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2005 Chevy Suburban 2500

2005 Chevy Suburban
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Not only is the Chevy Suburban 2500 bigger than the smaller 1500, you get the sense that it is the favorite child of the makers at GM. For starters, the ¾-ton 2500 get two engines to do the dirty work, and it has exclusive new features for 2005.

Those upgrades include a new tire pressure monitor and oil coolers. The tire pressure monitoring system has been revised to identify the specific tire and location, replacing the general warning system. In addition, an engine oil cooler is now included and only available with 3/4-ton models equipped with the biggest engine, while a transmission oil cooler is now included with the trailering equipment package.

Available Models
The 2005 Chevy Suburban 2500 comes in two trim levels: LS and LT. Smaller Suburban 1500 models are covered in a separate review.

Interior Features
The four-door Suburban has a standard third-row bench seat, resulting in a maximum occupancy of nine passengers. For goods, the 2005 Suburban has 131.6 cubic feet of cargo volume.

In addition to being able to carry a lot of goods and people, the Suburban is also well appointed. Standard items include power windows with driver express-down, power door locks, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a multi-lingual driver information center, temperature and compass displays integrated in the inside rearview mirror and deep-tint glass aft of the B-pillar.

There are plenty of options as well, including satellite radio, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a new touch-screen navigation system, a power sunroof and more.

Exterior Features
For 2005, all Suburbans now have a liftgate with opening glass; last year's swing-out rear cargo doors have been dropped.

Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations are both available. The standard engine under the hood is a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with 325 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.

The optional engine for the 2500 is an 8.1-liter Vortec V8 with 320 horsepower at 4200 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. Both engines come mated to a 4-speed electronic automatic transmission.

Quadrasteer is available as well. It enables the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels for exceptional handling in tight situations.

Safety and Security
Standard are 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with Hydroboost, a feature that provides more reserve power assist for braking under specific conditions. Also provided is GM's Passenger Sensing System (PSS). PSS uses the latest sensing technology to turn the front passenger airbag on or off.

2005 Chevy Suburban - New for 2005
Improved fuel economy
2WD half-ton model available on Z71 off-road package
Touch-screen navigation radio available
OnStar driver safety and security system, featuring Gen 6 hardware with analog/digital coverage and upgraded hands-free capabilities, standard on all equipment groups
Rear liftgate with flip-up rear glass standard on all models
Rear axle ratio changes: 3.42 ratio standard on half-ton models only; 3.73 ratio standard on 3/4-ton models only
Revised interior trim for LS and LT models
160-amp alternator standard on half-ton models only; 145-amp alternator standard on 3/4-ton models only
Revised tire pressure monitoring system with individual tire alert system, now available on 3/4-ton models (does not include spare tire)
Redesigned assist steps for improved aerodynamics, durability
17-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels included on LT package
Engine oil cooler included and only available with 3/4-ton models with Vortec 8100 V-8
Transmission oil cooler included and only available with trailering equipment or 3/4-ton models
New exterior colors: Sandstone Metallic, Bermuda Blue Metallic

Fast Stats
7 to 9
MSRP from
5.3L V8
6.0L V8
8.1L V8
295 @ 5200
325 @ 5200
320 @ 4200
4-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
5.3L 2WD 14/18
 5.3L 4WD 13/17

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