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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Suburban offers more cargo space than most rivals, and it has three rows of roomy seats. However, it’s held back in our large SUV rankings because some rivals have higher towing capabilities.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Three rows of spacious, comfortable seats
  • Generous amount of cargo space
  • Relatively high maintenance costs
  • Many rivals have higher towing capacity

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Suburban has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Suburban is a good SUV, especially for busy households. It offers a roomy cabin with three rows of seats, lots of cargo space, and family-focused tech and safety options. Its V8 engine feels powerful, even when you have a fully packed vehicle or are towing a trailer. That said, some large SUVs have a higher tow rating, and many classmates earn higher reliability ratings.

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How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban?

Based on listings for the 2015 Chevy Suburban on our site, the average list price is $38,400. Prices range from $29,600 to $47,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Cost to Own?

The 2015 Suburban’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $28,680, or $5,736 per year. Overall, that’s about average for a large SUV, but the Suburban's projected maintenance costs are one of the highest in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Suburban?

The 2019 Chevy Suburban comes with more standard features than the 2015 model. With the 2019, you get a large touch-screen infotainment display, smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, additional USB ports, and the Teen Driver safety system. New Suburban models also come with a stronger base engine than the 2015 Suburban's V8, and it has an optional powertrain that includes a 420-horsepower V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.

These updates are appealing, but be prepared to spend thousands more if you want them. Retail prices for a 2019 model start above $50,000, while the 2015 Suburban's average list price is just over $38,000.

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Prices for new large SUV start close to $47,000. If you're looking to keep your purchase price under $40,000, stick with used models.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Suburban Is Best?

Chevy redesigned its largest SUV for the 2015 model year. If you want newer safety and infotainment technologies, skip 2014-and-older models and stick with the latest generation, which includes the 2019 model.

Within the latest generation, we recommend going with a Suburban from 2016 or later. These models have the enhanced infotainment system as standard equipment, which includes an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay. This was also the first Suburban to offer a head-up display and lane keep assist as available amenities.

Chevrolet added the Teen Driver system as standard equipment for 2017. This system allows you to do things like set limits on vehicle speed and stereo volume for secondary drivers. There were no major updates for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Chevy Suburban a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Recalls

As of this writing, there are eight recalls for the 2015 Suburban. Two of these recalls relate to issues that may keep the front air bags from deploying. Additional recalls involve problems with the power steering and power steering assist, the ignition, a transfer case that may unexpectedly shift into neutral, transmission oil cooler lines, and a roof rail air bag.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chevrolet Suburban Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Suburban comes in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ. Standard technology includes a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The base trim also comes with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start.

However, it's the Suburban LT trim that offers the best combination of features and value. It has leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat. Other notable upgrades include the Chevy MyLink infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, and three additional USB ports.

The top-of-the-line Chevrolet Suburban LTZ features luxurious touches like perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, and power-folding third-row bench seats. This trim's Magnetic Ride Control suspension system adjusts to changing road conditions, though some professional reviewers note that it isn't as smooth as the standard suspension setup. Other notable upgrades in the LTZ are a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, keyless entry with push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front parking sensors. A few options are available only in this top trim level, including power-retractable assist steps.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Suburban?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Suburban an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. This large SUV earned five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2015 Suburban.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Available safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Suburban is also available with a Safety Alert driver's seat, which vibrates to notify you of potential safety issues, such as the presence of objects behind the vehicle while you are backing up.

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban or 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is the Suburban's slightly smaller sibling. It still has three rows of seats, but there is less cargo space and a noticeably smaller third row. However, the Tahoe's shorter length makes it easier to navigate through parking lots. Additionally, the Tahoe has a higher reliability rating, and an abundance of quality cabin materials give the Tahoe more of a premium feel. Unless you need a generously sized cargo bay or a larger third-row seat, pick the Tahoe.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban or 2015 GMC Yukon?

Like the Suburban, the 2015 GMC Yukon is a member of the General Motors family. Cabin quality is the most noticeable difference between the two SUVs. The Yukon outshines the Suburban with its luxurious inlays and leather upholstery. In its standard configuration, the Yukon's dimensions mirror those of the Chevrolet Tahoe. For a larger cabin, however, consider buying a Yukon XL. This extended-wheelbase model is identical to the Suburban when it comes to cargo space and legroom. However, the GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL have higher average list prices and select ownership costs than the Suburban, in addition to a lower reliability rating. For these reasons, we recommend the Suburban over the Yukon.

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2015 Suburban Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Drive?

The Suburban has ample power and can quickly get up to speed, even with every seat filled. A 325-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive is available.

On the highway, the Suburban has a decent ride quality. Many body-on-frame SUVs have a truck-like ride, but in the Suburban, this is only apparent on rough roads. And though its length makes it challenging to maneuver in parking lots, the Suburban is relatively easy to steer and brake in most other places.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Get Good Gas Mileage?

With rear-wheel drive, the Suburban gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. These ratings are typical for a large SUV. With four-wheel-drive, the Suburban's fuel economy dips slightly to 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Towing Capacity

The Suburban can tow up to 8,300 pounds, which is so-so for a large SUV. By comparison, the 2015 Ford Expedition has a 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity. If you need to haul heavier trailers, consider a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This full-size pickup truck has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.

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2015 Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Suburban Seat?

In its standard configuration, the Suburban seats eight people, with a three-person bench seat in the second and third rows. With the optional front bench seat (available only in the LS trim), seating capacity increases to nine. A set of second-row captain’s chairs are available in the LT and LTZ trims, reducing the total number of seats to seven.

All three rows are spacious and comfortable, and the roomy third row can even accommodate adults willing to crawl in the back. Cloth upholstery and power- adjustable front seats are standard. Seating upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a power-folding third-row bench seat.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban?

The Suburban's second row has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors for each seating position, and the third row has three tether-only connections.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban Features

This SUV's center stack has a nice array of clearly marked, easy-to-reach buttons and dials to adjust climate and audio settings. Its upgraded MyLink infotainment system is superb – and worth seeking out – as it comes with a large, vivid touch screen and a straightforward menu layout.

Standard features include a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start.

Optional features include an 8-inch touch screen, a nine- or 10-speaker Bose sound system, additional USB ports, a navigation system, keyless entry with push-button start, power-retractable assist steps, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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2015 Chevrolet Suburban Dimensions

Chevrolet Suburban Cargo Space

The Suburban is an excellent vehicle if you need a large cargo area, as it offers more space inside that most full-size SUVs. It has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space with every seat in place, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and up to 121.1 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

Convenient cargo features include standard fold-flat second- and third-row seats, as well as an optional power liftgate.

2015 Suburban Length and Weight

The Suburban is 18.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,664 to 5,896 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban Built?

Chevy built the 2015 Suburban in Texas.

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