2013 Chevrolet Suburban vs. Its Competition

2013 Chevrolet Suburban
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

If you want to go big, you can't get much bigger than the Suburban.

The GMC Yukon XL is virtually identical to the Suburban but can be a bit more pricey.

Meanwhile, the Cadillac Escalade ESV starts about where the top-of-the-line Chevy Suburban LTZ leaves off but carries the far superior Escalade cache.

The Ford Expedition EL is nearly the Suburban's equal on space, and the Ford's third-row seat has a superior, fold-flat design; but its powertrain remains a step behind the rest.

With a strong but thirsty V-8, the Nissan Armada is up to snuff, but offbeat styling and too much plasticky trim inside can be turnoffs.

The Toyota Sequoia is the most disappointing in this group; while it borrows the Tundra pickup's strong V-8 and macho looks, its interior appointments and handling are below the group's high water mark.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is a traditional large SUV -- handsome and straightforward in design, purpose, and performance.
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Rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain can only get you so far: the 2013 Nissan Armada falls behind the full-size SUV leaders in safety, features, and fuel economy.
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The 2013 Toyota Sequoia promises--and delivers--traditional truck toughness, packing macho style and a big V-8, as well as space for up to eight; but it's mighty thirsty to be a everyday family vehicle.
MSRP From  
$43,870$36,890$42,455
Gas Mileage  
10 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class  
N/AN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name  
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door SVRWD 5.7L SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
988
Passenger Doors  
N/A4N/A
Body Style  
Sport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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