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in 2012 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $29,777 - $45,594
Original MSRP: $42,220 - $58,115
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 Chevrolet Suburban Interior

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With adult-sized seating in the front two rows and more standard features than competitors, critics say the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban has an interior that makes it easy to haul a group in comfort and a little style. They also say its navigation system is easy to use, which isn’t always the case in this class.

  • "In fact, with an overall length of well over eighteen feet and an interior capacity of nearly 138 cubic feet, the Suburban can carry more people -- a maximum of nine -- and more cargo than any other sport-utility for sale in America.” -- Automobile Magazine
  • "High marks for Suburban's upscale, contemporary cabin ambiance. Assembly quality of models tested shows strong attention to detail. While soft-touch surfaces are scarce, the dashboard plastics are well textured, lending impressive substance to the cabin.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though it may not be as stylish as some of Chevy's more recent models, the Suburban's passenger cabin is still handsome and well made.” -- Edmunds

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Seating

The base 2012 Chevrolet Suburban LS offers standard seating for eight, though it can be equipped to seat nine by exchanging the standard front- and second-row bucket seats for bench seats. Base Suburban LS models have power-adjustable front seats and cloth upholstery. Leather-appointed seating surfaces are standard on both LT and LTZ trims. The LTZ trim replaces the middle-row bench seat with bucket seats.

Test drivers say that the front two rows of the Suburban are just as roomy as its competitors’, but like GM’s other large SUVs, they say the third row isn’t very comfortable for adults.

  • "The driver's seat offers a good view over the low dash, perhaps the best visibility in truck-dom. The seats are designed for American comfort rather than European firmness, and can be ordered with heat and cooling.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Space in the third row is also no better than in Chevy's Traverse or the Ford Flex, which are both easier to climb into.” -- Edmunds
  • "The 3rd row is best left to children; low-to-floor cushion forces knees-up discomfort for anyone else. High step-in complicates entry and exit.” -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban comes with a wide variety of standard features depending on which model and trim style you choose. The most basic trim, the LS, comes fairly well-equipped, with standard features that include rear-seat audio controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and cruise control. Top-of-the-line LTZ models come with a high price tag but lots of luxury-level standard features, like a navigation system, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera and a power liftgate. Reviewers say the Suburban’s interior layout and materials quality are very good.

  • "The gauges are large, but some testers find their markings too indistinct for best legibility. Most controls are logically placed and operate with precision. The navigation system has a large, easy-to-use touchscreen. It absorbs audio functions but doesn't complicate them.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Analog instruments are more responsive than in any other (non-GM) big SUV, clearly labeled and nicely lit, as easily read at night as in daylight.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Interior appointments are decent but lack the quality and cohesiveness of Chevy's recent efforts like the Cruze and the Equinox.” -- Automobile Magazine

Cargo

When the third-row seats are removed and the second-row seats are folded down, the 2012 Suburban has 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a lot for the class. With the third row removed and the second row in use, the Suburban can hold 90 cubic feet of stuff, and when the third-row seats are in place, there is 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The Suburban has one of the highest cargo-carrying capacities in its class. However, to get the maximum amount of space, you have to remove the third-row seats, and reviewers say those seats are awkward and heavy. In fact, they complain about these seats in every large SUV General Motors makes, including the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade, in addition to the Suburban. Nearly every other non-GM large SUV, like the Nissan Armada and the Toyota Sequoia, has third-row seats that can be folded flat into the floor.

  • "Smart storage space abounds. The huge console has deep storage and a tray on top. 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 to the left of the turn signal, perfect for coins or tickets.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Third-row seats unlatch easily, but are heavy and cumbersome to remove. Once removed, space is cavernous.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Making use of all this space can be a hassle, however, as the heavy 50/50-split third-row seats must be removed, an outdated process that's both strenuous and awkward.” -- Edmunds

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