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2016 Chevrolet Suburban Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Completely redesigned last year
  • Added boxy exterior styling and an upgraded cabin
  • Fold-flat second- and third-row seating for added storage
The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV with plenty of room for passengers and cargo alike.

GM completely redesigned its trio of full-size SUVs last year, including the Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon to go along with the Suburban. The Suburban certainly has the most history of the bunch; this is the 12th generation of the utilitarian people mover, and has now been sold for 80 years in the United States.

For 2016, there are more updates. An 8-inch touchscreen is now standard, the available MyLink multimedia system adds Apple CarPlay for use with iPhones, and a head up display is now offered on LTZ models.

The biggest difference between the Tahoe and Suburban is overall size, with the longer Suburban offering more interior room for passengers and more cargo space as well. The new Suburban’s styling is boxier and less rounded than the previous version, with high side walls that are more vertical and don’t round off at the top, giving the large SUV an imposing stance to match its impressive size. Heated side mirrors and 18-inch wheels are standard, with larger wheels, a power liftgate, and fog lamps optional.

Under the hood, the Suburban gets one of GM’s new EcoTec3 engines, a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that features direct injection and cylinder deactivation, which improves fuel economy. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel drive Suburbans can tow up to 8,300 pounds, while four-wheel drive models top out at 8,000 pounds. Electric power steering has also finally made it to the Suburban, which further increases efficiency.

Inside, the Suburban can be configured to seat up to nine passengers across three bench rows, but the most common configurations are for seven or eight passengers. The redesign changed the inside dramatically, adding more upscale materials, and a new dash/center console layout that is unique to the SUVs (no more shared parts with the Silverado pickup truck). Cargo room tops out at 121.1 cubic feet with the second- and third-rows folded down (power folding is available as an option). The Suburban is offered in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. Standard interior features include HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry along with remote vehicle start. Also available are MyLink connectivity, up to six USB ports to charge devices, push-button start, and a Blu-ray rear entertainment system with two screens.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and thankfully a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, almost a must on a vehicle of this size. Much like the interior, available safety technology has taken a leap as well with forward collision alerts, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alerts, and adaptive cruise control all optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 - 16 MPG
  • Highway: 22 - 23 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

14 of 16 (87%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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