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2009 Chevrolet Suburban Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban was new.


Interior: 8.5

With adult-sized seating in the front two rows and comfort all around, the Suburban's interior is one of the nicest in the class, and a long way from the cheap interiors in Chevy's past.

  • "High marks for Suburban's upscale, contemporary cabin ambiance. Assembly quality of models tested shows strong attention to detail. Most interior materials feel high-grade, though soft-touch surfaces are scarce." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like other cars in GM's portfolio, the Suburban's interior has greatly improved over the years. Materials quality is good and controls are logically laid out. With its standard third row, the 2009 Suburban can seat up to nine people -- a total surpassed only by full-size vans." -- Edmunds


The Chevrolet Suburban offers standard eight-passenger seating, with an option for up to nine seats on some models. Most reviewers are impressed with the Suburban's leg room, especially for those in the front of the car.

  • "Front passengers will enjoy comfortable, wide seats and a straightforward instrument panel. The second row is a 60/40-split bench, and the third row can be designed to hold two or three passengers. If you routinely shuttle a soccer team, it allows for seven passengers plus the driver, instead of many other SUVs' six-plus-one setup. A front bench seat is also available, bumping total seating capacity to nine." -- Cars.com
  • "Seats are supportive. Generous headroom and legroom, though the bench seat's cramped center position should be reserved for emergency situations only." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The third row seat is not comfortable for adults, about on par with a typical minivan" -- Autobytel

Interior Features

The Chevrolet Suburban comes with a wide variety of standard features depending on which model and trim style you choose. The most basic trim style, LS, comes with an OnStar navigation system and cruise control. To get true luxury features, such as the power rear hatch and heated windshield wipers, buyers need to go the high-end LTZ. Reviewers say the Suburban interior's layout and materials are very good.

  • "Overall, the materials throughout the cabin are all high-quality, and the new look it got in GM's impressive 2007 redesign still holds up, despite competition from the likes of the Ford Expedition EL." -- Cars.com
  • "The gauges are large, but some testers find their markings too indistinct for best legibility. Most controls are logically placed and operate with precision. The navigation system has a large, easy-read touch screen. It absorbs audio functions but doesn't complicate them." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like other cars in GM's portfolio, the Suburban's interior has greatly improved over the years. Materials quality is good and controls are logically laid out." -- Edmunds


Reviewers all agree that cargo space is plentiful in the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban. When the third row of seats are removed and second row folded down, the Suburban has 137.4 cubic feet of carrying space.  However, many reviewers complain that removing the third row is a cumbersome process.

  • "Based on our experience, those dense [third row] seats feel like they're constructed of depleted uranium and removing them requires not only a strong back but the ability to wrestle them out from deep inside the interior." -- Edmunds
  • "With a vehicle as spacious as the Chevrolet Suburban in the fleet, we've moved more stuff in the first three months of its tenure than we had the previous year. Dorm rooms full of stuff. Weeklong camping trips worth of stuff. Even enough to outfit a family for an entire summer." -- AutoWeek
  • "Smart storage space abounds." -- New Car Test Drive.

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