Should You Buy a 2020 Chevy Suburban? Good and bad reviews

Many think the Chevy Suburban is the pinnacle of full-size SUVs. While other automakers have moved into this segment, the Suburban is still considered the king. Now that 2020 subs are coming out of two- and three-year leases, there are plenty of choices for low-mileage used models. But how good is the 2020 Suburban?

What Edmunds, JD Power and Consumer Reports say about the 2020 Suburban

2020 Chevy Suburban | GM

To determine if this is an SUV as good as its name, we checked the top sources of consumer reviews in 2020. That means Edmunds, Consumer Reports and JD Power. We compiled relevant comments, conclusions and assessments to see what the three advocacy groups had to say.


2020 Chevy Suburban
2020 Chevy Suburban | GM


The inconvenients

  • Maneuvering in tight spaces is tricky due to its large size
  • Difficult to load items due to high loading floor
  • Lazy throttle response makes the 5.3-liter V8 feel underpowered

What’s new

  • 6.2L Performance Package includes a 6.2L V8 and additional tech features
  • Minor feature availability revisions
  • Part of the 11th generation Suburban introduced for 2015

“Although capable and quiet, the Suburban is getting old. Its solid rear axle is the source of many areas in need of improvement, such as ride quality, interior space and cargo space. The new Expedition shows how Ford can do better in almost every way. Still, the Suburban is a solid and capable workhorse.

“While it’s tempting to go big or go home and opt for the top-spec Premier trim to unlock the beefy 6.2-liter V8, the extra costs involved don’t necessarily add up to the best value.” . We’d opt for the Suburban LT and spend a few thousand dollars more on the Luxury package, which adds desirable convenience and safety features. Get the affordable Max Trailering package if you plan on towing a lot.

J.D. Power

2020 Chevy Suburban
2020 Chevy Suburban | GM

Measurement of owner satisfaction with the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban after 90 days of ownership.

  • Easy access and deactivation of the third row seats
  • Capacity of the vehicle to carry everything you want
  • Overall fuel consumption and range of your vehicle/range and charging speed of your vehicle.

Issues faced by 2020 Chevrolet Suburban owners during the first 90 days of ownership.

  • How easy it is to safely maneuver your vehicle in and out of traffic and tight parking spaces
  • Engine power/engine of your vehicle
  • How well does the interior of a vehicle stay at the desired temperature

JD Power says:

“Choose from three trim levels: LS LT and the top-of-the-line Premier. All are available with two or four-wheel drive. With three rows of seats, you can transport your child’s team. Or fold the second and third row seats flat and you can carry all their gear. A programmable hands-free power tailgate makes loading and unloading easy.

“The Suburban offers a maximum towing capacity of up to 8,300 pounds. Inside, you’ll find the tech you need to keep everyone entertained. An available 4G LTE Wi-Fi4 hotspot connects up to seven devices. And the available rear Blu-ray entertainment system keeps the rear crew busy.

consumer reports

2020 Chevy Suburban

2020 Chevy Suburban | GM

“The Suburban is a huge, old-school, truck-based SUV, the ultimate family trucker for large families who live beyond the suburbs. What sets it apart from other SUVs is that it offers three rows of seating – to carry up to seven, eight, or even nine people – while maintaining generous cargo space, as well as substantial towing capacity. . Add a luxurious, quiet interior and the added traction of four-wheel drive and you have a vehicle with unique capabilities.

Based on the chassis of the previous generation Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup, the Suburban – and its GMC Yukon XL twin – is one of the last SUVs with true truck capability in a world where almost all other SUVs have adopted a unitary car-like body. structures. Despite the Suburban’s major updates for 2015, it still offers a relatively truck-like driving experience and fuel economy compared to car-based SUVs that have better handling.

Consumer Reports high points:

Accommodates seven people and still has room for their luggage

Very quiet inside

The Premier version handles well for a vehicle of this size

Well-finished interior with comfortable seats

Easy-to-use infotainment system

16 mpg isn’t bad, considering the Suburban’s size

Good for towing

Low CR:

Giant dimensions make it difficult to maneuver and park

fuel economy

Feels a bit undernourished

Extremely high reach to load the cargo area

It’s really only at its best if you get the Premier version

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