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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NA
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NA
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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.
NA
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 2014 Chevrolet Suburban owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The drivers' and rear passenger doors take on water after heaving rain. I open each door and remove a drain in the bottom of each, to drain water out profusely. Maybe a gallon of water in each door !"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I think this is part of the previous door water issue."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"leak around passanger front door"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 6.0-L V8)

"wind noise at higher speeds"

Thomas S., WI (2014 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint on most-used radio and HVAC controls peeling off"

Tb N., NC (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Rust

"weather stripping rusting staining bottom of four doors. Was told it is not covered under warranty"

Andy J., IL (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"bought from dealer used, one owner-after a couple of week my husband goes to change the oil and it barley registered on the dip stick and what did register was black as coal. We should have checked the oil ourselves before we left the dealer but we thought the dealer would have done that before it leaving the dealership. So my husband changed the oil with full synthetic oil. The the clattering began. Off and on faint or loud. Took it into the dealer, he could not reproduce the clatter. Brought it home. Days later error code pops up P0304 I believe pointing the the AFM system 4 to 8 cylinder system. Now making very loud clattering. Took it in said needed all new lifters and cam, that they were pitted. I had done research on this and GM has trouble the their AFM systems. that most shops replace the engine and some shops just change the lifters and cam. We stated the if the lifters and cam were pitted that that pitted debris has got into the oil stream and contaminated the mains and inserts. They said there policy was to change just the cam an lifters. We are not happy. We are concerned that this engine will not last us as long as an engine that did nit have this problem. It is back at the dealers now. We're hoping we can get a new engine or an extended warranty on this engine or just buy it back. I love Suburbans. I love this Suburban but I'm afraid of the engine and being stranded somewhere because the engine has broken down."

Donna G., TX (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

"bought from dealer used, one owner-after a couple of week my husband goes to change the oil and it barley registered on the dip stick and what did register was black as coal. We should have checked the oil ourselves before we left the dealer but we thought the dealer would have done that before it leaving the dealership. So my husband changed the oil with full synthetic oil. The the clattering began. Off and on faint or loud. Took it into the dealer, he could not reproduce the clatter. Brought it home. Days later error code pops up P0304 I believe pointing the the AFM system 4 to 8 cylinder system. Now making very loud clattering. Took it in said needed all new lifters and cam, that they were pitted. I had done research on this and GM has trouble the their AFM systems. that most shops replace the engine and some shops just change the lifters and cam. We stated the if the lifters and cam were pitted that that pitted debris has got into the oil stream and contaminated the mains and inserts. They said there policy was to change just the cam an lifters. We are not happy. We are concerned that this engine will not last us as long as an engine that did nit have this problem. It is back at the dealers now. We're hoping we can get a new engine or an extended warranty on this engine or just buy it back. I love Suburbans. I love this Suburban but I'm afraid of the engine and being stranded somewhere because the engine has broken down."

Donna G., TX (2014 Chevrolet Suburban)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Malfunctioned and jammed making car inoperable"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 6.0-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Bad seal caused leaking transmission fluid, which is what caused the slipping. Reasonable time and cost to repair."

Thomas B., CO (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"rear window defogger"

Anonymous, OK (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"was towing a travel trailer well within the recommended weight limit. Was going up a hill and transmission overheated. Transmission temperature warning sounded just as the transmission broke. Lost 3rd gear. Was able to drive in 1st and 2nd gear to a repair shop. Took 2 days to replace transmission."

Anonymous, UT (2014 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

Display screen freezes up

"at random, the display freezes and then goes back to normal"

Tb N., NC (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"maps outdated from the very first day I picked up the vehicle from dealer. Didn't recognize streets 3 years old in Birmingham, Al. Keeps giving erroneous data on trips, GM solution is to say "They are aware of problem and working on it 15 months late"

Jack C., FL (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-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

Electronic or air suspension

"Compressor pump failure. Second unit to fail in about 3 years."

Peter W., PA (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Left rear shock needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2014 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Bottom part of door where the weather trim is is stained from a metal piece on the trim rusting"

Andy J., IL (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 5.3-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Both struts needed to be replaced on rear hatch. They would not keep the hatch open, and it would slowly close on you."

Thomas B., CO (2014 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

Rotors

"Had to have them "turned" once. The next time they will be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Chevrolet Suburban LT 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

"bought from dealer used, one owner-after a couple of week my husband goes to change the oil and it barley registered on the dip stick and what did register was black as coal. We should have checked the oil ourselves before we left the dealer but we thought the dealer would have done that before it leaving the dealership. So my husband changed the oil with full synthetic oil. The the clattering began. Off and on faint or loud. Took it into the dealer, he could not reproduce the clatter. Brought it home. Days later error code pops up P0304 I believe pointing the the AFM system 4 to 8 cylinder system. Now making very loud clattering. Took it in said needed all new lifters and cam, that they were pitted. I had done research on this and GM has trouble the their AFM systems. that most shops replace the engine and some shops just change the lifters and cam. We stated the if the lifters and cam were pitted that that pitted debris has got into the oil stream and contaminated the mains and inserts. They said there policy was to change just the cam an lifters. We are not happy. We are concerned that this engine will not last us as long as an engine that did nit have this problem. It is back at the dealers now. We're hoping we can get a new engine or an extended warranty on this engine or just buy it back. I love Suburbans. I love this Suburban but I'm afraid of the engine and being stranded somewhere because the engine has broken down."

Donna G., TX (2014 Chevrolet Suburban)

Engine Cooling

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

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Climate System

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

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.

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.

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