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Used Car: 2010 Chevrolet Suburban Review

Review Last Updated: 7/11/12

The 2010 Chevrolet Suburban is a capable tow vehicle and surprisingly comfortable family hauler, but unless you actually need to tow a heavy trailer, you might find a minivan or large crossover SUV more comfortable and practical.

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Reviewers praised the 2010 Suburban for its spacious interior, which offers room for up to nine and all of their cargo. The Suburban also drew high marks from critics for its interior quality. Its reliability, on the other hand, is on the lower end of the spectrum, which means the 2010 Suburban may cost you more to repair than some competitors.

The Suburban hasn’t changed much since it was redesigned in 2007, so you might be able to save some money by shopping for an older model. Buyers can choose from the half-ton Suburban 1500, which is capable of towing up to 8,100 pounds, or the heavy-duty Suburban 2500, which can tow up to 9,600 pounds. Both models are available with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 that gets 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The 2010 Chevrolet Suburban can seat a maximum of nine when equipped with a front bench seat. Reviewers said that the seats are comfortable, but they disliked that the third-row seats must be removed in order to expand cargo capacity. Many competing 2010 affordable large SUVs have third rows that simply fold flat into the floor. However, with the middle row folded and the rear row removed, the Suburban has a class-leading 137.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Features like tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth and rear audio controls were part of an option package introduced for 2010. A standard USB port was also new for 2010. GM’s OnStar telematics system, as well as power windows, door locks and mirrors come standard on all models. Leather seating is standard on LT and LTZ trims.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you are looking for a large family vehicle, but don’t need the Suburban’s towing capability, be sure to check out the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. It gets better fuel economy than the Suburban, and reviewers said that the Traverse drives well for a crossover that can seat up to eight. If you want features like a rearview camera or a navigation system, look for 2LT and higher trims. Though it’s not quite as spacious, the Traverse still offers a generous 116.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

Another capable alternative to the 2010 Chevrolet Suburban is the 2010 Toyota Sequoia. When it was new, reviewers said it was one of the best affordable large SUVs on the market, with comfortable seating for up to eight. Reviewers were also impressed with the power from the Sequoia’s available 5.7-liter V8, but its fuel economy ratings are a bit lower, at 14/19 mpg city/highway. The 2010 Sequoia has a higher reliability rating than the Suburban, which means it might cost you less in repair bills.

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