How Much Better Is the 2025 Suburban Than the Outgoing 2024 Model?

May 17th, 2024 by

A blue 2025 Chevy Suburban is shown driving off-road.

When you’re investing in a full-size powerhouse like the Chevy Suburban, you want to ensure you get it right. After all, an iconic model like Chevy’s flagship SUV has a lot to offer in terms of technology, comfort, and performance, and you don’t want to miss out.

You’ve had your eye on the Suburban for a while now, and you’re finally ready to update your ride, but should you get the 2024 model or wait for the 2025 one? You heard there’s been a mid-cycle refresh, so which do you choose? We’re curious, too, so we’re detailing the 2025 Chevy Suburban vs 2024 Chevy Suburban to see if there really is that much of a difference or if it’s just cosmetic.

Right off the bat, we know that the 2024 Suburban didn’t get the facelift we thought it would and mostly carried over the style and powertrains from 2023. However, the model did receive the top ranking as the #1 Large SUV on US News and World Report, and it was given the 2024 Best Large SUV for Families award.

Like the Suburbans before it, the 2024 model offered an airy cabin that was loaded with user-friendly technology and plenty of comfort. It also boasted two powerful V8 engines plus a diesel engine that gave the 2024 model a healthy towing ability. Yet, the market always craves something new and bold, and hearing the best-selling SUV was finally getting that refresh for 2025 has buyers curious. What’s changed? What’s the same?

Read on to see how the newest model compares to the previous 2024 Suburban so you can ensure you get the most bang for your buck in picking out your next Chevy SUV.

Even More Powerful in 2025

Let’s talk about power and performance first—after all, the Suburban isn’t just a cushy ride; it’s aggressive and tough, and it’s a favorite of drivers who expect their SUV to pull double duty when it comes to comfort and performance capabilities.

The 2024 Surban was offered with three engine choices. Drivers opt for the 355-hp 5.3L V8 or the 420-hp 6.2L gas engine. There was also a 277-hp Turbo-Diesel. The 6.2L offered the most get-up-and-go action thanks to its excellent horsepower and refined torque. Yet the standard 5.3L has the highest tow rating at 8,300 lbs when properly equipped. The 2024 Suburban comes standard with front-wheel drive, but drivers can upgrade to all-wheel drive or get it standard on the aggressive Z71 trim.

For 2025, there’s not a huge difference. You get the same pair of V8 engines as the previous year, but the diesel has received a minor bump in power. For 2025, the Suburban features the second-generation Duramax engine that offers 10% more horsepower, taking things from 277 hp up to 305 hp. The engine also brings with it an increased torque of 495 lb-ft, which is up from the previous 460 lb-ft.

Both the 2024 and 2025 models are paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission for a smooth and responsive driving experience. Note that Chevy did some tweaking to the multi-link independent rear suspension system for the 2025 year, so expect an even more refined handling and overall driving experience in the latest model.

Chevy’s noteworthy Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control are available in 2025 for the upscale High Country, Z71, and RST trims. This means you don’t just get improved efficiency but also reduced drag and additional ground clearance for rocky or off-road terrain.

The black and white interior and dash in a 2025 Chevy Suburban is shown.

Trailering Made Even Easier

The Suburban is always happy to pull its own weight, whether for work or recreation. Drivers who have trailers, boats, or bikes will be happy to hear that it’s now easier than ever with the 2025 Suburban to hitch up and go, thanks to the expansion of its trailering technology.

For 2024, there is an impressive Advanced Trailering Package, and drivers can opt for the additional Max Trailering package. Together, these packages offer Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, Trailer Brake Controller, Smart Trailer Integration Indicator, and Enhanced Cooling Radiator. The Premier and High Country trims also include Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert, while the LS, LT, and RST include a two-speed active transfer case.

That’s a lot of impressive tech. However, Chevy took things a step further for the 2025 model, offering more features than ever before to streamline towing and hauling for drivers. The 2025 Suburban is also available with Trailer Tire Health, Mobile Trailering App Load Rating Info, Forward Path Indication, Boat Ramp Assist, and Trailer Navigation.

An Overhaul of the Cabin

The 2024 model’s cabin offered flexible seating for seven to nine people. This seating was comfortable and supportive, and it offered ample leg and headroom across all rows. The 2024 Suburban also boasted best-in-class cargo space; you could easily fold down the rows to enjoy the Suburban’s expansive cabin to haul gear, equipment, or work materials with ease.

The 2024 Suburban also featured a standard 8.0-inch color touchscreen on its entry-level trim, but as you went up the ladder, you could unlock a 10.2-inch touchscreen. The menus were designed to be clear and easy for a personalized driving experience that fit their needs like a glove. Available for upgrade were extras like Google Built-In and wireless charging. At the same time, little luxuries like a Wi-Fi hotspot or Bluetooth were standard.

So how can 2025 compare? Sit inside the driver-centered cabin, and right away, you won’t just notice the refined lines of the modern dash but also the enlarged standard 17.7-inch infotainment screen. This screen is oriented at a slight angle to provide easy viewing for the driver.

And while the 2025 Suburban still has the same seating capacity, Chevy gave the cabin a facelift to include more refined color palettes, rich materials like real wood accents, and smarter storage. The center console has been sculpted for better storage and more convenience, including a better position for the wireless charging pad and more organization to keep essentials handy.

A black 2024 Chevy Suburban High Country is shown driving near a house.

Smart—and Getting Smarter

The 2024 Suburban already featured a great range of standard tech plus a generous standard safety suite, so how could Chevy beat that? A new cabin sensor is now available on the 2025 model that can detect minor cabin movement after you park; it works as a gentle reminder to check your interior for any precious cargo, like kids or pets.

The newest 2025 model also includes updated camera tech—Connected Cameras—which offers views both inside and outside of your SUV, giving you a complete 360-degree vantage. The Connected Cameras system provides crash recording, increased security, dash cam recording, and cloud storage—an industry first—so it’s simple for drivers to view footage through the myChevrolet App.

Both the 2024 and 2025 models offer the option of Chevy’s hands-free driving tool, Super Cruise. This advanced system maps out more than 400,000 miles of roads across North America, and Super Cruise is the only smart hands-free system to work in combination with trailering. Keep that in mind next time you have a long road trip planned!

Chevy’s Full-Size Icon Has Improved Greatly

The Suburban is like a fine bottle of wine in that it just keeps getting better with age. The 2024 model gives drivers plenty of bang for their buck, but the 2025 refresh delivers even more tech, power, and features than the previous year, making it a value powerhouse.

Are you the type of driver who’s always on the hunt for the latest tech? Then the 2025 Suburban is a match made in heaven! We love the enlarged screens, additional trailering tech, and enhanced camera views. We find the Suburban impressive no matter how you look at it—after all, it’s an SUV icon for a reason—and we’re excited to experience the 2025 model, from a boosted diesel engine to a smart cabin that puts the latest tech at your fingertips.