We see why the Chevrolet Suburban remains one of the leading full-size SUV’s in North America after 12 generations. It is good looking from the outside, heavily loaded with equipment, even menacing thanks mostly because of the models’ liberal usage in US film and television as the default government issued people carrier. The 2016 Suburban LTZ is enormous, but thanks to Magnetic Ride Control on fully independent suspension combined with our test unit’s optional 22-inch alloys, it doesn’t drive like a tank.
The Suburban is best enjoyed truly in North America with its wide open spaces and generous parking slots. My biggest issue with the huge Chevy is that its physical appearance does not correlate with the interior space management. It may not drive like a tank but you do feel like you are in one. The actual interior volume is capacious if you were to remove the two rear rows of seats, which is silly. The middle row captain chairs look like they were meant for a much smaller vehicle and the third row is compromised by the rear wheel well hump too. Sure, there seems to be a lot of interior room since the seats are so small and thinly padded. I could imagine how different my review would be if the seat design used in the Chevy was lifted from a Toyota Alphard, there is more than enough room to accommodate three sets of those divine airline executive seats with motorized ottomans!
Is it the best Suburban to date? A resounding yes thanks to its new redesign and the long list of updated equipment. America will continue to embrace it with absolute certainty as long as they don’t start paying more attention to details, fit and finish, or if they simply ignore the competition altogether. Then you look at the sticker price at the end of the test schedule and read the big numbers, which got me to remember that the primary reasons why the Suburban continues to thrive: their buyers keep them forever after purchase, they understand its limitations and understand that it’s not a vehicle for just anyone who can afford it, the engines will seemingly last forever, you can drive through hell and back, and it is ultimately about American pride and supporting their own no matter what.
Engine: V8, 5328 cc, ohv 16V, VVT, 6-Speed AT
Max power: 355 bhp @ 5600 rpm
Max torque: 383 lb ft @ 4100 rpm
0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 7.4 sec.
Top Speed: 184 km/h (115 mph) Governed
Fuel Mileage: 15 mpg City & 22 mpg Highway
Price as tested: US$ 71,930.00
C! RATING 8.8/10
+The default TV/Movie US standard for politicians, secret service, and more. Looks and functions at its best.
-Its best is far from good enough anymore, huge outside but conversely capacity limiting inside.