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2013 Chevrolet Suburban

$11,281 — $35,885 USED
Sport Utility
7-9 Seats
12-13 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Relative gas mileage
  • Seating capacity
  • Cargo room
  • Ride quality with adaptive suspension (1500)
  • Roomy second row

The Bad

  • Third row doesn't fold flat
  • Ungainly dimensions
  • Modest acceleration (1500)
  • Steering and handling
  • Available front middle seat lacks three-point seat belt
2013 Chevrolet Suburban exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban
  • Longer version of Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Available 4WD
  • Seats up to nine
  • Tows up to 9,600 pounds (2500 version)

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 like the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.
New for 2013
Powertrain grade braking — which uses engine torque to slow the vehicle on descents, reducing brake wear — now operates outside of the transmission's Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market, with traditional boxy styling. Various options, like fog lights, can dress up the exterior. A variety of wheel sizes are available, with 17-inch wheels standard and 18- or 20-inch wheels optional. An available Z71 off-road package adds underbody skid plates and unique exterior details including color-keyed fender flares and a chrome grille. Exterior features include:

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

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 include a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system, ...

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 like the Ford Expedition EL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia.
New for 2013
Powertrain grade braking — which uses engine torque to slow the vehicle on descents, reducing brake wear — now operates outside of the transmission's Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market, with traditional boxy styling. Various options, like fog lights, can dress up the exterior. A variety of wheel sizes are available, with 17-inch wheels standard and 18- or 20-inch wheels optional. An available Z71 off-road package adds underbody skid plates and unique exterior details including color-keyed fender flares and a chrome grille. Exterior features include:

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

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 include a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rear DVD entertainment system, automatic climate control and first- and second-row heated seats. Interior features include:

  • Bluetooth cellphone connectivity with steering-wheel controls
  • Available three-person front bench seat
  • Cloth seats standard; optional leather seats
  • Optional cooled front seats
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional heated steering wheel

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 regular gas or E85 ethanol 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.

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 team with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • 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)
  • Optional integrated brake controller for electric trailer-brake systems
  • Optional heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio
  • Optional Autoride suspension
  • Z71 off-road package adds 18-inch tires, gas-charged monotube shocks, an automatic-locking rear differential and a high-capacity air cleaner

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Trailer-sway control and hill start assist
  • Side curtain airbags for all rows of seats 
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats 
  • Optional rear parking sensors 
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional blind spot warning system

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
40 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best all round family, road trip vehicle

by LeeJ from Mansfield Texas on November 10, 2018

This is Suburban #5 for me, so I am obviously bias. Get the 4 wheel drive and go explore. Great vehicles, sturdy, reliable, great towing and cargo capacity Read full review

(4.0)

Suburban Love

by MrBeekeeper from London, KY on August 27, 2018

I have owned many Suburbans. I use them for travel and for work (I am a beekeeper). Tows great. Travels long distance comfortably. Decent fuel economy for the size. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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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