2020 Chevrolet Suburban Overview
As the longest-running nameplate in the industry, the Chevrolet Suburban has a lot to live up to. The iconic vehicle has been around since 1935 and has changed quite a bit over the years. In its 11th generation, the 2020 Suburban is packed with everything you need for the family on the go, plus a little bit of extra convenience you didn’t know you needed.
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is available at three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Special editions and packages (availability varies by trim) include: RST Edition, RST 6.2L Performance Edition, Premier Plus Edition, LT Midnight Edition, Z71 Midnight Edition, and the Z71 Off Road Package.
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What’s new for the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban?
Because this model is expected to be the final year of the 11th generation, not much has been added to the 2020 Suburban. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been introduced to replace the text messaging capability of the previous infotainment system. The LT Signature Package and LS All-Season Package have both been eliminated, as well as the Pepperdust Metallic exterior color.
At a glance, you can’t really see many differences between the trims of the 2020 Suburban. The wheels of the Premier increase in size from the 18-inch aluminum set on the LS and LT to 20-inch polished alloy wheels. Across all trims, you’ll get acoustic laminated glass, black assist steps, black roof-mounted side rails, a solar absorbing windshield, and Daytime Running Lamps. The finer, less visual details change when you move up from the base LS trim. On the Suburban Premier, fog lamps will help guide the way while the hands-free power programmable liftgate makes for easier trips to and from the grocery store. The heated outside mirrors (on all trims) get integrated turn signal indicators on the Premier trim while IntelliBeam headlamps are on the LT and Premier.
In a vehicle this large, comfort and convenience should be a top priority — and Chevrolet followed through. Standard across the board are assist handles, carpeted floor mats, a cargo management system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear window defogger, remote start, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Technology, however, varies across the Suburban’s three trims. On the LS, expect standard amenities like a 110-volt power outlet, 12-volt power outlets, 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, OnStar, a SiriusXM trial subscription, and a single-slot CD player. But for the ultimate in audio, you can opt for the Bose 9-speaker system on the LT or the upgraded Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker system with AudioPilot noise compensation technology on the Premier trim. Wireless charging also comes standard on the Suburban Premier.
Every 2020 Suburban is equipped with a standard 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine paired with a six-speed transmission. Combined, this allows the Suburban to get an impressive 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, which means a max of 6,300 pounds of max conventional trailering and a GVWR of 7,300 pounds. For more power, you can get the Premier equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 that gets 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Trailering increases to 8,100 pounds while the GVWR stays the same. Efficiency across the board sits at 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined for the 5.3-liter engine. City fuel economy dips to 14 but highway increases to 23 when the Suburban is equipped with the 6.2-liter V8.
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As with most modern vehicles, the 2020 Suburban is equipped with a large suite of airbags as well as features like Teen Driver, Daytime Running Lamps, antilock disc brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a rear vision camera. But on the base LS, you also get Rear Park Assist to help you when the large-and-in-charge Suburban is in reverse. Added safety like Forward Collision, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Safety Alert Seat are standard on the LT. But for the most comprehensive safety features, you’ll want to choose the Premier, which comes with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist.
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