ABS standard. Side air bags standard 2000-2002, available 2006, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
The Suburban is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight, or even nine people -- yet still retains generous cargo space, along with a hefty towing capacity. Add a luxurious and quiet interior and the added traction of four-wheel drive and you get a uniquely capable vehicle.
Based on the frame of the full-sized Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the Suburban -- and its GMC Yukon XL twin -- is one of the last few SUVs with real truck capabilities in a world where nearly every other SUV has adopted carlike unit-body structures. Despite the Suburban's major updates for 2015, it still delivers a relatively truck-like driving experience and fuel economy compared to better handling car-based SUVs. Then again, none of those "crossovers" can match the Suburban's combination of talents.