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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban has a handsome cabin, roomy seats, an abundance of features, and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. However, it ranks low among large SUVs. Some rivals have better safety and predicted reliability ratings, as well as higher towing capacities.

Pros & Cons

  • Hushed, upscale interior
  • Generous cargo space
  • Cushioned ride
  • Lower safety and predicted reliability rating than some rivals
  • Below-average towing capacity




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban a Good Used SUV?

In a class with just a handful of models, the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is one of the last large SUVs you should consider. While it’s a solid family and cargo hauler, its poor predicted reliability rating and below-average safety scores limit its appeal. Additionally, its towing capacity is low for the class. Still, the Suburban offers a high-class interior with roomy seats, even in the third row. It also has more cargo space than its competitors.  

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 19 Chevrolet Suburban reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban?

Our site has more than 1,750 listings for the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban. List prices range from $37,500 to $57,600. Its average list price is $44,900, which is typical for the class. However, your final price will depend on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban Cost to Own?

For a used 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $28,600. That’s a bit lower than other SUVs in the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban starts at $50,200, which is $5,300 more than the average list price of a 2017 Suburban. The 2018 Suburban didn’t receive any significant updates aside from gaining standard LED daytime running lights and an available sport appearance package. The 2017 Suburban is the smarter and more affordable option.

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If you’re looking for a new large SUV for about the same price as a used 2017 Suburban, your options are limited to the 2018 Nissan Armada. It starts at nearly $46,090, but it finishes in the bottom of our class rankings.

Consider a new midsize SUV to find a desirable family vehicle with an attractive price. For example, the 2018 Buick Enclave ($39,995) is a 3-row SUV with plenty of passenger and cargo space. It also has a strong engine, a smooth ride, and a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. The 2018 Toyota Highlander ($31,230) is another 3-row alternative with a powerful engine and an upscale cabin that’s loaded with features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban has a poor predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.  

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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban had two open recalls. One addresses an incorrectly installed side mirror, and another corrects a potential air bag failure. Make sure these issues are fixed before purchasing a used 2017 Suburban.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Suburban Is Best?

Chevrolet redesigned the Suburban for 2015. The 2015 Suburban will likely cost less than either of the two later models. However, if you want cutting-edge standard features, like an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, purchase a 2016 or later model. The 2017 model saw no major changes from the previous model, so the 2016 Suburban offers the best combination of value and features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Suburban Model Is Right for Me?

The Suburban comes with three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. The base LS trim gives you plenty of standard technology and comfort features, making it a good choice for most buyers. It comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and remote start.

The Chevrolet Suburban LT adds towing equipment like trailer brake control and a load-leveling suspension. It also comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a power liftgate, and several active safety features.

The top-of-the-line Chevrolet Suburban Premier trim gets you a Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension, ventilated front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, power-folding third-row seats, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, push-button start, wireless device charging, and a hands-free liftgate.

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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 Suburban received an overall safety rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received three stars in the rollover test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and five stars in the side test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not conducted crash test evaluations on the 2017 Suburban.

All 2017 Suburbans come with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Chevy’s Teen Driver feature, which allows parents to remotely monitor the driving distance or maximum speed of the SUV. It can be equipped with a wide range of safety features, including forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. There are some standout features too, like the safety alert driver's seat, which works in conjunction with the safety sensors and vibrates certain areas of the driver's seat to warn you of potential hazards on the road.

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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban or 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe is basically a smaller Suburban. It has less cargo and seating space, and the difference in third-row legroom is noticeable. However, if you don’t plan to use the third row regularly, the Tahoe is a more sensible buy than the Suburban. It has a higher predicted reliability rating, slightly better crash test scores, and a higher towing capacity.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban or 2017 Ford Expedition?

While it offers a standard-wheelbase version, the 2017 Ford Expedition is also available in the extended-wheelbase EL trim, which competes directly with the Suburban. Both SUVs have plenty of seating space in all three rows and composed handling. The Expedition also has the highest towing and cargo capacity in the class, and the EL’s capacity is only 100 pounds lower. However, if you want an upscale cabin and better gas mileage, you should go for the Suburban.

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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban Drive?

The 2017 Suburban’s muscular 355-horsepower V8 engine feels plenty powerful, even when the SUV is loaded with passengers and cargo. A smooth-shifting and responsive six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

For a large SUV, the Suburban is fairly easy to maneuver around corners. It also has a smooth and comfortable ride, especially in models with the available Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension.

Suburban Towing Capacity

The rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Suburban has an 8,300-pound maximum towing capacity. Four-wheel-drive models can tow up to 8,000 pounds.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Chevy Suburban gets good gas mileage for the class: 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban Seat?

The Chevrolet Suburban has standard seating for eight. Available second-row bucket seats reduce seating to seven, and an available front bench seat increases seating to nine. The Suburban’s cabin is one of the nicest in the class, with handsome styling and quality materials throughout. There’s also plenty of space. Even its third row can comfortably seat adults, which is rare for the class.

The base model comes with cloth upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and reclining second-row seats. Upper trims add niceties like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban?

There are 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 the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors are hard to find and can be confused with other hardware.

2017 Chevrolet Suburban Features

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, five USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, remote start, and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include navigation, a nine- or 10-speaker Bose audio system, push-button start, wireless device charging, a rear-seat entertainment system, a sunroof, and a head-up display.

The MyLink infotainment system’s crisp graphics and large secondary physical buttons make it easy to see and adjust features. Unfortunately, the system doesn't always react quickly to voice command or touch inputs. The available navigation system with voice recognition may be easier to use.

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2017 Chevrolet Suburban Dimensions

Chevrolet Suburban Cargo Space

The Suburban has a class-leading cargo capacity. There is 39.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.7 cubic feet with both rear rows folded.

2017 Suburban Length and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban is about 18.7 feet long. Its curb weight is 5,587 pounds for rear-wheel-drive models, and 5,808 pounds for four-wheel-drive models.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Suburban in Texas.  

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