Editors at TheCarConnection.com advise drivers not to fret about space and comfort in the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban; there's plenty of both to go around.
Edmunds assures potential buyers that there is "spacious seating" for as many as nine passengers and their cargo. In the backseat (where most of those nine passengers will ride), ConsumerGuide reports "generous headroom and legroom," but cautions that the Chevrolet Suburban 2009 "bench seat's cramped center position should be reserved for emergency situations only." ConsumerGuide also warns that the Chevy Suburban's third–row seating is "best left to children." In the front, Cars.com confirms that the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban's "front passengers will enjoy comfortable, wide seats and a straightforward instrument panel" that is much easier for the driver to operate and navigate.
A closer look at the Suburban hints that it’s really cargo, not people, that the Suburban is best at carrying. ConsumerGuide adds that the 2009 Chevy Suburban's "cabin storage is enhanced by large center console bin," and there are "roomy door pockets in front, but none in rear." In the back, drivers can haul plenty of items. "Cargo volume is where the Suburban really excels," says Cars.com, reporting a massive 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. That increases to a whopping 137.4 cubic feet when the third-row seats are removed. They also fold down, but ConsumerGuide warns that the "seatbacks rest well above the level of the floor, complicating loading of larger items."
ConsumerGuide reports that "assembly quality ... shows strong attention to detail" and that "most interior materials feel high-grade, though soft-touch surfaces are scarce." ForbesAutos observes a higher grade of interior materials in the Suburban; Chevrolet has built an interior "crafted from higher-quality materials than before."
Noise may be an issue for some in the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban. Kelley Blue Book cites "noticeable engine noise" under hard acceleration, but Edmunds says "the cabin is quiet at speed." ConsumerGuide also reports "moderate highway-speed wind rush" aboard the 2009 Chevy Suburban, so it's not the quietest ride on the road.