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When it comes to SUVs, the pool of choices seems infinite. This is due in large part to many automotive manufacturers throwing their hats in the ring to meet the American consumer’s demand for larger, more versatile vehicles. Consumers don’t want to compromise on fuel economy or curb appeal, but even more so, they demand a level of luxury not usually found on a utility vehicle. And the one full-size SUV that is a true combination of it all is the 2020 Chevy Suburban. Today’s Suburban competes with even the highest-end luxury cars while holding fast to its workhorse roots, and this marriage of style and function resonates with uncompromising buyers looking for a new vehicle that ticks all the boxes on their wishlist.
Interestingly, Chevy doesn’t leave less luxury-obsessed utility buyers behind in its quest to meet the demand for high-end features. In fact, Chevrolet offers so many trims for the Suburban - and a huge selection of add-ons - that any full-size SUV buyer is bound to find a perfect match. The best part? Buyers don’t have to make any compromises at all. There is so much to discover that goes beyond the great looking exterior and long-standing reputation of this great SUV. So today, we are going to look at the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban, its model lineup, features, and capabilities. Who knows? The Suburban just may be your dream vehicle.
The performance of an SUV is arguably one of the most important factors to look at when making a purchase. Luckily, the Suburban offers a fantastic combination of engine strength and fuel efficiency. With two engine options along with two choices for transmission, this full-size SUV allows for every driver to get what they need.
The Suburban delights us with its standard 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, delivering 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. Poor fuel efficiency is usually expected for a large vehicle, but this SUV remains impressive at 18 MPG combined. For the upper-level Suburban Premier model, Chevy offers an optional 6.2L EcoTec 3 V8 engine, which impresses with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, this engine still delivers an excellent fuel economy rating at 16 MPG combined.
Depending on the model, Chevy has two transmissions: the standard 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission for the LS and LT, and the 10-speed automatic transmission for the Premier. Towing capacity ranges from 6,300 lbs to 8,100 lbs, depending on the engine and trim, offering plenty of muscle for most pleasure boats and small RVs. Overall, no matter what engine or transmission the Suburban is equipped with, it is a powerful and fuel efficient SUV that can suit anyone's needs.
The 2020 Suburban is offered in three trims: the base LS, mid-range LT, and top-of-the-line Premier. Across the entire model lineup, there is intense attention to detail, thoughtful arrangement of standard features, and clear designation of benefits from one model to the next. The Suburban models are lined up intelligently in order to fill the needs of a broad range of full-size SUV buyers. Criteria like budget, performance, and luxury are all addressed so buyers can settle in on the trim that works best for their lifestyle and preferences.
The 2020 Suburban LS 2WD starts at $51,700 and includes a generous variety of features that tell a story of great value. The LS comes standard with Chevy’s beefy 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. There are 18” tires standard, with 20-inch and 22-inch tires available as an option. The Suburban LS also comes standard with heated power outside mirrors, manual liftgate, and Rainsense automatic wipers.
Safety is front-and-center, with standard rear park assist and rear vision camera. Chevy’s Teen Driver system is standard as well. The Teen Driver system allows parents to monitor speed by setting a speed alert, and it can limit stereo volume. Most importantly, the system records driving performance for parents to review later.
The 2020 Suburban LT 2WD starts at an MSRP of $56,500 and offers a nice step up from the base LS. First, leather seating is standard, along with a nifty power liftgate. Chevy offers more upgraded wheel choices for the Suburban LT, giving buyers another area for customization. These include available 22” gloss black aluminum wheels with silver accents and specially designed 6-spoke chrome wheels.
Fog lamps are available as an option on the LT, along with a hands-free version of the power liftgate. Other available optional exterior equipment includes heated power auto-dimming outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, power moonroof, a theft protection package, and several exterior upgrade packages that aren’t offered on the LS.
Safety is another area where the LT packs in the standard features. Chevy’s Enhanced Driver Alert Package is included and offers drivers many important driver assist systems. These include automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert seat, and IntelliBeam headlamps, which automatically switch between low- and high-beam in response to traffic conditions. In all, the LT offers a pretty good jump in standard features, which certainly justifies the increase in price.
Starting at an MSRP of $65,500, the 2020 Suburban Premier is Chevy’s top-of-the-line model. The Premier has an enticing mix of standard and optional equipment that enhances the driving experience. First, the Suburban Premier is the only trim that offers a 6.2L V8 engine as an optional upgrade, along with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
Also standard on the Premier is magnetic ride control, which automatically smooths out the ride (even on bumpy surfaces), and enhances traction. Body-color, bodyside moldings differentiate the Suburban Premier from its sister trims, and fog lamps, the heated power outside mirrors, and the convenient hands-free power liftgate become standard.
In short, the Premier delivers on its name. The generous standard equipment, combined with so many optional features and packages, allow buyers in this elite upper end to really customize and equip their 2020 Chevy Suburban Premier with a full array of luxury, comfort, safety, and aesthetic upgrades. And, overall, this trim nicely wraps up all of the options the Suburban offers.
Of course, one of the most critical parts of car-shopping is whether the interior of the car, where you will spend the most time, is to your liking. From the base LS all the way through the high-end Premier, Chevy doesn’t disappoint with interior features. Attention to detail and thoughtful touches are important, and buyers will love how the list of interior goodies expands with each trim upgrade. Chevy puts the focus on building out these SUVs with comfort, convenience, and luxury in mind.
Starting with the LS, standard features include a 4.2-inch driver information center, a 6-speaker audio system, a multidirectional power driver’s seat, and a 6-way power front passenger seat. Also included is Chevrolet’s Infotainment System with an 8-inch display. This tech-lover’s system includes Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Bluetooth, and several USB ports.
On the inside, Chevy pumps up the volume with a standard upgraded Bose premium 9-speaker audio system. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is also standard. Chevy also offers optional navigation for added display screen functionality and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The convenience of keyless entry and keyless start is now an option with the LT and not available on the LS. In addition, Chevy includes power-adjustable pedals as standard on the LT. Passenger comfort is elevated with the option to add heated second-row seating. Second and third-row seating has the option of converting to a power 60/40 split-folding bench. The kids will love the optional rear-seat entertainment system that includes a DVD player.
For the Premier, an upgraded Bose Centerpoint surround-sound 10-speaker audio system is standard, as is navigation. Special cocoa/dune perforated leather-appointed seat trim or jet black leather seat trim are available to level up the luxury. For your lucky passengers, those heated second-row seats that are optional on the LT come standard with the Premier. Keyless start and keyless entry also become standard equipment, as does the heated steering wheel.
No matter what features you do or do not want, there is a trim of the Suburban to satisfy your needs.