They are the big bruisers that have donated their engines to many, many hot rod projects over the years. They are the rigs that you may have been driven to school in or you drove others to school in. They’re still making them today and people are still shoveling out money to own them. They’re the big SUVs from GM. We’re talking Suburban, Yukon XL, and Tahoe and they’re still for sale and outside of some exterior changes and technology upgrades, there’s not a lot to talk about in their evolutionary process over these last 20 years.
I just spent the weekend at a race in Florida and my rental was a 2021 Chevy Suburban with six miles on it. The whale was brand new and it did all the things that make people love Suburbans. It was quiet, it had a V8 which gave it plenty of punch, and it rode like a damned dream. The long wheelbase and new IRS made the thing really a dream to wheel around on the streets. But know what? It’s the same damned thing they have been making for decades. Yes it is far better than the 1980s version and has things that make it better than the 1990s edition as well but then we get to this video and the 2000 model year.
It’s just weird that if you look at cars from 1920-1940 and then from 1940-1960 and then 1960-1980 you see all kinds of changes, evolution, and innovation. You look at cars from 2000-2020 and what do you see? Not much on this front outside of “user interfaces”.
This video is cool because it takes us back 20 years. I loved the time in the Suburban and frankly it may not be the worst thing that the big iconic SUV hasn’t been “improved” into oblivion over the last two decades. Sometimes old school is the right way, right?