2020 Chevrolet Suburban Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is wrapping up its 11th generation.  That’s right – 11!

And, any given vehicle generation-cycle lasts around 6-years.  So quick math tells you that the Suburban has been around for 66-ish years – right?  Wrong.

Because the first Chevrolet made with the Suburban name was in 1935!  So, that’s 85-years and counting!  In fact, Chevy’s Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history.

And not only is Suburban rich with history but it’s just a big fun vehicle to both drive and ride-in.  From families to heads-of-state to group prom dates Suburban has hauled them all for years.

Arguably Suburban is the original 3-row SUV.  And that definitely holds true for 2020 because it seats up to 9!

2020 Chevy Suburban Top-3:

  1. Versatility
  2. Drive/ride
  3. Interior space

So, when my pal Lewis Cook at Martin Chevrolet told me he had an extra I could test drive for this review I jumped at the chance.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban driver profile

224.4″ length x 74.4″ height

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Oversized SUV

Outside of a customized vehicle or a multi-passenger van, the Chevrolet Suburban is one of the biggest passenger vehicles on the road.

And while Chevrolet has been steadily growing its crossover SUV lineup, Suburban continues to sit atop of the heap in size.

2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Suburban – oversized
  • Tahoe – full-size
  • Traverse – midsize/full-size
  • Blazer – midsize
  • Equinox – compact/midsize
  • Trailblazer – compact/subcompact (2021)
  • Trax – subcompact

Throughout Chevy Suburban’s storied history it’s always been a big vehicle designed to haul lots of people and or stuff.  And this American icon stays true to its roots being assembled in Arlington, Texas.

Trim Configurations And Prices

Chevrolet offers Suburban in many variations.  Here are starting manufacturers suggested retailing prices along with their corresponding trim designations.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Trims & MSRPs:

  • LS $52,995
  • LT $57,795
  • Premier $66,795

While the above doesn’t indicate ‘many variations’ there’s much more.  Because, in addition to those trim options are Special Editions you can select.  For example, there’s the Premier Plus Edition, the Signature Edition, and the Midnight Edition.  And you can go with two different RST Editions as well as two different Z71 Editions.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban badge

Lots of Special Edition options

Plus, with Suburban being an SUV you have the option of 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.  BTW – if you go with 2WD it’s rear-wheel drive!  (Which will always be my preference.)

Engines, Transmissions & MPG

Depending on the trim you go with the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban comes with two different powerful engines.  While both of them are V8s, but one is a 5.3-liter and the other is a 6.2-liter.

2020 Chevy Suburban Engine options:

  • 5.3L V8 w/ 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L V8 w/ 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque

2020 Chevy Suburban engine

Two powerful V8-engines available

And the two optional V8 engines are matched with a specific transmission.  So, the 5.3-liter engine is matched with a 6-speed automatic.  While the 6.liter is matched with a 10-speed automatic.

What is Suburban's towing capacity?

The 2020 Chevy Suburban can tow up to 8,300 lbs!

For a vehicle the size of Suburban, it posts impressive fuel economy numbers in any configuration.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban wheel

On the low-end, during city driving, it’s rated for 14 mpg.   Conversely, on the highway, it’s rated for up to 23 mpg.

* A big asterisk to note is that these are fuel economy ratings.  And they certainly do not factor towing or hauling people and or stuff.

What is Suburban's curb weight?

Between 5,586 and 6,021 lbs.

2020 Chevy Suburban Look Like Exterior

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban looks like a large Tahoe or an extra-large Traverse.  It looks athletic, big, and highly capable.

2020 Chevy Suburban passenger front

Includes total road ownership ;0)

Driving the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

I have to say that Suburban didn’t feel as big as it is when I was driving it.  Sure, it felt big and gave a feeling of total road ownership.  But I personally didn’t have any trouble maneuvering it.

And one element that really struck me about driving it was how smooth it was.  I mean with its 130-inch wheelbase and 224.4″ overall length I just didn’t feel anything jarring at all.

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase: 130
  • Overall
    • Length: 224.4
    • Height. 74.4
  • Track:
    • Front: 68.7
    • Rear 68.7

Going off-road may very well present a different experience but I loved driving the Suburban.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban passenger rear2

Ground clearance ~7.9-inches

And with an estimated 7.9″ of ground clearance, you’re ready for anything typical roads going to present you with.  And that’s in pretty much any condition or season.

Inside The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

In a word, the inside of Suburban is cavernous – truly.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 2nd row and front seats w. dash

Giant center console

There’s a reason Suburban has been used for hauling dignitaries and families alike for… ever.  Because it’s interior has been designed to do so from the very beginning and it’s done a phenomenal job of just that since inception.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom: 42.8/39.1/38.5
  • Shoulder room: 45.3/39.7/34.5
  • Hip room: 60.8/60.3/49.3
2020 Chevrolet Suburban 2nd row backseat

2nd-row bench or captains chairs available

And if Suburban isn’t the original 3-row utility vehicle then it’s definitely the most notable.  Because it has a Hollywood film career to prove it.

Easy 3rd-row access

Easy access to the comfortable 3rd-row

Fun fact: Chevrolet Suburban has appeared in Hollywood films for the past 67-years.  Consequently.  in December of 2019, it was the first vehicle ever to receive an Award of Excellence star.  Yep, Suburban has a star on the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard!
cargo area with seats partially down

Up to 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space

And the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers a monstrous amount of cargo space.  With both rows of backseats folded down, you are granted nearly 122 cu-ft of cargo space.

Hidden Compartments

Suburban also offers a couple of my favorite ‘Chevrolet’ signature features.  That’s very-smart hidden compartments.

cargo sub.floor storage

Cargo floor hidden compartment

First, there’s the ridiculously huge compartment in the floor of the cargo area.  As you can see above, it’s subdivided which makes it even more useful.

But the second one is my favorite…

2020 Chevrolet Suburban hidden dash compartment

Hidden compartment behind navi screen

Because in the dash, behind the infotainment screen is where the other hidden compartment resides.  And as you will notice in the picture above this one even has a USB port!

Infotainment Technology

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and Blu-ray DVD system are all available to keep you and your crew entertained.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban cockpit

8-inch HD touchscreen

Suburban has you covered with up to 7 USB ports.  And up to an additional 6 charging ports for a total of up to 13 charging locations… which seems excessive but it’s a really big vehicle.

Also, parents can rest a little easier knowing that Chevy’s Teen Driver system is standard.  It allows moms and dads to set controls and monitor your kid’s driving performance. :0)

Driver Assistance & Safety Tech

One of the things I really like about Suburban is that it offers Chevy’s Safety Alert Seat.  So here’s how it works.  Instead of annoying beeps when say, you’re backing up and getting close to something, your driver’s seat rumbles.  It’s an elegant and effective solution that I’d love to see (or feel) on more vehicles.  I’m just not a big fan of the beeps.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban steering wheel

Available rumble seat alert

Suburban Driver & Safety Tech: 

Standard:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear park assist

Available:

  • Lane change alert w/ side blindspot alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Head-up display
  • Safety alert seat

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Top-3

So, coming full-circle to my Top-3 favorite aspects of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban.  The vehicle offers so much that there’s plenty to choose from!

  1. Drive: I love driving big vehicles.  Perhaps only slightly more than I love riding in them.  And whether behind the wheel or relaxing in the back driving/riding in Suburban is a pleasure.
  2. Utility: If it’s not the original SUV then it’s most certainly one of them.  And it’s the longest-running nameplate in automotive history… so all the stuff it does is notably appreciated.
  3. Interior space: Inside Suburban just keeps going.  But it’s not just space, it’s also how it’s laid out.   And definitely the two hidden compartments and that huge center console.
rear end

Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet

A final shoutout of thanks to my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  If a Suburban, or any Chevrolet, is on your list then that’s the best Southern California Chevy dealer by far!

Martin Chevrolet is on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California, and at MartinChevrolet.com.

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