$38,193 - $50,322

2017 Chevrolet Suburban Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban has a luxurious cabin befitting its $50,000 starting price. All materials around the cabin are high-end, and the design competes with those in luxury large SUVs. The Suburban has plenty of room for adults in all three rows of seats and more cargo space than nearly every rival. The latest tech features come standard with the MyLink infotainment system.

  • "Such classic sport-utility capability is accompanied by a fairly luxurious interior, which can be optioned with all the electronics you might expect." -- 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 (2016)
  • "Inside, we found the Suburban's interior remarkably well-insulated from the outside world, and every comfort afforded by our LTZ trim [now the Premier 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 (2016)

Seating

Depending upon configuration, the 2017 Chevy Suburban can seat between seven and nine people. The standard configuration has front bucket seats with second- and third-row bench seats to accommodate eight people. An optional front bench seat gives you room for an extra person, while subbing second-row bucket seats will cost you a seat.

The Suburban comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Stepping up to higher trims gets you leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals.

No matter which seat you're sitting in, you'll find plenty of room in the Suburban. The base model doesn't have a telescoping steering wheel or adjustable pedals, so it may be difficult to get into a comfortable driving position. Passengers in the second row will be comfortable thanks to the reclining seatbacks, although the second row does not slide back and forth. Adults will find the third-row seats adequate for quick trips across town, but they're not recommended for long drives. The seat cushions aren't very well padded in the third row since they fold into the floor. Uncomfortable third-row seats are a fairly common complaint, however, even among large SUVs.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row, plus additional upper tethers on each of the third-row seats. You'll have no trouble finding or reaching the lower anchors in the second row, but the upper tethers are harder to locate. Finding the upper tethers in the third row is much simpler.

  • Front seats easily accommodate larger occupants, but the base model's tilt-only steering wheel might force taller drivers to contend with a long reach. The middle-row bench or optional bucket seats are similarly spacious, although the range of adjustment is limited." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2016)
  • "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 2017 Suburban include 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 and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, remote start, a teen driver system, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Optional features include navigation, a nine- or 10-speaker Bose audio system, push-button start, wireless smartphone charging, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and a vibrating safety alert driver's seat.

Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system has some of the most state-of-the-art features available in any vehicle. Even the base model comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. With these systems, you can access some of your favorite apps from your phone directly on the infotainment system's touch screen. Because of these connectivity options that display your phone's screen on the infotainment screen, you can skip the extra charge for Chevy's built-in navigation system, and just use the maps app from your phone.

The MyLink infotainment system's 8-inch screen has crisp graphics and large buttons to make it easy to see the features you're trying to use. Unfortunately, the system doesn't always react as quickly as you might like, and the voice-recognition system may not understand what you're trying to say. If you get a model with the optional navigation, the voice-recognition system will likely work better. You can quickly adjust climate and audio controls with the physical buttons and knobs located on the center stack, just beneath the touch screen.

All Suburban models have a Wi-Fi hot spot so everyone in the family can browse the web while on the go. You won't have to worry about anyone's phone or tablet running out of juice thanks to the five USB ports scattered throughout the cabin.

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  • 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 (2016)
  • 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 (2016)
  • "… there 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)

Cargo

Few other large SUVs can match the Suburban's cargo-hauling capability. There's 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 76.7 cubic feet with them folded, and 121.7 cubic feet with both the second and third rows down. Only the long-wheelbase Ford Expedition EL has more room for your stuff. The Toyota Sequoia nearly matches the Suburban's overall cargo volume, but it has less than half the space behind the third row.

You can get power-folding second- and third-row seats to help make loading a cinch. A hands-free power liftgate is also available. Because the Suburban is built on a truck-based frame, the cargo floor is very high and may be difficult to load things onto. If the load height is a turn off for you, but you still need lots of room for your stuff, consider a minivan like the Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica has easy-to-fold rear seats that give way to 140.5 cubic feet of cargo room.

The Suburban's cabin is filled with lots of cubbies and bins to store your small items. There's even an under-floor bin beneath the rear cargo area.

  • While there's no doubt that the Suburban can hold all of your stuff, remember that truck-style high cargo floor (which must clear the solid-axle suspension beneath) makes for strenuous loading." -- 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 (2016)
  • "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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