The long-running Chevrolet Suburban is a very useful SUV. The addition of electronic stability control as a standard feature makes it a more attractive option for some potential buyers. Three-row SUVs are popular alternatives to minivans, but the third-row seat is usually a compromise. Often, the seat is very uncomfortable and cargo space is reduced to accommodate the seat.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Tight turning radius"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It is relatively easy to drive. Not great turning radius."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"responds well and makes a u turn easily"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It is an excellent vehicle for towing a large travel trailer and a boat. It is also excellent for carrying several passengers and luggage."

Robert G., CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The four wheel drive helps on slick surfaces as in rainy weather. Handling is excellent."

Harry A., MS (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Good acceleration, great handling. That's why I bought an 8.1 L engine, for the pull power."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"For a large vehicle it handles great even pulling a boat"

Scott N., IL (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"has a good 327 motor -- a great car"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Smooth but quick acceleration. Handles well. Tracks straight. Sticks to road like a sports car."

James M., VA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are large and driving position is comfortable"

ADAM P., CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"for a 2005 model it was comfortable and stylish, then"

J B., TX (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"All very good."

GERALD T., TX (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I am handicapped and his vehicle is very easy for me to get into and very comfortable to drive."

HARRY A., MS (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Third seat does not fold automatically nor flat and out of way for large rear storage/hauling"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Seats are uncomfortable after 2 hours on the road. A bit noisy while trying to hear on cell phone. Good heat, a/c & radio. Pretty much low maintenance so far. Will be sad when it wears out. Have used it for moving, garage sale buys, dog crate. I think this one was $36,000 new. Now new ones are too expensive."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"We use it for long distance travel, very comfortable riding"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Easy to drive, low noise."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very comfortable. The leather gives out early on these and I had to replace the seat covers at 11 years old with 325k"

John V., ON (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very comfortable on long drives. Unlike most cars, I can sit up in a chair like position. The heated seat and the expandable lumbar is also very comfortable."

Robert G., CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Seats get very uncomfortable after 5 or 6 hours on the road, for both driver and front seat passenger."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Chir heght sets. The ride is excellent."

Harry A., MS (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"very comfortable for longer rides"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The seats are very comfortable although the rise is a little rough and noisy"

Nancy D., CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Real leather seats that are very comfortable and durable."

Ty H., WY (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The seat heating control will turn itself on. The Suburban has a nice ride, comfortable seats."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"For a 13 y/o car, it has a solid & cmooth ride."

James M., VA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It was a high mileage SUV primarily used to tow boats and travel trailer. Also hauling multiple grandkids and excursions with 6 older adults. It is great! Works well and reasonable maintenance."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"we bought to transport many Boy Scouts and tow our boat. it does both of those things wonderfully and safely"

Lisa S., CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Has held up with no real problems"

Scott N., IL (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"it value, travelability and ride"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"CurveD edges on the body."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Besides looking good inside & out, I love the fact that it seats 8 people."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Chevrolet Suburban)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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