2018 Chevrolet Suburban

Interior


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2018 Chevrolet Suburban Interior Review

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Interior: 8.7

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban has a quiet interior, even at higher speeds. It’s also well-built, and there are top-notch materials throughout. In fact, the Suburban rivals some luxury large SUVs in terms of cabin quality. All three rows of seats have room for adults, and this Chevy has more cargo space than nearly every competitor. There are also plenty of infotainment features, including smartphone connectivity and driver assistance tech.

  • "Inside, we found the Suburban's interior remarkably well-insulated from the outside world, and every comfort afforded by our 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
  • "Such classic sport-utility capability is accompanied by a fairly luxurious interior, which can be optioned with all the electronics you might expect." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)

Seating

The Suburban seats up to nine people (with the optional front split-bench seat), but it can seat as few as seven if you opt for bucket seats in the first and second rows. In the standard configuration, this Chevy seats eight. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats come standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals are available.

This Chevy’s interior is expansive. While the front seats are comfortable, finding a suitable driving position is easier in higher trims, which have adjustable pedals and a telescoping steering wheel. The second row doesn’t slide forward and backward, but the seats recline, helping passengers get comfortable. The third row can accommodate adults, but they’ll get uncomfortable on long drives.

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row, plus additional upper tethers on each third-row seat. 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 (2017)
  • "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 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, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, remote start, and the MyLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Standard driver assistance features include Teen Driver, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Available features include navigation, a nine- or 10-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and a sunroof. Available active safety features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a vibrating safety alert driver's seat.

The Suburban has no shortage of standard connectivity systems, while some rivals don’t even offer such features as options. Also standard is the user-friendly MyLink infotainment system. The touch screen has sharp graphics and is easy to reach, but it’s less responsive than some people would like.

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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
  • "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)
  • "… 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

The Suburban has tremendous cargo capacity: 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 121.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Power-folding second- and third-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

Among large SUVs, 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.

Be aware that the Suburban does make you work a bit when loading items because the cargo floor is high. However, there’s also a hidden storage compartment under that high floor, so at least the height somewhat helps in one regard. Inside, you’ll find plenty of small-item storage.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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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