Sprawling SUVs are a common sight in the US, even if you’ve only been there for a short vacation – and the Chevrolet Suburban is one of them. It’s so popular it’s even earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sharing the spot with Jay Leno, DJ Khalid and co. It was first introduced in 1935, but the Suburban has come a long way since then.
They’re big and long enough to scare off some school buses, and they’re packed with technology. They are also not cheap and have an unimaginable thirst for fuel. But that’s what Suburbans have always been about. Probably even signature attributes. As far as we know, there’s nobody in America who doesn’t like their SUV with a big engine and some nice plush seats.
It was a stalwart steed for many Yankees, and it doesn’t take examination to understand that. After the introduction of the 2022 suburb, the SUV carries the same brew but for the current times. The goal of this big and beefy Chevy SUV is very simple.
Carry the whole family and the dog in comfort and security – and for those of you who see the beauty in something big – in style too. There’s no denying that it can be shaped like a loaf of bread, but when designers and engineers are tasked with giant dimensions, this is the result – and it doesn’t look bad, to be honest. Three rows complete it; as well as the large tailgate.
The interior is filled with practical little things; There’s even a Wi-Fi hotspot and touchscreens for those in the back. But the latest exterior design is the best yet, and the interior is something to consider, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
The Suburban Diesel looks tough and rock solid
It’s an absolute monster to behold, and despite its boxy looks, there’s a lot to like. Design features of the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and Silverado pickup can be seen in the details. The grille is massive and covered with chrome.
On the Premier trim, all plastics were overlaid with body color or chrome. Then there’s the gorgeous Chevrolet Bowtie in bronze. The side profile is slab-like, and its tall stance is unmistakably a signature design touch: a throwback to the original.
The grille’s vertical slats are where you’ll see many bugs, and these are flanked by C-shaped DRLs. Move backwards and it becomes less exciting. There are huge taillights and a chrome band on the back with bold “Suburban” lettering. But the moment the four tailpipes (on the V8 models) catch your attention, you realize that Chevrolet hasn’t forgotten to add sportiness to the formula.
Suburban Diesel interior is technologically loaded and comfortable
The dashboard is solidly built, as is the grille. It features a 10.2-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There are chrome-like plastic parts and there’s a little awkward positioning of the push-button gear selector between the steering wheel and the touchscreen.
The cabin is functional, which is a great thing for Suburban SUV buyers. The LS trim has a three-row seating configuration, the Premier trim gets a 2+2+3 seating layout for just 7 passengers instead of 9. Whichever seating arrangement you choose, the interior design remains absolutely the same.
For those who don’t like everything on a touchscreen, breathe a sigh of relief because the 2022 Chevrolet Suburban gets physical knobs and knobs to control much of the functionality like heating, volume, etc. The folks at Chevy had long-haul in mind, so they put 12 cup holders in the cabin!
The base LS trim level comes with plenty of features as standard, such as power front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather steering wheels, Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start and the added benefit of a 60,000 mile powertrain warranty only sweetens the deal further. The LT trim gets a 9-speaker Bose sound system, a power tailgate, a suite of Google apps, and more.
2022 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel has tons of torque
The 3.0-liter Duramax turbocharged diesel engine produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. But it seems there’s more to this diesel SUV than just numbers. The diesel makes more torque than the 5.3-liter V8 model and has a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds, meaning you can haul a large boat, caravan or even another SUV.
The engine is to be refined; so much so that it could be confused with a gasoline-powered engine. Not only is it quiet, but it’s also smooth. It is by far the best diesel engine in its segment. The Suburban was praised for its ride quality thanks to its MagnaRide suspension; it handles potholes like a sumo wrestler, a kickboxer.
The ride is meant to be cushioned, not bouncy, with a bit of body roll around corners considering how big this thing is; But let’s not talk about corners, because this is an SUV for the family, not just for the driver. Just remember that parking isn’t as easy as it is for a Toyota Corolla sedan and you’ll be sorted!