Ace of Base: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban LS

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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Full-size, body-on-frame, real SUVs are in some circles (not mine, thankfully) about as politically correct as a Monsanto home fracking kit. Thing is, though, if a person wants to transport nine people while towing an 8,000-pound trailer, there are few options other than the Suburban and its fraternal twin, the GMC Yukon XL.

The Suburban is a nameplate that’s been around since 1935, unabashedly truck based and powered by a 355-horsepower V8 engine which may or may not run on ground-up bicycles. Since the last time we looked at the Beast from Chevy, the bowtie brand has introduced a Tahoe Custom that was received warmly at TTAC HQ. Can the ‘burb retain its spot on the Ace of Base board? Let’s find out.

In the base model LS, which displays a price of $49,915 on its Monroney, tri-zone climate controls are standard, as are a host of gadgets like a backup camera and a quintet of USB ports. Auxiliary oil and transmission coolers help keep the drivetrain from bursting into flames while driving the Magruder Corridor, so named for Lloyd Magruder, whose 1863 pack train fell to mutiny when Magruder’s hired hands robbed and murdered him along the trail. The corridor sits near the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, from which we can assume that at least Frank returned. Anyway.

The LS has durable cloth seats and an available front bench seat, an option sorely lacking from far too many well-equipped trucks these days. GM will actually give buyers $250 if they opt for the front bench seat, making this one of the few occasions when a manufacturer will pay buyers to make their vehicles more useful. Cargo space in the Suburban is best measured in acres.

In its $0 Black finish, other drivers will think you’re with the Secret Service, scattering as you fill their rearview mirrors with 92 yards of chrome grille. A very nice Blue Velvet Metallic hue, shown above, is new for this model year and is also offered gratis.

To top it off, the Suburban has a 31-gallon fuel tank and gets mid-20s on the highway, meaning you can drive out of the assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, and make it to the outskirts of Atlanta before you run low on fuel.

It’s worth noting here that, for 2018, GM has decided to grant one of my three wishes and plug the fantastic 420 hp 6.2-liter V8 into the Tahoe/Suburban, creating the RST trim. I know, I know — it’s far from a base model. However, I’ll take any opportunity to mention that fantastic motor.

But back to base models. You see, the Blazer Tahoe Custom didn’t exist one year ago. It does now. The $6,200 price difference is just too much to ignore if one is searching for a base model body-on-frame SUV from The General. The Tahoe Custom replaces the Suburban LS on my Ace of Base list this time around.

Seriously, though… get the 6.2-liter.

[Image: General Motors]

Not every base model has aced it. The ones which have? They help make the automotive landscape a lot better. Any others you can think of, B&B? Let us know in the comments. Naturally, feel free to eviscerate our selection.

The model above is shown in American dollars with American options and trim, absent of destination charges and available rebates. As always, your dealer may sell for less.

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  • Newenthusiast Newenthusiast on Sep 22, 2017

    At 224 inches, Wikipedia says that it's shorter than any of the full size vans and pick ups currently for sale. Its also shorter than the Rolls-Royce Phantom, although that's a rare car to actually see. If none of those require a CDL, why would the Suburban?

  • "scarey" "scarey" on May 09, 2018

    If I had to have just ONE vehicle, it would be a Suburban. They are so useful- for me more useful than a pickup. If I hadn't gotten such a great deal on my F-150, I would have bought another Suburban. Next time, I will look at Suburbans first, and compare everything else to them. I will probably get another Suburban though.

  • Theflyersfan One positive: doesn't appear to have a sunroof. So you won't need to keep paper towels in the car.But there's a serious question to ask this seller - he has less than 40,000 miles on some major engine work, and the transmission and clutch work and mods are less than 2 months old...why are you selling? That's some serious money in upgrades and repairs, knowing that the odds of getting it back at the time of sale is going to be close to nil. This applies to most cars and it needs to be broadcasted - these kinds of upgrades and mods are really just for the current owner. At the time of sale, a lot of buyers will hit pause or just won't pay for the work you've done. Something just doesn't sit well with me and this car. It could be a snowbelt beast and help save the manuals and all that, but a six year old VW with over 100,000 miles normally equals gremlins and electrical issues too numerous to list. Plus rust in New England. I like it, but I'd have to look for a crack pipe somewhere if the seller thinks he's selling at that price.
  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
  • El scotto Rumbling through my pantry and looking for the box of sheets of aluminum foil. More alt right comments than actual comments on international trade policy. Also a great deal of ignorance about the global oil industry. I'm a geophysicist and I pay attention such things. Best of all we got to watch Tassos go FULL BOT on us.
  • El scotto No one and I mean no one on here is a UAW member or a salaried employee of the Big 3. Then again if someone identified themselves on here they would pilloried every time they posted.The comments on here are like listening to the overgrown children who call into sports radio shows.
  • Statikboy Those tires are the Wrong Size.