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2013 Chevrolet Suburban
2013 Chevrolet Suburban © General Motors
  • Starting price: $43,870

For those who truly need a large SUV, the Chevrolet Suburban provides a terrific package with seating for up to nine, depending on the seat configuration, plus 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.

Two V-8 engines are offered in the Suburban, and both utilize Active Fuel Management to improve gas mileage by about 6 percent in federal government testing. The system deactivates four of the eight cylinders when less power is needed, such as when cruising on the freeway or traveling downhill. When additional power is required, the four cylinders are seamlessly reactivated in less than 20 milliseconds.

As a result, fuel economy for the 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 logs in at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models, while the more powerful, 352-horsepower, 6-liter V-8 gets an EPA-estimated 12 mpg city and 16 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive models, and 12 mpg city and 15 mpg highway for four-wheel-drive models.

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban also offers leather seating, heated and cooled front seats as well as a heated second row, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable accelerator and brake pedals, touch-screen radio, electronic stability control, six air bags, and side blind-zone alert.

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