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.
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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

"It drives like a big V-8 vehicle which is one of the reasons I bought it. Gas mileage could be better especially since it has the 4 cylinder deactivation mode. Ethanol and 4 speed transmission contribute to low mileage."

Donald C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"STRENGTH"

Mack M., LA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Rides and performs well for a large truck"

W G., PA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Handling"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"For the vehicle size, the acceleration & handling is great."

Mack M., LA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Excellent for both acceleration and handling. Size makes gass mileage poor and you have to preplan parking."

Donald C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very quick given the size. Has a smooth and luxurious ride overall. Best highway cruising vehicle I have ever driven."

Drew I., CT (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"rides better than any car"

CARLOS G., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very safe."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Large size means pre-planning parking. Ride is excellent, but don't try race car moves."

DONALD C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It's all good, never had a problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are heated good power adjustments good firm cusions and non intruesive seat belts"

W G., PA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"We bought it primarily as a people mover. It serves this purpose, along with cargo hauling and towing, quite well."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very comfortable, especially on long trips."

Paul F., CT (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Heated seats. Roomy. Good adjusting to personal level. Like ability to lock seat adjusted choice"

Joe Z., MI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Reliable"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Most comfortable seats and ride."

Anonymous, NH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The most roomy and comfortable car I have ever been in. Great for long trips. Seats are soft but supportive. Very smooth and powerful l, particularly in highway driving."

Drew I., CT (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"i have always felt that this vehicle is the most comfortable one made by GM. Due to its size and v8 engine it is quiet, comfortable and handles any type of road."

Donald C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

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

HARRY A., MS (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Most comfortable seats I've ever sat in."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"This is an extremely comfortable vehicle for long rides. It is even more comfortable than a 7 Series BMW for long trips. It sits high enough to see traffic up ahead which enable me to shift lanes accordingly. Overall it is a great highway vehicle with very little noise at all."

WILLIAM K., IN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Most comfortable seats ever! Best vehicle I have ever owned, except for the smaller Trailblazer. I would buy it again!"

SAMANTHA J., NH (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"My husband is 6'4" and the suburban gives him the comfort he likes when driving. The comfort of the suburban in every respect is what we were looking for on long trips"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I have never had any complaints with my truck"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"We had a great trade in. Great discount for taking off the lot. Terrific deal"

Joe Z., MI (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The suburban is a large people, tool, and freight hauler but it suffers in gas mileage. It is still one of the most comfortable vehicles I've owned and is the best for what I wanted, hauling big things."

DONALD C., NY (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"These vehicles to me are way over priced."

RONALD B., WA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Clean design devoid of excess chrome inside and out. Overall very nice versus gaudy, "overly-chromed" 2015-16 replacement model."

ROBERT B., TN (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"had to replace all four door locks"

CARLOS G., TX (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Very comfortable easy to drive with ROOM!!! Fuel mileage stinks but you gotta give some to get some.Electronics could be better but dash etc first rate. As with all modern cars too much button pushing I am a knob turner. BIG BUGABOO 2nd seats do not fold flat like our old Suburban that stinks. Overall best you can get for room comfort and roadability for a vehicle this size."

W G., PA (2008 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I really like the look of this body style. The brand new style is too boxy. I like the lines and the curves of this body."

WILLIAM K., IN (2008 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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