For a vehicle that’s this hefty, don’t be expecting the same performance you’d find in a sporty coupe. However, don’t let the Suburban’s size deter you. With its speed, nimble turning, and sheer will, the Suburban handles most driving conditions with ease. On narrower roads, you’ll need to keep a firm grasp on the wheel, but on more open roads, there will be no problem keeping it between the lines. The steering responds swiftly, and acceleration requires only the lightest touch. The Suburban features GM’s StabiliTrak system, which performs masterfully while keeping the 5,586 lb weight of the vehicle in check.
The 5.3L V8 is wedded to a standard manually shiftable six-speed automatic perform well together, providing a perfect combination of power and performance. It gets up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. An optional 6.2L V8 comes paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, this engine gets 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The base engine, however, provides plenty of power to keep the Suburban moving along, and when driven at reasonable highway speeds, fuel economy stays respectable.
While the Suburban is best suited for paved and gravel roads, an off-road package is available if you truly want to go there. However, the vehicle’s massive size and long-wheelbase restrict where it can travel.
As noted in the introduction, the 2020 Chevy Suburban offers room for up to nine people with its three rows of seating. Everyone can spread out and have plenty of room in the first two rows, but the third row is better suited for kids or only two adults.
The 2020 Suburban’s cavernous interior offers plenty of space thanks to a flat load floor, hands-free programmable power liftgate, and power-assisted folding second and third-row seating. Even with all the space for larger objects, the Suburban also offers plenty of interior nooks and crannies for small space storage for everyone. A large center console provides enough room to store a laptop computer.
With the optional trailering package on the two-wheel drive model, the towing capacity bumps up from the already impressive 6,300 lbs to an astounding 8,300 lbs. Opting for the four-wheel drive model drops that slightly, but not much: you’ve still got 8,000 lbs to work with.