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8.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety:
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2012 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The Chevrolet Suburban offers class-leading cargo space and a soft ride, test drivers wrote, but they thought its engine could use more power.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Excellent cargo space for the class
  • High towing capacity on 2500 model
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Overly sensitive steering on highway
  • Third-row seats difficult to remove

2012 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

The base 2012 Suburban comes standard with a V8 engine, and the heavy-duty Suburban 2500 has a larger V8. Test drivers found that the base Suburban does not accelerate very briskly and said the engine feels labored when the Suburban is loaded with cargo or passengers. Either model has a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Suburban gets up to an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Test drivers agreed that the Suburban is not very nimble and some added that its steering feels overly sensitive on the highway. However, most praised its serene ride quality. The base 2012 Suburban can tow up to 8,100 pounds, while the heavy-duty 2500 model can tow as much as 9,600 pounds.

Reviewers wrote that the Chevrolet Suburban's interior is very spacious and its cabin is attractive and built with nicely grained materials. The 2012 Suburban seats up to nine when equipped with the available front bench seat. According to auto journalists, the front- and second-row seats are spacious, and some thought the third row has enough space for adults, though others mentioned that it is best left to kids. The 2012 Suburban comes standard with satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control. Navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a rearview camera, a nine-speaker Bose audio system and a power liftgate are available. Reviewers reported that the Suburban's dash controls are generally easy to operate. With the third-row seats removed and the second row folded, the 2012 Suburban has 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Although the Chevy Suburban has one of the highest cargo capacities in its class, reviewers complained about the need to remove the heavy third-row seats in order to use all that space.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 GMC Yukon is available in either a regular- or long-wheelbase configuration, and the available heavy-duty model can tow just as much as the Suburban 2500. Test drivers wrote that the standard Yukon is fairly maneuverable for its size and accelerates quickly on the highway.

Reviewers said the 2012 Toyota Sequoia's third row is sized for adults to fit comfortably, and it can be folded flat into the floor. Test drivers were impressed with the Sequoia's brisk acceleration, and it was named our 2012 Best Affordable Full-Size SUV for Families.

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