#4: 2013 Chevrolet C2500 Suburban
- MPG: 12
- Engine type: gasoline
- Car type: two-wheel drive, SUV
- Fuel cost per year: $4,650
- Sticker price/base model: $44,155
In 2012, the Suburban was ranked as the number one affordable large SUV by U.S. News, which reflects its popularity for consumers who are interested in transporting multiple large families, hockey teams and hauling virtually anything across rugged terrain. SUV customers for whom the next largest vehicle — the Chevy Tahoe — is inadequate can expect 30 more cubic feet in cargo space and 20 inches more length with the Suburban. In the past four years, 12,638 Suburbans were registered, nearly 11,000 more than the GMC Yukon XL, one of its competitors. In spite of scoring very good in terms of owner satisfaction, ConsumerReports.org scored the Suburban poorly for owner costs. The downside, of course, is its fuel economy. In the city, the Suburban will only get 10 mpg. Based on the combined fuel efficiency of 12 mpg, 2.1 gallons of fuel will disappear after only 25 miles and would cost about $7.25. The EPA estimates that a full tank of gas will last 281 miles. Suburban drivers should budget accordingly.