If you have a large family of seven or more people, you need a bigger vehicle to get everyone where they need to go. That used to make a minivan more or less mandatory for many families. But today there are some excellent three-row SUVs that can get the job done and more. However, if you have a large family, you’re also likely on a budget. That’s where the 2013 Chevy Suburban comes in.
The team at Kelley Blue Book recently put together a list of the 10 best used three-row SUVs you can get for under $25,000. If you’re looking for a good used three-row SUV, the Chevy Suburban is still kicking.
The 2013 Chevy Suburban: A good SUV
If you want to move plenty of people and their gear, the 2013 Chevy Suburban 2500 is a vehicle you should consider. According to KBB, the Suburban dates back to 1935. The SUV is still here 78 years later as the longest-running automotive nameplate in history.
More than that, it offers a “mountain of capability,” according to KBB. The 2013 Suburban 2500, weighing three-quarters of a ton, can seat up to eight people comfortably and move their cargo too. It can also tow up to 10,000 pounds. And with four-wheel drive, it can handle all manner of rugged terrain.
The Suburban is more than just big, though. It’s highly functional, and that’s just one reason it made KBB’s list. The 2013 Suburban has the rugged exterior to match its spirit but offers some creature comforts too.
A “mountain of capability”
Some families and businesses still need big, strong sport utility vehicles. The 2013 Chevy Suburban is a rare gem among larger SUVs, according to KBB. It can be configured to seat as many as nine passengers and tow up to 10,000 pounds. The Suburban is available as a half-ton 1500 or heavy-duty 2500 with a selection of trims ranging from basic to feature-rich.
The Suburban was built on a platform meant for hauling and towing. Even so, it offers a comfortable ride no matter where you’re going. The stout suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps in the road, though you’re not completely insulated against them.
The Suburban is powered by one of two potent V8 engines and paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. It might be a little loud for some in the cabin, but that’s understandable when you consider its size. Navigating it isn’t exactly simple either. Parking can be challenging, and as you might expect, the Suburban is a thirsty SUV.
The 2013 Chevy Suburban 2500
Two of KBB’s favorite features on the 2013 Suburban are its adjustable pedals and active fuel management.
The 2013 Suburban offers power-adjustable floor pedals so you can always fit behind the wheel no matter your size. It’s an option on the base LS trim but standard on the LT and LTZ models.
Either of the V8 engines offered on the 2013 Suburban can deactivate four cylinders for milder driving conditions like cruising on the highway. The active fuel management feature allows you to not only cut back on emissions but also save gas. When you’re towing, hauling, or navigating tough terrain, all cylinders are activated instantly.
Two trim levels, the LS and LT trims, were offered with the 2013 Chevy Suburban 2500. It’s rear-wheel drive standard with optional four-wheel-drive. The base LS trim offers 17-inch wheels, AM/FM/CD player with a USB port, Bluetooth, cruise control, triple-zone climate control, and six months of free service from OnStar Directions & Connections.
The LTZ trim gives you 20-inch wheels, Autoride suspension, cooled and heated front leather seats, blind-spot monitoring, a locking rear differential, rear parking assist, a rearview camera, and a Bose audio system. It also has a seven-inch touchscreen and 30GB hard drive.
All that for less than $25,000? A 2013 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 in good condition would offer great value to a large or growing family.