The huge Suburban might not be politically correct, but it has been the vehicle of choice for families who won't fit in a minivan or another SUV, or for those who need heavy-duty towing or offroading capabilities. It can seat nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. A comfortable ride, quiet interior, and a well-mannered V8 engine are among the key attributes.
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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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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 families who won't fit in a minivan or another SUV, or for those who need heavy-duty towing or offroading capabilities. It can seat nine (though more commonly seven or eight) with plenty of room for luggage. A comfortable ride, quiet interior, and a well-mannered V8 engine are among the key attributes. However, handling is ungainly and fuel economy is poor. Test results also apply to the GMC Yukon XL.

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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (352 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Doors or sliding doors

"The exterior button on the rear door controlling glass door operation fell out and could not be operated."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Door hinge stuck and bent door so it wouldn't shut."

Michael S., TN (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Door not closing properly"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Right side door hinge is makes a great deal of noise when opening and closing and will need to be replaced"

Wayne L., OR (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Electric rear door no longer opens, we have to force it"

Vern C., CA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)
Locks and latches

"All four door handles have broken off the doors. Each handle was in excess of $250 to fix"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Does not work remotely. Must manually open. Was in to be fixed but shortly after stopped working"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Chevrolet Suburban)

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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"can't get music from iPhone to upload to head unit. With every update from apple, it's get harder for it to communicate with head unit"

Robert L., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Whole dash unit went blank. After replacement, no GPS info."

Athol C., FL (2010 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)

"It failed and the dealer had a hard time fixing it.They replace the radio with the display and it worked for about a month before it lost. After about 12 days in the shop the replaced the antenna and all the wiring to get it fixed"

Ralph M., TX (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Has n bluetooth. Has to plug in via usb jack in center console. Sometimes it recognizes my iPhone and uploads my music into head unit, but usually it doesn't"

Robert L., NJ (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Software update fixes

"The cruise control stopped working and we authorized our repair company to invest up to $250 to fix it. They were not able to correct the problem. Also, the air bag and tire icons light up when there is no problem with the features."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Suburban)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The double sided glue-tape holding moldings on went bad and the moldings discolored."

Michael S., TN (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on door handles has come off and they won't fix it"

Janine B., FL (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Rust

"Areas of rust at the bottom of the door posts on each side of the vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Had it since 2011. Rust spot strarted 3 years ago on bottom or rear fenders. now includes small spot on front also"

Patrick M., MN (2010 Chevrolet Suburban)

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

"Had to change for sticker"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"ball joints and bushings wore out and had to be replaced twice. heavy vehicle and expected given the mileage"

Michael D., LA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Slight noise sometimes when stearing, was hose starting to leak"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"This was the second time the rack-inpinion had to be replaced in a 3 year period"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Throttle Position Sensor P2145 error. Caused reduced power and traction control to engage. Repaired under extended warranty by dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"$1500 to repair."

Athol C., FL (2010 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket and head gaskets are worn out and are leaking minimally"

Jon W., CA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

Gauges

"The entire instrument cluster quit working, had to replace. The dash just cracked also for no reason, CHEVROLET refused to replace."

Mark S., NE (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Several sensors had to be replaced"

Tami S., OH (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"The Headlights just keep burning out after a month."

Anonymous, MI (2010 Chevrolet Suburban)

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 cap

"Fuel cap and Evaporative Emission Vent Valve Solenoid Malfunction. Causing engine codes"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Fuel pump

"the wiring on the in tank part of the fuel pump "burned up" according to the service writer. Gald there was no fire. She didn't indicate there was danger. When the check engine light came on, an On-Star check just said I should take it in within 7"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Smell of hydrogen sulfide in car"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Airbag on passenger side factory recall and has not been fixed as waiting on manufacturer."

John M., VA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)

"Airbag warning light came on."

Michael S., TN (2010 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

Squeaks or rattles

"The interior of this vehicle speaks and rattles none stop. Very noisey"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Problem with the inside left back door panel not fitting tightly"

David L., AL (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

Calipers

"Caliper froze on one wheel causing damage to pads and rotor. Had to replace entire assembly"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Vibration of replacement rotors"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

A/C compressor

"replaced compressor, didn't cure the problem and then replaced some controller for 585.00 and recommended another. it was probably the problem all along. All of this out of warranty"

Janine B., FL (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Transmission fluid leak, three lines leading to transmission had seals fail and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LS 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

Cylinder head

"Vehicle broke down three times within 6 month period. The first two times were due to fouled spark plugs. The final time due to a blown cylinder"

Anonymous, MN (2010 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Engine was losing power and the spark plugs needed to be replaced and the throttle needed to be re-set."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-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

4WD/AWD components

"We replaced the whole transmission at 113,000 miles. Just over the warrenty. Very disappointed"

Paul B., UT (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"When stopped the engine temperature would increase so the whole radiation system needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission started to shudder and it would feel like you were in neutral when stopping after transmission warmed. up. It still shifted fine once I was moving but it had a 1500 RPM Stall that would slam back into gear. I thought it was a torque converter so I ordered one and changed it out. The problem was with the transmission seal so I ended up ordering a remanufactured transmission."

Michael S., TN (2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
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