SUVs used to be the way to go when you needed to combine family, cargo, and trailer hauling into one rig, and the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running model in this segment. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban continues its bulky ways with an extra touch of style and class inside and out. Despite the Suburban’s recent improvements, the modern-day crossover is burying its legacy with their improved fuel economy, capabilities, and passenger room. Is the 2019 Suburban a good fit for the average SUV shopper? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

At first glance, the word “value” may not seem to belong next to the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban lineup due to its $51,895 starting price. But for that price, there's a lot of value baked into the base model. Moving up one trim to the Suburban LT pushes the price further north, but it also puts you in the lineup’s sweet spot.

The Suburban LT includes upscale features like leather seating, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats with memory, a power liftgate, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, a safety alert seat, power-adjustable pedals, and more. The Suburban LT also has a ton of optional packages to dress things up.

  • Model: 2019 Chevrolet Suburban LT
  • Engine: 5.3-liter V8
  • Output: 355 hp / 383 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
  • Options: Luxury Package ($2,860, remote keyless entry with push-button start, heated second-row seats with power release, heated power-folding mirrors, power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, power-folding third row, hands-free power liftgate, fog lights, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, body-color trailer hitch cover, nine additional months of free SiriusXM radio)
  • Base Price: $56,895 (including a $1,295 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price: $59,755

Performance

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No matter which powertrain you choose, the base 5.3-liter V8 or the 6.2-liter V8, the 2019 Suburban has plenty of power to move its big body. These engines also play a key role in the Suburban’s monstrous 8,300-pound towing capacity, but its new optional 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 is the king of the hill.

Though the Suburban is too big to be a true off-roader, the optional Z71 package makes it more confident off the beaten path with its upgraded wheels and rubber, hill-descent control, recovery hooks, upgraded suspension, and more.

The 2019 Suburban is large and in charge, and it drives like it. Its big body isn't well suited for cornering at any type of speed, and its boxy body doesn’t help matters in the fuel economy department.

Style

The latest take on the Suburban’s styling is an eye-grabbing one as it combines the classic boxy characteristics with uniquely shaped headlights and taillights. This combination of old and new keeps the interest of traditionalists and the younger crowd. Plus, there are tons of options to customize the Suburban’s looks, including the Midnight Package and RST Edition.

Moving inside, the Suburban abandons its classic looks for a more car-like format that helps it hold its own against the growing crossover market. Add to this stylish cabin the array of standard features and virtually limitless options, you have an interior built for just about anyone.

Though the big body may be a stretch for some people to drive, it houses a massive cabin that seats up to nine people in its three rows. Also, that third row doesn't require contortionist skills to squeeze into it as the second row slides up to give clear access to this rearmost row and its adult-friendly 34.5 inches of leg room.

When it comes time to haul, the Suburban is ready with its 39.3 cubic feet of cargo room with all three rows upright, 76.7 cubes with the third row folded, and 121.7 cubes with both rear rows folded.

The Best and Worst Things

The Suburban’s cabin is a standout in a near-extinct class. Chevy did a great job giving it a car-like look and feel to battle the popular crossover class while offering more third-row leg room and the cargo capacity of a Boeing 747.

But the Suburban is a wildebeest in a world built for cats. It takes up massive amounts of concrete in parking garages and backing it up may require a marshaller – orange batons and all.

Right For? Wrong For?

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The Suburban is perfect for a large family that also does its share of cargo and trailer hauling.

A large family that's only worried about seats for butts and enough room for groceries may prefer a smaller, easier-to-pilot crossover.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Chevy Suburban is doing everything it can to keep the large SUV segment alive, and it's mostly successful. But with crossovers getting larger, more capable, and more fuel efficient, you may want to consider one before going with this hefty rig.