2016 Chevrolet Suburban

 
2016 Chevrolet Suburban
 
2016 Chevrolet Suburban
 

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

MSRP 
$50,895
Invoice 
$48,410
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 5.3L Flex Fuel V8, 355 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

Select options for 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

Est Target Price With Options

$50,895

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

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Additional Equipment
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(Not Available With (Vqy) Chrome Recovery Hooks Lpo.)
$109 $120
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(Not Available For Fleet Or Government Order Types Or (Sda) Black Recovery Hooks Lpo.)
$182 $200
Unselected $123 $135
Unselected with high-gloss Black, LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
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(Not Available With Any Lpo Wheels.)
$64 $70
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(Available With (G7u) Sable Metallic, (Gan) Silver Ice Metallic, (Gaz) Summit White, (Gba) Black, (Gwt) Champagne Silver Metallic And (Gxg) Tungsten Metallic Exterior Colors. Not Available With (S6n) Trailer Hitch Insert, Lpo)
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Unselected (Currently not available to order. Not available with (VXH) Chrome assist step kit, LPO or (VQK) Molded splash guards, LPO.) $501 $550
Unselected (Currently not available to order. Not available with (RVQ) Black assist step kit, LPO or (VQK) Molded splash guards, LPO.) $546 $600
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(Not Available With (Rwk) Lpo, Painted Body-Side Moldings.)
$268 $295
Unselected (dealer-installed)
(Available With (G7u) Sable Metallic, (Gaz) Summit White, (Gba) Black And (Gwt) Champagne Silver. Not Available With (Rwi) Chrome Body-Side Moldings, Lpo.)
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$250 $275
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Unselected (dealer installed)
(Requires One Of The Following Exterior Colors: (Gan) Silver Ice Metallic, (Gaz) Summit White, (Gba) Black, (G1w) Iridescent Pearl Tricoat Or (Gwx) Brownstone Metallic. Not Available With (Vqk) Molded Splash Guards, Lpo, (Vxh) Assist Step Kit, Chrome, Lpo Or (Rvq) Assist Step Kit, Black, Lpo.)
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(Not Available With (Rz9) Grille Insert, Lpo.)
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Unselected hanging tote (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Az3) Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat Or (Vkw) Front Console Organizer, Lpo.)
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$55 $60
Unselected storage bin (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Az3) Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat Or (S0p) Console Insert, Lpo.)
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$41 $45
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Axle
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Emissions
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Paint Scheme
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Preferred Equipment Group
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Radio
Selected AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for compatible phone. Has an articulating screen with hidden storage and includes 5 USB ports and 1 auxiliary jack (STD)
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Seat Type
Selected passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and Power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline (STD) (Includes (AYQ) frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger air bags and (D07) Front center console.
Upgradeable To (Az3) Front 4/20/40 Split-Bench Seat.)
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Unselected includes 6-way power driver and 2 way front passenger seat adjuster, driver and front passenger power lumbar control and power reclining, center fold-down armrest with storage, storage compartments in seat cushion (includes auxiliary power outlet), adjustable outboard head restraints and storage pockets
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($228) ($250)
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Suspension Pkg
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(Not Available With (Nht) Max Trailering Package.)
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(Included And Only Available With (Nht) Maximum Trailering Package.)
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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Not available with (AZ3) front 40/20/40 split-bench seat. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Automatic Occupant Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • Rear Park Assist with audible warning
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats lower anchors and top tethers located in all second row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System air pressure sensors in each tire with pressure display in Driver Information Center
    • Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and right-front passenger safety belt unfasten and turn signal on
  • Entertainment Features
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Radio, HD
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, single-slot CD/MP3 player
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8" diagonal color touch-screen AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for compatible phone. Has an articulating screen with hidden storage and includes 5 USB ports and 1 auxiliary jack (Includes 2 USB ports when (AZ3) Split-bench front seat is ordered. See "gmtotalconnect.com" for phone compatibility information.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) aluminum with high-polished finish
    • Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, full-size spare, 17" (43.2 cm) steel
    • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
    • Fascia, front body-color
    • Fascia, rear color-keyed
    • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted
    • Assist steps, Black
    • Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding and color keyed driver mirror includes spotter mirror
    • Glass, deep-tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Liftgate, rear manual
  • Interior Features
    • Cargo management system
    • Cargo net
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Lighting, interior with dome light, driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
    • Assist handles, all seats
    • Conversation mirror
    • Power outlet, 110-volt
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
    • Theft deterrent, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Windows, power, with Express-Down and Express-Up on front doors and lock out features
    • Remote vehicle start
    • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color 4.2" diagonal (Not available with (UV6) Head Up Display.)
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls includes Driver Information Center controls
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
    • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Console, floor with storage area, cup holders and auxiliary jack (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seat.)
    • Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
    • Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
    • Seat trim, cloth
    • Seats, front bucket with Premium Cloth passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and Power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline (Includes (AYQ) frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger air bags and (D07) Front center console. Upgradeable to (AZ3) front 4/20/40 split-bench seat.)
  • Mechanical Features
    • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
    • Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
    • Cooling, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
    • Battery, 720 cold cranking amps with 80 amp hour rating
    • Alternator, 150 amps
    • Trailering equipment includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
    • GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) (Requires 2WD model.)
    • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
    • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
    • Steering, power
    • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode
    • Engine, 5.3L V8 EcoTec3 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 100.3
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 63.6
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 31.6
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 49.3
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 34.92
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 121.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 76.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 39.3
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 720
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - L83
    • Engine Type - Gas/Ethanol V8
    • Displacement - 5.3L/- TBD -
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 355 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 383 @ 4100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 130.00
    • Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 224.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 80.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 74.4
    • Overhang, Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 35.43
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 7.91
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 7.91
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 31
    • Fuel Tank Location - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 42.80
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 64.80
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 60.80
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.10
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.70
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 65.10
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 60.30
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.50
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 34.50
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 62.60
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 49.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18 (2015)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16 (2015)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23 (2015)
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - - TBD -
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 43.0
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Suburban
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Body Code - E52
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Semi-Floating
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3500
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4400
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.08
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Spare Tire Order Code - RC4
    • Front Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Spare Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - N/A
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - N/A
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - N/A
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6300
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 945
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MYC
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Transfer Case Model - N/A
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Type - Liftgate
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 3500
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 4200
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 7300
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Chevrolet Suburban Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Black Brownstone Metallic Champagne Silver Metallic Sable Metallic Silver Ice Metallic Siren Red Tintcoat Slate Grey Metallic Summit White Tungsten Metallic
  • Black
  • Brownstone Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic
  • Sable Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Siren Red Tintcoat
  • Slate Grey Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Tungsten Metallic

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Introduction

The Chevy Suburban is the grandfather of all SUVs, about 80 years old. But it’s a pretty cool grand-dad, because today it can do almost any athletic or high-tech thing imaginable for a car.

It has equipment galore, a luxurious cabin with three rows of seats, and capabilities that put it somewhere between a Land Rover and a school bus. It rides on a wheelbase that’s 130 inches long, and measures 220 inches from bumper to bumper. In parking terms, that’s more than 18 feet.

The Chevrolet Suburban’s only equal is the extra-long Ford Expedition EL, which uses a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 making more power and torque than the Chevrolet V8, and with a higher tow rating of 9200 pounds, compared to the Suburban’s 8300.

Despite its name (which goes back to the 1930s), the Suburban is no crossover. The Suburban is related to the Chevy Silverado pickup. It uses the truck’s box frame and 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, using a 6-speed automatic transmission. Even pulling the Suburban’s weight of nearly three tons, the engine accelerates well for freeway on-ramps, mountain climbs, or two-lane passing. It may be big, but it can fly around small, slow cars. And it doesn’t even suck that much gas when it does.

Chevrolet has developed that small-block V8 to an impressive place of efficiency. It was redesigned for 2015; now called EcoTe3, it got a new aluminum block, new aluminum cylinder heads, new crankshaft, new pistons, higher compression ratio, and direct fuel injection. While using only four cylinders at cruising times (the switch between eight and four is never felt), the Suburban is EPA-rated at 16 city/23 highway/18 combined mpg with two-wheel drive; with 4WD it gets one less mpg city and highway, but the same 18 mpg combined (go figure, government math).

Safety features include a standard rearview camera and seven airbags, including a front center airbag. Safety options include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, front parking sensor, rear cross traffic alert, and forward crash warning by vibrating the driver’s seat. These things factor into the NHTSA test results, but still the Suburban only gets four stars overall.

Lineup

The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban comes in LS, LT and LTZ models, all with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and fold-flat second- and third-row seats. The Suburban LS is well equipped, with trailer sway control and traction control in addition to stability control, although with cloth upholstery (and available front bench seat). The Suburban LT gets upgrades like a Bose audio system and MyLink infotainment. The Suburban LTZ gets adds foglamps, HID headlamps, LED running lights, power folding second and third rows, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Four-wheel drive is a $3000 option.

Walkaround

The old Suburban was slab sided, and it showed. This latest Suburban is creased and pressed. The character line at the door handles especially gives the big SUV some dimension.

Interior

The Suburban is flexible, seating from seven to nine passengers with the optional front bench seat and second-row captain’s chairs. It’s hard to find fault with the interior, even with the standard cloth upholstery in the LS model.

It’s just about the quietest ride in the class, with minimal wind and road noise. The engine is only audible when the driver stomps on the gas pedal, which opens valves in the intake and/or exhaust system, sending a pleasant V8 baritone to the cabin.

The curved console of the upscale interior is like a counterpoint to the angular exterior. There’s an available eight-inch touchscreen with audio controls, and a head-up display with important data for the driver. If you want to stack on the features, there’s a Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system and as many as six USB ports and six power outlets.

Throughout the cabin there is useful space for little things, a bunch of cupholders, and a center console that can hold a tablet or notebook computer. The rear seat folds flat, and allows good headroom and legroom. The wayback third row is livable for adults on a very short trip but best for kids.

The third row also folds flat for cargo, with power operation available, and there’s an available cargo management system.

Driving Impressions

Given its giant wheelbase, its basketball-player height, and its scale-busting weight of nearly three tons, you can’t expect it to handle quick and stop fast. Mass will always have its say in dynamic situations. But GM chassis engineers have done a great job with the suspension, working with spring rates and anti-roll bars. It helps that weight distribution is close to 50/50, front/rear. We could say that it leans in turns and lacks overall agility; or we could say that, for a huge SUV, it doesn’t lean much in turns and is fairly agile. We will say that it recovers well during rapid transitions in switchback curves.

The electric power steering, a rack and pinion system, is a little numb yet effortless at any speed.

Like the Silverado, the Suburban uses leaf springs in the rear. The LTZ has optional Magnetic Ride Control, which uses magnetically charged fluid to change suspension damping and deliver a supple ride over rough roads, while improving control in turns.

The base ride is on the firm side, in order to achieve the good handling, but it’s still sweet enough that the truck’s occupants will only be bothered by the nasty bumps.

Braking is also strong, given the weight. The brake pedal feels firm and is easy to modulate, and the Suburban stops true. After a few hard stops there was no fade.

Summary

The seven-seat Suburban is smooth, quiet, comfortable, capable, powerful, efficient, handles and rides well, and can tow 8300 pounds. It’s also more than 18 feet long. Its only competition is the Ford Expedition EL.

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