2018 Chevrolet Suburban is an urban family hauler with V-8
power, available four-wheel drive, and a variety of standard
optional comfort and safety features.
cool-looking Z71 Midnight Edition package is offered on Tahoe and
Suburban sport utilities, as well as on the Silverado pickups.
Over the past
year, Iíve tested Silverado 1500 and Tahoe models with the
Midnight package, and this past week, I also got to spend time in
the Suburban version, which is 20.3 inches longer than the similarly
is Chevroletís original sport utility vehicle, introduced in 1935
and a star of the Chevy lineup ever since ó particularly in Texas,
where itís among the most-popular motor vehicles ever.
siblings, the Suburban has great road presence, and is quite hard to
ignore. Thatís made even more so by the Midnight Editionís
jet-black exterior color, along with blacked wheels and body trim.
essentially is the same vehicle as the Tahoe, except at the rear.
The cargo compartment is extended, giving the Suburban 39.3 cubic
feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat ó 24 cubic feet more
than the Tahoe, at 15.3 cubic feet.
Tahoe/Suburban and its siblings received their last full makeover
for 2015, and the Midnight Edition package was added a year later.
Itís also available on the Silverado Crew Cab pickup, which is
almost the same vehicle underneath as the Suburban and Tahoe ó it
just has the cargo area turned into an open truck bed. The Silverado
Midnight Edition has much the same look as the Suburban and Tahoe
versions, with the same black wheels and trim.
tester was the four-wheel-drive LT trim level, with a base price of
$58,280 (plus $1,295 freight) before adding the Z71Midnight Edition
Package ($2,285). With the package came the 18-inch black-painted
aluminum wheels, blackwall all-terrain tires, black tubular assist
steps, black roof rack, tow hooks, underbody skid plate package,
3.42 rear axle ratio, Autotrac active two-speed transfer case,
hill-descent control, front and rear black Chevy bowties, Z71 grille
decals, high-capacity air cleaner and Z71 rubber floor mats. The
vehicle came with a black interior, too.
on our tester was the Suburban Luxury Package ($2,860), which added
passive entry with remote keyless start, heated second-row seats,
third-row 60/40 split bench seat with power fold, power
tilt/telescopic steering column, heated steering wheel, rear
cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert with side blind-zone alert,
power/heated outside mirrors with turn signals, hands-free power
liftgate, front and rear park assist, and front fog lights.
We also had a
Chevy MyLink audio/navigation system with eight-inch color touch
screen ($495) and a power sunroof ($995). Dealer-installed wheel
locks were an additional $70.
was powered by a 5.3-liter Ecotec3 V-8 engine with 355 horsepower
and 383 foot-pounds of torque. It was paired with a six-speed
automatic transmission, although Chevrolet now offers a 10-speed
automatic with the optional 6.2-liter V-8.
rows of seats, the Suburban can carry up to eight passengers ó two
up front, and three each in the middle and third rows. But our
tester came with power second-row bucket seats ($795), which
replaced the second-row bench seat, and cut the passenger capacity
cubic-foot cargo area behind the third row is big enough for luggage
and sports gear for a long family trip. With the third row folded,
it expands to 76.7 cubic feet; and with middle and rear seats
folded, there is 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Suburban prices begin at $50,200 (plus freight) for the base
rear-wheel-drive LS model. Itís available with four-wheel drive at
all trim levels. There is a rotary dial on the dash to the left of
the steering column that has setting for 2WD, Automatic, 4WD High or
4WD Low, which is a low-range setting for serious off-road driving.
is a very pleasant highway vehicle, with a quiet cabin, smooth ride,
and a more-efficient powertrain than the previous generation.
It has a
31-gallon fuel tank, compared with 26 gallons for the Tahoe. EPA
ratings for our four-wheel-drive tester were 15 mpg city/22
highway/18 combined. During our week in the Suburban, with about a
60-40 mix of highway-city driving, we averaged just over 18 mpg.
exterior features are Intellibeam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a
17-inch steel spare wheel/tire, and trailering equipment.
heated leather front bucket seats were quite comfortable, with power
adjustments for driver and passenger. There were power-adjustable
pedals, with memory for the driverís seat and the pedals.
auto-dimming rearview mirror was standard, along with tri-zone
automatic climate control, universal garage/gate opener, and Bose
plenty of power from the 5.3-liter engine, and with the four-wheel
drive, the Suburban can tow trailers weighing up to 8,000 pounds.
To help boost
fuel economy, the engine has technologies such as direct fuel
injection, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced
suspension and mechanical features are a coil-over-shock front
suspension, five-link/coil-spring rear suspension, a wide rear
track, electric power steering, and standard automatic-locking rear
all models is a four-wheel antilock disc-brake system featuring the
GM Duralife brake rotors, designed to last twice as long as
connectivity, the Suburban has a 4G LTE Hot Spot (built-in Wi-Fi)
thatís active when the ignition is on, allowing everyone in the
vehicle to connect to the Web. Our vehicle also had GMís OnStar
system and SiriusXM satellite radio.
We had a
12-volt DC and two USB ports in the cubby in front where there is a
small open cubby perfect for portable devices; there is also a nifty
hidden compartment behind the audio-nav touch screen, opened by a
touch of a button below the screen, with a USB port inside. Itís
perfect for hiding away your smartphone. There were two USB ports,
an auxiliary input and another 12-volt outlet inside the center
console, which also doubled as an armrest for the driver and front
In the center
console are dual cupholders. Middle-row passengers had a cupholder
and bottle holder in each door, while third-row passengers had two
cupholders in the tops of the wheel arches.
seatback pockets on the front seats, accessible to the middle row,
and there were also air conditioning controls, a 115-volt AC outlet,
and a 12-volt outlet for the rear passengers.
features include front and rear automatic braking, which uses radar
and ultrasonic sensors to help avoid low-speed collisions; GMís
Safety Alert driverís seat; and a backup-camera system.
With $7,500 in
options and the freight charge added to the base price, the total
sticker price for our 2018 Suburban LT Z71 Midnight Edition
four-wheel drive was $67,075.
SUBURBAN LT Z71 4WD MIDNIGHT EDITION
Full-size, seven- or eight-passenger, five-door, four-wheel-drive,
V-8 powered, off-road equipped sport utility vehicle.
The Suburban, last redesigned for 2015, is a sturdy family hauler
with lots of power, a smooth ride, and a long list of standard and
optional convenience and safety features. Itís the long version of
the Tahoe, with extra cargo space.
get pricey, especially with options.
355 HP./383 foot-pounds.
front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
capacity: 39.3 cubic feet (behind third seat); 76.7 cubic feet
(behind second row, third row folded); 121.7 cubic feet (behind
first row; second and third rows folded).
stability control: Standard.
Side air bags:
Front seat-mounted, three-row side curtain.
capacity: 8,000 pounds.
economy: 15 mpg city/22 highway/18 combined.
capacity/type: 31 gallons/unleaded regular.
$60,565 plus $$1,295 freight and options (2018 LT Z71 Midnight
tested: $67,075, including freight and options.
competitors: Ford Expedition Max, Nissan Armada, Lincoln Navigator,
Infiniti QX80, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade ESV..
On the Road
rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).
are manufacturerís suggested retail; actual selling price may