Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Suburban

2019 Chevrolet Suburban

Pros: Ample passenger and cargo space; quiet interior; tractable and easy to drive for the size; third-row seats fold flat with the cargo floor as do second-row seats; towing capability

Cons: Fuel economy; tight-quarters maneuverability; jittery ride with available 20-inch wheels; high-end models get very expensive

CG Says: The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban gains an optional 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 with 10-speed automatic transmission. Last year, the 6.2-liter V8 was available on Chevy Tahoe, but not Suburban. There is also a new Premier Plus Edition package that includes the 6.2-liter V8, along with retractable side steps, 22-inch polished alloy wheels, and other luxury features. Suburban is Chevrolet’s largest SUV with three rows of seating that can hold up to nine passengers with available front- and second-row bench seats. The third-row seatbacks fold flat into the floor. Designers had to raise the cargo floor to accomplish this, which makes for a higher liftover, but also allows for some handy under-floor storage bins. Suburban shares its basic design with the Chevrolet Tahoe. Suburban is 14 inches longer than the Tahoe in wheelbase and 20 inches longer overall. The extended length gives the Suburban notably better rear cargo room and third-row seat space than its Tahoe sibling. GMC sells versions of the Tahoe and Suburban named Yukon and Yukon XL, respectively. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp. Rear–wheel drive is standard and 4-wheel drive is available with a single-speed or 2-speed transfer case. Safety features include forward collision alert, low-speed automatic braking, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Some of these safety features use GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn the driver of potential obstructions. Interior materials are of high quality, especially on higher-end models. Enhancing the upscale feel are available features such as adaptive cruise control, a power-folding third-row seat, and keyless entry and starting. The very notion of a hulking, V8-powered full-size SUV seems anachronistic to many shoppers these days, but for those who need the power, interior room, and towing capacity that only a large SUV offers, the Suburban is an excellent choice.

The Facts
Class Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 9
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LS: $51,895
4WD LS: $54,895
LT: $56,895
4WD LT: $59,895
Premier: $66,595
4WD Premier: $69,595

Base Engine
5.3-liter V8
Horsepower
355
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22

Optional Engine
6.2-liter V8
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
10-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-23

Chevrolet Suburban
2019 Chevrolet Suburban
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 3
60%

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