2011 Chevrolet Suburban

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG:
    12-13 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x2
  • Seating:
    7-9 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy with 5.3-liter V-8
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Seating capacity
  • Luxury options

The Bad

  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Less towing capacity than some competitors
  • Unwieldy dimensions

Notable Features of the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban

  • Six-speed automatic standard
  • Seats up to nine
  • Standard V-8 with cylinder deactivation
  • Available 4WD
  • Towing package includes trailer brake controller

2011 Chevrolet Suburban Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's Suburban full-size SUV is available in a variety of payload, drivetrain and trim-level configurations, including regular-duty 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Suburban can seat up to nine, and its GM sibling is the more upscale GMC Yukon XL. The Suburban competes with other full-size SUVs, including the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.

New for 2011
The optional towing package now includes an integrated trailer brake controller.

Exterior
The Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market, with traditional boxy styling. Various option packages can dress up the Suburban with things such as fog lamps and luggage-rack crossbars. A variety of wheel sizes are available, with 17-inch wheels standard and 18- or 20-inch wheels optional.

  • Available turn-signal display in outside mirrors
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power running boards
  • Variety of chrome options, including a custom grille, recovery hooks, door handles, mirror caps and fuel-filler doors


Interior
The Suburban can seat up to nine people in three rows of seats, but that third row doesn't fold flat into the floor, which can limit storage options. Other options include a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and first- and second-row heated seats.

  • Optional DVD screen for third row
  • Bluetooth connectivity with steering-wheel controls
  • Optional upgraded stereo and remote ve...
Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's Suburban full-size SUV is available in a variety of payload, drivetrain and trim-level configurations, including regular-duty 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 models with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Suburban can seat up to nine, and its GM sibling is the more upscale GMC Yukon XL. The Suburban competes with other full-size SUVs, including the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.

New for 2011
The optional towing package now includes an integrated trailer brake controller.

Exterior
The Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market, with traditional boxy styling. Various option packages can dress up the Suburban with things such as fog lamps and luggage-rack crossbars. A variety of wheel sizes are available, with 17-inch wheels standard and 18- or 20-inch wheels optional.

  • Available turn-signal display in outside mirrors
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional power running boards
  • Variety of chrome options, including a custom grille, recovery hooks, door handles, mirror caps and fuel-filler doors


Interior
The Suburban can seat up to nine people in three rows of seats, but that third row doesn't fold flat into the floor, which can limit storage options. Other options include a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and first- and second-row heated seats.

  • Optional DVD screen for third row
  • Bluetooth connectivity with steering-wheel controls
  • Optional upgraded stereo and remote vehicle start


Under the Hood
The Suburban's engines differ depending on whether a regular-duty 1500 or heavy-duty 2500 is selected. The 5.3-liter V-8 in the 1500 can run on E85 and uses Active Fuel Management to shut down cylinders to improve fuel economy. On rear-drive 1500 models, the 5.3-liter V-8 has an iron block; on four-wheel-drive models, it has an aluminum block. Suburban 2500 models are powered by a 6.0-liter V-8 that can run on E85.

When properly equipped, the Suburban 1500 can tow up to 8,100 pounds and the 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds. Both engines mate to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

  • 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (326 hp and 348 pounds-feet of torque with E85) in 1500 models
  • 352-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 382 pounds-feet of torque (2500)
  • Integrated brake controller for electric trailer-brake systems
  • Optional heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability system
  • Standard side curtain airbags for all rows
  • Optional backup camera with display in rearview mirror or navigation screen
  • Optional blind-spot warning system
  • Optional rear parking sensors

 


Latest 2011 Suburban Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love it!

by sgoodin from Broken Arrow, OK on August 23, 2018

I bought a replacement Suburban after I totaled my last car, another Suburban. I was struck by a Ford F250 which spun me around and destroyed the back of the car, but I was ok. My wife insisted that ... Read full review

(5.0)

Owned Several in the past 35 years

by D and C from Riverside on August 14, 2018

This vehicle meets our needs again for the fourth time in 35 years. The first one we owned was in 1993. Our lease was up so we traded down unfortunately. In 2002 we owned another which was totaled. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Chevrolet Suburban has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Suburban received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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