Suburban is one of the oldest names in the auto biz, having been attached to production vehicles since before World War II. Thanks to the popularity of SUVs and crossover vehicles, this full-size utility won't disappear any time soon.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is largely carried over from last year, gaining LED daytime running lights for the LS and LT trim levels, and adding the Rally Sport Truck (RST) appearance package as an option on LT and Premier trims.
RST-trimmed trucks get 22-inch wheels, blacked-out badging and grille, mirror caps, mouldings and roof rails and body-colour door handles and headlight accents.
Notably, the Surburban RST is not offered with the sport package that can be optioned into the smaller Tahoe RST, so no 420-hp, 10-speed Suburban for you.
Instead, this big vehicle carried forward a 5.3L V8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and comes connected to a six-speed automatic and your choice of rear- or four-wheel drive.
Chevrolet offers the Suburban with seven, eight or nine seats, the nine-seater being one of the only vehicles still available with a three-place front bench seat. The Tahoe reference above is no accident: that model is a shorter version of the Suburban. If you want big legroom and usable cargo space when all three rows of seats are occupied, this is the version to go for.
The Yukon is technically a competitor, along with the Ford Expedition XL. For the money, the Suburban offers a lot more space and luxury features for the money than, say, a Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class or an Audi Q7. Still, if image is what you're after, one of those German models might be more your speed, along with Britain's Land Rover Range Rover.
The Suburban lineup starts in LS trim, which comes with a locking rear differential, rear park assist, OnStar guidance plan, heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, six-speaker MyLink infotainment stereo, 110-volt power outlet, automatic climate control, front bucket seats (a three-place bench is an option), leather-trimmed steering wheel, tilt steering, cruise control, keyless entry and a backup camera.
LT models add forward collision alert, automatic high-beam headlights, power tailgate, nine-speaker stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, tilt-and-telescopic steering, lane keep assist and power-adjustable pedals.
Premier trim brings passive keyless entry with push-button start, magnetic ride control suspension, front park assist, power-folding side mirrors, 20-inch wheels, HID headlights, programmable-height power tailgate, 10-speaker stereo, navigation, power-release second-row bucket seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering and side blind zone alert with lane change alert and rear cross traffic alert.
Fuel consumption estimates are 15.1/10.4 L/100 km (city/highway) in 2WD models, and 15.3/10.9 L/100 km with 4WD.
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