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The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban ranked #4 in Large SUVs. Currently the Chevrolet Suburban has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2018 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban has a cavernous interior and feels perfectly at home cruising on long highway trips. However, it finishes in the middle of our large SUV rankings, due in part to its low predicted reliability score.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious, upscale cabin
  • Outstanding cargo space
  • Tricky to park and maneuver in tight areas
  • Generation earns subpar predicted reliability ratings

The Chevrolet Suburban is a decent option if you’re shopping for a large SUV. This gargantuan vehicle boasts strong V8 power and a cushioned ride. It can seat up to nine people – with room to spare – and it has one of the biggest cargo areas in the class. That said, most rivals rate higher for predicted reliability.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Suburban?

Consider some of the Suburban’s higher-rated competitors before you buy. The 2018 Toyota Sequoia has a history of solid reliability and comes loaded with a large suite of standard safety features. In comparison, the fully redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition tops the class with its hefty towing capacity, and it impresses with very posh cabin materials.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Suburban?

For 2018, the Suburban gets standard LED daytime running lights as well as a newly available RST sports appearance package. If you're not interested in these changes, you can save money by shopping for a used model, while still finding comparable performance and features. Since its full redesign for the 2015 model year, the Suburban has only seen a few updates. For 2016, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto were made standard. The 2017 model was largely unchanged. 

To research used models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Chevy Suburban. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank. This 2018 Chevrolet Suburban review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Suburban Cost?

The Suburban’s starting prices range from just over $50,000 for the base LS trim to nearly $65,000 for the Premier trim. Most class rivals have lower starting prices, but nearly every large SUV has a high-end trim that costs at least $65,000. In the Suburban, you can split the difference and get the LT trim, which starts around $55,300.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the pricier Suburban share all the same performance parts – engine, transmission, and drivetrain – but there are a couple other key differences. The Tahoe historically earns better predicted reliability ratings than the Suburban. Size-wise, the Suburban is a larger, extended-wheelbase version of the Tahoe. As such, it has more third-row legroom and a larger cargo hold. If you don’t need the extra size and want to spend a little less money, the Tahoe is the better buy.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is another General Motors product, and – surprise, surprise – it has a lot in common with the Suburban. The Yukon XL is this SUV's long-wheelbase form, which is almost identical to the Suburban, while the standard Yukon is more akin to the Tahoe. Both the Suburban and the Yukon typically earn below-average predicted reliability ratings, so choosing between these two really comes down to personal preference.

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Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the Suburban Seat?

The Suburban seats as few as seven or as many as nine, depending on whether you choose bench or bucket seats for the first and second rows. The first two rows are spacious, and the second row reclines. The third row isn’t as roomy, but it can still comfortably fit adults on shorter drives.

Suburban and Car Seats

The Suburban has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. Both are in the second row. The third row features three tether anchors, but no lower anchors. There are no problems with the third-row tethers or the lower anchors in the second row. However, the second-row tether anchors can be tough to find.

Suburban Interior Quality

Many would argue the Suburban’s cabin is the nicest in the class; its material quality rivals that of some luxury SUVs. The interior is also spacious and well-insulated from outside noise.

Suburban Cargo Space

This Chevy is one of the best vehicles on the market when it comes to moving people and cargo. With all seats in use, the Suburban still has over 39 cubic feet of cargo room. That’s enough space for some smaller pieces of furniture.

Fold all the seats down, and you’ll have more than 120 cubic feet of space. What you can haul is really only limited by the size of the hatch. Power-folding second- and third-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

Suburban Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Suburban include a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include navigation, a nine- or 10-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and a sunroof.

The MyLink infotainment system’s touch screen is easily reachable from the driver’s seat, and the graphics are crisp. However, it can be slow to respond to inputs – particularly voice commands. Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot – all standard in this Chevy – are optional in some rivals, if they’re available at all. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Suburban Performance

Suburban Engine: The V8’s Pretty Great

The Suburban features a 355-horsepower V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is strong and doesn’t feel strained even when loaded down with people or cargo, and the six-speed pairs well with the engine and delivers timely shifts. Keep in mind that the gas pedal requires a heavy foot to extract meaningful acceleration.

Suburban Gas Mileage: Average for the Class

Unsurprisingly, the Chevrolet Suburban isn’t very fuel-efficient. Still, it gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the class. Those are the same ratings you’d get in the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon (both of which are also GM vehicles).

Suburban Ride and Handling: Good for Cruising

The Suburban rides smoothly and isn’t troubled by uneven pavement. That's a pleasantry given the SUV's rugged body-on-frame. Despite its bulk, there isn’t much body lean around turns, and the steering is sharp. Nobody would call this SUV agile, but it’s mild-mannered on the road. Maneuverability in tighter spaces is a weakness.

Suburban Towing Capacity

The Suburban can tow up to 8,300 pounds when properly equipped. While that’s a substantial amount – enough for ATVs, jet skis, and even some boats – it’s still a lower maximum capacity than some class rivals provide.

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Suburban Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Suburban Reliable?

The 2018 Suburban has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Suburban Warranty

The Chevrolet Suburban is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many competitors have similar warranty terms.

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Suburban Safety

Suburban Crash Test Results

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban earns four out of five stars for its overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earns five stars in the side crash test, four in the frontal crash test, and just three in the rollover test.

Suburban Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include Teen Driver, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Available features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a vibrating safety alert driver's seat.

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Which Chevrolet Suburban Model Is Right for Me?

The Chevrolet Suburban comes in three trims, all of which feature a 355-horsepower V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. You can add four-wheel drive to any trim for $3,000.

The base Suburban LS trim is well-equipped, so there’s no shame in sticking with it. However, if you can afford the upgrade, the LT is a better value because it has more standard features and is available with some high-end features that you can’t get in the LS. The Premier trim offers a few features not found in lower trims, but they’re not noteworthy enough to justify the added cost for most buyers.

Chevrolet Suburban LS

The Suburban LS is the lowest trim, and it has a base price of $50,150. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Teen Driver.

There are a couple of notable option packages. The Max Trailering package ($580) adds a trailer brake controller and a two-speed transfer case (in 4WD models). The Enhanced Driver Alert package ($695) adds automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat. You can also add a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system for $1,995.

Chevrolet Suburban LT

The Suburban LT has a starting price of $55,280. Standard features include everything that comes in the LS plus forward collision alert, a safety alert seat, automatic emergency braking, a power liftgate, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.

The Luxury package ($2,860) adds heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and more. The Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package ($3,480) adds a sunroof, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and an upgraded MyLink system with navigation.

Chevrolet Suburban Premier

The Suburban Premier is the highest trim in this Chevy. It starts at $64,830. The Premier comes with Magnetic Ride Control, a hands-free power liftgate, an upgraded MyLink system with navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. The Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package is available, but it only costs $2,985 in this trim.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is a large SUV that provides plenty of space for people and cargo, rides smoothly, and has a richly appointed cabin. It’s not the most capable SUV in the class, but it still has the performance chops to handle almost anything you ask of it. In the end, the Suburban deserves a look from large SUV shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2018 Suburban displays a modern, fresh appearance, offering more interior room than the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. On the flip side, some more antiquated features from the previous generation haven't been addressed, namely the inability of the third-row seats to fold flush into the floor and a low tow rating. For sheer passenger space, however, it's hard to surpass what the Suburban offers. … The 2018 Suburban is also more luxurious than most standard SUVs, which strengthens its appeal to style-conscious consumers but also elevates its price tag to levels many families may find out of reach." -- Autotrader
  • "It's hard to beat the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban when it comes to passenger and cargo capacity, not to mention towing capability. But if carlike maneuverability and comfort are really what you're after, a crossover SUV with three rows of seats might suit you better." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "Chevrolet's eternally popular Suburban was all-new last year and is the pinnacle of the full-size SUV market, with a combination of striking looks, impressive capabilities, noteworthy luxury, detail refinement and a driving experience that makes it tops in its class." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

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