Chevy Suburban vs Tahoe vs Traverse. Would you drive a Suburban again?

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by ChevyFan, Dec 26, 2011.


Suburban vs Tahoe vs Traverse ~ What's the most practical overall?

  1. Suburban is the most useful regardless of gas prices

    15 vote(s)
  2. Tahoe offers the best mix of size and space

    6 vote(s)
  3. Traverse is more car-like but can still carry seven

    2 vote(s)
  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    We have a family of 5 now, so it's very easy to want to get into a Suburban to haul them around town ... especially now that gas is back into the $2.80's here in North Texas.

    But, what if it goes back up to $5.00 per gallon again? Will I be stuck with a gas-hungry suburban? Would it surprise you to know that I got 21 mpg highway in the 2011 Suburban I drove for work for a couple of months? It's true!

    If you have to choose, do you go for the Traverse, the Tahoe or the Suburban?
    Thoughts on this please. Tell us what you're driving as well if it's not if your signature.
  2. marko54

    marko54 New Member

    I say go with the suburban. If you go smaller, you cant go bigger without trading in again and you never know when you might need the suburbans cargo/passenger capacity. i have the 6.0 so my fuel milage is lower, but not that bad. they arent the gas hogs folks think they are. the more i look at mine, the more i like it.
  3. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    My 1998 C1500 Suburban got 21 mpg on two long- 3000 miles each-roundtrips from New Orleans to Flagstaff AZ and back
    It was a HUGE surprise to me- it had 195,000 miles on it when I bought it 5 years ago.
    Didn't really expect over 20 mpg-Expected maybe 15-16mpg or so.
    Probably went right by you-I 20 then I-635E then Hy 287 then I-40 right across N Texas-gas sure as heck wasn't $2.80 our last trip-summer 2008.

    Are you talking NEW?? If new I might pass on the Suburban since we are talking $40000+ and the trade in on 1/2 SUVs was HORRIBLE during the last price runup.You never know when you might have to bail out of it-and impossible to bail on a guzzler if prices spike again.
    Used-then Suburban is the way to go.You can get a 2004-under 100,000 miles- for maybe $9000 now-hard to beat that-and if you wait a bit-for gas to spike-which it always does since the oil companies and OPEC and various speculators eventually figure a way to get every last cent out of us-Suburbans will drop in price again.
    Used-get Suburban- new-get more FE vehicle.Money no concern-Suburban.
  4. TMair

    TMair New Member

    I have a 2004 Suburban, and so far I love it, I have only had it a few months, I traded in a 2002 Silverado, and a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer for it, cut my insurance in half, my Trailblazer had the inline six in it and it did not get all that much better milage then the Suburban gets, and I can hall eight people comfortably in my Suburban, I could only hall four in the Trailblazer, and if they were adults they were not comfortable!
    I would get another Suburban.
  5. MrShorty

    MrShorty Moderator

    Is there really enough difference between a Suburban and a Tahoe to mention? I haven't looked at the newest ones, but, traditionally, the Tahoe had the same drivetrain as the Suburban, basically the same gas mileage, and everything -- only difference was wheelbase and cargo space. As long as that comparison holds up, with 4 kids, I say there's no sense even considering the Tahoe.

    The Traverse (in the era I generally compare it would be a Blazer or similar), on the other hand, is a trickier comparison. Smaller overall, smaller engine, so the smaller SUV/crossover would get better gas mileage. But it would be real squeeze to fit all of us and our junk in when you want to go for several days. If you end up hauling a trailer or putting a roof rack on to manage your junk, would you lose enough gas mileage so that you end up where the Suburban was.

    Suburban still seems to me the best overall choice for what I need.
  6. Boonduff

    Boonduff New Member

    The Tahoe is just a Suburban with less interior space so why bother. The Traverse is rated at 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy and a new 2wd half ton Suburban is rated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy so the Traverses' mileage isn't a real reason to overlook the less power, less interior space, low ground clearance, unibody chassis, less towing ability, and the embarrassment of driving what is esentially the same vehicle as the Griswalds' family truckster.
  7. TMair

    TMair New Member

    Ok now I am going to have to watch that again!!
  8. dknoerzer

    dknoerzer New Member

    Posting this poll in the Suburban forum should have predictable results. Just sayin, there might be a little bias. I love my burb, I have the 3rd row seat and a big a$$ subwoofer in the trunk but still plenty of room for luggage or groceries or whatever you haul around. After driving an ext. cab pickup, I love not having to slide my seat forward and feeling cramped every time someone sits behind me too. I get about 15.7mpg around town, and this is blowing old people off the road, not driving like one.
  9. TMair

    TMair New Member

    And that is probably true, but I would think that some of us like myself came from other smaller trucks, and have settled on the Suburban, so I think it is still valid, I like you came from an extended cab truck, but I also had a Trailblazer, and from what I can tell the Traverse is not all that much bigger, if bigger at all, my wife has a couple of friends one has the Traverse, the other has the Buick eddition, she says they are about the same as the Trailblazer, I for one would not go back to the Trailblazer unless I knew it was just me and my wife, and had didn't have to haul anything.
    I love my Suburban!!!
  10. Red Z71 Max

    Red Z71 Max New Member

    You could always look at the Hybrid Suburban
  11. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Well look at it this way. What do YOU need it for? What are you Towing or Hauling? Is it going to be a everyday car/Truck? I have a friend that was also looking between the Tahoe and Sub and he got a New Avalanche and loves it. He has 3 kids and 2 dogs. And sometimes takes his ATV to some trails...
  12. KidHauler

    KidHauler New Member

    I think the comments about bias in this forum are probably true - so I will continue it!
    I love my Suburbans - my 99 K2500 w/350 gets good mileage and hauls everything. My wife's 02 C2500 6L gets a little less, but she drives more. Each are 9 seaters, usually full, and still room for gear. We are a family of seven, and the 'little ones' are getting bigger every day.
    The Tahoe is 2 foot shorter, so why bother. My wife liked the Traverse (pronounced Trav-ers, as in City) when they came out. We took the kids with us to look at one, and left two standing in the lot. Oh, well.
    And then there's the prices. Like was asked before; are you looking at new, or gently used?

    Bartender! Burban - straight up!
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  13. phonfish

    phonfish New Member

    I would go with the Suburban. I'm a dealer exchange driver for a large auto dealership in Hampto Roads. I've driven the three vehicles mentioned. The gas milage is minimal between the three. For overall comfort and room without sacrificing milage, go with the Suburban. My wife was looking for a vehicle to replace her 07 Suburban, so I looked at the three vehicles. When I replace hers, I will most likely get another Suburban.
  14. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    I wish I looked in your area when I bought my 03 yukon xl with 130,000 for $10000 six months ago. That was a heck of a deal here.
    My wife and I looked at a traverse. Then my sister bought one, She has 2 infant children. My mom, sister, her 2 kids, and my wife with our infant went to a baby shower in the traverse. There was no room in that thing. The way the roof cuts in on the sides makes it feel tighter. The cargo space behind the rear seat was terrible. My wife's 40 minute ride in it made the decision for us. There was no way we where putting our 2 kids and 2 dogs in that thing for our 3 hour road trips to Cleveland. I would not trade my yukon for a smaller vehicle and thats with only 2 kids and 2 large Dogs.
  15. TMair

    TMair New Member

    Yeah no kidding, I bought my 04 Suburban LT with 112K miles on it just a couple of months ago for 12K, but I did trade in two other vehicles for it, I think as a rule you pay a higher price when you trade, but I am happy, I got one vehicle that does the work of two, and cut my insurance bill in half!!
  16. Randy Ehrke

    Randy Ehrke New Member

    My mom has had 2 Acadia's, GMC's version of the Traverse, I borrowed the 08 she had for a trip with a total of 6 adults and about 100 miles. I was glad I had the car a day before the trip as it took me the whole day to adjust to how it handles and and to get comfortable with it. We had to put some of our luggage between the center row buckets because there was not enough room behind the third row seats. I am glad that when I was growing up she didn't have one of these, 6 kids would be so crowded in one. I really don't understand the point of a Tahoe, except to rob sales from the Suburban, the price, gas mileage, and comfort is about the same, so why not just buy the extra 2 feet. Though the Suburban is not the same vehicle it was in 1990, I would go with a Suburban over the other options. Small SUVs have their purpose, we have a Ford Escape, 4wd, great for getting my wife to and from work in 2 feet of snow and grociery shopping, but when we go any distance or go to Menards we always take the Suburban.

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