While crossovers can do many things, there are some things they cannot do – like carrying up to nine passengers or towing more than 8,000 pounds. For such work, you need a full-size SUV with a large engine. The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is one of those SUVs.
The Chevy Suburban has been around for a long time. The current model represents the 11th generation, but it’s still one of the favorite full-size SUVs to transport people, towing or both. Thanks to its long list of optional packages, you can configure the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban with many modern features such as ventilated front seats, adaptive suspension, and even the latest safety features.
- 6.2L Performance package includes a 6.2-liter V8 plus extra technology features
- Minor revisions to feature availability
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV with seating for up to nine passengers. It is offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier.
The Suburban LS starts at $50,800 and come standard with cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a household-style power outlet, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Teen Driver system, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package costs $695 and adds forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, a safety alert driver’s seat, and power-adjustable pedals. You can also replace the standard front bucket seats with a three-person bench seat for a $250 price reduction.
The Suburban LT retails for $55,800. It include the Enhanced Driver Alert Package contents plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, driver’s seat memory settings, a nine-speaker Bose premium stereo, a universal garage door opener, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package cost $3,530. It comes with navigation, a sunroof, and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system. For $2,860, you can get the Luxury package, which adds proximity keyless entry, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a heated, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory function.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban Premier starts from $65,500 and adds 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, an electronic-adjustable suspension, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging, and all the Luxury package content. For this trim, the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package costs $3,035, and it adds a sunroof and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system with a third-row screen.
The Suburban Premier with a 6.2-liter V8 engine starts at $70,925. A Performance package costs $5,390 and adds an 8-inch driver information display, a head-up display, and a third-row entertainment screen. Selecting the Premier Plus Edition dresses the Suburban to the nines and includes the 6.2-liter V8.
Suburban Appearance Packages:
- RST Edition (prices start at $2,705): 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels; black emblems and badging; a black sport grille; body-color door handles and headlight accents; black outside mirror caps, beltline moldings and roof rails
- Texas Edition (prices start at $3,110): a Texas emblem, black roof-rack rails, and features from the Luxury package
- LT Midnight Edition (prices start at $1,835): 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, black emblems, and black roof-rack rails
- Premier Plus Edition (prices start at $11,675): 22-inch chrome-painted wheels, power-retractable assist steps, black roof-rack rails, and a polished exhaust
Suburban Performance Packages/Options:
- Max Trailering package (prices start at $300; available in LS, LT, and Premier): a 3.42 axle ratio, a trailer brake controller, and an air-leveling suspension
- Performance Air Intake System (prices start at $675; available in LS, LT, and Premier)
- Front Performance Brake Kit (prices start at $2,895; available in LS, LT, and Premier): red Brembo calipers and larger Duralife rotors
Overall, the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is well built. The cabin design and high-quality materials evoke an impression of modernity and luxury, even to the level of that of premium luxury vehicles. The cabin is serenely quiet thanks to the triple-perimeter door seals and more than ample to housing up to nine people. The seating position and the layout of the controls are ergonomic, functions are easy to understand, and the cockpit design is easy to get accustomed to. The seats are also really comfortable with well-cushioned and expertly contoured support provided. Comfort levels are high in the Suburban, with tri-zone automatic climate control fitted across the range and the cabin boasting eleven charging locations, as well as built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to seven devices.
The LS’s premium cloth upholstered seats and in-cabin finishes can be optioned in either Jet Black or Cocoa/Dune at no cost. Leather-appointed seats are standard in the LT and can be hued in either Jet Black, Jet Black/Dark Ash, or Cocoa/Dune. The Premier is adorned with perforated-leather upholstery optional in either Jet Black, Cocoa/Dune, Jet Black/Mahogany, or for $295, Cocoa/Mahogany. All trims come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and first- and second-row carpeted floor mats as standard. The various appearance packages offer a few other thematic interior compositions.
As standard, the LS and LT seat eight occupants; the Premier is best for seven. The LS can seat up to nine with the front split-bench seat optioned in, while the LT can be optioned with front and second-row bucket seats to seat seven. This is standard in the Premier, with the option to a three-seater second-row bench to seat a total of eight occupants.
The front seats are comfortable, spacious, and supportive, with plenty of adjustability; the second-row seats are comfortable too but are limited in adjustability to their seat-folding functionality. The third-row seats are firm and thin, but head and legroom from front to back are ample, even for adults in the third-row. The high-level of adjustability allows for easy positioning of the driver’s seat and controls; the seats are high-set for a commanding view of the road, which also, along with the standard running boards, make ingress and egress as easy as can be.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers a massive 39.3 cubic feet of room behind the third-row of seats – enough room for just about every one of the nine people vacation luggage. The third-row seats fold flat in a 60/40 split and are power-operated in the Premier; the second-row seats fold down completely flat too, in either a 50/50 or 40/20/40 split, opening up a grand total of 121.7 cubic feet of space with all seats stowed away and 76.7 in the two-row setup.
There’s a vast array of in-cabin storage options in the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban; all four doors comprise wide pockets with bottle holder slots, a smaller secondary pocket, and a small items tray. In the front of the cabin, there is a large center armrest console, a small items storage tray, two large cupholders, and a large passenger-side glovebox. There is a seatback map pocket on both front seats and two cupholders in the third-row seating space.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is 18 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,586 to 6,021 pounds.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban standard powertrain is a fine, very well-proven 5.3-liter V8 producing 355-horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and features direct fuel injection and Active Cylinder Management. It’s not a fuel-economy leader but delivers efficiency that is at least reasonable, considering the Suburban muscular capabilities. The smooth 6-speed automatic does a good job of keeping the engine in the best part of its power range. Rear-wheel drive is standard in all of these models and 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available as an option. Maximum towing capacity with 2-wheel drive (2WD) is 6,300 pounds, but the Max Trailering package pushes that figure to a healthy 8,300 pounds.
Opt for the Premier Plus Edition or RST Edition Performance Package and you’ll get a 6.2-liter V8 good for 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, a sport-tuned suspension plus an increase in towing to 8,100 pounds.
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (2WD), 14/21 mpg (4WD)
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg (2WD), 14/20 mpg (4WD)