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2020 Chevrolet Suburban Performance

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2020 Chevrolet Suburban Performance Review


Performance: 7.8

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has admirable performance for a large vehicle, with two capable powertrain options and well-rounded handling.

  • "The Suburban is impressively easy to drive. But its giant size and general purpose preclude any real sense of enjoyment. Even with the optional 6.2-liter engine, this SUV still feels and behaves like an old workhorse." -- Edmunds
  • "You already know the Suburban doesn't perform like a low-slung sport sedan. Just like a good 300-lb NFL linebacker, the Suburban will surprise you with its speed, its athleticism and its sheer will to get the job done." -- Autotrader
  • "It’s not a sports car by any means, but Chevrolet’s masterful working of the Suburban’s suspension, engine and transmission combine to create a 3-ton SUV that rides and handles very much like a large luxury sedan, albeit with a bit more height and a lot more weight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The 2020 Suburban comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. Rear-wheel-drive models with this powertrain get an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the large SUV class. Models with optional four-wheel drive return 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

A 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque is optional, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive models with this powertrain get 14/23 mpg city/highway, and those with four-wheel drive get 14/20 mpg.

Both of the Suburban’s engines are plenty powerful and deliver strong acceleration. The optional 10-speed automatic transmission is more modern and refined in its operation than the base six-speed automatic.

  • "As for power, the big 5.3-liter V8 has plenty to spare and is easily capable of surpassing the 20 mpg mark when driven at reasonable highway speeds." -- Autotrader
  • "The 5.3-liter V8 and standard manually shiftable six-speed automatic form a solid team. Better still is the optional 6.2-liter V8 with the 10-speed automatic transmission, which provides more than ample power at all speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard Suburban is pulled by an impressive 5.3-liter V8 good for 355 horsepower and a respectable 23-mpg highway fuel-economy rating, while the RST elevates both power and performance, delivering 420 horsepower through an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Suburban has good handling overall, with precise steering and controlled body movements through turns. The ride is mostly comfortable, but it can be a little harsh over bumps in the road. An optional adaptive suspension helps to dial in the ride and handling.

  • "On narrow roads, the Suburban requires a vigilant hand at the wheel, but when the road starts to twist and turn, it proves easy to keep inside the lines. The steering responds precisely to inputs, and the gas pedal requires only the lightest touch to increase velocity. GM's StabiliTrak stability control does an excellent job of keeping the Suburban's 5,500-lb bulk in check, especially during emergency-avoidance maneuvers." -- Autotrader
  • "The ride is generally good on smooth surfaces, but minor road imperfections and ripples cause the rear of the cabin to shimmy and shake, which is a byproduct of the Suburban's solid-axle rear suspension design." -- Edmunds
  • "Rounding tight curves at medium to high speeds produces minimal lean and roll, and the Suburban’s steering feels tight and direct, with just the right amount of weight applied to the thick-rimmed steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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2020 Chevrolet Suburban

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