The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is a vehicle with a very extensive ability. With a large interior, three rows of seats and can hold up to nine passengers or carry over 120 cubic feet of cargo. Its traditional truck construction and large V8 engine can tow up to 8,300 pounds in the proper configuration. It’s also a quiet, comfortable and well-equipped vehicle. With all this, the Suburban is the ultimate choice for a large family with a taste of adventure.
Unfortunately, this utility comes with some drawbacks. Suburban huge size makes it difficult in tight parking lots, and its truck-based suspension cannot provide the carlike ride comfort of a crossover. Poor fuel economy means you will pay a lot at the pump. But if you are looking for a vehicle that does not sacrifice power, size or utility, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is hard to beat.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV with seating for up to nine passengers. It is sold in LS, LT and Premier trim levels.
Standard equipment for the base LS includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote start, trailer hitch receiver with wiring harness, cargo rails for the roof, rocker-sill passenger steps, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat, six-way-adjustable front passenger seat, cloth seating upholstery, 60/40-split folding second and third-row bench seats, a household-rated power outlet, and seating for eight passengers (a front-row three-passenger bench seat is optional).
Tech features include a rearview camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, five USB ports, an 8-inch touchscreen interface with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Also standard is OnStar communications with onboard Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE connection, and the teen-driver system monitoring.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package adds automatic high beams, power-adjustable pedals, lane keeping assist, forward collision alert with automatic low-speed braking and a vibrating safety-alert driver seat.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban LT includes everything above plus a power-operated liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, heated front bucket seats (reducing passenger capacity to eight) and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The LT Luxury package adds keyless entry and ignition, foglights, front parking sensors, a power-operated tailgate, power-folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a heated and power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-folding second and third-row seats and heated second-row seats. The Texas Edition package is similarly equipped but also adds badges and crossbars for the roof-mounted cargo rails.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban Premier get the Luxury package along with 20-inch wheels, an adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension, xenon headlights, ventilated front seats, upgraded power-adjustable front seats, a navigation system, a wireless charging pad and a 10-speaker premium Bose surround-sound audio system.
Available for the LT and Premier trims is a second-row bucket seat (reducing capacity to seven). There also the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package which includes a sunroof, a navigation system for the LT trim and a rear-seat entertainment system. A head-up display, power-retractable rocker-sill passenger steps and adaptive cruise control with enhanced automatic emergency braking only available on the Premier trim. Many of the standard features offered by the higher trim levels are available as options for the lower trim levels.
Optional for all trims include 22-inch wheels, the Max Trailering package which adds a trailer brake controller, an auto-leveling suspension, electronic two-speed transfer case (4WD models) and a special rear-axle ratio. The new RST (Rally Sport Truck) package adds some special exterior styling details.
The LT Z71 Off-Road package adds front parking sensors, unique cosmetic elements, an off-road suspension calibration, all-terrain tires, underbody skid plates, tubular-type rocker-sill passenger steps, the electronically operated two-speed transfer case, hill descent control and rubber floor mats.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that generates 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. Rear-wheel drive with a locking rear differential is standard, while four-wheel drive with a single-speed transfer case is available as an option. The Z71 Off-Road and Max Trailering package also come with a two-speed transfer case.
In performance testing, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban rear-wheel-drive accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is quick for the class. The Suburban 4WD with Z71 package record an identical result. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 19 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway) for 2WD models and 18 mpg combined (15 city/22 highway) for 4WD variant. These figures are better than other full-size SUVs in the class.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban 2WD maximum towing capacity up to 6,300 pounds and 6,000 pounds with four-wheel drive. The Max Trailering package increases tow rating by 2,000 pounds.
As you would expect from a full-size SUV, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban interior is indeed very large, but it’s actually just spacious in the first two rows of seats. Material quality looks better than competitors, especially in the LT and Premier trim. From behind the wheel, visibility is limited by the large size of the vehicle, but it’s better than you might think. The standard rearview camera and rear parking sensor help maneuver in a narrow place or parking lots.
The front seats easily accommodate larger passengers, but the base model’s lack of telescoping steering wheel might extend their reach more than they want. The second-row, whether a bench or optional bucket is just as roomy, but its folding mechanism limits the range of adjustments. The third-row seat is flat with a thin pad and cramped legroom as the seats are intended to be folded to increase cargo capacity.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban cargo space is very impressive. It offers 38.9 cubic feet with all seats up, 76.7 cubic feet with the third-row folded, and generous 121.1 cubic feet with second and third-row seats folded flat. These numbers are comparable to the Toyota Sequoia, but still smaller than the Ford Expedition XL. There’s no doubt that the Suburban can hold all your stuff, but remember that high cargo floors make loading bulky items heavier.
Release date and price
The official price for the base LS trims starting at $51,445 (prices include the $1,295 destination fee). The LT trim costs $56,575, while the range-topping Premier trim is priced at $66,125. Adding four-wheel drive is an additional $3,000.