2021 Chevy Tahoe vs Suburban
The fully redesigned 2021 Chevy Tahoe stands out in the large SUV class with its best-in-class predicted reliability rating, generous cargo hold, and its well-equipped infotainment system. The Chevy Suburban introduced an all-new generation for 2021, and is Chevrolet’s biggest, most advanced SUV ever. Let’s compare the two.
Newly designed for the 2021 model year, the new Tahoe is more spacious, with an additional 10 inches of third-row legroom. The Tahoe can seat seven people; eight people if you opt for the second-row bench, and the base LS trim can seat up to nine. Cloth upholstery is standard, as well as an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Options include leather seating, heated and 10-way power adjustable front seats, perforated leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, power-folding second and third rows, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel. Its interior quality is nice with some soft leather, but also features some faux-wood trims and hard plastics. Cargo capacity has increased to 25.5 cubic-feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 122.9 cubic feet with both rows folded down. The Tahoe comes in five trims: LS, LT, Z71, Premier, and High Country. Pricing starts at $49,000 for the LS trim and ranges to $69,600 for the High Country.
The 2021 Suburban is notably larger, with more cargo and passenger space. It seats up to nine in this three-row large SUV; a front-row bench seat is optional on the LS trim. Second-row bucket seats in the Premier trim drops capacity to seven passengers. Its second and third rows have a couple more inches of legroom, and cargo area expands by 23 cubic feet, having 145 total cubic feet. Its new independent rear suspension and design make the load floor flatter and lower. The Suburban also gets sliding second-row seats for the first time and an optional power-folding functionality for the rear seats that can be controlled from multiple places inside the SUV. The Suburban is offered in six trim levels: LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country, with a starting price of $51,700 for the LS trim and ranging to $72,300 for the High-Country trim.
Safety and Technology
The Tahoe is loaded with plenty of standard and available safety and tech features, with one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems out there. Its standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, following distance indicator, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and GM’s Teen Driver that lets you set limits on speed and audio. Available safety features include surround-view parking camera system, rear camera mirror, front parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane change alert, head-up display, and lane departure warning. The Tahoe features Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system. It is easy to use and easy to read with a large 10.2-inch touch screen displayed on the dash. Standard tech features include wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. You will also have the option to add navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens and Wi-Fi capability, wireless device charging, and a nine-or 10-speaker Bose stereo.
You can feel secure on the road with the Suburban’s standard advanced safety features, while offering plenty of available advanced safety features. Standard advanced safety features included on all models are a rearview camera with hitch guidance, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, Teen Driver, and rear-seat alert. The Suburban offers plenty of standard features with a large touch-screen infotainment system and a user-friendly control layout. It’s simple menu structure responds quickly to inputs, but it is also accompanied by buttons and knobs to make it easy to adjust functions while driving. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, eight USB ports, HD radio, satellite radio, six speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 120-volt household-style power outlet.
There are three engine choices on the Tahoe: a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, standard on the LS, LT, and Z71 trim, a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, featured on the High-Country trim, and a new 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard with each engine. It can tow up to 8,400 pounds when properly equipped with the larger engine. The Tahoe estimates 16/20 mpg in the city and on the highway; 15/20 mpg with the larger engine and 14/19 mpg 4WD.
The Suburban comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available on all trim levels and standard on the Z71. The High-Country trim gets a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. An optional turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is available on every Suburban trim except the Z71. The 2021 Suburban has a maximum towing capacity of 7,300. If you opt for a model equipped with the Max Trailering package, it will have a towing capacity up to 8,300 pounds. Fuel is estimated at 16/20 mpg in the city and on the highway with its 5.3-liter V8 engine and 15/20 mpg city/highway with the 6.2-liter V8.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are two great SUVs with a lot in common. The main difference between the two is the size of the cargo area. The Suburban offers more rear passenger headroom, slightly more legroom, and a higher cargo capacity, while the Chevy Tahoe features a higher towing capacity than the Suburban.