2020 Chevrolet Suburban

MSRP $52,995 - $75,320

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2020 Chevrolet Suburban Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Suburban, an American icon, offers an impressive towing capacity, spacious cabin, and a big trunk. The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is part of the 11th generation which was launched in 2015. Its line-up consists of LS, LT, and Premier trims, all available in RWD and AWD drivetrains and in two different engine options. It gets a punchy 5.3L V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and if that's not enough, you can always opt for the optional 6.2-liter V8 for more power.

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Pros

Excellent towing capacity

Massive cabin

Big cargo space

Potent V8 engine

Cons

Difficult to maneuver on tight roads 

High cargo floor 

Gets expensive easily

What's New?

Deepwood Green metallic and Pepperdust metallic paint colors eliminated 

Minor revision to feature availability 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic electronically controlled w/overdrive

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

130 in.

length

224.4 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5586 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39 cu ft.

cargo volume

121.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8300 lbs.

payload capacity

1690 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/16/21 mpg

highway range

651.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$52,995 onwards

LT$57,795 onwards

Premier$66,795 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Chevrolet Suburban in Pepperdust Metallic color
Pepperdust Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The Suburban has a muscular physique which will pose difficulty in parking and you might need extra space in your garage. But that’s a small sacrifice you will have to make to get this giant. It can seat either 8 or 9 passengers depending on the configuration and is available with a base price of $51,700. The main competitors of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban are the Ford Expedition Max, the Nissan Armada, and the GMC Yukon XL.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban SUV front view
2020 Chevrolet Suburban SUV rear view

8.0/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Chevrolet Suburban Features

8.0/10

The line-up for the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban includes three trims. They are LS, LT, and Premier available in RWD and AWD configurations. The LS is the base trim which carries a price tag of $51,700. The standard features on it include; 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running headlights, rear park assist, hill start assist, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, 6-speaker audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, cruise control, premium cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, and keyless entry. A little up the trim ladder will fetch you the LT which costs $56,500. 

It adds leather upholstery, heated front seats with memory settings for the driver’s seat and side-view mirrors, a power liftgate, 9-speaker Bose audio system, and a few driver aids. Opting for the LT unlocks an exclusive additional package. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package on the base trim adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, power-adjustable pedals, and seat belt alert. The Z71 package on the LT trim provides off-road suspension, off-road tires, and underbody protection. 

The LT’s Luxury Package adds power-folding third-row seats, keyless start, hands-free liftgate, power-folding mirrors, heated second-row seats, memory settings for the steering wheel, and a few more features. The top-of-the-line trim is the Premier which will cost you $65,500. In addition to the features mentioned above, the Premier gets, 20-inch aluminum wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, 10-speaker Bose audio system, 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, an adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension, adaptive cruise control, and more. The Premier trim also gets access to the 6.2L V8 engine which can be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. 

Trim

LS

LT

Premier

MSRP (RWD)

$51,700

$56,500

$65,500

MSRP (AWD)

$54,700

$59,500

$68,500

Key Features

18-inch wheels

Adds or upgrades in ‘LS’

Adds or upgrades in ‘LT’

 

LED daytime running headlights

Leather upholstery

20-inch wheels

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Heated front seats

6.2-liter V8 engine 

 

Premium cloth upholstery

Power liftgate

Heated and ventilated front seats

 

8.0-inch touchscreen display

9-speaker Bose audio system 

10-speaker Bose audio system

 

6-speaker audio system

Power pedals 

Adaptive cruise control

 

4.2-inch multi-color driver information center

Universal home remote

Heated second-row seats

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Z71 package

 
 

Rear park assist 

   

Which trim should you buy?

The most desirable trim would be the Premier which will grant you access to the 6.2-liter V8 engine but we don’t think you should be spending that much on an already expensive trim. The trim which would fit you perfectly for the price is the LT. It adds a generous list of features in addition to those on the LS and you’ll also be able to opt for the trim-specific Z71 package. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Engine and Performance

7.6/10

There are two engine options available on the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. The two lower trims house a 5.3L naturally aspirated V8 engine which is capable of producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The other engine option reserved only for the premier trim is a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 which is much more powerful than the former. It manages to produce 420 horsepower and has a maximum torque output of 460 lb-ft. The former engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission while the latter is mated to a 10-speed automatic. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban SUV in action

Power can be delivered either to the rear wheels or all four wheels but the 4WD option will cost $3,000 more. The smaller V8 engine takes 6.9 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill which is average for its class and the bigger V8 takes about 6.2 seconds to complete the same goal. When properly equipped, the 4WD Suburban can tow up to 8,000 pounds while the RWD can haul an additional 300 pounds. 

Models

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Nissan Armada

MSRP

$51,700

$55,835

$53,400

$47,500

Engine

5.3L V8

3.5L Twin Turbo V6

5.3L V8

5.6L V8

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

10-speed automatic 

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM)

355 @ 5,600

375 @ 5,000

355 @ 5,600

390 @ 5,800

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

383 @ 4,100

470 @ 3,500

383 @ 4,100

394 @ 4,000

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.9

6.7

7.2

6.3

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.5

15.1

15.7

15.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

108

120

NA

120

The Ford Expedition Max has the smallest yet most powerful engine among the group. The fastest SUV in this segment is, however, the Nissan Armada. It is equipped with the largest engine in the segment which helps it take from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and a flat 15 seconds to complete a quarter-mile. On the other hand, the rival from the GMC has the most sluggish acceleration in the bunch. 

How well does the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban handle?

The base engine with the 6-speed automatic transmission is a solid combination which somewhat makes you forget the elephantine weight and dimensions of the Suburban. However, the 6.2L V8 with the 10-speed automatic gearbox is a much better option as it provides ample power to the wheels. The steering wheel is overly light-weighted and has next to no feedback. 

The independent type front suspension and the multi-link type rear suspension provide enough comfort on the roads and highways but its off-road performance is mediocre. The adaptive suspension found on the top-tier trim Premier is the best way to equip the Suburban. This helps the driver to maneuver this humongous vehicle off-road. We would, however, recommend keeping the Suburban on the roads for the best experience.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Braking Performance

A vehicle of such huge proportions is not usually expected to have outstanding braking performance but the Suburban performs decently. The 4-wheel disc brakes manage the braking duties along with a 13-inch front brake rotor and a 13.6-inch rear brake rotor. The brake pedal offers good feedback on the application. There is some nose dive in harsh braking situations which is normal for a full-size SUV. However, the stability offered by the 2020 Suburban is confidence-building.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Nissan Armada

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.0

13.0

13.0

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13.5

13.6

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

5804

5794

5846

5917

60-0 (feet)

131

133

129

115

The Suburban takes 131 feet of distance to come to a halt from 60mph. The GMC Yukon XL has the same set of brake rotors but it has slightly better braking performance while the opponent from the Ford covers the longest distance to come to a state of rest from the 60 mph in the competition. That said, the 2020 Nissan Armada is a clear winner in this category. Not only does it have the largest sized brake rotors but also has the least braking distance. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Not just the Suburban but all the SUVs in this segment have a sub-par fuel economy. “Big vehicles with big engines” is not exactly the recipe for good mileage. With the base engine and 4WD, the 2020 Suburban returns a fuel economy of 14/21/16 MPG in the city/highway/combined respectively. Pair the 5.3-liter V8 motor with the RWD and fuel efficiency will rise by 1/1/2 MPG in the city, highway, and combined respectively. Furthermore, the 6.2L V8 is not far behind as it provides 14 MPG in the city, 20 MPG on the highway, and 16 mpg combined when RWD is selected. Swap the drivetrain to the 4WD and you will get 3 MPG and 1 mpg less in the city and combined respectively. 

Models

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Nissan Armada

MPG (City)

14

16

14

13

MPG (Highway)

21

21

21

18

MPG (Combined)

16

18

16

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

31.0

30.0

31.0

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

434/651/496

480/630/540

434/651/496

338/468/390

The Suburban and the Yukon XL come with the largest fuel tank in the segment. Both can hold up to 31 gallons of fuel, which provides the best combined range in the segment. That aside, the most thirsty SUV would be the Nissan Armada which also has the smallest fuel tank among all the rivals which ultimately results in a combined range of only 390 miles. Last but not the least, the Ford Expedition Max becomes the most fuel-efficient SUV in the competition. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Interior

7.9/10

The interior of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is spacious, comfortable, and has a feature-filled cabin. The Suburban offers ample space for passengers regardless of the row. It seats 8 passengers as standard but you have an option to add one more seat while the topmost trim only allows seven people inside because of two bucket seats in the second row. Starting with the dashboard, the design and layout are simplistic yet attractive. Controls are within close range of the driver making it a less stressful driving experience. The seating position is excellent with plenty of outside visibility. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban SUV cockpit area

Depending on the trim, seat adjustment, upholstery, and heating functions change. The base model LS gets a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a 6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat. On the base trim, the second and third-row seats have a split pattern of 40/60. Furthermore, the Suburban also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control as standard. The LT adds heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top tier trim adds a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and an option of heating the second-row seats as well. The base trim features premium cloth upholstered seats while the other two get leather upholstery.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Nissan Armada

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.0/64.9/43.9

42.8/64.8/45.3

40.9/63.8/41.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.1/65.1/39.7

40.0/64.8/41.5

39.1/65.1/39.7

40.0/63.4/41.0

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5/62.6/34.5

37.3/64.3/40.9

38.5/62.6/34.5

36.4/60.5/28.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

39.3

34.3

39.3

16.5

The Suburban offers generous space inside but it does not stop there. It also offers a class-leading cargo space behind the third row of seats. A space of 39.3 cubic feet is quite unmatched by any of its rivals. The Yukon XL, being its corporate cousin has identical cargo space and interior space to that of the Suburban. Meanwhile, the Ford Expedition has quite an airy cabin while Nissan Armada does not disappoint in terms of interior space either but it is quite stingy when it comes to third-row legroom. Also, the Nissan Armada has the least amount of cargo space available in the competition. Highlights of the interior features are:

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium cloth upholstery (LS)
  • Leather upholstery (LT and Premier)
  • Heated front seats (LT and Premier)
  • Ventilated front seats (Premier)
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat, pedals, and steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel (LT and Premier)
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column (LT and Premier)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Suburban features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system is extremely user-friendly and menus don’t take time in getting used to. The buttons and knobs are strategically placed below the screen to help the driver manipulate the functions. That aside, 2020 Suburban is packed with a lot of features to entertain you. It gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD radio, Bluetooth, 5 USB ports, and AM/FM stereo as standard. The base trim LS gets a 6-speaker audio system while the LS gets a 9-speaker Bose audio system. 

The Premier ups the ante further by featuring a 10-speaker Bose audio system. All trims have a 4.2-inch multi-color driver information center as standard. The LS and LT trims get optional features such as 4G LTE Hotspot compatibility, rear-seat entertainment, touchscreen navigation system and wireless charging pad are also available on the 2020 Suburban. Most of these features are standard on the Premier trim. Highlights of the infotainment features are:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bose audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Wireless charging
  • Navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear entertainment system 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban follows a boxy, upright, and muscular theme. It is huge and has a commanding road presence wherever it goes. The front fascia of the SUV comprises a massive horizontally chrome-slotted grille with a big Chevy bowtie in the middle. It is followed by awkwardly yet stylishly shaped, two-tier projector-beam LED daytime running headlights. The Premier gets exclusive HID headlights and front fog lights. You immediately notice the Suburban’s ridiculous size when you view it from the side. 

2020 Chevrolet Suburban SUV 

It sits on 18-inch aluminum wheels as standard which can be upgraded to 20-inches on the top-tier trim. It also features heated power auto-dimming side-view mirrors and roof-mounted side rails. The rear end of the car follows the upright theme. The roofline is monotonous with no slope whatsoever. This makes the rear end look tall. It is characterized by big taillights, a rear lip spoiler, a power liftgate, a huge body-colored rear bumper, and a single exhaust outlet.

Models

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Nissan Armada

Curb Weight (lbs)

5808

5794

5846

5917

Length (inches)

224.4

221.9

224.4

208.9

Width (inches)

80.5

79.9

80.5

79.9

Height (inches)

74.4

76.4

74.4

75.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.9

9.7

7.9

9.2

Wheelbase (inches)

130.0

131.6

130.0

121.1

Dimensionally, Suburban is by far the largest vehicle in the segment. It features a 130-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 224.4 inches. Such stupendous dimensions result in a curb weight of over 5400 pounds. However, the stance of the Suburban is comparatively low because of its 7.9-inches ground clearance. The Suburban and the Yukon XL have identical dimensions. The Expedition Max has the highest ground clearance and the biggest wheelbase. On the opposite side, the Nissan Armada has the shortest wheelbase. Highlights of the exterior features are:

  • HID Headlights (Premier)
  • LED daytime running headlights (LS and LT)
  • LED taillights 
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (LS and LT)
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels (Premier)
  • Power liftgate
  • Roof-mounted side rails

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Safety

7.0/10

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban earned a 4-star safety rating from the NHTSA while IIHS scores are unavailable just like last year’s model. The standard safety features on the base Suburban includes cruise control, rear Park Assist, backup camera, and a theft-deterrent system. Climb the trim ladder and you can get the automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane-keep assist with lane departure warning on the LT whereas the front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the Premier. Highlights of the safety features are:

  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Rear park assist 
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear-cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Competition

8.0/10

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Ford Expedition Max

The Ford Expedition Max gives the Suburban a tough time in terms of performance. It has a better-powered engine and a higher towing capacity than the Suburban. Furthermore, it also manages to provide a slightly better fuel economy than the Suburban. The Suburban, however, is $4,000 cheaper than the Ford and also offers more standard features. It proves to be a better value-for-money SUV than its fellow American rival.

Ford Expedition Max

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada is by far the most affordable 8-seater SUV in the segment. Not just that, the Armada has the biggest engine in its class which delivers more staggering power than the Suburban. The Japanese SUV is well-known for its high reliability and its feature-filled cabin. All of these aspects are in favor of the Armada except fuel economy. This Competitor from Nissan also has less fuel storage capacity in comparison. 

Nissan Armada

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 GMC Yukon XL

The Suburban and the Yukon XL are almost identical vehicles as they both come under General Motors. Both are fitted with the same engine that provides identical power figures and mileage. There is not much to differentiate between the two. In this very closely matched comparison, we feel that Chevy offers a better deal than GMC as it is $1,700 cheaper.

GMC Yukon XL

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Final Verdict

It's hard to find flaws in the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban. Compared to rivals, it is dimensionally the largest, offers excellent interior space and luggage storage space. The Suburban is adequately powered and is packed with standard features. Apart from its sub-par fuel economy and its mediocre driving experience, it is a decent package. But Suburban is most likely going to get a full redesign and the 2019 model does not differ that much from the 2020 model. Therefore, you can either go for the 2019 Suburban to save money or wait for the new redesigned 2021 model

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