2005 Chevrolet Suburban

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Key specs

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Seating capacity

Rear-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

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

5 trims

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Notable features

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

2005 Chevrolet Suburban review: Our expert's take

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


The Best SUV Available

This is the best value in a significant passenger SUV and a truck. It drives well, rides well, has significant cargo space and pulling power and also is comfortable for cross country trips. I consider it the Best SUV available.


A tank of a vehicle

This truck is perfect, it looks nice, feels nice, drives nice, and sounds nice with the 5.3 v8 engine. It’s is reliable, really good in the snow, and can fit a lot of people.


Truly an impressive vehicle for the money.

This has been such a reliable vehicle for my family. We really love the comfort that it provides on long trips and driving around town. We bought the truck with 45,000 miles, it now has 175,000 on the clock. The one major repair was done at 130,000 miles. We rebuilt the rear end and replaced the heater control. At 160,000, the encoder motor went out for the 4WD, so we replaced that. We just redid all the brake lines, and the truck now drives perfect. The motor is very strong and the transmission shifts very smoothly. This has been so reliable for my family that we purchase another one with 88,000 miles on it. On a side note, we live in Connecticut and this truck is the best vehicle in the snow, period.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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