2013 Chevrolet Suburban Review

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2017
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2017
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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is a traditional large SUV -- handsome and straightforward in design, purpose, and performance.

If you need passenger space, yet you also need some of the capability of a traditional truck, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban should be near the top of your shortlist. The Suburban is not only one of the widest, longest SUVs available; it's also, if you check the right option boxes, close to a luxury vehicle in features and cabin appointments--one with three spacious rows of seating.

The Suburban is 20 inches longer than the Chevrolet Tahoe, and it's closely related to the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV. Compared to GM's shorter-wheelbase SUVs such as the Tahoe and Yukon, the Suburban has 14 inches of added wheelbase--which translates quite directly to third-row seating space and cargo space. Larger rear doors also give better access to that third row.

Heavy-duty Suburban 2500 models maximize the Suburban's load capacity and towing capability, without changing the interior package, although they do have a stiffer, less passenger-approved ride. Fuel economy is also lower with the 2500 models, which pack a huge 6.0-liter V-6 making 352 horsepower. Most shoppers will be fine with the light-duty Suburban 1500, which comes with a 5.3-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic tranmission, all good for 320 horsepower. It's pleasant and responsive, with smooth shifts and quick downshifts, yet it can tow 8,100 pounds. And thanks to a cylinder deactivation system that shuts of half of the cylinders when coasting or decelerating, it's quite economical, with EPA ratings of up to 15/21 mpg.

We're probably safe in thinking that handling isn't a top priority for those looking for a buff SUV that can tow, but we do think that the Suburban's excellent ride quality plus its good maneuverability and confident roadholding all add up to a vehicle that's a lot more manageable than you might guess based on its intimidating exterior.

The Suburban's cabin has some good and bad. The good is that the 2013 Suburban maintains an interior that might put some Japanese hotel rooms to shame, with 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row of seats. Furthermore its simple, straightforward instrument panel offers the transparency and directness that many high-end infotainment interfaces lose in translation. But the down side of the Suburban's interior is that, looking up close at its trim, materials, and layout, it simply feels outdated. 

There's a lot of flexibility in how you get your Suburban (in terms of seating layout, materials, and features), but once you settle on one you may be a bit disappointed with the lack of flip-and-fold flexibility. First- and second-row seats can be buckets or benches, while the third-row seat can be disappointing in that it's a folding bench that unfortunately doesn't go completely flat when it's not needed. Unlike the one in the Ford Expedition, which can power-fold out of the way, this one needs to be removed entirely--but when you do it'll take two to move it, as it's so heavy, and then there's the question of where to keep it. Properly specified, the Suburban can seat up to nine people, even some smaller adults in back, though ideally the third row is reserved for kids.

LS, LT, and LTZ trims of the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban remain offered, and both can be had with either rear- or four-wheel drive—though unlike the otherwise closely related Tahoe, there's no Hybrid model available. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is standard on all models, as are cruise control, tri-zone air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system with USB port and satellite radio capability. Moving up the model line, you can get a DVD navigation system that has real-time traffic and is very easy to use; a rear-seat DVD entertainment system; Bose Centerpoint audio; leather upholstery; power-adjustable pedals; ventilated seats; heated second-row seats; remote start; and an Autoride electronic suspension.

See our review of the very closely related 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe for more in-depth information.

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February 28, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LT

Battery problem and then air condition problem

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I got a new 2016 Chevrolet Suburban. After a few months this new Suburban got Battery problem and then air condition problem.
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January 4, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LT

Love my Suburban. I did not settle and got everything I ever wanted.

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I wanted a truck to carry a large family. I have 4 grandchildren and they have a lot of stuff. My truck has a lot of room and the entertainment system is great for the long rides.
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January 1, 2017
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 2WD 4-Door 1500 LS

2016 Suburban has an non repairable vibration at a constant speed.

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My 2016 Suburban has a vibration felt in the steering wheel and a matching rumbling noise when driving at a constant speed or with the cruise control engaged. It is most noticeable between 45mph - 55mph but... + More »
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May 24, 2016
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LS

Surprisingly Lacking in Interior Workmanship, Quality and Design

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Bought a brand new 2016 Chevy Suburban a few weeks ago. Since then, we've been back every week to have one problem after another fixed. First (and still unresolved) the rear cargo storage lid doesn't seat... + More »
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April 13, 2016
For 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

just purchase this suburban and already having issues

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THIS SUBURBAN I HAVE HAS BEEN MY HEADACHE FOR TWO MONTHS NOW STARTING DAY TWO I NOTICE VERY LOUD NOISE INSIDE AND OUT. HOWEVER GMC DOESN'T HAVE A FIX FOR MY SUBURBAN AT THIS TIME. I AM NOT SAYING ALL ARE BAD... + More »
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October 15, 2015
2016 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ

Pleasantly surprised, surpassed all expectations

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Recently while on vacation we were "forced" to rent this truck for a week (the rental comany gAve away the car we wAntes so they uograded us). We were the first drivers. I was not happy since we're on a strict... + More »
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October 16, 2015
2009 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LT w/2LT

Ammazing car to drive.

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Ok, so a little high on gas but when you have to take two cars it is actually much cheaper. Handles well and is really easy to park unlike some other large SUV's.
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June 25, 2015
2008 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LS

We still enjoy this vehicle after 7 years and 125,000 miles.

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Our Suburban has traveled the country pulling a either a 29' trailer. Without the trailer it performs well. With the trailer its performance is not as good. Gas milage is really bad and it struggles through... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2007 Chevrolet Suburban

A large vehicle with a lot of versatility.

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The Suburban is not for everyone. It has a lot of capabilities. It could use a little more HP. It is a great highway cruiser.
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May 13, 2015
2006 Chevrolet Suburban 4-Door 1500 2WD Z71

Best car/truck I ever owned.

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I love my Suburban. Comfortable for a six footer. Comfortable on long rides. Can hold seven passengers AND lots of stuff. Great for Dogs. The fold down and removable third row seats is great!
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