Chevrolet Suburban Review
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban ranks 2 out of 8 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 60 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Suburban, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
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The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban offers a combination of outstanding towing capabilities, cavernous cargo space and the ability to haul up to nine people.
The 2013 Suburban comes in either regular (1500) or heavy-duty (2500) models. Both are equipped with a V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers say the regular Suburban is adequately powered and they like its transmission, which they say shifts gears smoothly. The heavy-duty Suburban 2500 has a more powerful V8, which helps with its 9,600-pound towing capacity, but hurts its fuel economy. The base engine with either rear- or four-wheel drive achieves good fuel economy for the class at an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway. Reviewers say the Suburban handles much like its rivals -- poorly. They say it has a large turning radius and marked body lean in turns. Test drivers agree that it has a comfortable ride, however.
The Chevrolet Suburban is the 2013 Best Full-Size SUV for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Reviewers have mixed opinions on the Suburban’s fit and finish. Some think it is attractive and well-built, while others say it has too many hard plastics, which detracts from its overall appeal. Critics find that the first- and second-row seats are comfortable, but the third row is most suitable for kids. Even though reviewers say the Suburban offers an excellent amount of cargo space, they complain about the tiresome chore of removing the third-row seats to maximize the cargo space. The base trim has features like a six-speaker stereo, USB port and Bluetooth. Some optional features include an upgraded Bose sound system, a backup camera and a rear-seat entertainment system. Reviewers say most interior controls are intuitive to use, even with the optional touch-screen navigation system.
- "Suburban excels for its refined drivetrain and surprising maneuverability. It's let down by a 3rd-row seat that's uncomfortable to sit on and very difficult to remove if you want to maximize your cargo space. Still, if you need the space and versatility such a large vehicle can provide, Suburban remains an excellent choice." -- Consumer Guide
- "Ultimately it comes down to honestly assessing whether you really need a big truck's passenger, cargo and towing capacities enough to cancel out the negatives -- mainly poor fuel economy and ponderous handling -- that come with driving such a traditional large SUV. If the answer is yes, the 2013 Chevy Suburban is definitely worthy of your consideration." -- Edmunds
- "The Suburban has long earned its stripes as an SUV that can carry lots of people and haul lots of stuff. The 2013 Chevy Suburban continues that mission while offering a rugged image and many creature comforts." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other SUVs to Consider
The Ford Expedition is a good alternative to the Suburban because of its spacious interior. Reviewers have more positive things to say about the Expedition’s third-row seats and also like that they fold flat when in need of additional storage space. They also say the Expedition handles well for its size.
If you’re seeking a versatile large SUV, the Toyota Sequoia is a smart choice because of its high reliability rating and powerful engine. Reviewers are impressed with the Sequoia’s smooth ride, and also appreciate its easy-folding rear seats. However, the Suburban edges both the Sequoia and Expedition in terms of fuel economy and maximum towing capacity.
Details: 2013 Chevrolet Suburban
The Chevrolet Suburban comes with standard seating for nine. It comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Higher trims add to the SUV’s features and upgrade some interior materials. A 5.3-liter V8 comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission on regular Suburban 1500 models. The heavy-duty Suburban 2500 has a 6.0-liter V8, the similar six-speed automatic and a larger towing capacity. The Suburban is largely unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008 to 2013.
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