Opulent new interior; great passenger space; impressive ride and handling; good highway fuel economy; intuitive and user-friendly MyLink infotainment system
Third-row seats fold flat but not flush to the floor; upper-level models can be expensive for the average family; tow ratings not as good as the Ford Expedition EL or Nissan Armada
Despite major updates last year, the Suburban makes a few important changes for 2016. This includes a newly available reconfigurable gauge cluster, a heads-up display and a new lane-keep assist feature. The SUV adds some new colors and loses its standard CD player.
The best value for your money is the LT trim. It costs about $5,000 more than the base LS, but it has more features, plus a doorway to a more robust option list. The LTZ's magnetic ride control feature is its only real advantage over the LT, but we think most people will find that the LT's standard suspension works fine. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale
The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban comes in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ.
The Suburban LS ($50,900 for 2-wheel drive (2WD) and $53,900 for 4WD) includes a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a trailer hitch and 7-wire harness, rear park assist, OnStar, a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with HD and SiriusXM radio, side assist steps, heated outside mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear-vision camera, a remote starter, Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt outlet, front bucket seats that can be substituted for a 40/20/40-split bench seat at no extra cost, a 10-way power driver's seat, a power passenger seat with power lumbar and recline, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, a tilt steering wheel, 2-year/24,000-mile free scheduled maintenance, a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Suburban LT ($55,300 for 2WD and $58,300 for 4WD) adds forward-collision alert, a power rear liftgate, MyLink infotainment with an 8-in color touchscreen and five USB ports, Bose premium audio with nine speakers, leather seating, heated front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, lane-keep assist and power adjustable pedals with memory for the driver's seat and pedal placement.
The Suburban LTZ ($65,500 for 2WD and $68,500 for 4WD) adds magnetic ride control, keyless entry and access with push-button starting, front and rear park assist, power-folding outside mirrors with memory function, 20-in polished aluminum wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, a Bose Centerpoint surround sound 10-speaker audio system, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, power-release second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, a power tilt-telescopic and heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert and side blind spot monitoring with lane-change alert.
Option packages for the LS include the Driver Alert package (forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, a safety-alert seat warning system and power adjustable pedals), the Max Trailer package (a 3.42 rear axle, a rear air leveler and trailer brake control, and on 4WD models, a 2-speed active transfer case), 20-in wheels and a dealer-installed rear-seat entertainment system.
The LT can be equipped with many of the LTZ's standard equipment when ordered with the Luxury package (blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry and push-button starting, a power-folding third-row seat, power-folding outside mirrors, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel and a power tilt-telescopic steering column). The Sun, Entertainment and Destination package adds a power glass moonroof, a navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. These items can also be ordered individually. The LTZ offers only a few options, including a power glass moonroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power retractable side steps and adaptive cruise control.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 visits|
2015 Nissan Armada -- The Armada costs significantly less than the Suburban and can tow more weight behind it, but its mileage is nowhere near as good, nor is its cargo space behind the third-row seat.
2016 GMC Yukon XL -- The Suburban's slightly upscale twin, the Yukon XL provides the same dimensions with the option of a larger, more powerful 6.2-liter V8 on the Denali trim.
2016 Ford Expedition EL -- Ford's full-size SUV is every bit the Suburban's equal when it comes to interior space, and its third-row seats fold flush into the floor. The Expedition also has a more powerful twin turbocharged V6 engine and is tow-rated at 9,200 pounds.
Used Cadillac Escalade -- If you like the Suburban's size and might but want more luxury, you may want to consider its upscale Escalade mechanical twin. It offers more equipment, bolder styling and a stronger brand name. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to consider a used model.