The Chevrolet Suburban is due for a complete redesign in 2021. Therefore, the 2020 Chevy Suburban only gets minor changes. We doubt the upcoming model will be any cheaper, but we hope it keeps the current generation’s excellent towing capacity.
For 2020, the Pepperdust Metallic exterior color is no more, and a couple aesthetic packages disappear as well. In their place are new aluminum rim choices.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet offers the Suburban in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. Prices run from $52,995 for the LS to $66,795 for the Premier.
The Chevy Suburban comes with two engines, both large V8s. The smaller of the two comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the larger gets a 10-speed. The larger engine is only available on the Premier trim for $5,425. All-wheel drive is a $3,000 option regardless of trim, but it's $3,100 with the larger engine.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Max Towing||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|5.3L V8||355 hp||383 lb-ft||6,300 lbs||18 mpg|
|6.2L V8||420 hp||460 lb-ft||8,100 lbs||17 mpg|
On the highway, the Suburban may improve on those fuel economy numbers. The two engines deactivate half of their cylinders under light loads, which gives them an efficiency boost.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Suburban is among the largest SUVs on the market. It’s a true truck-based SUV, too – no crossover here. Capacity is correspondingly large.
The Suburban can seat up to nine passengers with a front-row bench, which is an option on the base LS that takes $250 off the sticker price because Chevy doesn’t have to put in the seventh airbag. The LT and Premier trims come standard with seating for seven, but a second-row bench is a no-cost option to upgrade passenger capacity to eight.
Even with all three rows in place, the Suburban manages 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space. With the back two rows folded, the Suburban fits 121.7 cubic feet, which is about the best you’ll find short of a van.
The base model doesn't get any standard active safety features outside of rear parking sensors. However, moving up to the LT brings standard automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. These features are available on the LS through the $695 Enhanced Driver Alert Package.
The Premier adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and front parking sensors to the list of standard active safety features. These four features are available on the LT, but only as part of expensive packages – buyers have to spend a minimum of $2,860 to unlock them.
The NHTSA gave the Suburban four out of five stars for its overall safety rating, but notes that the high center of gravity means a higher rollover risk.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and the system is compatible with Bluetooth, HD radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The range-topping Premier model adds navigation and wireless charging as standard. Navigation is a $495 option on the LT.
The LS comes with cloth upholstery, but it does get three-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. It comes standard with 18-inch rims, but buyers can option up to blingy 22-inchers ($2,995).
Being the base model doesn’t hinder the Suburban LS' towing capacity, but to get the max payload, buyers need to add the Max Trailering Package ($580).
The LT occupies the Goldilocks position in the range and adds some welcome upgrades. Leather upholstery is standard alongside a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a power tailgate, memory settings, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
A power sunroof is available in the awkwardly named Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package ($3,530), which also includes navigation and a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system. The full range of active safety features are hidden away in the Luxury Package ($2,860) alongside push button start, a hands-free liftgate, and more.
Topping the lineup is the Suburban Premier, with prices that can run perilously close to Escalade territory. For the money, buyers get 20-inch wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, perforated leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row outboard seats, and a heated steering wheel. Convenience is enhanced with power second-row bucket seats, a power-folding third-row bench, and the hands-free liftgate.
The best package deal lies in the 6.2L Performance Package ($5,390), which gets buyers the larger engine, a head-up display, and the rear seat entertainment system. The same bundle is available with a sunroof for $6,775.
The LT trim is the best value of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban lineup. It gets leather seats and several standard active safety features, along with enough customization to suit a wide range of buyers.