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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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

"Great for pulling our RV and storing gear."

James B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I always thought the handling was a bit loose for my liking, not quite enough road feel."

David E., CA (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Smooth, and good power"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Engine tappets got noisy and had to be replace at 150,00 this engine is known for this problem. It shuts down to 4 cylinders when coasting, poor design, it is just a matter of time to having to fix it. Otherwise a great vehicle,"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It accelerates well when merging on a freeway or passing. It handles well in cross winds. It is a pleasure to drive. It is big, so parking is a minor problem."

Marvin M., TX (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"It drive like a race car. Great acceleration on demand. Fantastic turn radius. Smooth ride"

John Q., CA (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The ride is very smooth and quiet. It is obviously a very large vehicle and I don’t expect sports car performance. It is adequate for the long distance driving I use it for."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The acceleration and handling are superb. When needing to quickly merge into traffic, it responds perfectly."

GARY H., IN (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Good"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Good: handling in snow Bad: very clumsy seats, thick bulky pillars, seats. Very tight 3 Rd row"

SUCHET P., NY (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"redesigned rear seats do not allow, as in past models, the ability to carry flat on the floor a 4 X 8 foot sheet of anything. GOOD; it sits up higher, pulls more, and carries more people and weight at the same time than other vehicles."

William L., WI (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Large seats wide enough for a big framed man. Height off the ground makes getting in and out especially with a bad hip easier and travelling much more comfortable."

Patrick W., TX (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Seats are a little high for me (5'7") for long trips. Interior plastic is noisy."

Daniel O., NY (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Side to side rocking when entering highway from gas station etc. is a problem."

James B., MI (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Big comfy seats, love our family road trips in it"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"Lots of rattles in the doors"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"seats r not comfortable for long trips, foam and springs must be soft"

Anonymous, MN (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"leather seats and interior room"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"The seats are very comfortable on long trips. But the tire-road noise is too loud on most roads. It makes it hard to cary on a conversation."

Marvin M., TX (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

"I have never been able to adjust the drivers seat to a point where I am comfortable. I use an extra cushion on the seat when travelling. The noise level and ride are both good on the highway."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Chevrolet Suburban)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"expensive car and get average performance"

Anonymous, IL (2012 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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