Not every vehicle has the luxury of legendary status; it’s something that can only be achieved by decades on the market. This idea of becoming a household name is something that can’t be done by every vehicle within a single lineup; only a select few can reign supreme. Taking into consideration the vast sea of changes that have occurred over the past eight or so decades reveals that any model that has remained popular within that time frame is at least doing something right. This brings us to the latest in a long-running full-size SUV model, the 2022 Chevy Suburban. The Suburban is a culmination of everything the industry has achieved on both a technological scale and in sheer performance. Chevy fans know this best, but anybody shopping for a full-size SUV should consider the Suburban in their shopping.
Shopping for a 2022 Chevy Suburban gives you a fair number of options. The base trim, the LS, starts at an MSRP of $52,900. There are five additional trim levels for the Suburban, including the LT, RST, and the Z71, the last of which is a dedicated off-road model. Lastly, the Premier and the High Country are focused on safety, entertainment, and luxury, including a standard 10-speaker premium audio setup from Bose. Before 2021, the Premier was the top-level trim until the High Country joined the lineup, but both work in tandem to accommodate more types of drivers.
If there’s one thing that you should not worry about with the 2022 Suburban is a lack of performance. A vehicle as large as the Suburban deserves a powertrain that can match its monstrous size. With each of the three powertrain configurations, a 10-speed automatic transmission will be included. Ever since the 2021 Suburban, this has been the standard.
The make-up of the three powertrains consists of two V8 engines and a turbo-diesel I-6. So no matter which engine you choose, you can expect strong levels of performance. The engine that will come standard for the Suburban is a 5.3L V8 that’s capable of towing 8,300 lbs. With this towing capacity, your Suburban can be more than a family-oriented vehicle and will help you get some work done too.
With the standard 5.3L V8 engine, the Suburban will have 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and it only gets better from here. Although the performance is exceptional, this may leave you wondering about its fuel efficiency. This V8 may not be the most efficient of the lineup, but the EPA-estimated ratings are still rather impressive. 2WD models will get 15 MPG city and 20 MPG highway with this engine, and 4WD models will get 14 MPG city and 19 MPG highway.
When you’re shopping for your Suburban, certain trims such as the High Country will come with a 6.2L V8 engine instead. The upgraded V8’s potential shines through strong with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Upgrading yourself to this V8 would be well worth the money, especially if you want the best available performance. Using the base powertrain for comparison, you’ll get an 18% increase in horsepower and 20% more torque.
If this amount of torque sounds appealing to you, but you want to save money by minimizing your trips to the gas station, then there’s one more option. With the available turbo-diesel 3.0L I-6, you’ll get 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The cost-saving measure of opting for the diesel engine will be its EPA-estimated ratings of 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway for 2WD models, and 20 MPG city and 26 MPG highway with 4WD.
Full-size SUVs are more than a powerful engine inside of a massive chassis. Nowadays, this class of vehicles is well known for pumping out some of the most state-of-the-art features that are available today. However, full-size SUVs such as the Suburban are well deserving of their title, thanks in part to a significantly large interior. With the 2021 model, the Suburban was redesigned with noticeably more cargo space, and this year’s model is no different. Let’s first discuss cargo space, which is likely a high priority for any full-size SUV shopper, whether it’s for vacation, work, etc. Suburban models are well suited for all of this, even when the vehicle is filled with passengers.
At the most, the Suburban will give you 144.7 cu.ft. of space. If you don’t need the full passenger capacity, then folding down the furthest row in the back will slightly decrease this to 93.8 cu.ft. of space. However, the true capability of a full-size SUV is how it handles cargo space when the cabin is filled with passengers. The full-size Suburban does well here, with at least 41.5 cu.ft. of space available to the vehicle’s occupants at all times. We find that the versatility of the Suburban is one of its greatest strengths, as folding down both rows of seats reveals an incredible 248% increase in cargo space.
Does the spaciousness of the interior translate to a wide and tall cabin for every passenger? The answer is yes. Even taller adults will have no issues fitting inside the Suburban, even if sitting in the rear-most portion of the vehicle. The front row of the Suburban will give the driver and the passenger next to them 42.3-inches of headroom and 44.5-inches of legroom, a substantial amount. In the second row, the passengers back here will have 38.9-inches of headroom and 42-inches of legroom, which is still quite impressive. Lastly, in the third row, there are still 38.2-inches of headroom and 36.7-inches of legroom. With a third row that’s more spacious than some first rows we’ve seen, this is a substantial win for the Suburban.
What of the technology inside of the Suburban? Infotainment centers in vehicles are nothing new, but they’re still varied enough for one system to be far more advanced than another. What do we mean by this? For example, not every infotainment center includes amenities such as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, but Chevy has implemented this into the Suburban at no extra cost to you. Additionally, features such as Bluetooth are here, along with software that has become increasingly popular over the last few years, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Screen size is also important for a modernistic infotainment experience, and it’s here where the Suburban can be purchased with either an 8-inch or a 10.2-inch touchscreen inside.
What is sure to sit well with prospecting Suburban shoppers is the vast amount of safety features that come with the vehicle at no extra cost. If you want more safety features, higher-tier trim levels will allow you to invest in additional ones. The features you can expect, however, include Buckle to Drive, which also makes an appearance in the included Teen Driver safety suite. While not every driver is subject to this, buckling up can escape the minds of many when in a hurry. With Buckle to Drive, the implication of the name is exactly what it sounds like. After starting your vehicle, you’ll be locked to the parking position for 20 seconds to remind the driver to fasten their seatbelts.
The safety features that come standard with the Suburban go above and beyond what you can expect from a variety of competing models. This assortment of features is all part of Chevy Safety Assist. Chevy Safety Assist is made up of six functions, each one standard. Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking will stop your vehicle when necessary to avoid hitting a vehicle or pedestrian. Along with this, Forward Collision Alert will give you a timely heads-up to manually apply the brakes.
There’s also a Following Distance Indicator to measure how far away you are from a vehicle in front of you. For freeway travel, both Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning will ensure that your vehicle remains in its proper lane. Lastly, IntelliBeam headlights will eliminate the need to adjust your headlights while driving at night. This is accomplished by dynamically adjusting the brightness of your headlights when there’s a bypassing vehicle or hard-to-see weather conditions.