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2019 Chevy Suburban Review

By Autolist Staff | May 24, 2019

Summary

The 2019 Chevy Suburban is among the largest SUV on the market. Now in its fifth year of the current generation, the 2019 Chevy Suburban follows its predecessors in serving large families and other organizations in need of massive cabin space and a strong engine. Competing with the Suburban are the similarly-priced Ford Expedition Max and the more corporate-oriented Cadillac Escalade ESV and GMC Yukon XL.

Priced competitively and loaded with an impressive array of features, the 2019 Chevy Suburban is an excellent choice for those who prioritize space and comfort without sacrificing power. As in previous years, the 2019 Chevy Suburban features a selection of V8 engines with an automatic transmission.

New features on the 2019 Chevy Suburban include an RST (Rally Sport Truck) Performance Package complete with a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8, 10-speed automatic transmission. This package also includes a version of Magnetic Ride Control from GM, calibrated to absorb shock and improve the driving experience. The RST Performance Package also includes new options such as a Brembo brake kit and a Borla exhaust.

The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban comes in three trim levels — LS, LT, and Premier — as well as four special edition trims: RST, Premier Plus, Midnight, and Signature. Suburban Premier and LT trims are available in either 7- or 8-seat configurations, while the LS is available as either an 8- or 9-seater depending on the package.

Exterior

Boasting one of the most prominent bodies in the SUV class, 2019 Chevy Suburban features a host of exterior features that showcase every square inch of its size. Just how big is the 2019 Chevy Suburban? It features a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cubic feet within 18.5 feet of length, nearly 7 feet of width, and just over 6 feet of height. This makes the 2019 Suburban almost 2 feet longer than the Cadillac Escalade ESV and GMC YukonXL. All 2019 Chevy Suburban models have 7.9 inches of ground clearance.

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The 2019 Chevy Suburban features an imposing yet elegant exterior design, with long lines and a broad front face dominating its overall appearance. Available on LT and Premier models, the Suburban RST features 22-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents, plus a one-of-a-kind gloss black sport grille as well as black bowties and nameplate badging, among other small exterior accents. The Premier Plus edition features polished 22-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels and a polished exhaust tip. Midnight Editions feature a host of black accents; the Z71 Midnight features 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, while the LT Midnight features 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels. Available on LT models, the Signature Edition features 20-inch chrome wheels, bodyside molding with bright inserts, a polished exhaust tip, and a myriad of chrome accents. The 2019 Chevy Suburban is available in several colors, including Summit White, Black, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Pepperdust Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, Deepwood Green Metallic, and more.

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Interior Quality and Comfort

Passenger comfort is central to the design of the 2019 Chevy Suburban. Cloth seats are available on the LS models, while leather seats are standard on both the LT and Premier trims. Users report satisfactory build quality, with features that give corporate vehicles such as the Cadillac Escalade ESV and GMC Yukon XL a run for their money. The second row is equipped with large seats that recline (however, they do not slide fore and aft). Heating is also available for second-row, too. The third row is generously spaced, with enough room for kids and adults alike. Both rows are foldable, with power-folding available on select models. The front seats are powered, heated, and ventilated for optimal comfort. Dual climate control is standard on all models. A heated steering wheel is also available on LT models and standard on Premium models.

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For added convenience, the relatively high floor under the third-row seats features a hidden storage compartment. A center console between the front seats can hold personal items for all passengers. All trims feature cup holders for all passengers in the front, second, and third row. A power sunroof is standard on all 2019 Chevy Suburban models.

Utility and Practicality

There is a space surplus in the 2019 Chevy Suburban, which makes it a desirable choice for drivers with lots of stuff and/or passengers. Boasting a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cubic feet, the 2019 Chevy Suburban has equally-impressive storage numbers when occupied. With all seats in place, the 2019 Chevy Suburban features 39.3 cubic feet of space.

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Suburban models all have an 8,300-pound towing capacity, great for small to large trailers. All Suburban trims have a roof rack available depending on the package purchased. For versatile cargo tie-downs, all trims also feature black roof-mounted side rails. The Suburban offers a power liftgate on every model A power programmable liftgate is standard on LT models, while a hands-free power programmable liftgate is available on LT models and standard on Premier models. A manual liftgate is standard on LS models.

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Technology and Infotainment

A modern SUV through and through, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban features an extensive array of cutting-edge technology and infotainment features. Upfront, the infotainment system is equipped with Chevrolet’s Infotainment System controlled via an 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen. (Navigation is available on the LT trim and standard on the Premier trim.) Integrating phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices is easy with onboard Bluetooth functionality, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The center console and infotainment deck also feature several USB ports for fast and easy device charging and connecting. Voice-activated technology is available for all models. 12-volt and 110-volt power outlets (2in the center console, 1 in the third row, and 1 in the cargo area) are also standard on all models and trims.

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In the LS trim, audio is played through a standard 6-speaker audio system. In the LT trim, there is an upgraded Bose 9-speaker audio system. That system is replaced by a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker audio system in the higher Premier model. A rear-seat entertainment system equipped with a Blu-Ray/DVD player, 2 USB ports, and 2 headphone jacks is available for both LT and Premium models.

Safety and Driving Assistance

Among the safest large SUVs on the road, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban received high marks from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Suburban earned 4 out of 5 stars for frontal crash safety, 5 out of 5 stars for side crash safety, and 3 out of 5 stars for rollover safety. IIHS ratings for the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban are not available at this time. All 2019 Chevy Suburban models feature seven airbags standard.

To maximize safety for drivers and passengers, the 2019 Chevy Suburban features a host of cutting-edge activity safety features. Among these features are forward collision alert (available on LS and standard on the LT and Premium), lane keep assist with lane departure warning (available on LS and standard on LT and Premium), lane change alert with blind zone alert (available on LT and standard on Premium), and rear cross traffic alert (available on LT and standard on Premium). Forward automatic braking is available on Premium models, and forward collision alert is available on LS models and standard on LT and Premium models. Low-speed forward automatic braking is available on LS models and standard on LT and Premium models.

The 2019 Chevy Suburban also features several assisted driving features (ADAS systems) to ensure safety while optimizing the driving experience. Among these ADAS features are front and rear park assist (available on LT and standard on Premium), a rear vision camera (standard on all models), tire pressure monitoring (standard on all models), and OnStar® and Chevrolet Connected Services capabilities (standard on all models). Adaptive cruise control is available on Premier models.

Driving Experience

The 2019 Chevy Suburban may be large, but reviewers note that it boasts a surprisingly smooth ride with its size. It also packs quite a bit of power on paper. Two engine options are available, each with a choice of two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The first engine option is the 5.3-liter V8, which packs 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The second engine option is the 6.2-liter V8, which packs 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm.

The 5.3-liter V8 engine is equipped with direct fuel injection and Active Cylinder Management which deliver reasonable given the Suburban’s size and strong capabilities. Efficiency and smoothness are further maximized by a 6-speed automatic transmission (standard for both engine types). The 6.2-liter V8 is available only on Premium models. The RST Premium package also features a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions feature Tow/Haul Mode to reduce shift cycling for better control and optimized cooling when towing or carrying heavy cargo.

Users report impressive handling and smoothness when driving the 2019 Chevy Suburban. It may not be a sports car, but the Chevy Suburban makes full use of its modern suspension, engine, and transmission to provide an excellent driving experience on everything from long stretches of highway and to curving city streets. Drivers report that taking rounded turns at moderate to high speeds only produces minimal lean and roll, while handling overall is responsive and well weighted. Vibrations are at a minimum thanks to the Suburban’s Premium Smooth Ride suspension standard on LS an LT models. (Premium Smooth Ride suspension with an air leveler is available on LS and LT models). Premium models feature Magnetic Ride Control, which monitors each wheel independently and adjusts suspension every millisecond for the smoothest ride possible. Each of these suspension systems is capable of handling light to moderate off-roading.

Acceleration is responsive in the 2019 Chevy Suburban. Visibility is adequate in the 2019 Chevy Suburban, though users have noted the sizable blind spots on driver and passenger sides. A large windshield and many advanced driver assistance features compensate for the bulk of the 2019 Chevy Suburban and ensure visibility (even if technology-aided).

Fuel Efficiency

Though not incredibly fuel-efficient by smaller-vehicle standards, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban does relatively well in its class. Suburban models with 2WD and a 5.3-liter V8 engine get an EPA-estimated fuel economy 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Models with 4WD and a 5.3-liter V8 engine get 14 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway. Suburban models with 2WD and a 6.2-liter V8 engine get an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Models with 4WD and a 6.2-liter V8 engine get 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 miles per gallon on the highway. These metrics are nearly identical to those of the GMC Yukon XL and slightly under those of the Cadillac Escalade ESV.

Pricing and Value

Like most vehicles in its class, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is not inexpensive, but for its price, it packs a lot of size and an incredible amount of features. The base LS model sells new for $52,095 (including destination) for a basic 2WD version, while mid-range LT models start at $57,095. 2WD Premier models featuring the 5.3-liter V8 engine and a 6-speed transmission start at $66,795, while 2WD Premier models featuring the 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 10-speed transmission start at $72,220. (You can expect to add $3,000 for 4WD.) This price is markedly higher than that of a Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia, but the Chevrolet Suburban also offers markedly more space. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is now considerably less expensive than the newest Ford Expedition Max, though it is not quite as sophisticated. Those in search of value will find the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban to be a far better choice than the GMC Yukon XL and the Cadillac Escalade ESV. However, as with the Ford Expedition Max, these higher price tags come with a set of more sophisticated features. If modern features are essential for you, you still may be able to find a Suburban at a higher trim level to satisfy your preferences. If you are in search of modern driving amenities without the extra-extra flourishes, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban is the SUV for you.

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