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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 12, 2020
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The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is here. It is still a 9-seater SUV but the host of updates for the year 2021 have made it a much more ultimate family-hauler than before. This is the 12th generation of the Suburban which has been on sale for almost 90 years now. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is offered in 6 trims and the range starts from $51,700 for the LS trim and ranges up to $75,300 for High Country trim. Apart from being more accommodating, it is also a lot more indulging this time.


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Pros

Increased legroom for rear passengers

New optional diesel engine useful for towing

Redesigned interior with significant upgrade over predecessor

New independent rear suspension for better ride quality and comfort

Cons

Massive size affects handling

Quite expensive

What's New?

Completely redesigned for 2021 model year in 12th Suburban generation


2021 Chevrolet Suburban Latest Update

Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Review video
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Interior video
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Exterior video

Styles

2021 Chevrolet Suburban in Basque Red Pearl color 2021 Chevrolet Suburban in Havana Metallic color
Basque Red Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Chevrolet Suburban LS

LS

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$51,700 - $54,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $51,700 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD TBD TBD
LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $54,700 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Chevrolet Suburban LT

LT

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$56,500 - $59,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $56,500 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD TBD TBD
LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $59,500 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST

RST

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$59,800 - $62,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $59,800 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD TBD TBD
RST 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $62,800 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71

Z71

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$61,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $61,900 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Premier

Premier

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$65,300 - $68,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $65,300 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD TBD TBD
Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $68,300 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

2021 Chevrolet Suburban High Country

High Country

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$72,300 - $75,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Country 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $72,300 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD TBD TBD
High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) Starting at $75,300 MSRP TBD 3.6 L,
TBD four wheel drive TBD

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When it comes to fullsize SUVs, the popular Chevrolet Suburban takes the booth. Entering into its 12th generation, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban arrives completely redesigned inside-out. The Suburban is one of few truck-based SUVs which has been around for a while now, 90 years to be exact. But being just based on trucks wasn’t enough for the predecessor that lacked refinement and essentials required for an ideal SUV. The new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban promises strength along with better capability. 

12th Generation 2021 Chevrolet Suburban

Under the hood, the Chevy Suburban offers you the choice of 6.2L V8 or 5.3L V8 engines to go against the likes of Ford Expedition Max, Nissan Armada and Toyota Land Cruiser. Alongside the competent 5.3L V8 engine, the optional 3.0L diesel engine is believed to offer a good service in towing duties. Here’s our take on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban that is soon going to be on sale in the US market.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban's redesigned front grille and DRLs
2021 Chevrolet Suburban redesigned taillights and tailgate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Features

The new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban will be made available in six trims: LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country. The Chevy is equipped with a more powerful base engine rated at the 420hp- 383lb-ft of torque. The prices of the base LS trim starts at $51,700 and the top-of-the-line High Country trim is priced at $72,300.

Trims

LS

LT

RST

Z71

PREMIER

High Country 

MSRP (2WD)

$51,700

$55,500

$59,800

N/A

$65,300

$72,300

MSRP (4WD)

$54,700

$59,500

$62,800

$61,900

$68,300

$75,300

Key Features

Rear vision camera

Leather-appointed seats

Max Trailering Package

Luxury + Driver Alert 

Magnetic ride control

6.2 L V8 engine

 

Fold-flat second and third-row seats

Heated front bucket seats with memory

Black bowtie on steering wheel

Unique Z71 black ice grille

Keyless entry with push-button start

Dynamic fuel management system

 

LED daytime running lamps

Power liftgate

Navigation & Rear Seat Media

Premium capability features

Memory power tilt and telescoping steering column

Magnetic ride control with 4corner air ride adaptive suspension

 

Remote vehicle starter system

Lane keep assisting with lane departure

22-inch wheels

Red tow hooks

Rear Cross-traffic alert

Unique High country signature grille

 

Rear park assist

Forward collision alert

   

20” aluminum wheels

22inch wheels all-season tires with wheel lock 

 

Chevrolet infotainment system with 8” touchscreen

Bose premium 9-speaker sound system

   

Optional 6.2L V8 with 10-speed A/T in RST performance pack

 

The LS trim is offered at $52,095, and $55,095 for AWD, which also consists of basic features of Rear View camera, foldable 2nd, and 3rd-row seats, day-time LED lamps and parking assistance. The LT trim can accommodate 9 passengers and is offered at $57,095 that includes an 8-inch infotainment system with bose premium 9 speaker system and heated front seats. The RST trim comes at a price range of $61,500, which is accompanied with 22-inch wheels, Unique black ice grille, black roof rails, navigation and rear-seat media.

Chevrolet Suburban enters 12th generation in 2021

The Z71 trim has similar features to the RST trim except for the 20-inch wheels with AT tires. It also includes red tow hooks, driver alert system, and comes with many premium capability features. The Premier trim has magnetic ride control, keyless entry with push-button start, rear cross-traffic alert, and memory power tilt and telescoping steering column.

We see all these advanced features in the Premier trim which is offered at $66,795. The High Country is the top of the line trim offered at $75,300 that includes a unique seat with embroidered logo, camera washer, unique grille with brown accents and max trailering package. All Suburban models include 4G LTE integration with Wi-Fi incorporated in the vehicle.


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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

As per the reports, Chevy is more reliable and it is known for producing popular, affordable cars amongst its rivals in the market. The Suburban SUV provides great satisfaction and extreme comfort to its customers. It is the only brand to earn J.D. Power US dependability awards across cars, trucks, and SUVs for 5 years consequently.

What are the Reliability and Ownership Costs of 2021 Chevrolet Suburban?

As per the reports, J.D.Power gives the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban predicted reliability of 3 out of 5, which is about average and receives an overall rating of 82 out of 100. All large SUVs come with a rating of 3 and above. The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is captivating with new technologies and added safety measures. The car also comes with an independent rear suspension, a modern setup, and great cargo capacity. 

Years

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$651

$674

$697

$722

$747

$3,491

Maintenance

$414

$642

$648

$1,883

$1,152

$4,739

Repairs

$0

$0

$126

$298

$433

$857

Taxes & Fees

$4,586

$35

$35

$35

$35

$4,726

Financing

$3,677

$2,956

$2,189

$1,369

$496

$10,687

Depreciation

$22,256

$3,513

$3,322

$3,899

$3,691

$36,681

Fuel

$2,120

$2,183

$2,249

$2,316

$2,386

$11,254

Real Cost of Ownership

$33,704

$10,003

$9,266

$10,522

$8,940

$72,435

Although the Suburban is a reliable SUV in its class, the 2020 model year had two recalls issued to its name. The fuel pump was missing a pressure regulator and a software error caused unintended braking which brought down the overall dependability of the vehicle.

What is the Warranty offered on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban?

The Chevy Suburban has a similar warranty period amongst its rivals. It comes with a standard 3-year/36,000 miles Limited Warranty, and you also get an option to extend it to 5-year/60,000 miles with the extended Limited Package. Being a trusted partner, Chevy never disappoints its buyers with a great warranty and roadside assistance package. 

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 Years/ 36,000 Miles (whichever is earlier)

Powertrain warranty

5 Years/ 60,000 Miles (whichever is earlier)

24-hour roadside assistance

5 Years/ 60,000 Miles (whichever is earlier)

Chevy offers a 24-hour emergency road service available in the United States valid during the 5-Year/60,000-Mile Limited Warranty term. Chevy provides a competitive Limited and Powertrain warranties, as well as more complimentary maintenance than all of its rivals except for Toyota.

What is the Miles Per Dollar cost of the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban?

The Chevy Suburban carries the largest fuel tank capacity of 28.0 gallons and can easily deliver 504 miles on a full tank. Suburban offers 18MPG and if a gallon of fuel costs 2.5USD, then it should equate to about 11 miles per dollar.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Buying Advice

We recommend you to opt for the LT trim as it is the only trim with 9 passenger seating capacity. It includes gesture controls, Android Auto integration, leather interior, wireless phone charging, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats to name a few among the plenty features it has on offer. This trim is the complete package for the ones who are looking for a 9 seating space with advanced features and comfort. 

Is buying a used car Chevrolet Suburban a good idea?

The Chevy Suburban retains a very good resale value amongst its rivals. The Suburban’s resale value has been about average in the past. Calculating for depreciation value, the 2018 Chevy Suburban is worth between $24,545 and $33,741 depending on configuration, mileage, and condition. So according to its resale value, used Suburban is a good buy.


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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Engine and Performance

The Suburban is powered by V-8 engines that are among the most advanced in Chevrolet’s history. All are coupled to a new 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control. The Chevy Suburban offers a standard 5.3L V-8 rated at 355 horsepower on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier models; and a 6.2L V-8 rated at 420 horsepower is standard on High Country. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban 5.3L V8

Both feature industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management technology, with more than 12 modes of cylinder deactivation that are designed to optimize engine efficiency across a broad range of driving conditions, including when towing a trailer. The engines also feature automatic stop/start technology, direct injection and variable valve timing, which all contribute to the balance of performance and efficiency.

Models

2021 Chevy Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

MSRP

$51,700

$55,835

$65,030

$85,415

Engine

5.3L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5L Twin-turbo V6

5.6L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.7L Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

355hp@5,600rpm

375hp@5,000rpm

390hp@5,800rpm

381hp@5,600rpm

Torque

383lb-ft@4,100rpm

470lb-ft@2,250rpm

394lb-ft@4,000rpm

401lb-ft@3,600rpm

The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension comes as the standard feature on High Country and Z71 models and delivers automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustment. Amongst the competitors, the 2021 Chevy Suburban is the least expensive car with a 5.3L V8 Engine. In terms of power and torque, Nissan Armada takes the lead.

How impressive is the Acceleration and Braking Performance of 2021 Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2021 Chevy Suburban's powerful V8 engines manage to accelerate the car from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds. The car provides smooth and quick acceleration and emergency braking features which provides extreme benefit to the passengers.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 secs

The brakes deliver plenty of confidence as it is the lightest in weight amongst the rivals. It takes nearly 121 feet to completely stop from a speed of 60 MPH but Nissan Armada takes the top place by covering the same in under 115 feet to come to a standstill.

Models

2021 Chevy Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.7 sec

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

14.8 sec

14.4 sec

N/A

Top Speed

N/A

120 MPH

120 MPH

N/A

60-0 MPH

121 ft

133 ft

115 ft

125 ft

Compared to rivals, the Chevy is the lightest SUV in curb weight. That allows it to accelerate as well as brake more efficiently than the rest. Still, the Nissan Armada comes ahead as the nearest competitor despite having the heaviest curb weight.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Fuel Economy

The best thing about Chevy Suburban is its fuel-efficiency which is the best in its lot. It gives a combined EPA fuel economy of 18 MPG for its RWD model and 17 MPG in the AWD model with a V8 engine. There will, however, be a 2 MPG drop on the highway in comparison to the 2020 model with the same engine. The Suburban also has the largest fuel tank among its rivals that can hold 28 gallons.

Models

2021 Chevy Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

MPG (City)

16

17

14

13

MPG (Highway)

20

23

19

17

MPG (Combined)

18

19

16

14

Fuel capacity

28.0 gallons

24.6 gallons

26.0 gallons

24.6 gallons

Range

448/560/504 miles

418/566/467 miles

364/494/416 miles

320/418/344 miles

Then again, with its superb fuel management, it can easily cover a range of 504 miles of combined driving on a full tank. Looking at the rivals the Chevy Suburban gives a good competition by offering 18 MPG combined, whereas the Ford Expedition is the best in class that offers 19 MPG (combined). The Nissan Armada loses out on fuel efficiency.


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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Interior

The all new 2021 Chevy Suburban has larger cargo space and seating space compared to its previous models. The upholstery is offered a variety of material options according to trim choices like the premium cloth, leather-appointed and perforated leather-appointed.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban fets redesigned cabin

The seats of the car are ventilated and heated as well. The car’s dashboard gives a modern look that enhances the interiors. In comparison to its previous model year, the legroom space has increased significantly, and the cargo space has increased by 23 cubic feet.  

Models

2021 Chevy Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.3/66.0/44.5

42/64.9/43.9

39.8/63.8/41.9

38.3/61.0/42.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/64.8/42.0

40.0/64.8/41.5

40.0/63.4/39.0

38.9/61.1/34.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/62.8/36.7

37.4/64.3/36.1

36.4/60.5/28.3

35.8/62.3/28.3

Cargo Capacity

41.0 cu-ft

36.0 cu-ft

17.0 cu-ft

16.1 cu-ft

The interior is designed in various color combinations; Jetblack, Dark Atmosphere with Ash Gray, Jet Black with Victory Red, Jet Black with Maple Sugar and Jet Black with Mocha. In this segment, 2021 Chevy Suburban has the maximum cargo capacity, and there is no closest competitor against it.

How indulging is the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban's Infotainment system?

The car comes with the latest rear-seat media system. It offers 12.6-inch screens which are displayed on the backside of the front seat headrest to give a personalized view to the rear seat passengers and also enable the third-row passengers to view the screen. The functions of the infotainment system have improved over the previous models. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban's new Infotainment System

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban has charging ports available throughout the cabin and all models have been provided with in-vehicle WiFi hotspot. The front-seat passengers have a privilege of a basic 10-inch touchscreen which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher trims provide few new features in the infotainment system and give it an advanced look.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Exterior

The 2021 Suburban will see a bit of change over its last model. The exterior includes a massive grille with lights between it and the 22-inch wheels with wheel locks. Other exterior features include Active aero shutters, Black colored assist steps, Black roof-mounted side rails, Heated power outside mirrors, Deep tinted glass and Solar absorbing windshield.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban is longer than before

In the 2021 Chevy Suburban, there’ll be an increase of about an inch in length, and the wheelbase increases from 130 to 134 inches, so that's four inches longer than before dimension-wise. This change translates to more interior space with about 2 inches of additional legroom in both the second and third rows.

Models

2021 Chevy Suburban 

2020 Ford Expedition Max

2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Toyota Land Cruiser

Curb Weight

5,641 lbs

5,815 lbs

5,822 lbs

5,815 lbs

Length

225.7"

221.9"

208.9"

194.9"

Width

81.1"

79.9"

79.9"

77.9"

Height

75.7"

76.4"

75.8"

74.0"

Ground Clearance

N/A

9.8"

9.2"

8.9"

Wheelbase

134.1"

122.6"

121.1"

112.2"

Again the 2021 Chevy Suburban takes the top position as it is the longest and widest car in its segment. On the other hand, the Ford Expedition Max has a decent length and width but still cannot beat Suburban.


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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Safety

All 2021 Suburban models include a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking as standard for the model year 2021. It has also been based on an entirely new platfrom. So it should definitely be a lot more safer than before.

The new GM T1 platform of the 12th generation Chevrolet Suburban

The NHTSA gave the Suburban a four-star overall safety rating but the IIHS has not tested the Suburban, so no scoring has been revealed. The various trims offer advanced safety measures, the LT trim brings a driver alert system and adaptive cruise control.

Safety features aboard the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban are:

  • HD rear vision camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Rear park assist
  • Hitch guidance

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Competition

2021 Chevrolet Suburban vs Ford Expedition Max

The Ford Expedition Max gives a head-to-head competition to Suburban in terms of fuel economy, towing capacity, power and comfort, but the Chevy takes the charge with its safety features and pocket-friendly price. That makes it a value for money offer for buyers. 

2021 Ford Expedition Max

2021 Chevrolet Suburban vs Nissan Armada

The Chevy Suburban is the complete package and gives a very tough competition to Nissan Armada. The family-sized Suburban SUV takes the lead position in every aspect whether it’s price, performance and towing capacity. Armada lacks cargo space and also in fuel economy. With a higher price tag than Chevy Suburban, Armada is not a good choice in this comparison

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Final Verdict

This fullsize SUV has maintained its position in the market with its outstanding performance. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is cost-effective and provides the best for its customers. The car is available in six trim levels with latest modifications ensuring a comfortable and efficient ride. It provides powerful V8 and turb-diesel engines too. While looking for something luxurious and a powerful family-sized SUV, 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is the best option to choose from.


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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can the Chevrolet Suburban tow?

The Chevrolet Suburban is a pickup based SUV. It has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds.

Is Chevrolet Suburban AWD?

Yes, Chevrolet Suburban is available in both AWD and RWD configurations for almost all variants. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 is an off-road variant that only comes in AWD setup.

Is Chevrolet Suburban reliable?

Yes, the Suburban fullsize SUV is extremely reliable. It has an overall JD Power rating of 82 out of 100. The 2021 model is yet to be tested for relability.

When will new Chevrolet Suburban be available?

The Chevrolet Suburban will be available for sale sometime in September of 2020. However, present scenario has got everyone taking a rain check.