Chevrolet Suburban Interior
Test drivers say the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban's interior lacks the visual appeal of some more recently-redesigned rivals, but most agree that overall, the Suburban's interior is well-constructed. A couple reviewers mention that there are more hard plastics than they would like.
- "Suburban is class competitive in terms of interior materials. Hard plastic abounds, but fine texturing gives it an attractive, upscale appearance. Contrasting trim pieces improve the ambiance as well." -- Consumer Guide
- "Up front, the 2013 Suburban is conservative yet attractive, though base LS versions still have far too many plastic bits." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "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 (2013)
The Suburban comes with standard seating for eight, though an optional front-row bench seat boosts seating capacity to nine. Power-adjustable front seats are standard and leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats are optional. Test drivers say the Suburban's seats are spacious and comfortable in all three rows, though one reviewer says the middle position of the optional front bench seat isn't very comfortable.
- "Headroom and legroom are expansive. When equipped with the available 3-place front-bench seat, Suburban can seat 9 passengers. However, the cramped center position will likely be uncomfortable for many adults. Some testers complained that the rearview camera's ‘fisheye’ view distorts distances." -- Consumer Guide
- "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 (2013)
- "Combined with two other rows of 3-person benches, the Suburban can comfortably carry up to nine people." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "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 comes standard with a six-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, tri-zone climate control, a backup camera and rear parking sensors. Optional features include blind-zone alert, a power sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control and a nine- or 10-speaker Bose stereo system.
Reviewers note that the Suburban's interior is fairly simple-looking, but appreciate that this leads to climate and stereo controls that are easy to operate, as well as an easy-to-use touch-screen navigation system. Some reviewers say that the Suburban also features gauges that are clear and easy to read, but others write that the indistinct markings can make them hard to read at quick glance. One critic finds that the backup camera offers a distorted view, which makes it difficult to judge distances.
- "Gauges are large and well placed, but their markings are rather indistinct, which makes them tricky to read at a glance. The audio and climate controls are within easy reach. The available navigation system has a large, easy-to-use touchscreen." -- 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 (2013)
The Suburban offers 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 90 cubic feet with the third row removed and a maximum of 137.4 cubic feet with the third row removed and the second row folded. These figures are among the best in the class. Reviewers are impressed with how much cargo the Suburban can hold, but dislike that the third row doesn't easily fold flat as it does in many rivals.
- "Spacious behind the 3rd row, which is a good thing because the rearmost seat is not well designed. When folded, the backs rest well above the cargo floor. In order to form a flat space, the seats must be removed entirely, which is a lengthy and cumbersome process. If you won't use the 3rd row often, it might be best to take it out and store it in your garage on a full-time basis. 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
- "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. Yet when all the Suburban's seats are removed, however, the resulting 137 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is greater than both those rivals." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Cargo room is enormous, and even with the third-row seats up, there is over 45 cubic feet of space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
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