The modernized Chevrolet Suburban has a smooth ride and a massive cargo space, plus heaps of available… technology. You can also choose from a trio of powerful engines. There is no getting around its size, however.
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Before you start shopping, we recommend identifying must-have features so you can dispense with any large SUVs that don't deliver. How big is your family and how willing are your loved ones to share their space? Virtually every large SUV offers three seating rows, but some are roomier than others.
Importantly, some also have much more cargo space behind the third row. That really matters if you plan to utilize the third row on a regular basis, because all those passengers are bound to have plenty of stuff to carry with them.
When your family is involved, safety is a top priority. All of the best large SUVs will keep you safe, but you should consider available features that go beyond basic crash protection, including advanced safety systems such as automatic emergency braking. Then there are options such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist that can minimize driver fatigue on longer trips.
Furthermore, the best large SUVs offer an impressive range of consumer technology, so be sure to look for features such as second- and third-row USB ports, rear-seat entertainment systems and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) protocol was introduced in 2002 to simplify the installation of child car seats. If you're shopping for a large SUV that's good for car seats, one thing to check is whether your child safety seat mounts easily to the vehicle's LATCH anchor points. Another question is whether there's still enough room for adult passengers up front with a safety seat installed in the second row. We recommend bringing your child car seat to the dealership to see how it fits.
When you're in the market for a new large SUV, the array of available features can be dizzying. Here are four features that we consider to be especially important for the family-minded large SUV shopper.
When your hands are full and you're approaching the car with kids in tow, the last thing you want to do is wrestle with the liftgate. The solution is a hands-free power liftgate that opens by itself, typically when you wave your foot under the rear bumper with the key fob in your pocket. It's an increasingly common feature across the SUV landscape.
Nothing's better for keeping the kids occupied on a long trip than a rear-seat entertainment system with display screens and headphones. Some systems feature screens that are mounted to the front headrests, just like on a plane, while others have screens that flip down from the ceiling.
Families have a lot of devices that need to be charged, so the more USB ports a vehicle provides, the better. Many SUVs have enough USB ports for both front and rear passengers to stay juiced up.
Typically a higher-end feature, retractable rear sunshades help protect your little ones from the heat and rays of direct sunlight. Why buy those goofy aftermarket suction-cup sunshades if you don't have to?
Now you know what our experts think, and you've got our shopping advice. But at the end of the day, there's no substitute for firsthand experience with all of the large SUVs you're considering. Get out there and start test-driving to find out for yourself what the best large SUVs are today.