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If you need space for seven or more people, all their stuff, and towing capacity to boot, few SUVs other than the Suburban will do. This behemoth has a sumptuous and quiet interior, power-folding second- and third-row seats, and available blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert. Beyond that, it's pretty much your standard hauler, with a 5.3-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic and a respectable 16 mpg overall. The touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, and the magnetic ride suspension on LTZ trims improves ride comfort and handling response and capability. Recent updates include available lane-keeping assist, plus Apple CarPlay. Reliability has been well below average.

Road Test

The Suburban is a huge, old-fashioned, truck-based SUV, the quintessential family truckster for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it provides three rows of seats -- for carrying up to seven, eight,...

Highs

  • Seats seven people comfortably and still has room for their luggage -- something few vehicles can do
  • Very quiet inside

Lows

  • Giant dimensions make it hard to maneuver and park
  • Hefty price tag

Best Version to Get

We think it's important for you to get the LTZ version. Its Magnetic Ride Control package significantly improves the Suburban's emergency handling, in addition to improving the ride. Lower trim lines without this feature have sloppy handling in emergency situations. If you plan to t...

Specifications

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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