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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.7
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban ranks in the middle of the large SUV class. It has tons of passenger and cargo space, and it’s a great cruiser with a gentle ride. However, it can be hard to maneuver in tight places.

Pros & Cons

  • Serene ride
  • Spacious, opulent cabin
  • Massive cargo space
  • Hard to maneuver in small areas

Is the Chevrolet Suburban a Good SUV?

The Chevy Suburban is a good large SUV. It has a tremendous amount of cargo and passenger space, which helped make it a finalist for our 2019 Best Large SUV for Families award. The Suburban also has one of the nicest cabins in the class, a long list of standard features, a potent V8 engine, and a composed and relaxed ride. Some rivals can tow more, however, and maneuvering this big Chevy can be tricky.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Suburban?

Although it should satisfy most shoppers, it’s worth considering some of the Suburban’s classmates. The Ford Expedition has a similarly posh cabin and a best-in-class maximum towing capacity, while the Toyota Sequoia comes with a large suite of standard safety features. If you don’t need the extra rear-seat space, you might consider the otherwise similar Chevrolet Tahoe.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2019 Suburban belongs to a generation that launched for the 2015 model year. For 2016, Chevrolet outfitted the Suburban with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch touch screen. There were no major changes for 2017, and the 2018 model introduced an RST Sports Appearance package.

For 2019, the Suburban gains a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a 6.2-liter V8 engine option. If these updates aren’t important to you, consider an older model, which could potentially save you money on an otherwise similar vehicle.

To research older Suburban models, read our 2016, 2017, and 2018 Chevrolet Suburban reviews. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Chevrolet Suburban in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 24 automotive sources. This Chevrolet Suburban review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Suburban Cost?

The base Chevy Suburban LS has a starting retail price of $50,600, which is higher than most rivals. On the other hand, the top-level Premier’s MSRP of $65,300 is right in line with the retail prices for the top trims offered by competitors. Slotted in between the two is the mid-level Chevrolet Suburban LT trim, which goes for $55,600.

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Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe is essentially a short-wheelbase Suburban. Both SUVs have the same engine options, mpg estimates, and standard and available features. However, there are a few differences between the two. The Tahoe is easier to maneuver, and it has a slightly higher maximum towing capacity (8,600 pounds to the Suburban’s 8,300 pounds). The Tahoe is more affordable too – the base LS trim will save you $2,700 compared to the base Suburban. On the other hand, the Suburban has a lot more cargo space. Both of these are good picks, so choosing the right one for you comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is not a bad choice in the large SUV class, but the Suburban is a better one. It has a gentle ride, and it offers more cargo and passenger space than the standard-wheelbase Yukon, though it matches the Yukon XL in this regard. The base Yukon’s MSRP is about $1,100 lower than the Suburban’s, but stepping up to the more comparable Yukon XL makes the GMC pricier by about $1,600. These two are otherwise very similar, offering the same powertrains and features lists. We recommend the Chevy Suburban because it gives you extra space while saving you a little money.

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Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the Suburban Seat?

The Suburban seats up to nine people if you opt for the front split-bench seat or up to seven if you choose bucket seats for the first and second rows. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats with more power adjustments, heated second-row seats, power-release second-row seats, power-fold-flat third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The first two rows are comfortable, with ample head- and legroom for most adults. The third row can hold adults in reasonable comfort for short trips. The second row does not slide, but it reclines.

Suburban and Car Seats

This SUV has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second row and a third tether anchor for each seat in the third row.

Suburban Interior Quality

This Chevrolet has a classy cabin. Its interior fit and finish approaches the level of some luxury vehicles.

Suburban Cargo Space

This large vehicle has 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 121.7 cubic feet behind the first row. Those are some of the best-in-class cargo capacities. Only the Ford Expedition Max and GMC Yukon XL match it.

Suburban Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This full-size SUV has a healthy dose of standard features. The standard Chevy MyLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Wireless device charging, a nine- or ten-speaker premium Bose stereo, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system are available.

The MyLink system has a large screen and accompanying physical controls for some functions. However, it tends to lag when responding to inputs, particularly voice commands. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a nice touch. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Suburban Performance

Suburban Engine: 2 Strong V8s

Chevrolet offers two powertrains in the Suburban. The standard setup consists of a 5.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. A 6.2-liter V8 engine is available in the Premier trim. It produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and it’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

These powertrains are identical to those found in other GM products, including the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon XL. Both engines have more than enough power to propel the Suburban along the highway even when loaded with passengers and cargo. However, getting meaningful acceleration requires stomping on the gas pedal.

Suburban Gas Mileage: Average

This Chevrolet gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Large SUVs typically earn similar estimates. It’ll save you around $250 per year at the pump over the Nissan Armada, but the Suburban costs about $250 more per year than the Ford Expedition. With the bigger engine, the Suburban gets 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, but its use of premium gasoline means you’ll pay a lot more in fuel costs.

Suburban Ride and Handling: Comfortable Cruiser

The Suburban provides a serene ride. It may not be sporty, but this vehicle remains poised around turns, though maneuvering it in tight areas can be cumbersome. The steering is responsive. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available with each trim level.

Suburban Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this full-size SUV can tow up to 8,300 pounds.

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Suburban Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Suburban Reliable?

The 2019 Chevy Suburban belongs to a generation that typically earns below-average predicted reliability ratings of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Suburban Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Suburban with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many other large SUVs have similar warranty terms, including other GM products such as the GMC Yukon XL.

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Suburban Safety

Suburban Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Suburban three out of five stars in the rollover test and five stars in the side crash test.

Suburban Safety Features

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard in the Suburban. You’ll also get Chevrolet’s Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set and monitor speed and audio limits for secondary drivers.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, and front parking sensors. GM’s safety alert seat is also optional. With this add-on, the driver’s seat vibrates in conjunction with the other safety systems.

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Which Chevrolet Suburban Model Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet offers the 2019 Suburban in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Each trim has the same powertrain, consisting of a six-speed automatic transmission and a 355-horsepower V8 engine. A stronger V8 engine is available only in the Premier trim. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is a $3,000 option for all trims.

Starting at $50,600, the base LS is generously outfitted, making it a good choice for some shoppers. However, the LT is a better value if you can afford the $5,000 price hike. It has more standard and available features that make it a better value. Those who are after the stronger 6.2-liter V8 engine will need to buy the Premier trim, but its high MSRP of $65,300 may not be worth it for some people.

Chevrolet Suburban LS

The base Chevrolet Suburban LS comes with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, five USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. With the LS, you’ll also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The LS is available with an Enhanced Driver Alert package that adds a safety alert seat, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive headlights, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning for $695. The Max Trailering package costs $580, and it adds a trailer brake controller and a retuned suspension with an air leveler.

A front bench seat is available for a $250 discount, while a rear-seat entertainment system can be added for $1,995.

Chevrolet Suburban LT

The Chevrolet Suburban LT has a retail price of $55,600. It features leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You’ll also get the contents of the Enhanced Driver Alert package that is available in the LS trim.

For $2,860, Chevy also offers a Luxury package, which adds heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row bench seats, a heated steering wheel, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, fog lights, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package ($3,530) adds navigation, a rear-seat Blu-Ray entertainment system, and a sunroof. The Max Trailering package remains available.

Chevrolet Suburban Premier

At the top of this lineup is the Chevrolet Suburban Premier. It comes standard with the Luxury package that is available in the LT trim. The Premier trim features ventilated front seats, power-folding second row bucket seats, wireless device charging, and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system. This model also comes equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, which is an adaptive suspension system allows for a smoother ride and sharper steering.

For around $5,400, you can upgrade the powertrain in the Premium to a 420-horsepower V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission. The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package remains available, though it costs $3,035 in this trim. Chevy also offers a Premier Plus package for $11,675. It adds the larger engine and 10-speed transmission, as well as other perks like larger alloy wheels, a sunroof, upgraded leather seats, a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system, and the contents of the Max Trailering package. This is also the only trim available with adaptive cruise control, which is an $895 option.  

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 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is a good large SUV. It has a well-mannered ride and more cargo space than most competitors. Its interior quality also ranks among the best in the class. Some rivals are a little nimbler and easier to maneuver, but the Suburban is a good vehicle and worth 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.

  • "As the longest running full-size SUV in the United States, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban carries on the family name with honor and distinction. [It] displays a modern, fresh appearance, offering more interior room than the Nissan Armada or the Toyota Sequoia. On the flip side, some more antiquated features from the previous generation haven't been addressed, namely a low tow rating and the third-row seats' inability to fold flush into the floor. For sheer passenger space, however, it's hard to surpass what the Suburban offers. When equipped with the available front bench seat (a rarity these days) the Suburban can hold up to nine people, and unlike many shorter full-size SUVs, the massive Suburban has plenty of room behind its third-row seat for storing luggage or the family pooch. The 2019 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)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: April 5, 2019

Falling Sales: Sales of the Chevy Suburban rank in the lower half among large SUVs this year, behind several SUVs including the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Sales have dropped 25.1 percent this year compared to the same span in 2018.

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