Dear Truck Trend,
I really enjoyed seeing and reading about the 2015 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL in the January/February 2014 issue of your magazine. I can hardly wait to get the issue in which you do the "First Drive" on these. If I was in new car/truck sales at a Chevrolet/GMC dealer, I could hardly wait for the first quarter of 2014 to get the new HD pickups and Suburbans/Yukons on the lot. I also took interest in the letter on page 10, "Ram Suburban-Fighter?" I agree with Mr. Lopez. We need more competition in this segment.
When Ford was building the Excursion, my wife and I purchased one brand-new. Back then, we made many trips to her parents' home in Union City, Tennessee, from our home in Carthage, Texas. Any way you cook it, that's a 9-hour drive. The Excursion was great on long road trips like this. We loved our Excursion, and put 182,000 miles on it before selling it. Many other hard-core Excursion fans and I got really pissed off when Ford decided to stop building it. I can't believe that Ford just gave up and gave that market segment to Chevy and GMC. But now that Ram is building a great-looking 1500 and 2500 crew cab truck, they should make one into a Suburban-type SUV. It would sell! And Ram has the proper engine/transmission combinations to make it work as a large but economical family hauler or a great tow vehicle. I truly love the 2015 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, but they do need some competition from the other American companies.
David W. Davis
We realize the Expedition EL isn't the same as the Excursion was -- the Excursion shared its platform with the Super Duty and the Expedition is closer to the F-150 -- but it is due for an update and may get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Even with that, we suspect the Expedition won't get as dramatic an update as the Suburban and Yukon XL received. It has gotten to the point where this segment of the market has become nearly as stagnant as the compact/midsize truck category. GM was the first to make big changes there, with its upcoming Colorado and Canyon, which we hope will prompt other truckmakers to act. We hope the same will happen because of GM's moves in the full-size SUV segment, but we aren't holding our breath. However, considering the engines, transmissions, and technology Ram Truck has at hand, it could build a really cool full-size SUV, and that's something we'd like to see.
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