The Chevrolet Suburban is truly one vehicle that keeps its promises. It’s an SUV that can haul the family, lug cargo around and even head off-road. The Suburban has always captured a unique American appeal so many in the United States love.
Car and Driver traced the SUV’s social history and looked back on how the Suburban came to life. It began in 1935 when Chevrolet offered the “Carryall Suburban.” The Suburban remains the longest-running nameplate in all of automotive history to this day 83 years later.
When released, the Carryall Suburban was a $675 truck-based wagon, but Chevrolet made the body out of steel, not wood. Thus, Chevy’s first SUV of sorts boasted an enclosed cabin, and as the brand added features, buyers continued to flock to the Suburban.
Today, the Suburban and Tahoe hold some of the highest loyalty figures in the industry. Per General Motors, 75 percent of buyers who intend to purchase another full-size SUV purchase another Chevy Tahoe or Suburban. And with the 2019 Silverado here, a 12th-generation Suburban and Tahoe aren’t far off.