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2020 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has ample engine power and decent handling, along with an upscale cabin and tons of cargo space. However, it ranks in the middle of the large SUV class in part because of its wavering ride quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Two potent V8 engine choices
  • Upscale interior
  • Cavernous cargo space
  • User-friendly features
  • So-so third-row space
  • Harsh ride over uneven pavement

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Suburban has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Chevrolet Suburban a Good SUV?

Yes, the Suburban is a good large SUV. It delivers the sumptuous interior that you would expect from a vehicle costing north of $50,000, and it boasts modern safety and infotainment technology. Two potent V8 engine options get this behemoth moving quickly, and it has fairly composed handling for its size. You might notice a bumpy ride over broken pavement though.

Because the Suburban is built on General Motors' extended SUV platform, it has some of the best cargo figures in the class. Still, third-row space isn't as great as that found in other large SUVs, and some classmates earn higher predicted reliability ratings. We named the Suburban a finalist for our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families award because it has a strong combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Dimensions

  • Length: 18 feet, 8.4 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 2.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,586 to 6,021 pounds

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Suburban?

The Suburban is one of several good choices in this segment. However, some other domestic competitors have appeal of their own. The Chevy Tahoe costs a few thousand dollars less that the Suburban, and it's a little smaller. The Ford Expedition is a well-rounded class leader that comes in two sizes, and it offers tons of space and engaging performance.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is part of a generation that began with a full redesign for the 2015 model year. Chevrolet made no major changes to the Suburban for 2020. You may be better off with a nearly identical 2019 Suburban instead, which will likely save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of a new model.

For 2019, Chevrolet added a new 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine option. If you’re not set on this muscular powertrain, consider buying a 2017 or 2018 Suburban. These models did not see any significant updates.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Suburban and 2019 Suburban reviews to help make your decision. You can also 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: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 28 Chevrolet Suburban reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Suburban is the right new car for you. This 2020 Chevrolet Suburban review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2015 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Suburban Cost?

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban starts at $50,800, which is one of the highest base prices among large SUVs. The two higher trims start at $55,800 and $65,500. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all of these models, and adding four-wheel drive raises the price by $3,000.

The Suburban comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine. A 6.2-liter V8 is optional in the range-topping Premier trim, and a model equipped with that engine starts at $70,925.

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Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, and it has been at the top of our large SUV rankings since. Like the Suburban, the Expedition has an elegant cabin full of quality materials. However, this Ford has more room in the third row than its Chevy rival. The Expedition is available in regular and extended-length (Expedition Max) models, the latter of which goes toe-to-toe with the Suburban for the most cargo space in the class. You’ll get better overall performance with the Expedition thanks to its turbocharged V6 engine, class-leading towing, comfortable ride, and composed handling.

We named the Expedition our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families (the Suburban was a finalist). The Ford comes standard with a suite of driver assistance and active safety tech, many of which are only optional in the Suburban. There’s no question this Ford is a great SUV, but its starting price of $52,810 is $2,000 higher than the Suburban’s, which might give you pause. And that price is for a short-wheelbase version – the Expedition Max starts at $55,835. If you can afford it, buy the Expedition. If you’re on more of a budget, the Suburban is a fine choice too.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe is basically the short-wheelbase version of the Suburban. Despite that relation and similar overall scores, these SUVs have some differences. The Tahoe has a higher predicted reliability rating and costs about $2,800 less than the Suburban. For those savings, however, you’ll get a smaller third row and less cargo space than in the Suburban. These Chevys have the same two engine options and comparable lists of standard and available features. Choosing between them comes down to your budget and how much you prioritize having the extra space.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is another General Motors large SUV. Its standard body style is comparable to the Tahoe in size and space, while the Yukon XL is almost a carbon copy of the Suburban. This GMC places near the bottom of the large SUV class, and it doesn’t offer any outright advantages over the Suburban. With a starting price of $52,400, the Yukon XL is more expensive than the Suburban, though you could pay less ($49,600) for the shorter base model. In both configurations, the Yukon shares the same powertrain choices as the Suburban, and it has similar features, interior quality, and handling capabilities. Save some cash and stick with the Suburban.

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Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the Suburban Seat?

The Chevrolet Suburban seats between seven and nine people. The standard setup is for eight, with front bucket seats and second- and third-row benches. An optional front-row bench seat increases seating to eight, and available second-row captain’s chairs decrease seating to seven.

The front two rows of seats are comfortable and offer plenty of room. To access the third row, the middle-row seats tumble forward, but they don’t slide fore and aft like many modern large SUVs. Also, for such a large vehicle, the rearmost seats are disappointingly small. Adults might be fine back there for shorter trips, but the seats just aren’t that comfortable.

Standard amenities include cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat. Options include leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats.

Suburban and Child Car Seats

The Suburban has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats, as well as upper tether anchors for all three third-row seats. The second-row tether anchors can be confused with other hardware, but the lower anchors are easy to find and access. The third-row tether anchors are similarly user-friendly.

Suburban Interior Quality

The Chevy Suburban has a high-end interior with lots of upscale touches. The cabin quality approaches luxury territory, and everything feels solid and well-built.

Suburban Cargo Space

If you want expansive cargo space, you don’t have to look much further than the Suburban. It has a class-leading 121.7 cubic feet of room when you fold down the second- and third-row seats. All of those seats fold flat to create a wide and open cargo hold. The Suburban has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, and 76.7 cubic feet with the rearmost seats folded.

By comparison, the Ford Expedition Max has 36, 79.6, and 121.5 cubic feet when you measure behind the third, second, and first rows, respectively. Other General Motors vehicles that share a long wheelbase platform with the Suburban – namely the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV – have the same amount of cargo room as their Chevy cousin.

Suburban Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Suburban comes standard with the Chevrolet Infotainment System, formerly known as MyLink. This interface has large virtual buttons on an 8-inch touch screen that make it easy to perform most commands. It has a straightforward menu structure and comes with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are plenty of large, clearly marked physical buttons and knobs on the center stack for adjusting climate and audio settings.

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Suburban Performance

Suburban Engine: Two V8s

The Chevy Suburban comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and that combination capably moves this large SUV with ease.

A 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque is optional and comes with a more modern 10-speed automatic transmission. Models with this powertrain have quicker acceleration, but they come at a premium of nearly $20,000 over the price of a base Suburban.

Suburban Gas Mileage: About Average

There isn’t a lot of disparity in overall fuel economy among large SUVs, and the Suburban places right in the middle. With its base engine and standard rear-wheel drive, this Chevy returns an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive models get 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Estimates for the 6.2-liter V8 engine aren’t much different: Rear-wheel-drive models get 14/23 mpg city/highway, and those with four-wheel drive get 14/20 mpg city/highway.

Suburban Ride and Handling: Good for Its Size

Despite its bulk and heft, the Suburban boasts composed driving dynamics. Body motions are controlled around corners, but there isn’t a lot of steering feedback from the road. The ride is generally good over well-maintained roads. However, it gets a bit choppy when you hit bumps or potholes, owing to the SUV’s truck-based chassis and construction.

Suburban Towing

When properly equipped, the Suburban can tow up to 8,300 pounds. That’s not particularly impressive for the large SUV class, but this vehicle is an appealing alternative to a full-size pickup truck for those who need a family hauler that can tow decent weight.

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Suburban Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Suburban Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average. All large SUVs boast a rating of three or above.

Chevrolet Suburban Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Suburban with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Chevrolet Suburban?

The cost of insuring a Chevrolet Suburban will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Suburban Safety

Suburban Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2020 Chevy Suburban an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The SUV received five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover test.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Suburban.

Suburban Safety Features

The 2020 Suburban comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Also included is the Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers, as well as monitor their driving performance.

Optional active safety features include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, a safety alert driver's seat, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control.

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Where Is the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban Built?

Chevrolet builds the 2020 Suburban in Texas.

Which Chevrolet Suburban Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is available in three main trims: LS, LT, and Premier. A 5.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard in every trim. A 6.2-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission is optional in the Premier trim. Rear-wheel drive is standard in every model, and four-wheel drive is available for around $3,000.

The midrange LT model has a nice balance of features and value. For $5,000 over the base price – which is not a lot relative to a $50,000-plus vehicle – you get leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Bose premium stereo, and driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Chevrolet Suburban Appearance Packages:

  • RST Edition (prices start at $2,705): 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels; black emblems and badging; a black sport grille; body-color door handles and headlight accents; black outside mirror caps, beltline moldings and roof rails
  • Texas Edition (prices start at $3,110): a Texas emblem, black roof-rack rails, and features from the Luxury package
  • LT Midnight Edition (prices start at $1,835): 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, black emblems, and black roof-rack rails
  • Premier Plus Edition (prices start at $11,675): 22-inch chrome-painted wheels, power-retractable assist steps, black roof-rack rails, and a polished exhaust

Chevrolet Suburban Performance Packages/Options:

  • Max Trailering package (prices start at $300; available in LS, LT, and Premier): a 3.42 axle ratio, a trailer brake controller, and an air-leveling suspension
  • Performance Air Intake System (prices start at $675; available in LS, LT, and Premier)
  • Front Performance Brake Kit (prices start at $2,895; available in LS, LT, and Premier): red Brembo calipers and larger Duralife rotors

Chevrolet Suburban Trims:

Chevrolet Suburban LS

The 2020 Chevy Suburban LS starts at $50,800. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a household-style power outlet, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Teen Driver system, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and remote start.

The standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Enhanced Driver Alert package costs $695 and adds forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, a safety alert driver's seat, and power-adjustable pedals. You can also replace the standard front bucket seats with a three-person bench seat for a $250 price reduction.

Chevrolet Suburban LT

The Suburban LT retails for $55,800 and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, driver's seat memory settings, a nine-speaker Bose premium stereo, a universal garage door opener, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You'll also get all the contents of the Enhanced Driver Alert package.

The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package costs $3,530. It comes with navigation, a sunroof, and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system.

For $2,860, you can get the Luxury package, which adds proximity keyless entry, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a heated, power tilt-and telescoping steering wheel with memory function.

Chevrolet Suburban Premier

For $65,500, the Chevrolet Suburban Premier includes 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, an electronic-adjustable suspension, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging, and all the amenities of the Luxury package. In this model, the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package costs $3,035, and it adds a sunroof and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system with a third-row screen.

The Suburban Premier with a 6.2-liter V8 engine starts at $70,925. A Performance package costs $5,390 and adds an 8-inch driver information display, a head-up display, and a third-row entertainment screen. The Premier Plus Edition comes with a wide range of performance, appearance, and convenience enhancements.

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 2020 Chevrolet Suburban can swallow up huge amounts of cargo and offers a refined, comfortable cabin. It also drives well thanks to its powerful V8 engines and poised handling.

GM offers several large SUVs that are very similar to the Suburban, namely the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. It’s worth checking these to see if you like them better. Nearly anyone shopping in the segment should also consider the excellent Ford Expedition.

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

  • "The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the largest and longest full-size SUVs money can buy, which makes it great for hauling around lots of people and their stuff. … On the flip side, in this price range, one couldn't fault buyers opting for the newer Ford Expedition Max that has better towing and fuel economy numbers, not to mention features." -- Autotrader
  • "Though capable and quiet, the Suburban is getting on in age. Its solid rear axle is at the root of many of the areas that need improvement, such as ride quality, interior space and cargo room. The newer Expedition shows how Ford can do it better in almost every way. Still, the Suburban is a solid and capable workhorse." -- Edmunds
  • "The … Chevrolet Suburban may be an old-timer, but it’s definitely not getting old. This popular full-size SUV continues to serve big families, offering an enormous cabin, a powerful V8 and so many features and options it’s hard to keep track. Ford’s new Expedition Max is close on the Suburban’s bumper, however, with an additional 1,000-pound towing capacity and a level rear floor featuring flush-folding seats. Still, the Suburban’s upscale interior and choice of available V8 engines hold powerful sway over some buyers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 23, 2020

Nosediving Sales: Sales of the Chevy Suburban currently rank in the lower half among large SUVs, behind some alternatives like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Suburban sales have plummeted by 43.6 percent in 2020 compared to the same timeframe in 2019.

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