The huge Suburban might not be politically correct, but it has been the vehicle of choice for large families, or those who need heavy-duty towing and off-road capabilities for quite some time. Suburban seats up to nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet interior and a well-mannered V8 engine. However, handling is ungainly and fuel economy is poor.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard 2000-2002, available 2006, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Road Test

The huge Suburban might not be politically correct, but it has been the vehicle of choice for large families, or those who need heavy-duty towing and off-road capabilities for quite some time.

Suburban seats up to nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. It has a comfortable ride, a quiet interior and a well-mannered V8 engine. However, handling is ungainly and fuel economy is poor.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (366 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"I would install the nozzle like always, an it would click off the supply after a few moments without being full. Had to play with different angles of insertion to get it to fill up"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"severe oil consumption when in cylinder deactivation mode (to save fuel at highway speed) cost me $330 for a custom tune to turn off cylinder deactivation"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"We get a check engine light every few months. Basically the engine design is faulty and is going to need to be replaced. It now uses a quart of oil every 2000 miles. GM knew there were issues with this engine and would not replace it because when ori"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Engine burns oil. A knock developed and then got worse. Turns out a cylinder head was stuck. A complete rebuild was required"

Nicholas L., TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"I felt rather fortunate not to have any oil leaks or oil consumption problems until the car reached 180,000 miles, but right before it went in the shop, it used 2 quarts of oil within 1000 miles. Found out that this is not an uncommon problem with the 5.3L engines in 2007 model GM trucks"

Jerry P., OH (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Burns 3 to 4 quarts of oil in between oil changes (9000 mi) and no oil leaks to the ground. It is a known problem with GM but they refuse to address it"

Ted B., CA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Oil blows by the cylinder in cylinder deactivation mode (at highway speeds). I paid for a programming change to turn this mode off, but am still losing oil (though less) This problem often results in piston damage or at worst requires a complete engine replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Repeated leaks that were difficult to identify and repair (oil pan and rear main seal)"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil pan gasket & block off plate leaking. Front differential output seals and ext housing gasket leaking"

Anonymous, UT (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Burns oil too fast and Chevy dealer(s) cannot figure out what the problem is"

Chris M., OK (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Accessory belts or pulleys

"belts showed wear. replaced @ 310000"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"Normal wear on upper ball joints for this milage"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"This suburban pulls a horse trailer and this may have had an affect on the suspension. The suspension was changed 6 months ago. Otherwise the car has been terrific except for gas mileage"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Had to replace the rear struts and automatic air suspension system"

James W., NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"brake fluid leaking in Rack and Pinion"

Roger W., GA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Seal leak replaced unit"

Don W., MN (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"ha to replace. then had to replace steering sensor"

Barb B., WA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Torsion bar seem to have weken and permit excessive rebound in front end"

Anthony L., FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Rack and pinion leaking. $1,200 to replace"

Roger W., GA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Right front wheel bearing in hub assembled failed"

Don W., MN (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"failure of wheel bearings on right side - allowed enough play that both front rotors warped, so had to pay $500 for a new "wheel unit" plus new front rotors & pads, total cost $1200 installed"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine failure at 95000 after seals replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The DoD (displacment on demand) was what caused the motor to be replaced. Active fuel management on these motors from 2007-2010 all had the same problem. Engines from the factory used to immediately consume from 1-3 quarts between oil changes, then eventually the motor would end up having no oil pressure requiring replacement. This motor was replaced with a rebuilt one with all the parts to prevent this issue from reoccurring. GM's lack to acknowledge this as a problem lost all credibility with"

Scott H., ME (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"I bought a Red Auto Protection vehicle protection plan to cover breakdowns like a broken lifter which according to the contract should be covered. Come to find out that RAP only sells contracts for other service contract companies. The company that they sold for in this case was Interstate National Dealer Services who denied the claim to fix the car due to the mileage, which is still within the terms of the contract. (expiration miles 219,082 or March 12, 2018 whichever comes first). I have spen"

Jerry P., OH (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"engine replaced when 290,000 miles were reached"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"The engine had a tapping lifter and it was more expensive to repair than it was to install a new engine. So I replaced the engine $3,300.00"

Anonymous, OK (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Cylinder head

"Third time have had to replace valve lifters due to stuck valves"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"One or more hydrolic lifters drain after non use for 2 days. Takes 5 minutes of engine running to pump the lifter back up. Oil consumption 1-2 quarts between oil changes"

Anonymous, NM (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"While traveling on a road trip, sensors in the throttle body failed and put the engine in reduced power mode. Cost $690.00 to replace. Chevy service department gave excellent service"

A C., TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"While driving the vehicle approaching an on ramp for an interstate highway, the vehicle suddenly lost power and a warning light appeared saying the engine has reduced it's power, Upon checking the op manual,it indicated a water temp problem. Not true"

Anthony L., FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light indicates failed emission control. Having trouble identifying cause of the problem"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"due to the emissions control problem, vehicle has to be driven over 50 miles in order to pass inspection. Even when everything checks out. Waste of gas, time and money when it is a GM problem"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Sensors consistently failing in a short amount of time. costly to replace them"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Cruise control works intermittently. Can turn on but not always set to hold speed"

Anthony L., FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Gauges

"Gauges quit working looked online found out no recall for 2007 gauge cluster"

Clarence C., IL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"odometer and indicator lights are blown no indication shown on display area"

Clarence C., IL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Fading of headlight lenses. Buffed and clear coated, but clear coat peeled"

Anthony L., FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Faulty tire pressure sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"just quit working changed battery still nothing possible connection to dash lights"

Clarence C., IL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Cracks started showing up in dash around passenger side airbag during third year of ownership. Now there are 4 cracks. Two are around airbag and one is a complete seperation of the dash, back to front, behind steering wheel. Multiple brackets are broken which allowsthe entire dash to be loose and rattling including around airbag. There are multiple websites, blogs, facebook page, devoted to this issue. It affects model years 2007 thru 2014 which all have same issues and cracks in exactly the sam"

Ted B., CA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The problem I had was dis coloring of the door side molding"

Ronnie E., MD (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Paint is coming off of the hood"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"Rust developed passenger rear quarter panel"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Starting to get bad on the sides at the running boards"

Jason E., SD (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"Alternator has gone out twice in 6 months"

Nicholas L., TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Engine misfire caused engine stalls due to possible oil leaking into cylinder. Happened 3 times. Found residue on spark plug head"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"General complete tune up"

Allen S., GA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Spark plugs cracked, caused misfiring"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Related to the engine problem. If you replace the spark plug & wires it makes the engine light warning go away"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"It needed to be replaced (Master cylinder)"

Robert L., CA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Brakes were not working properly, they lock and found out that the rear breaks were not working and the front breaks wear worn out in less than a year. This cause vibration and wearing off the rotors"

Luis C., CA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Had to have the complete break job including replacing the rotors"

Allen S., GA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban)
Normal routine brake wear

"Breaks were slipping when stopping. Replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT Unsure)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Just went out on us. Cost $3000 to fix"

Jason E., SD (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Transmission wouldn't shift into 3rd or 4th gears"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Tranny went out 11 days after extended warranty expired!"

Vickie M., CO (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Had to replace all six bearings in differential case. One bearing was worn and left metal particle pieces in differential gear oil. It was rather expensive: $1550.00. Chevy service department gave excellent service"

A C., TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Oil leak in front differential. Was fixed satisfactory"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban Unsure 5.3-L V8)
CV joint

"CV Boot leaking"

Anonymous, UT (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"Has to be recharged at least annually. Even with dye have not been able to track down the leak. Just another symptom of the poor engineering/quality control that is a $50,000+ Suburban"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
A/C compressor

"Needed to be replaced"

Robert L., CA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Intake fan near driver's left ear noisy"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Camera doesn't work"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Just put $310 into replacing 2 switches on the window and back lift gate a week ago. Door did not open and continually shut down other activities with the door, telling them it was open, but was not. Sensor on the car for the remote only functions p"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Mirrors failed will not fold flat. motor bad or gears stripped"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The arms that open the tailgate failed, had to replace $700.00 NOTE THE FLEX FUEL ENGINE SUCKS. 13 MPG ON HIGHWAY. NEVER EVER BUY FLEX FUEL ENGINE!!!"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"weather stripping on driver door, repaired in 1 visit"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"dash rattle"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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