2008 Chevrolet Suburban Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban was new.
With adult-sized seating in the front two rows and comfort all around, the Suburban's interior is one of the nicest in the class. Forbes says, "Four or five full-grown adults can enjoy reasonable comfort with generous leg- and headroom. There's space for a couple of kids in the standard third row."
The Chevrolet Suburban offers standard seven-passenger seating, with an option for up to nine seats on some models - which, according to Edmunds, is "a total surpassed only by full-size vans." Most reviewers are impressed with the Suburban's amount of leg room, especially for those in the front of the car. Moreover, reviewers note that there may be less competition for shotgun in the new Suburbans. "It's not roughing it back there either," writes About.com of the second row. "There are cup holders, arm rests and storage pockets galore."
Reviewers disagreed about whether the third row of seats was suitable for adults. A tester for About.com says, "At 6'2", I was able to climb back into the third row unassisted, sit comfortably, and exit without permanent physical deformity." But, Autobytel counters that "the third row seat is not comfortable for adults, about on par with a typical minivan" and the finds the third row seats "short of legroom for long trips."
A few reviewers also noted the lack of a headrest in the second-row middle seat which About.com: Autos says "removing Suburban's third row of seats is still a pain. They don't fold into the floor like many competitor's seats, they still lift out and leave an exposed seat track in the cargo floor." The calls the seats "a real chore to wrestle back into place."points out is "a potential safety hazard." Reviewers universally disliked the system for removing the third seat. The reviewer for
Some reviewers, including those at New Car Test Drive, were upset that the second row of seats does not fold flat to the floor. "This just does not seem right to us. GM says its customers don't care enough to justify the expense. We care, and would much prefer the seats fold perfectly flat; it's a feature we loved on older Suburbans."
The Chevrolet Suburban comes with a wide variety of standard features depending on which model and trim style you choose. The most basic trim style, LS, comes with an OnStar navigation system and cruise control but to get true luxury features, such as the power rear door and heated windshield wipers, buyers need to go the high-end LTZ. Thedid not like that the "option list was longer than standard feature list." Most reviewers, however, were impressed with the design and usability of the instruments and features.
The Autobytel concurs partially saying, "The triple-zone automatic climate system is effective on the hottest of days. Buttons for temperature, fan speed, and mode are large, but other functions are controlled by tiny little buttons that require precise action to engage."finds "the layout and design of the radio and climate control is simple and clean. Large knobs have a quality feel that was missing in previous models."
Many reviewers praised the readability of the gauges. Motor Trend says "the Suburban's more organic look is set off with legible white-on-black instruments, which are less prone to bright-sun glareouts, and a richer combination of faux wood and real leather (as part of the LT3 kit)."
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2008 Chevrolet Suburban's base model comes with a single-disc CD player and eight-speaker sound system. All trims have XM satellite radio standard, including three trial months of service. Higher trim models come with standard or optional six-disc CD player and Bose speakers. Higher trim levels also have an option for a DVD player or full entertainment package with overhead DVD display, headphones and a remote game plug-in. AutoWeek says "We suspect the clamor to ride shotgun will disappear as quickly as a disc vanishes into the DVD player" and Autobytel raves "Technophobes will love the Suburban's DVD player and wireless headphones, which are no-brainers to operate."
A DVD-based navigation system is available as an option for the higher trim levels. "Navigation is simple to program, but the small touch screen is frustrating. It doesn't react fast enough, and requires too much pressure and too much exactness, resulting in lots of repeated action," reports Autobytel.
New Car Test Drive finds the rearview camera, an add-on for some trim levels and standard on the higher-end, well worth the money. "The rearview camera and monitor that's available is an excellent one, because the focus is good and the backup lights are bright. These cameras make turning around in tight areas much easier and make parallel parking both easier and quicker. They can help the driver spot a child behind the vehicle when backing up, which can literally be a lifesaver. The rearview camera also comes in handy when positioning the Suburban to hook up a trailer; without it, the driver needs a skilled spotter or ends up jumping in and out of the vehicle a bunch of times to properly position it or, worse, backs into the trailer tongue and dents the rear bumper."
Reviewers all agree that cargo space is plentiful in the 2008 Chevrolet Suburban. When the third row of seats are removed and second row folded down, the Suburban has 137.4 cubic feet of carrying space A reviewer at AutoWeek says, "With a vehicle as spacious as the Chevrolet Suburban in the fleet, we've moved more stuff in the first three months of its tenure than we had the previous year. Dorm rooms full of stuff. Weeklong camping trips worth of stuff. Even enough to outfit a family for an entire summer."
Reviewers like how the space is organized. "Smart storage space abounds," says New Car Test Drive. "The huge console has deep storage box and a tray on top. The glovebox is 25 percent larger than on pre-2007 models. There are two cup holders in a removable tray forward of the console, and one in each wide door pocket. There's a slot in the dash just left of the turn signal, perfect for coins or tickets." One gripe from a reviewer was that "there are no grocery bag hooks anywhere in the truck."