It’s big, it’s fancy and it gave us 3,000 miles of awesome road-tripping—the 2015 Chevy Suburban LT. We couldn’t have asked for a better production vehicle.
We won the rental car lottery, as we signed up for a Chevy Tahoe, and were awarded with a brand new 2015 Suburban. We were giggling like school girls as we drove away
from the parking garage.
Once we got to our starting point in Ogunquit, Maine, we stickered up the Suburban, and started putting some miles on it. We actually like the fact that is has the base model
wheels, because that means it has a little bit taller sidewalls.
The Great Race is demanding for any vehicles, whether it’s part of the competition, or a chase vehicle that is constantly being thrashed on. In our case, the Suburban did
everything we asked, and never even broke a sweat.
At our overnight stops, we would attach all of our GoPro’s and Replay video cameras to the truck (front and rear) to get some cool wide angle shots of the crowds in each city.
Fuel stops were expensive, but we only had to stop every other day, so that was nice. It generally took about 100 bucks to fill it up. Fuel mileage was outstanding, climbing
every day that we were on the road, finally reaching a final average of 19.4 mpg.
The further we went, the hotter it got. This photo is from the final day of competition. The sun was brutal, the temperatures were hot and the humidity was ridiculous—by far
the toughest shooting conditions we’ve dealt with on the Great Race.
The seating arrangements were very comfortable, and the controls for all of the fancy gizmos were surprisingly easy to figure out. The real-time radar is a super cool feature in
our case, as we’re flying down the road to find a cool spot to shoot.
And here it is boys and girls…our receipt from the rental place stating that the Suburban had six miles on the odometer when we left, and the trip odometer stating
3,077.3 miles. The 19.4 average fuel economy is outstanding for a heavy four wheel drive truck with nearly 400 horsepower.