2016 Chevrolet Suburban

Pros: Ample passenger and cargo space; quiet interior; tractable and easy to drive for the size; 3rd-row seats now fold flat with the cargo floor as do 2nd-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: After its redesign last year, Chevrolet Suburban gets only equipment upgrades for 2016. All Suburbans now have an 8-inch touch screen and its MyLink infotainment system is now Apple CarPlay compatible. An optional safety package newly includes lane-departure mitigation and self-dimming headlights. A head-up display is now available for LTZ. The Suburban shares its basic design with the Chevrolet Tahoe, but it 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 3rd-row seat space than its Tahoe sibling. GMC sells versions of the Tahoe and Suburban named Yukon and Yukon XL, respectively. The new Suburban’s body is a bit longer, lower, and wider than the previous-generation model—passenger room is increased, but cargo room is down slightly. The 3rd-row seatbacks now 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. The new engine is a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower—35 more than the previous engine—and its EPA ratings are 10 percent better. New safety features include forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Some of the new safety features use GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn the driver of potential obstructions. Interior materials are much improved over the outgoing Suburban, especially on higher-end models. Enhancing the upscale feel are new available features such as adaptive cruise control, a power-folding 3rd-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 all-new Suburban is an excellent choice.

The Facts
Class Large SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 9
Drive Wheels rear- or 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2WD LS:$49,700
4WD LS: $52,700
2WD LT: $54,730
4WD LT: $57,730
2WD LTZ: $64,440
4WD LTZ: $67,440

Base Engine
5.3-liter V8
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2016 Chevrolet Suburban
2016 Chevrolet Suburban