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2014 Chevrolet Suburban Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban was new.


Performance: 7.3

Reviewers say the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban delivers a comfortable ride and has ample power. Some testers say it is easier to maneuver than other large SUVs and its fuel economy estimates are also a bit better than those of its rivals.

  • "Among the best of any SUV, crossover or traditional truck-type. Suburban exhibits car-like comfort over bumps and isn't prone to floaty motions like its shorter Tahoe counterpart." -- Consumer Guide
  • "From behind the wheel, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban feels surprisingly civilized for a truck that tips the scales at 3 tons." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Despite being an extremely large SUV built on a truck frame and designed to pull or carry heavy loads, the Chevrolet Suburban SUV delivers a suitable comfortable ride around town and on the highway." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The Suburban is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 320 horsepower, which is routed to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Suburban can tow up to 8,100 pounds and is rated at an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is slightly better than the fuel economy of most SUVs in the class.

Reviewers say the Suburban offers plenty of power in most situations, and that its transmission is smooth and responsive. One tester points out that hitching up a trailer or having a full cabin slows the Suburban's acceleration somewhat.

  • "The 5.3-liter V8 has a refined feel and delivers adequate power in both city and highway driving. The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Both V8 engines offered do a capable job of getting this SUV up to speed, and the Suburban's 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The 5.3-liter V8 delivers good acceleration with a light load, though performance with a full complement of passengers and cargo or towing a large trailer is just adequate." -- Edmunds (2013)

Handling and Braking

The Suburban comes standard with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is optional. Reviewers say the Suburban does not have very nimble handling and generally feels heavy, but this is par for the class. Maneuvering in tight spaces is also not especially easy, though some test drivers find maneuvering fairly easy considering the Suburban's size. Others say that the Suburban offers a comfortable ride in the city and on the freeway.

  • "Suburban's sheer size and weight mean that it is not a nimble vehicle. Still, body lean in fast corners is reasonably well checked, and the turning circle is commendably compact for a vehicle this large. The brakes supply good stopping power." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Suburban's hefty curb weight makes its handling ponderous, and its plus-size dimensions can make it a handful when maneuvering in tight quarters like downtown parking garages." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Occupants will certainly feel the bumps, but the suspension does an admirable job of absorbing them." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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