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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Large SUV

While fuel economy is rarely a selling point for a vehicle of this size and ability, I was surprised to see the gas gauge barely move during a moving job.

October 10, 2014, by Stephane Babcock - Also by this author

Photo by Kelly Bracken.
Photo by Kelly Bracken.

Although there are definitely worse things in life, moving can be trying is so many different ways. No matter the how much preparation you put into the move, it's never easy and usually worse than a dozen root canals put together.

While the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban’s 121 cubic feet of available cargo space can only put a dent in the belongings of a six-person family, the drive makes the increased number of trips almost worth the time.

After pulling myself out of bed and down to my local U-Haul dealer in the early morning hours of my moving day, I spent the greater part of the day making trips to and from my new home with the 26-foot van I had rented for the day. It took its toll on me, but even after five or six full loads, I still had some smaller boxes and random things to pick up and transfer to the new abode.

That’s when the Suburban started its work day — at about 10 p.m. For the next three or so hours, I filled the 2015 Suburban LTZ with everything that I wouldn't trust with the sometimes clumsy handles of my friends who helped earlier in the day, including my wife collection of extremely breakable knickknacks.

Before I even had to worry about setting down the boxes, I remembered I could just tap the button of the vehicle’s remote and watch as the power rear liftgate opened on its own. The second and third row seats easily collapsed with the press of a few buttons on the interior of the rear cargo space, opening up two-thirds of the Suburban for more boxes and breakables.

Photo by Kelly Bracken.
Photo by Kelly Bracken.

Moving day was a scorcher, even during the late night hours, and the A/C system and cooled seats quickly dropped my internal temp, making for a much more comfortable ride. And the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control allowed for a smooth ride that never bumped the boxes or their contents.

While fuel economy is rarely a selling point for a vehicle of this size and ability, I was surprised to see the gas gauge barely move, something I was not used to with my own 1997 Suburban — 18 years of technological advancement makes a big difference, obviously.

While the 2015 Suburban LTZ would have taken a lot more time to move everything, it would have made the in-between time a lot more relaxing.


Photos: GM's 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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