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2018 LS 4x2
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Price:   -  From $50,200
2018 LS 4x4 Price:   -  From $53,200
2018 LT 4x2 Price:   -  From $55,300
2018 LT 4x4 Price:   -  From $58,300
2018 Premier 4x2 Price:   -  From $64,900
2018 Premier 4x4 Price:   -  From $67,900


The Chevrolet Suburban is a traditional SUV, based on the same truck platform underpinning GM’s large pickups. Offering three rows of seats for seven, eight, or nine individuals, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban comes with excellent storage capacity, leading-edge technology, and a powerful V8 engine.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Suburban carries forward with only minor changes from 2017

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Suburban

The base 2018 Chevrolet Suburban offers seating for eight or nine with the available bench seat. The other trims offer room for seven or the second row individual seats may be replaced with a bench seat, increasing passenger capacity to eight. The Suburban’s standard cargo space measures 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.7 cubic feet behind the first row. The Suburban’s storage capacity numbers compare favorably to the 2018 Ford Expedition Max.

One engine is available: a 5.3-liter V8 with an output of 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Suburban makes an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel drive models make 15/22 mpg city/highway. Maximum towing capacity is 8,300 pounds (8,000 pounds with four-wheel drive). Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is available for and an additional $3,000.

The 2018 Suburban comes in eight standard exterior colors, including Siren Red Tintcoat ($495). The top-trim model also offers Black Currant Metallic ($395) and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995) paint options. Individual upgrades from the base trim include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels ($1,700) or 22-inch aluminum wheels ($2,995), rectangular assist steps ($550 or $600), a rear DVD entertainment system ($1,995), illuminated door sill plates ($420), and a 40/20/40 split bench seat.

Chevrolet offers the 2018 Suburban in LS, LT, and Premier trims.

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Priced from $51,445 (prices include the $1,295 destination fee), the Suburban LS comes with automatic headlights, active aero front shutters, power-operated and heated side mirrors,17-inch steel wheels, and cloth seats. Other features include a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, keyless entry, a tilt steering column, cruise control, three-zone climate control, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in wi-fi hotspot, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 110-volt power outlet.

The Interior Protection Package ($250) brings all-weather floor mats and an all-weather cargo mat. The Max Trailering Package ($580) adds a trailer brake controller and a 3.42 rear axle ratio. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($695) brings a safety seat alert, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, and automatic high beams. The All-Season Package ($2,880) adds 20-inch wheels and tires, body-color bodyside moldings, black roof-rack cross rails, and the contents of the Max Trailering and Interior Protection packages.

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Chevrolet prices the Suburban LT from $56,575. This grade adds a power rear liftgate, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, leather first- and second-row seats, heated front seats with memory functionality, and a Bose audio system.

There are a plethora of package options on the LT trim, including the return of the Max Trailering Package ($580) and Interior Protection Package ($250). Other packages include: the Theft Protection Package ($410); the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package ($3,480) that includes navigation, a sunroof, and a third-row DVD player; the Luxury Package ($2,860) featuring fog lamps, side power-operated and heated mirrors, a hands-free power liftgate, push-button start, wireless charging, a heated tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and power-fold third-row seats.

The Suburban LT can also be customized in many ways. The RST Edition ($2,640) brings 22-inch wheels, black Chevrolet bowties, a unique grille, and black mirror caps, beltline moldings, roof rails, and nameplate badging. The Texas Edition ($3,110) features the items from the Luxury package and adds second-row heated seats and Texas badging. The LT Signature Package ($6,635) adds 20-inch chrome wheels and other chrome touches on the grille, recovery hooks, a side step kit, and a polished exhaust tip. The LT Midnight Edition ($1,835) package brings in 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels and black roof rack cross rails on black exterior paint.

An available Z71 Off-Road Package ($1,850) for four-wheel drive models adds such features as fog lamps, all-terrain tires, a two-speed transfer case, 3.42 rear axle ratio, hill descent control, black tubular assist steps, an upgraded suspension, Z71-specific skid plates and wheels, and special badging.

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Starting at $66,125, the Premier edition includes all LS and LT features and adds high-intensity discharge headlights, fog lamps, 12-way power operated, heated and cooled front seats, blind-spot monitoring with lane change alert, front park assist, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and magnetic ride control. Available packages include the Max Trailering Package ($300), Interior Protection Package ($250), Theft Protection Package ($410), RST Edition package ($2,630), and the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package ($2,985).

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Fully loaded, the Suburban Premier tops $73,000 – close to where the Cadillac Escalade starts. The LT with the Luxury or Texas pacakge plus the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations package splits the difference between the base and fully packaged models, costing about $62,500.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Chevrolet Suburban has been around in some form or another since 1935. But its most recent change came in 2015, when Chevy ushered in a revamped look without interfering with the traditional two-box design fans love. Little changed as the 2018 Suburban hit showrooms, but who needs tons of change in a segment with such limited competition?

Best Value

The Suburban has a slew of trims to choose from, each offering a little something more than the next. But the best value is the midrange LT, which adds desirable features like leather seats, heated front seats, and a power liftgate without bumping the price too much. Of course, if you need room for nine people, you’ll have to stick with the base LS trim, as it’s the only one that offers this seating arrangement.

  • Model: 2018 Chevrolet Suburban LT 4WD
  • Engine: 5.3-liter V8
  • Output: 355 hp / 383 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 16 City / 23 Hwy
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($3,000), Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package ($3,030, SiriusXM NavTraffic, rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray player, third-row Blu-Ray/DVD screen, and Chevrolet MyLink with 8-inch screen and navigation)
  • Base Price: $56,595 (including $1,295 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $63,125


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The 2018 Suburban’s truck-style frame allows it to tow up to 8,300 pounds, while its standard 5.3-liter V8 manages the immense weight surprisingly well. It also delivers a smooth ride, even on rough roads, although minimal feedback comes through the steering.

But its best attribute is also the source of its biggest flaw, as that body-on-frame underpinnings result in truck-like handing. While other SUVs and crossovers can zip through corners in more car-like fashion, the Suburban is distinctly truck-y in this sense, with lots of roll, squat, and dive. It feels cumbersome, and every bit like a big truck.

While its six-speed automatic transmission is plenty capable and well-tuned, it is getting long in the tooth compared to today's nine- and 10-speed gearboxes.

Interior and Exterior

The Suburban’s throwback looks are a blessing to drivers that eschew the swoopy crossovers of today. That said, its unconventional headlights give the Suburban the character it’s lacked in previous generations. The new RST package also adds a little extra character to this blocky SUV.

Cargo hauling is the Suburban's specialty, as it boasts nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, 77 cubes with the third row folded, and a cavernous 122 cubes with both rear rows folded.

The interior can be a little oversimplified, especially in the base LS trim. The base model also suffers from a less-than-ideal dashboard set up that cuts into the middle passenger’s legroom.

While there is tons of cargo room in the Suburban, its high cargo floor may make it tough to load larger items.

The Best and Worst Things

The Suburban’s do-it-all nature is a rarity in today’s world of uni-body crossovers and fuel-economy concerns. It can tug along a massive trailer or the Brady Bunch and never break a sweat.

That said, it’s truck-like setup may not be for everyone. Not only does it ride bouncier than most crossovers and handle like a pickup, but its load floor is very high, making grocery hauling a bit of a task.

Right For? Wrong For?

Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban is perfect for a big family who also needs to haul a trailer. With up to a nine-person capacity and more than 8,000 pounds of towing strength, this throwback SUV is perfect.

Those looking for a daily commuter will find this behemoth way too much for zipping in and out of traffic. Plus, its horrendous 23 miles per gallon highway rating gobbles gallons of petrol like Pac-Man.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban has its key group of buyers: those who need big passenger room and huge towing. For the typical buyer, though, there are far better options on the market.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
31.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
121.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
224.4 "
Exterior Width
80.5 "
Exterior Height
74.4 "
Front Headroom
42.8 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
45.3 "
Rear Legroom
39.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
64.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,586 Lbs.
Wheel Base
130 "
Turning Radius
21.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Polished Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Steel / 22.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver W/chrome Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Black
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert Forward Collision Warning / Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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