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.
Alerts
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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 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 (352 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Caliper seized up causing premature wear to brake pads and rotor"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Master cylinder

"I went in for a brake job because the brakes felt soft and was advised the master cylinder was almost completely shot and close to failure"

Christopher M., LA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Rear passenger brake started making noise. Dealership replace master cylinder and brake pads because of premature wear"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Fluid replacement due to it being low"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Regular brake system wear due to mileage of vehicle. Relatively inexpensive replacement part repair that I completed myself."

Richard G., IL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Because brakes locked up had to replace cylinder (calipers), rotors, pads and everything to tune of $1600"

Susan S., MI (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"Brake pads replaced. I don't know if this was premature or not"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Replacement parts due to mileage of vehicle that I completed myself. Major savings due to purchasing parts from local auto parts store."

Richard G., IL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Worn and needed replacement"

Thomas H., AL (2011 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Window trim separates from door and fell off"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"All door handles had to be replaced because they pulled out of the body of the vehicle due to failed hardware"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Dash cracked in two places, above instrument cluster and by the steel joint to the airbag, front left corner of the airbag frame. Had same damage to my Silverado some time ago. Fixed by dealership, $100 "co-pay""

Geir B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"The dashboard cracked in half in two places-- above the instrument cluster and over the passenger-side airbag. This problem is endemic across the Chevrolet truck fleet for quite a few model years, and a problem Chevrolet knew of and corrected for newer vehicles, but has steadfastly refused to repair or replace the damaged dashboards. I replaced it at my own expense because of my fears of what a jagged piece of plastic would do if the passenger-side airbag inflated in an accident. Until someon"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint peeling of at junction of side of plastic moulding above license plate and metal on trunk."

Anonymous, AB (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"paint wore of the top of side trim panel"

Christopher O., IL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

"Front and lower ball joints were diagnosed as worn and loose and were replaced"

Gary P., MD (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"Replaced shock absorber after indicator light appeared"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Keeps displaying service suspension system"

Curtis T., OR (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump failure.... replaced at my cost and system flushed... cost $520"

Noel G., TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Air shocks developed leak that caused compressor motor failure. $2300 repair bill to replace both shocks and compressor."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Both shocks rear axle leaking after about 45000 on road miles mostly in suburban area and highway. No towing ever. My Silverado has original shocks and lots of towing"

Geir B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recurring problem with one front driving light being inoperable as well as a recurring problem with my passenger side rear turn signal and brake light operating erratically and flashing in a weird way, leading to several visits to the mechanic for repair."

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)

"Day time running light burned out. Seems to a common problem as almost every Suburban/Tahoe I see has at least one of them burned out"

Todd B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"Housing for bulb continue to break. replace 4 times"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Power lumber failed in drivers seat. Heat failed in passenger seat"

David F., OH (2011 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.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"told CHEVROLET they said that was normal"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"It was the torque converter twice under warrant, plus the second time it was in they had to rebuild other parts of the transmission. Took about 3 days"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Transmission radiator/cooler very small leak at hose connection. Not something you want to have unchecked deep in the wood. Out west Montana or up into Canada!"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

Seat controls - temperature

"Heating failed on bottom of drivers seat"

Anonymous, AL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tail gate motor stopped functioning in extreme cold weather (-30 deg celcius)"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"The door close sensor/switch would intermittently indicate that the tailgate was open and cause interior lights to illuminate, warning sound and indicator light to go off and system try to re-lock all doors while driving down the road. Usually occurred when going over bumps. When parked and locked, occasionally this would cause the car alarm to go off when the switch appeared to indicate the tailgate was open."

Anonymous, NC (2011 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

Electrical failure

"Electronics in accelerator pedal unit failed. Replaced at cost of about $400; no further issues"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Transfer case

"The transfer case failed at less than 72,000 miles and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LS 6.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"fault in airbag warning light required replacement of clock spring coil assembly behind steering wheel"

Gary P., MD (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 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

"Interior panels rattle around door locks; same thing occurred in 2008 suburban. Seem to be cheap plastic"

Todd B., TX (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"During colder than normal weather this year in central Pennsylvania, the sensor caused the truck to shut down while driving down a busy road. After disconnecting the battery, the sensor reset temporarily to get a little further down the road. It shut"

Ted M., PA (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

"One of four back-up sensor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Climate System

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

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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