the trim, with it body-on-frame construction the 2009 Chevy Suburban is "clearly a truck—though fancier in appearance than many cargo haulers."
The good news is that reviewers like the styling overall. Kelley Blue Book 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." 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." Kelley Blue Book also mentions the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban's "prominent fenders" and says that "the lower fascia displays a skid-plate look to enhance the rugged aura." Changes to the Suburban, Cars.com notes, include single-frame headlamps in place of the old stacked ones, and "wraparound lower pieces with integrated fog lights [to] minimize body gaps."
Chevrolet actually offers two different interiors: one more basic and one that's very upscale, with wood grain trim and a big center console. Kelley Blue Book praises this year's Suburban: 2009's models have "greater overall refinement—including enclosing the 'close-outs' around seat bottoms for a cleaner appearance." The overall effect is quite sophisticated for a truck of its size and duty. Car and Driver also reports a "handsome design inside"; Cars.com remarks that "the new look it got in GM's impressive 2007 redesign still holds up." ForbesAutos describes the two-tone interior as "nicely sculpted."
The 2009 Chevrolet Suburban is huge but tastefully styled, and its well-designed interior is a big plus.