In all, the Suburban can seat up to nine people-but the back three probably should be limber and small.
Inside, the Chevy Suburban is nearly the size of a Japanese hotel room, with 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row of seats. Passengers in the first two rows of seats will be comfortable side by side and will enjoy plenty of leg- and headroom. Edmunds assures potential buyers that there is "spacious seating" for as many as nine passengers and their cargo. In the front, Cars.com confirms that the 2010 Chevrolet Suburban's "front passengers will enjoy comfortable, wide seats and a straightforward instrument panel," while in the second row, ConsumerGuide reports "generous headroom and legroom," but cautions that the "bench seat's cramped center position should be reserved for emergency situations only."
The optional third-row seat isn't very easy to access or very comfortable. Flipping forward the second-row seat leaves only a narrow gap for passengers to hop in the way-back, and the seat itself doesn't fold flat like the third-row seats in the Ford Expedition, for example. ConsumerGuide also warns that the Chevy Suburban's third-row seating is "best left to children." It folds down and can be removed if necessary, but it's bulky and heavy, and the mounting tabs stick up from the floor and can scratch cargo.
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 and the second-row seat is folded. The third-row seat also will simply fold down, but ConsumerGuide warns that the "seatbacks rest well above the level of the floor, complicating loading of larger items." ConsumerGuide adds that "cabin storage is enhanced by large center console bin," and there are "roomy door pockets in front, but none in rear."
Fit and finish are strengths of this latest Suburban. ConsumerGuide reports that "assembly quality ... shows strong attention to detail" and "most interior materials feel high-grade, though soft-touch surfaces are scarce." Kelley Blue Book cites "noticeable engine noise" under hard acceleration, but Edmunds says "the cabin is quiet at speed" and agrees that it's well-finished.