When it comes to full-size SUVs, there’s large and there’s extra large. The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban leans towards the extra-large side of the fence, and it’s so big that it may not even fit in your garage. On the other hand, only a full-size van will haul more passengers or cargo, and the Suburban can be equipped to tow up to 8,100 pounds. If you need that kind of capability, the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban is worth a look.
Thanks to the Suburban’s wide range of models and options, and long list of safety features, we’re giving it a rating of 7 on FamilyCarGuide. It’s not perfect and it’s not for everyone, but if you have a need for the kind of capabilities that the Suburban delivers, few other vehicles can match it. Thanks to technologies like cylinder deactivation, the Suburban isn’t quite as thirsty for gasoline as it used to be, but we’d still like to see it offered in a Hybrid version.
The NHTSA has not yet fully tested the 2011 Chevy Suburban, but it did get a three-star rating in rollover protection. That’s on par with other large, high center of gravity SUVs, and it’s a reminder that they need to be driven with a bit more care than a sedan or station wagon. The IIHS has not yet rated the 2011 Chevy Suburban.
All 2011 Chevy Suburbans come with safety features comparable to the 2011 Chevy Tahoe, including anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, front seat side airbags, curtain airbags and GM’s OnStar system. Suburban models can be equipped with four-wheel drive and a number of additional safety features, such as a rearview camera, blind-spot detection system and rear parking sensors.