The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers plenty of towing capacity and an optional muscular V-8 to make it a comfortable beast of burden with room for a Little League team. It can be outfitted with a package that gives you some decent chops off-road or dressed almost like a luxury SUV, at which point it’s priced like one. It’s definitely not made for tight parking, however, nor for passing gas stations. It may not fit in your garage, either. That’s just the price you pay for a Beautiful, huge, doing Everything that can pamper you and tons of passengers while you work hard.
For 2020, the only revisions to the Suburban line are that the Deepwood Green and Pepperdust metallic paint colors have been removed. That’s it. So it might make sense – and save you dollars and pennies, consider taking a great deal on a 2019 Suburban. If you can find one, i.e .: Although the current Suburban will be replaced by a brand new model in 2021, the current model is selling as much as ever.
> LS: $ 52,995
> LT: $ 57,795
> Premier 5.3L: $ 66,795
> RST 6.2L: $ 72,220
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Inside, the Suburban has a large dash with well-placed controls. Its large center console and soft door armrests provide comfortable places to rest on long trips. The Suburban’s high seat height provides a stunning perch, and its optional front bench seat offers more space for passengers. Similarly, the three-row SUV can be equipped with second-row captain’s chairs. The Suburban’s third row has nearly 10 inches more legroom than the Chevy Tahoe, but its high deck still interrupts comfort. While the Suburban’s material quality is not exemplary, the cabin can be dressed in multiple color schemes. Desirable enhancements include a front screen, heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. However, they are limited to the top of the line model.
With a huge center console storage tray and numerous trays throughout the cabin, the Suburban has convenient cubby interior storage. A power-operated liftgate and a third row of power folding are available, but the latter is reserved for the top model. The Suburban has 39 cubic feet behind the third row (24 more than the Tahoe) and up to 95 cubes with the second and third rows folded. We managed to fit 12 carry-on bags with all seats up and 44 bags with all seats down.
Infotainment and connectivity
Each 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE mobile access point. Along with useful hard buttons and rotary controls, the infotainment system has a host of charging points including five USB ports and five 12-volt outlets. Most models also offer an enhanced Bose sound system, rear-seat entertainment system, and wireless charging.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Chevy supplies the Suburban with one of two engines: a standard 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 and an optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8. Each model is available with rear or four-wheel drive, but the smaller engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The larger V-8 uses a 10-speed automatic. Unsurprisingly, the upgraded powertrain is much faster as it loads from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds vs. 6.9. Still, the standard engine had plenty of giddyap to carry the family from A to B. The Suburban can also tow up to 8,300 pounds when well equipped. However, the Ford Expedition can pull up to 9,300 pounds.
Despite the large dimensions and an outdated rear suspension, the Suburban drives smaller than it is thanks to controlled body movements and precise steering. However, its truck mounts lower its ride quality compared to softer rivals like the Nissan Armada. The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST we tested has standard adaptive dampers and huge 22-inch wheels, but it still had a lot of nerve vibes, even on smooth roads. Fortunately, its firm and responsive brake pedal was particularly effective.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The 2019 Suburban earned a four-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but it has not been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While Suburban does not have a standard driver assistance feature, notable equipment is optional. Key safety features include: Automated emergency braking available. Blind spot monitoring available. Lane keeping assistance available.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The Suburban has competitive guarantees compared to its rivals, and is one of the few that includes free scheduled maintenance. However, the Toyota Sequoia offers better free maintenance at 2 years or 25,000 miles. The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. Free maintenance is covered for the first visit.