You might expect the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST SUV to be the family car Suburbans have always been, but Chevy has put together an SUV that isn’t just for soccer moms. The biggest change is the engine. It used to be that the Suburban was the odd-man-out when it came to having Chevy’s full-bore 6.2 liter V8 engine. As of 2019, the line will be getting the RST Performance package, which, similar to the smaller Tahoe, replaces the old 5.3 liter small-block V8. The chassis will also be updated, befitting the newer, bigger engine.
The RST Performance package hits hard with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Suburban will be available in rear- or all-wheel drive and comes with a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. You’ll also be able to hear this Suburban coming with a throatier Borla exhaust. The 2019 Suburban will also feature the same Magnetic Ride Control offered in Cadillacs and Camaros.
Sure, there’ll be plenty of room for your kid’s entire hockey team, but there’s also going to be more than enough performance to spare. The new Suburban will be able to two 8,100 pounds. Stats off the line may not be available, but the smaller Tahoe, which has the same engine, hits 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds and completes a quarter mile in the 14s and just under 100mph. The Suburban weighs only slightly more, so performance should be similar. You can haul more than just your family in this SUV.