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Suburban is not for everybody. But those who need its extra size will be rewarded with a slick-looking, well-furnished, easy-driving truck that's both powerful and — by the standards of its class — easy on fuel. But it's unfortunately not as handy or comfortable as it could have been.

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they were happy overall with the truck. some of their complaints are things GM should have taken care of in development sessions. grocery bag hooks may not seem like such a big deal to the average guy here, but for parents hooks are ideal. GM needs to buy Hondas and dissect every element of the truck, and improve on this. The sliding fore and aft feature is something that is available on the previous generation CR-V, and is handy for when mothers want to feed thier children or attend to them in the second row for whatever reason, also it frees up space for the third row. The no grab handles issue again is a convenience issue that can help for a lot of reasons. It just screams to me of GM not sweating the details, being detail-oriented instead of cutting corners.

None of this makes them bad trucks, however, some extra attention wouldn't hurt.

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The new Suburban rubs me the wrong way, which is weird because I love the Tahoe. My mom saw one on the street a few weeks ago and said it looked horrible, especially in comparison to the last-gen. I mentioned that it was virtually the lengthened version of the new Tahoe she likes but that didn't satisfy her. After closer examining, I don't believe the Suburban wears the Tahoe's sheetmetal as well as it has in the past. Granted, it's a hell of a lot better than the last-gen but if I had to pick between the two I'd take the Tahoe and not just because it's smaller, etc.

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I drove some Suburbans at work, and they do drive much smaller than they are. They drive better than TBs, for example.

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Better than TBs? Not really setting the bar very high, are you? :AH-HA_wink:

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As an '04 owner, and mostly a fan of the new '07s, I pretty much agree with the review.

Great, but still could be better with several extra "no-brainer" things.

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Ok, lets get real for a moment. NO carmaker remembers or puts in "everything".

Case in point;

1. honda didn't think about people replacing their stereos with aftermarket stereos.

2. toyota took how many generations to realize Americans want "big" trucks. Even at that I'm guessing they will miss the mark again.

3. How many vehicle lines have an OnStar equivalent? So from what people are saying, honda and toyota don’t take care of their customers, or pay attention to details because they don’t offer something so simple?

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Ok, lets get real for a moment.  NO carmaker remembers or puts in "everything". 

Case in point;

1. honda didn't think about people replacing their stereos with aftermarket stereos. 

2. toyota took how many generations to realize Americans want "big" trucks.  Even at that I'm guessing they will miss the mark again.

3. How many vehicle lines have an OnStar equivalent?  So from what people are saying, honda and toyota don’t take care of their customers, or pay attention to details because they don’t offer something so simple?

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Good point, but it's still worth mentioning in this case--just because there are several small things that would make a noticeable difference. Same deal with almost every car, but most it just isn't as noticeable or worth pointing out.

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And yet there as things we as GM owners take for granted, like oil life monitors, intuitive controls, doors that both lock and unlock automatically instead of just the former. automatic headlamps, and real driver's info centers, not a glorified six-inch radio display.

Also, what's up with the total lack of load-leveling suspensions. Oh, wait, the $98,000 LS460L has it. :rolleyes:

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I guess what makes it so bad is that GM forgot the little stuff that doesn't cost money really. I know about Honda and the stereos, but that would've been expensive to makeover. But how much are hooks are handles? There's no redesigning involved. No engineers need to figure out how to make it fit. It's just a plastic piece. It seems to me GM should fix that ASAP.

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That complicates getting your feet into or out of the second row. Once in, the second row doesn't feel roomy, never mind the seemingly capacious 39.5 inches of second-row legroom listed in the specifications

Okay... So, despite the spec sheet SAYING there is a lot of room, the Suburban gets chastised because you don't *think* there is a lot of room??!?!?! Last time I checked, spec sheets don't lie..... well, unless it's a spec sheet on horsepower in an asian car... then it might lie

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well, unless it's a spec sheet on horsepower in an asian car... then it might lie

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ouch.

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