Automakers are constantly making changes to their cars, trying to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest everything. These changes involve introducing a new engine option or increasing the infotainment screen size, or anything in between. And while most of these changes are incremental, once in a blue moon, the manufacturer decides to make a major overhaul of an existing model. And the 2021 Chevy Suburban is a perfect example of this as it is premiering as a larger, bolder, and more luxurious model than previous editions. So let's explore the all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban to see what this completely overhauled vehicle has in store for you.
Of course, when considering a vehicle, the performance is a critical factor. Engines, transmissions, towing, and fuel economy all play a considerable role in what makes a vehicle so great. And luckily, the Chevy Suburban is fantastic from all of these directions.
There are three different engine options on the 2021 Chevy Suburban. The standard is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 with dynamic fuel management. It is featured on the LT, Z71 and Premier trims. This engine produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The second engine option is a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 with dynamic fuel management that is standard on the Suburban High Country. It has more power than the 5.3-liter engine, producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The third option is a Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel. This will be the first diesel engine offered on the Chevy Suburban, giving a welcome option to drivers who are looking for a little more torque from their engine. This Turbo-Diesel produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. These three engines are excellent, but there is more to the performance of a vehicle than its engines.
The transmission of a vehicle is crucial to good performance; all 2021 Chevy Suburban models come equipped with a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. This is a welcome addition to the Suburban. It will give you greater control over the Suburban's engine and more overall responsiveness. In addition, a 10-speed automatic transmission will improve the Suburban's overall performance.
Also important to note is that the standard drivetrain on the 2021 Chevy Suburban is rear-wheel drive. This provides greater strength when you use the Suburban for towing. Four-wheel drive is also available. This is helpful if you live in a temperate climate with snowy winters and icy road conditions. Additionally, your choice of drivetrain and engine will influence the towing capacity of your 2021 Chevy Suburban. In general, you should be able to tow between 7,800 and 8,300 pounds of trailer, making the Suburban a great choice if you plan to use it for towing campers and boats.
Lastly, the 2021 Chevy Suburban gets remarkable fuel economy for a vehicle of its size. The rear-wheel drive Suburban with a 5.3-liter engine provides 16 MPG in city driving and 20 MPG on the highway. This drops slightly if you opt for four-wheel drive, with the Suburban producing an estimated 15 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. These are actually the same figures for the rear-wheel drive Suburban with the 6.2-liter engine. And the four-wheel drive Suburban with a 6.2-liter engine produces 14 MPG in city driving and 19 MPG on the highway. These are excellent numbers that wrap up the unbeatable Suburban performance.
The first thing to consider when looking at a new vehicle is the lineup of trims. Getting an initial look at the different options, and the prices that each option comes at will be essential. This gives you an idea of whether or not you are looking at the right vehicle. The Chevy Suburban offers four different trims that are all reasonably priced, considering what they each have to offer.
The 2021 Chevy Suburban has a base MSRP of $56,500, which will put you behind the wheel of the LT trim. In addition to a Bose 9-speaker audio system, the LT features wireless charging, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, and a hands-free programmable power liftgate. These are great features for the base model, and the offerings only get better.
Moving up the line, the Suburban Z71 is the first version of this model to be explicitly designed for off-roading. It features red tow hooks and has 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires and black tubular assist steps for an MSRP of $61,900. There is also a Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension available as an extra option. This adjusts the height and comfort of the vehicle's suspension system to different driving conditions. By raising the height of the Suburban, this provides great clearance, especially important when going off-roading. Once you park your Suburban, you can lower the height to make it easier for you and your passengers to exit the vehicle.
The Suburban Premier is the next trim and features a Bose audio system with 10-speaker surround sound, as well as additional safety features like lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, and front and rear park assist. With all of these features, the Premier has an MSRP of $65,300. Last but not least is the High Country, a new top trim level. This features a larger standard engine than the one on the other three trims. And it also has 22-inch wheels with all-season tires and wheel locks. The High Country has a special unique styling that includes sill plates and a signature grille. And this special styling is carried over into the interior stitching on its leather seats. The Suburban High Country has an MSRP of $72,300. Overall, the trims and options are endless for the 2021 Suburban, allowing drivers to get anything and everything they need out of the vehicle.
Size is important when it comes to SUVs like the Suburban. And the 2021 Chevy Suburban is larger than the previous generation's model. This has translated into greater space for you, your passengers, and your cargo. Unlike many other full-size three-row SUVs, you don't have to compromise between passenger roominess and cargo capacity.
There is a full 170.8 cu.ft. of space in the passenger compartment of the 2021 Chevy Suburban. That provides unprecedented space for the 7 or 8 passengers in the Suburban. The number of passengers depends on the seating configuration of the trim you choose, with some offering a second-row bench seat that fits three passengers and others coming equipped with two separate captain chairs.
Front row passengers in the Suburban will enjoy 42.3 inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom, 66 inches of shoulder room, and 61.5 inches of hip room. The second row provides passengers with 38.9 inches of headroom, 42 inches of legroom, 64.8 inches of shoulder room, and 61.3 inches of hip room. While the third row is an afterthought on many three-row SUVs with only enough legroom for a young child, the Suburban provides a third row that won't lead to fights among your friends and family members. Third-row passengers will be pleasantly surprised with 38.2 inches of headroom, 36.7 inches of legroom, 62.8 inches of shoulder room, and 49.4 inches of hip room. That much room should make the 2021 Chevy Suburban the choice of full-size SUV for folks with large families.
Additionally, there is so much cargo space in the 2021 Chevy Suburban that you won't have to be constantly bothered with folding down seats every time you visit a store. There is a full 41.5 cu.ft. of cargo space in the trunk alone, allowing you and up to seven passengers to go on long road trips without worrying where to stow the luggage. If you need more room, you can fold down the third row of seats to free up a total of 93.8 cu.ft. of space for cargo. And when you need even more space, you can fold down the two back rows of seats to gain an incredible 144.7 cu.ft. of cargo space. That is the kind of space that is usually only found on large cargo vans, not luxury full-size SUVs. But luckily, the Suburban has it all.