2005 Chevrolet Suburban

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Engine:
    335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    8-9 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Passenger space
  • Cargo capacity
  • Steering feel
  • Reasonably easy to drive

The Bad

  • Excessive size
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Maneuverability

Notable Features of the 2005 Chevrolet Suburban

  • Three V-8s available
  • Nine-passenger seating
  • Quadrasteer available on 2500
  • Z71 Off-Road Package
  • Available Autotrac 4WD

2005 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Even though it's not the largest sport utility vehicle on the U.S. market, the Suburban definitely warrants a king-size designation.

Available with two- or four-wheel drive, Suburbans are built on the company's full-size Silverado pickup truck platform, which is also used for the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. The Suburban is offered in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) capacity ratings.

For 2005, the popular Z71 Off-Road Package is offered on two-wheel-drive half-ton models and on trucks equipped with four-wheel drive. The package features a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires and tubular side steps.

Chevrolet promises higher gas mileage for 2005 Suburbans, and a touchscreen navigation radio is available. General Motors' OnStar communication system, when installed, gains upgraded hands-free capability. A tire-pressure monitor that tells specifically which tire is low is now available for Suburban 2500 models.

Quadrasteer four-wheel steering reduces the turning diameter by 20 percent; this feature is available on the 2500, but this is the last year GM will offer the option on any vehicle. GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is offered on half-ton Suburbans equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8.


Exterior
Chevrolet describes the Suburban as the "right size." This SUV is able to fit inside average-size garages. Equipped with four side doors, it rides a 130-inch wheelbase and measures 219.3 inches long overall. A rear liftgate with fl...
Vehicle Overview
Even though it's not the largest sport utility vehicle on the U.S. market, the Suburban definitely warrants a king-size designation.

Available with two- or four-wheel drive, Suburbans are built on the company's full-size Silverado pickup truck platform, which is also used for the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. The Suburban is offered in half-ton (1500) and three-quarter-ton (2500) capacity ratings.

For 2005, the popular Z71 Off-Road Package is offered on two-wheel-drive half-ton models and on trucks equipped with four-wheel drive. The package features a firmer suspension, 17-inch tires and tubular side steps.

Chevrolet promises higher gas mileage for 2005 Suburbans, and a touchscreen navigation radio is available. General Motors' OnStar communication system, when installed, gains upgraded hands-free capability. A tire-pressure monitor that tells specifically which tire is low is now available for Suburban 2500 models.

Quadrasteer four-wheel steering reduces the turning diameter by 20 percent; this feature is available on the 2500, but this is the last year GM will offer the option on any vehicle. GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability system is offered on half-ton Suburbans equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8.


Exterior
Chevrolet describes the Suburban as the "right size." This SUV is able to fit inside average-size garages. Equipped with four side doors, it rides a 130-inch wheelbase and measures 219.3 inches long overall. A rear liftgate with flip-up glass is now standard on all models, and side-sill assist steps are redesigned for 2005. Power camper mirrors are optional.

Interior
With its standard trio of three-place bench seats, the Suburban can accommodate as many as nine people. Optional seating arrangements include twin bucket seats for the front and middle rows. The middle and rear bench seats fold down and are removable.

With the middle and rear seats removed, cargo volume expands to 131.6 cubic feet, which is enough to carry a 4-by-8-foot plywood sheet. Adjustable pedals come with or without a memory feature. XM Satellite Radio and a Panasonic DVD entertainment system are available.


Under the Hood
The sole engine in the light-duty Suburban 1500 is a 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8. A 335-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 is standard in the 2500, and a 320-hp, 8.1-liter V-8 that produces 440 pounds-feet of torque is optional. All engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

The Suburban comes with rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically to maintain traction. Suburban 2500 models with two-wheel drive can tow as much as 12,000 pounds.


Safety
Antilock brakes are standard, and front-seat side-impact airbags are available.

Driving Impressions
Obviously, not every SUV buyer needs this sort of passenger and cargo space. Despite its size, this SUV handles with reasonable ease and doesn't feel much like a behemoth. The trucklike drone is minor. Acceleration is sufficiently swift from a standstill and for passing, but the reaction of the automatic transmission can be a tad slow.

Steering has a rather light feel, and the Suburban stays neatly on course. Sudden moves aren't a good idea, and around-town maneuverability has its limitations.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

I would purchase this same vehicle again

by TroyB from Bowie, MD on July 12, 2018

Chevrolet really out did itself with this vehicle. It is really reliable and I have driven it for 13 years. I have a buddy with the same vehicle with 350,000 miles. Only routine matienance. Read full review

(4.0)

Very comfortable

by MsJN from Brandon, MS on June 21, 2018

This is a comfortable vehicle. It is very roomy. It has a lot of amenities, like a sunroof and DVD player to help entertain family on road trips. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Chevrolet Suburban currently has 8 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Chevrolet Suburban has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Suburban received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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