September 17, 2021

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban

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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban? What does it compare to?

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is the latest in a long-running series of mega-sized family warships, with a name that traces back to the early 20th century when people weren’t necessarily smaller—maybe they just needed less stuff. It competes with other full-size SUVs such as the Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe, Nissan Armada, and GMC Yukon.

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban a good vehicle?

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The redesigned 2021 Suburban earns a TCC rating of 6.0 out of 10, due to a robust standard feature set and comfortable cabin. A poor crash-test rating and lack of standard safety features, along with a poor showing on fuel economy (as you’d expect) tempered those scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban?

In short, nearly everything. The redesigned 2021 Suburban is more spacious for passengers and cargo, adds a new turbodiesel engine option, and upgrades to its multimedia and safety technology that bring it up to the modern age. It also got big: 225.7 inches in length with a wheelbase of over 11 feet, increasing second and third row leg room, as well as cargo room which now maxes out at a whopping 144.7 cubic feet.

The Suburban is closely related to the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, which also got a redesign that we cover separately. Both ride on the same platform that underpins the Silverado half-ton and styling draws heavily from the pickup truck as well giving the Suburban a massive maw. The grille pinches toward the middle with daytime running lights, but it’s just as upright—just as imposing—as before. Along the sides, the Suburban plays with the available daylight with creases and bends—at least when it’s not blocking the sun. 

Under the hood is a choice between two carryover V-8 engines: a 5.3- or a 6.2-liter that make 355 or 420 hp, respectively. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 that makes 277 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque is available in the Suburban for the first time in two decades. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models and drives the rear or all four wheels, when optionally equipped. Fuel economy ratings top out at 23 mpg combined for rear-wheel drive turbodiesel models and 18 mpg combined for the smaller V-8 (also with rear-wheel drive).

The Suburban rides atop a four-wheel independent suspension for the first time this year, which helps the Chevy glide more smoothly over the pavement. An optional adaptive air suspension coddles passengers further with a load-leveling rear end for frequent towers. 

All Suburbans get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard equipment, with blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and a surround-view camera system optional. The Suburban earned a four-star crash test rating from the NHTSA, but has not yet been tested by the IIHS as of this writing.

How much does the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban cost?

The 2021 Suburban is available in LS, LT, Z71, High Country, Premier, and RST trim levels. Each trim level except for the Z71 has standard rear-wheel drive and adding four-wheel drive costs an additional $3,000 on the other trim levels. The LS leads things off at $52,995 (including a $1,295 destination charge), followed by the LT at $57,795, and the RST at $61,095. The Z71 comes in at $63,195, then we come to the most luxurious trims of the Suburban, the Premier ($66,595) and High Country ($73,595). 

The LS comes with a standard 10.2-inch touchscreen, automatic emergency braking, tri-zone automatic climate control, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Each trim above that tacks on a wireless phone charger. High Country models have the most standard features, with leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and an adaptive suspension standard.

Where is the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban made?

The 2021 Suburban is made alongside the Tahoe in Arlington, Texas.

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