"Will the 2015 GM full-size SUVs have a hybrid version?"
"Will the 2015 GM full-size SUVs have a hybrid version?"
It's another truck-tastic week on our list of most-watched videos. Last week's No. 4 — in which PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams gets the scoop on the Ford's 2015 Power Stroke engine from technical specialist David Ives at the 2013 State Fair of Texas — motors into first place. Meanwhile, the week's only non-truck offering, our 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited all-wheel-drive exhaust-note video, makes itself heard at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:1. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
OK, we're going to level with you: If you're not into trucks or don't care to mess with Texas, you can stop reading now. In a rare total turnover of our roster of most-watched videos, all five feature either pickup trucks or full-size SUVs, and four of them were shot at the 2013 State Fair of Texas. Each of the Detroit Three automakers is well-represented as PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams and Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen get a look at new truck offerings from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford — with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty leading the pack at No. 1. Check out what was popular:1. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
"The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas," and two big stars — the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban — shone particularly bright last week, debuting at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen got a look at the sleeker-styled full-size SUVs, slated to hit dealerships early next year, and checked out new goodies like the Suburban's cargo-expanding feature that drops both the second- and third-row seats at the push of a button. Check out the video for more.Related
General Motors says that "nearly one of two full-size SUVs sold in Texas is a Texas-built Chevy." It's no wonder then that the automaker chose the 2013 State Fair of Texas to showcase its new Arlington-built Tahoe.
The Tahoe enters its fifth generation with sportier styling and a more upscale interior. Check out the gallery of the redesigned SUV below. Click to enlarge; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
GM seems to have gone out of its way to differentiate the long-awaited redesign of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban (pictured above) from the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, on whose platform they're both based. Still, while sporty exterior styling updates to the 2015 incarnations of the full-size SUVs — the Suburban is now siring its 12th generation — are nearly comprehensive on panel-by-panel inspection, taken as a whole they also seem subtle at the same time, but you can be the judge of that.
Check out the gallery below.
Competes with: Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada
Looks like: A more aggressive, sporty, aerodynamic take on the current model
Drivetrain: 355-horsepower, Ecotec3 5.3-liter V-8; six-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Early 2014
The newly redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck is in dealerships, which means that GM can now turn its attention to introducing the related full-size sport-utility vehicles that are based on that truck, the new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe (pictured above) and Suburban.
These have been a long time coming, with the last major refresh for the best-selling trucks occurring way back in 2007. This is now the 12th generation for the Suburban (fifth for the Tahoe), making the Suburban the longest-running nameplate in the auto industry at nearly 80 continuous years.
For 2015, both the Tahoe and Suburban (pictured below) get a thorough reworking inside and out. What applies to one also generally applies to the other — the only big difference between the two models is length, with the longer Suburban featuring more interior passenger and cargo space.
GM is voluntarily recalling just 10 model-year 2014 full-size SUVs due to a problem with the brakes that could affect stopping distances, according to the automaker.
The affected vehicles include four Chevrolet Suburbans and three Tahoes, as well as two GMC Yukons and one Yukon XL. The vehicles' rear brake caliper bolts may not be fully tightened, which could produce noise while driving and take longer to stop the vehicle. GM said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.
The automaker began notifying owners Aug. 2, and dealers will correct the problem for free. Dealers will inspect the torque on both rear brake caliper bracket bolts; if the bolt is not properly tightened, two new bolts will be installed, GM stated. Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546, and GMC owners can call 866-996-9463. For more info, owners can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.Related
For the first time in a decade, the Cadillac Escalade does not rank as thieves' favorite target, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute's analysis. The dubious distinction now belongs to the Ford F-250 — specifically four-wheel-drive, crew-cab versions of the pickup truck — which is six times more likely to get stolen than the average vehicle. Large pickups and SUVs continued to be targeted at higher rates than other vehicles.
In the Escalade's fall from first to No. 6, the HLDI cited waning popularity and improved antitheft technology, including a steering-column lock and an alarm that sounds when the vehicle's incline changes, along with a standard ignition immobilizer. But it's not all good news for the Escalade. Although its theft rate dipped by 50% from figures reported three years ago, four-wheel-drive versions of the luxury SUV still were stolen 4.5 times more than the average vehicle. The average insurance loss payment was $6,508 compared with nearly $12,000 previously.
Most SUVs available today are car-based crossover models, so they aren't intended for off-road driving, but they can be used for towing, in dusty or muddy conditions, heavy stop-and-go driving and other such conditions that qualify as severe. In those cases, you might need to change the transfer case and differential oil periodically instead of just having it inspected. If you drive any vehicle for extended periods under severe conditions, you should perform other routine maintenance items more often, such as oil and transmission-fluid changes, so that isn't unique to all-wheel- and four-wheel-drive vehicles.
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