I was T-boned by a F-350. He was going 30-35 mph and crashed into my driver side doors. The impact deployed the airbags even on the passenger side before my daughter's head had time to hit the window. My door that took the direct impact did not even bend enough to reach my seat, nor did the back seat door where there was a car seat(unoccupied). Any other vehicle and I would not have lived long enough to write this review. They said the way he hit should have rolled my Suburban, but it did not. I cannot give enough praise on the level of safety of this vehicle. This is my second Suburban. I now tell everybody that wants an SUV to get a Suburban. Forever Faithfully, A Suburban Fan
We got a FlexFuel and it gets better gas mileage than my wifes Volvo XC90. There is more room than any other SUV we looked at. Rides like a dream. Quite nimble for as big as it is. The kids love to ride it in because it is so roomy and the air conditioning can be controlled from the back. I had read reviews where stating that the transmission bucked when changing gears, but I have only had a smooth experience with that. Great pick up when needed, quiet ride and clears speed bumps like they weren't even there.
I recently purchased a 2009 Suburban LT with low miles. Overall, the car is great. The city gas millage is slightly lower than my previous 2001 Nissan Xterra, but the highway millage is better, even though the suburban is much larger. The interior space is nice;however the ability to move/adjust the rear and third row seats forward/backwards would be nice. It is bit cramped on foot room when hauling all the kids around. As you would expect for a vehicle of this size, backing up can be tricky. I recommend a rear view camera and a backup alarm. The vehicle is a dream to drive on the highway. Very smooth and comfortable for its size and truck like stance. I had many needs and wanted one vehicle that could meet them all and the Suburban was the best choice. I needed room to carry at least 6 people and sometimes more, I needed more cargo space than our minivan, I needed to be able to two up to 8000 pounds, I needed 4WD, and reasonable gas millage.