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2015 Chevy Suburban holds to 80 years of tradition (pictures)

The new Chevy Suburban's big, boxy body rides on a traditional frame and holds three seating rows plus cargo area.

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The 2015 model of the Chevy Suburban marks 80 years of continuous production. The new Suburban holds to its original body-on-frame architecture but gets many modern features.

Read CNET's full review of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban.

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The Suburban measures 18.7 feet long, and is available in rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations. Unlike most modern vehicles, even SUVs, the Suburban still uses a solid rear axle.

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Helping to enhance ride quality in this LTZ-trim Suburban is GM's Magnetic Ride Control technology.

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Chevy fits the Suburban with its Safety Alert Seat, a driver's seat that buzzes the thigh areas to warn of traffic in blind spots or lane departure.

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The middle-row seats fold forward to allow access to the third row.

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With all the seats down, the Suburban offers ample cargo space.

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The Chevy MyLink 8-inch touchscreen hosts screens for navigation, stereo, and the hands-free phone system.

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Chevy fits a profusion of gauges onto the instrument cluster.

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Switching four-wheel-drive modes is as easy as turning a dial.

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The MyLink head unit uses a smart, icon-based approach for its various functions.

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Maps for the navigation system show 3D-rendered buildings in perspective view.

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Weather comes to the head unit courtesy of satellite radio. Chevy should consider using the OnStar 4G data connection for weather and other services.

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The MyLink interface shows music library screens for drives and iOS devices plugged into the car's USB ports.

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The rearview camera is a necessity for the Suburban.

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The touchscreen motors up, revealing a hidden compartment behind, which also hosts a USB port.

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This remote comes with the rear-seat entertainment system, making it easy to pick sources and control video.

Read CNET's full review of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban.

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