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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

Interior Summary:

Reviewers praise the 2016 Chevrolet Suburban's cabin, saying its high-end materials, solid construction and attractive design wouldn't be out of place in a luxury vehicle. Testers think the seats are comfortable and roomy, including the third row, which they say has enough legroom to keep adults comfortable for short journeys. They add that the infotainment system has crisp graphics, though sometimes it is slow to respond to inputs. The Suburban has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "Inside, we found the Suburban's interior remarkably well-insulated from the outside world, and every comfort afforded by our LTZ trim was appreciated without exception. From its marvelous seats to the upscale look and feel emanating from the dash and door panels, the Suburban feels more like a prestige luxury car than a family transport vehicle." -- AutoTrader
  • "Last year's redesign gave the Suburban an interior that was a significant improvement over the previous-generation model, and one year on we continue to be impressed by the Suburban's cabin." -- Edmunds
  • "Step into the 2016 Suburban and expect to be captivated, as nothing here says 'truck.' The layout, the artistic flow and selection of materials are far beyond merely very nice." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And, for the first time, the cabin's design and materials reflect the fact that these trucks often share garage space with a luxury car. The dash has greater dimension than before; there are fewer hard plastics; and well-padded surfaces cover the door panels and armrests." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Chevy Suburban comes standard with seating for eight, though an optional front bench seat boosts capacity to nine and optional second-row bucket seats reduce seating to seven. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, and leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel are available. Reviewers are impressed by the amount of passenger room in the Suburban. Test drivers say the front seats offer decent support and comfort, though some note the base trim's lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it difficult to find a good driving position. The second-row seats are comfortable, according to critics, though a few are disappointed the seats don't slide forward or backward. The third row has enough legroom to accommodate adults comfortably for short drives, auto journalists write, and they add that the cabin is very quiet.

  • "Most shoppers will find the front seats comfortable and reasonably supportive, but the lack of a telescoping steering wheel in the LS model will make it harder for some people to find an ideal driving position. Second row space is excellent, while the third row offers better legroom than Chevy's smaller Tahoe." -- Edmunds
  • "Interior quietness is top shelf. … Through the use of wind-cheating designs and laminations, we never had to raise voices, even during conversations with second and third row passengers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 2nd-row's comfy seats recline but, unfortunately, don't slide fore and aft. The third row has enough foot- and legroom for adults, at least for shorter trips, and kids will be fine." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For sheer passenger space, it's hard to surpass what the Suburban offers. When equipped with the available front bench seat -- a rarity these days -- the Suburban can hold up to nine people." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Suburban include tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, remote start, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth, five USB ports and Apple CarPlay. The Suburban also has OnStar with 4G LTE and an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Optional features include a power sunroof, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a wireless smartphone charging pad, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

Critics agree that MyLink has crisp, easy-to-see icons, though a few report it occasionally responds slowly to inputs. MyLink's voice recognition system functions better and has more commands in models equipped with navigation than in those without, according to reviewers. They add that the physical knobs for climate and audio controls have an intuitive layout and are easy to reach.

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  • "The MyLink infotainment system is especially nice with a large, vivid color screen populated by easily understood touchscreen icons. The voice-recognition software could use a bit more schooling." -- AutoTrader
  • "[T]here are still plenty of knobs for easy access to the most-used audio and climate-control functions, and buttons are grouped to help make everything easy to find." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "The standard 8-inch central color infotainment displays feature sophisticated (and in some cases reconfigurable) graphics options. Unfortunately, the Chevrolet MyLink interface can sometimes be slow to respond to your touch inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "The infotainment controls are clearly grouped below the screen, with the HVAC controls below that. When you order the navigation system, you also get greater functionality with more extensive voice activation that we found to work well during the press introduction." -- Car and Driver (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Suburban has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 121.1 cubic feet with both rear rows folded, giving it one of the largest overall cargo capacities in the class. Power-folding second- and third-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are optional. Test drivers are pleased with the amount of cargo space the Suburban offers, and they like that the third-row seats fold flat into the floor. They note, however, that the high liftover height of the folded seats may make it difficult to load cargo. Reviewers say there are plenty of small-item storage spaces throughout the cabin, including a compartment under the cargo floor and a bin behind the dashboard to conceal small objects.

  • "Given the very cumbersome nature of the pre-2015 Suburban's third-row seat removal procedure (not to mention the seat's vulnerability to smash-and-grab thieves), we're happy to see Chevy has integrated the third row firmly into the truck's floor. … The downside to these stow-away seats is a higher cargo floor loading height, which makes it more difficult for shorter owners to load strollers or bigger shopping hauls." -- Edmunds
  • "A high cargo floor provides space for the flat-fold 3rd-row seats, but that space is not wasted - under the floor is a handy hidden storage area." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although not quite as commodious as it was previously, the Suburban is still a supersized family bus. Its 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat … should easily accommodate a family's luggage for a weeklong vacation and/or an extra-large dog crate." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • "For smaller stuff, there's a forward console bin (with more 12-volt and USB jacks) and two cupholders (all covered), side console bins, and large map pockets. Also - and this is really neat - the dashboard screen flips up to reveal a roomy 'hidden compartment' behind it." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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