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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Review: New But The Same, And That's Good

by Aiden Eksteen

With a lineage that extends from 1935 to 2021, the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running vehicle marque in the USA, and it now enters its 12th generation as an all-new and much-improved version of its former self. It's Chevrolet's largest SUV and still uses the body-on-frame concept, which means it offers an abundance of passenger and cargo room throughout its cabin interior and plenty of durability and capability for confident motoring performance and towing. These are qualities the prodigious cruiser has always offered, however, so this year, Chevrolet presents the Suburban with a whole new look and feel. The three powertrains are carried over, so you can expect outputs of between 277 and 420 horsepower from the turbo-diesel to the V8s. The most significant improvements include the installation of an extended wheelbase and an independent rear suspension, which make the SUV even more spacious and comfortable than ever before. It also bears a far more contemporary and upscale aesthetic now, which, along with those hidden upgrades, has it stand out well against its core contenders, the Ford Expedition and the GMC Yukon XL, while improving its standing alongside the class-leading Cadillac Escalade.

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Suburban?

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is an all-new model, with only the engines and ten-speed automatic transmission carried over from the previous generation. Design-wise, Chevrolet has gone for a more upmarket exterior, while the redesigned rear suspension and longer wheelbase make it a more comfortable family cruiser. The interior offers improved legroom, and the dashboard design is better than ever.

Pros and Cons

  • Selection of strapping V8 engines
  • Apt 10-speed auto transmission
  • Noticeably improved ride quality
  • Expanse of passenger and cargo room
  • Standard features list is extensive
  • Decent reliability and safety rating
  • Top-spec models are really pricey
  • Cabin bears some second-rate parts
  • Fuel economy is still quite poor

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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LS
5.3L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$52,300
LT
5.3L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$57,000
RST
5.3L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$60,100
Z71
5.3L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$62,200
Premier
5.3L V8 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$65,500
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2021 Suburban Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 225.7 in
  • Wheelbase 134.1 in
  • Height 75.7 in
  • Max Width 81.1 in

2021 Suburban Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Diesel, 5.3L V8 Gas, 6.2L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

2021 Suburban Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    8-seater
  • Front Leg Room 44.5 in
  • Front Head Room 42.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.9 in

2021 Suburban Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Suburban Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban a good SUV?

The most significant, and perhaps most noticeable, improvement the 2021 Suburban boasts over all previous Suburban generations is the enhanced handling dynamics and refined ride quality it now delivers by virtue of its upgraded rear independent suspension. This makes the enormous 5-door cruiser a whole lot easier to drive; while not quite car-like, it's still really pleasant, especially considering its immense size and heft. The powertrains, though not particularly trailblazing, provide plenty of impetus for the Suburban SUV - the 6.2L V8 offering potent acceleration responses and impressive towing capability - and are all it requires to get the job of hauling people and cargo on a daily basis done. With its new, modern design, expansive and featureful cabin, and large cargo bay, the Suburban does this exquisitely. Even grown adults can comfortably occupy the rearmost third-row seats, something that's not typically the case in three-row SUVs.

The Suburban is still not a very frugal SUV, though the Duramax turbo-diesel does improve returns slightly. The IIHS also subjected the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban to review for its crashworthiness and gave it a rather subpar four-star rating, when cars in the USA typically average five stars to stay competitive. Starting at $52,300, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban SUV is nicely priced at the entry-spec level. The mid- and upper-tier models do get quite expensive really quickly, though. Nevertheless, the all-new Suburban really is better than ever in its 12th generational guise, and certainly worth considering as a family cruiser.

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