The Chevrolet Suburban is an institution. From its modern exterior to its spacious and well-appointed interior, everything about this massive machine is designed to appeal to large families who need a comfortable and capable SUV. Chevrolet’s 2017 version sets the standard.
The 2017 Suburban’s upscale interior grabs your attention. It offers high-end materials and excellent fit-and-finish seemingly more appropriate for a luxury sedan than a full-size SUV. The 2nd-row’s comfy seats recline and the third row has enough foot- and legroom for adults. A high cargo floor provides space for the flat-fold 3rd-row seats.
Chevy’s exterior designers had a lot of space at their disposal and used it well; this big SUV has a presence that is commanding. Long, flowing lines emphasize the Suburban’s length and the broad front face owns the traffic lane. Dimensionally, the 2017 Suburban is about the same size as all those versions of years past
Standard on all Suburbans is the 5.3-liter V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission. The base-level LS trim has cloth seats, automatic climate control and the standard Chevrolet MyLink 8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth streaming audio and other features. The mid-range LT trim has forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and the availability of features not offered on the LS. The Premier models add rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot alerts, up-level audio, heated and cooled seats and 20-inch wheels.
Chevy’s sole powertrain for its 2017 Suburban is the very well-proven 5.3-liter 355-horsepower V8 with a 6-speed automatic. It cranks out 383 lb-ft of torque, features direct fuel injection and Active Cylinder Management. The smooth 6-speed automatic does a good job of keeping the engine in the best part of its power range and 4-wheel drive (4WD) is optionally available. Maximum towing capacity with 2-wheel drive (2WD) is 8,300 pounds (and 8,000 pounds for the 4WD).
The 2017 Suburban is not inexpensive but, if it’s what you need, it’s the best and biggest available. The base LS carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $51,000 for a 2WD version, the mid-range LT starts over $56,000 and the Premier is around $66,000. Add $3,000 for 4WD.