Compare Chevrolet Suburban vs Ford Excursion (1:1)
The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is a compelling choice for those who need a conventional full-size SUV with massive passenger, trunk and towing capacities. We just wonder how many people really do. Chevrolet Suburban SUV offers the following pros: Seats up to nine people; class-leading trunk capacity; lots of traditional and auxillary features; convenient ride; smooth V8. Chevrolet Suburban SUV drawbacks are: Third-row bench is bulky and doesn't fold into the floor; acceleration is sluggish under full load; portly curb weight hampers handling.
The 2012 Chevrolet Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV is provided in 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models. Both are available in the base LS and midlevel LT trims, while the top-shelf LTZ model is available as a 1500 only. The Chevrolet Suburban comes traditional with an eight-person seats capacity, but an available 40/20/40 front seat increases that to nine.
The LS comes traditional with 17-inch alloy wheels, side assist steps, roof rack side rails, performance front bucket seatings with a center control panel, a 50/50-split third-row bench, tri-zone manual conditioning, full performance accessories, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls, rear-seat stereo controls with headphone slots, and an eight-speaker audio system with a CD player, radio, an optional stereo slot and an iPod/usb slot. The LT adds foglights, roof rack crossbars, a locking back differential, heated mirrors, back parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated front seatings, tri-zone automatic conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, remote car starting and an updated Bose audio system with a Six-cd changer.
The Chevrolet Suburban LTZ gets 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a performance liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, a back air suspension, a blind-spot warning system, updated leather upholstery, a heated helm, driver bench memory options, updated front seatings with heating and ventilation, power-folding heated second-row seatings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a hard-drive-based navigator, a rearview camera and a luxury 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system with digital audio cargo.
Many of the features that are traditional on upper versions are available on the LS or LT via packages or individual features. Other major features for the Chevrolet Suburban include 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, power-retracting running boards, a heavy-duty towing suite (with an integrated trailer brake controller, trailer sway control and hill start assist), an off-road suite and a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system. .
Unless you really need the Ford Excursion's towing ability and tremendous dashboard, you're better off with the smaller Expedition or Gm's Suburban/yukon XL twins. Ford Excursion Diesel offers the following pros: Substantial passenger and trunk capacity, cool towing ability, diesel motor feature. Ford Excursion Diesel drawbacks are: Unwieldy size, trucklike driving characteristics, poor fuel efficiency, high sticker price tag.