2013 Chevrolet Suburban Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban was new.
Reviewers find the Suburban’s interior to be a mixed bag. Some think it is attractive-looking, but others find that the interior has far too many hard plastic pieces, which they say cheapens the look. Even though one critic says the Suburban isn’t quite as appealing as some competitors, they note that it has a decent look and feel.
- "Suburban looks better than it feels, but that's not a major slight against it. Soft-touch surfaces are scarce, but the interior plastics have fine textures, which gives them an impressive substance." -- Consumer Guide
- "While the Chevy Suburban's interior isn't quite as handsome as some recent efforts by other manufacturers, it's still attractive enough and has a quality feel to it." -- Edmunds
- "Up front, the 2013 Suburban is conservative yet attractive, though base LS versions still have far too many plastic bits." -- Kelley Blue Book
Seating for eight comes standard in the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, but can be equipped to seat nine with a front bench seat. Cloth seats are standard with six-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather seats, heated front and rear seats and heated and cooled ventilated leather front seats are available on higher trims.
Reviewers say the Suburban offers plenty of head- and legroom up front. One test driver says it easily carries nine people in comfort. One test driver says that the middle front seat is a tight squeeze and should only be used for a short trip or emergency. A few auto writers disagree on the third-row space and comfort. One critic says the third row is difficult to get into and that the middle seat is uncomfortable, while another says there is plenty of room in the third row and that the space rivals the Ford Expedition EL.
- "Headroom and legroom are expansive. Suburban can seat up to 9 passengers, and part of that comes from a 3-place front-bench seat. Note, however, the cramped center position should only be used in case of an emergency." -- Consumer Guide (front seats)
- "Unfortunately, accessing the third row requires a bit of a climb (the Chevy Traverse and Ford Flex crossovers are much better in this regard) and its 50/50-split design means that the center passenger will be stuck straddling the division between the two halves." -- Edmunds
- "Combined with two other rows of 3-person benches, the Suburban can comfortably carry up to nine people." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Third-row legroom increases a huge 9.3 inches, making it habitable for adults, if not as generous as the Expedition EL's legroom." -- Cars.com (2012)
The Suburban’s standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo, USB port, satellite radio with a three-month trial, tri-zone manual climate control and Bluetooth. Optional features and features standard on higher trims include an upgraded Bose sound system, 7-inch touch-screen infotainment center, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a backup camera and blind zone alert.
Reviewers think the climate and audio functions are easy to use and logically placed. Auto writers say that even though the navigation system absorbs some audio functions, they don’t become complicated like in some rival systems. One critic says that the gauges and controls aren’t the most high-tech or glamorous, but are easy to read and use.
- "The audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The navigation system employs a large, easy-to-use touchscreen that absorbs, but doesn't complicate, audio functions." -- Consumer Guide
- "Gauges and controls, while lacking many of the latest gee-whiz features on the market, are easy to read and intuitive to operate." -- Edmunds
The Chevrolet Suburban can hold a total of 137.4 cubic feet of cargo, which is outstanding for the class. It can fit 90 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row and 45.8 cubic feet with all seats in use. A power liftgate is available on higher trims. Test drivers like the Suburban’s small-item storage space inside the cabin and the vast amount of cargo space behind the third row. Even though reviewers say there is a good amount of total space, they note that since the third-row seats have to be removed to maximize cargo space, it makes hauling large items difficult. One test driver says this is not a problem in the Ford Expedition, which comes with a folding third row.
- "Cabin storage is enhanced by a large center-console bin. Roomy pockets can be found on the front doors, but there aren't any in back." -- Consumer Guide
- "Cargo room is enormous, and even with the third-row seats up, there is over 45 cubic feet of space." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Another downside to the third-row seat is that it has to be removed entirely in order to make full use of the cavernous cargo hold. You don't have to worry about this herculean task in the Expedition EL or Toyota Sequoia, which feature fold-flat third rows." -- Edmunds