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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban has a premium cabin and ample power, whether you’re towing a trailer or carting around a full load of passengers and cargo. However, competitors offer calmer rides and higher reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong V8 engine
  • Spacious, high-quality cabin
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Ride can be bouncy

2016 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban a Good Used SUV?

Overall, the 2016 Suburban is a decent SUV. Its spacious interior and powerful engine allow it to haul the whole family, all their gear, and the boat. However, its ride can get a little bouncy, and other large SUVs earn higher reliability ratings.

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Our Chevrolet Suburban review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 16 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban?

The average price of a 2016 Suburban is $45,600, which is slightly above average for a large SUV. Prices range from $37,000 to $56,000, based on 880 listings for the 2016 Suburban on our used car site. Demand affects pricing along with vehicle’s trim level, options, condition, and mileage.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Cost to Own?

Over the course of five years, expect to pay around $28,000 to fuel, insure, repair, and maintain a 2016 Suburban. These costs are about average compared to other large SUVs, including the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Suburban?

There are few differences between the standard features in the 2018 Suburban and the 2016 model. However, the new Suburban comes standard with Chevrolet’s Teen Driver. This safety feature gives parents a driving report with details such as maximum speed driven, and it wasn’t available in the 2016 model. Otherwise, there were only minor updates to available features in the following years. Still, the additions don’t seem to warrant paying the extra $4,600. That’s the difference between the average list price of a 2016 Suburban ($45,600) and the base MSRP of a 2018 Suburban ($50,200). If you want to save money, shop for a used Suburban instead.

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No other new SUVs offer as much room as a Suburban without surpassing the $45,000 threshold. You can get close with a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, though. While this midsize SUV can’t match the cargo capacity or towing abilities of the Suburban, the Traverse’s capabilities are competitive among similarly sized vehicles. The Traverse comes with lots of standard technology, delivers a carlike ride experience, and is the winner of our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. With an MSRP that starts at $29,930, this SUV also gives you room in your budget to move up to a better-equipped model.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban has a below-averagereliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Recalls

At the time of this review, there are four recalls on the 2016 Suburban. Two of these recalls are related; both fix a software malfunction that may prevent the front air bags from deploying in an accident. Another recall addresses a potentially defective upper control arm. There’s also a recall that replaces an incorrect side mirror with the proper part. Before buying a used Suburban, make sure any applicable recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Suburban Is Best? 

The Chevrolet Suburban debuted for 2015 and includes the 2018 model. The Suburban gained new available features for 2016, including a customizable gauge cluster, a head-up display, and lane keep assist. Chevy also enhanced the MyLink infotainment system with a standard 8-inch screen and Apple CarPlay. That said, this upgraded infotainment system is also available in upper trim levels of the 2015 Suburban. If you buy a 2015 model instead of the 2016, you can get a similar SUV and still save around $3,800.

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Which Used Chevrolet Suburban Model Is Right for Me?

The Chevy Suburban’s three trims are LS, LT, and LTZ. For a good amount of features at a reasonable price, go for the LT trim. It comes with a nine-speaker Bose audio system, leather upholstery, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and the driver alert seat. For extra features, look for used LT models with the Luxury package. These models have push-button start, a power-folding third row, heated second-row seats, a hands-free power liftgate, and advanced safety features like parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.

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Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet Suburban Warranty

Considering the Suburban’s below-average reliability rating, you may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned Suburban. Chevrolet’s CPO program is one of the best among affordable brands, which makes buying the Suburban as a CPO vehicle an even more appealing option.

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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How Safe Is the Suburban?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Suburban four out of five stars overall and in its frontal crash test, as well as three stars in its rollover test. While these are decent scores, some of the Suburban’s competitors fared a little better. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not conduct crash tests on the 2016 Suburban.  

Standard safety features include a rearview camera with rear parking sensors and the OnStar emergency notification system. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and a driver alert seat, which vibrates to notify the driver of safety feature alerts.

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Suburban or 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevy Tahoe is essentially a smaller Suburban. It has less cargo and seating space, and the difference in third-row legroom is quite noticeable. However, if you don’t plan to use the third row often, the Tahoe is a more sensible choice than the Suburban. It has a much higher reliability rating, slightly better crash test scores, and a higher towing capacity.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Suburban or 2016 GMC Yukon XL?

Because there are few differences between the Suburban and the extended-wheelbase GMC Yukon XL trim, deciding between the two comes down to model availability and your styling preference. Both offer the same standard V8 engine, but the top-of-the-line Yukon XL Denali trim’s larger V8 makes an additional 65 horsepower. The Yukon offers standard features that the Suburban lacks, like a nine-speaker Bose audio system and front parking sensors. You must pay extra for these features in the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Suburban or 2016 Ford Expedition EL?

While it offers a standard-wheelbase version, the Ford Expedition’s EL trim competes directly with the Suburban. Both have plenty of seating space in all three rows and composed handling (considering they’re large SUVs). The Expedition is a class leader when it comes to towing capacity (9,200 pounds) and overall cargo space. However, those who want a nicer cabin and slightly better fuel economy should go for the Suburban.

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2016 Suburban Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Drive?

The Suburban’s V8 engine makes 355 horsepower, which is plenty of power to easily pass and merge on the highway, even under a full load. The Suburban handles turns confidently despite its large size, offering responsive steering and strong brakes. Ride quality is decent but can sometimes feel unsettled or bouncy.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy for the Suburban is typical for the class, at 15-16 mpg in the city and 22-23 mpg on the highway.

2016 Chevrolet Suburban Towing Capacity

The Suburban’s maximum towing capacity is 8,300 pounds, which few competitors outmatch.

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2016 Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Suburban Seat?

The Chevrolet Suburban comes standard with cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and seating for eight. An available front bench seat increases seating to nine. Upper trims add niceties like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. The Suburban’s cabin has plenty of space, even in the third row.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban?

The Suburban has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row and three tether-only connections in the third row.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system a Marginal rating (the second worst) for ease of use because the second-row tether anchors are difficult to locate and identify.

2016 Chevrolet Suburban Features

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and Chevy’s MyLink system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Although MyLink can run a little slow, its straightforward physical buttons and knobs make for easy adjustments. Available features include nine- and 10-speaker Bose audio systems, a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens, wireless device charging, a navigation system, a head-up display, a sunroof, and a hands-free power liftgate.

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Dimensions

Chevrolet Suburban Cargo Space

The Suburban leads the class when it comes to cargo space. It has a 15.3-cubic-foot cargo hold behind the third row, and 94.7 cubic feet overall when you fold down both rows of rear seats.

Chevrolet Suburban Length and Weight

From bumper to bumper, the 2016 Suburban stretches 17 feet. Vehicle weight depends on the drivetrain, with curb weight ranging from 5,466 to 5,683 pounds, and gross vehicle weight varying between 7,100 and 7,300 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban Built?

The 2016 Suburban was built in Arlington, Texas.

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