2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
A lot of changes have been made to the Suburban for the 2021 model year. The SUV is now bigger than it has ever been; as a result, it has more cargo space and a larger third-row area. Some of its stylings and technological features have been upgraded as well.
In terms of what's under the hood, the gas-powered V8s are still available. For 2021, there's an additional choice - a diesel. This gives the vehicle an impressive amount of torque. The Chevy Suburban can have an independent rear suspension or an air ride suspension.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The LS is the base model of the Chevy Suburban, and despite its spot at the beginning of the lineup, it shines in many ways. On its exterior, it has heated side mirrors, automatic high beams, and a full collection of LED lights. This trim features Wi-Fi capability and a 10.2-inch touchscreen. Smartphone compatibility is standard. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-assist technology, and a climate system with three zones are some examples of other upscale amenities that are standard.
Offered for about $5,000 more than the LS, the LT trim is a solid option. It takes technology to a different level with wireless charging and Bose speakers. The liftgate is programmable and can be opened in a hands-free manner. In the front row, there are power-adjustable leather seats, and a memory system has been integrated into the driver's seat.
If someone is looking for a trim that's more aggressive in style, the RST would be perfect. This trim has a dark interior with red accent stitching on the perforated leather seats. It has special badging, 22-inch black wheels, and a black front grille.
The Z71 is somewhat similar to the RST, as it looks rugged and quite durable. It's only available with 4WD, and it's 20-inch wheels are paired with all-terrain tires. This trim automatically comes with red tow hooks and a skid plate; this indicates that it's ideal for anyone who has a lot of hard work in store for his/her vehicle.
On the top two trims, magnetic ride control is standard. This system allows the Suburban to make nearly instant adjustments to vertical suspension to smooth out the ride. It can improve traction and precision when steering.
In the Premier, there are auto-dimming side mirrors, chrome accents, and power-adjustable front seats. The steering wheel can automatically turn on its heating element if the temperature drops below a certain level. In addition, the second-row seats have heating and the front seats have heating and ventilation. Navigation is standard.
The High Country is the only trim to feature a larger V8 engine. It has sophisticated 22-inch wheels and an exclusive grille and sill plates. All of the best technological components are found in the High Country. They include a surround-vision camera, head-up display, and a rearview mirror with a camera view built into it.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The Premier and High Country are amazing vehicles with luxurious amenities as well as high-quality mechanical parts. Either of these would be a pleasure to drive, but of course, they're attached to very expensive price tags.
If budget is a concern, then the base model would be a smart choice. With this trim, customers don't have to sacrifice too much in terms of capability, technology, or comfort.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The Suburban can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows multiple devices to connect to the network at the same time. Every trim comes standard with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth makes it easy to stream audio, and certain voice commands are accepted. On higher trims, the infotainment system has navigation.
Beyond this, the Suburban has technology integrated into the other parts of its cabin. Its engine can be remotely started, and every row of seating can be power operated. Multiple USB ports have been installed in the cabin in recognition of the fact that so many people travel with devices these days. Passengers in the back will appreciate if the Suburban is upgraded with a rear-seat entertainment system that comes with two 12.6-inch touchscreens.
How Does It Perform?
Three engines are available. What most trims will have is a 5.3-liter V8 engine. It delivers 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The top-level trim has even better capability. Its V8 engine has a displacement of 6.2 liters, and it can generate 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The third choice is a diesel. With every trim, there's the option to get a 3.0-liter Duramax turbo diesel. It has 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It has the best towing capacity (8,000 pounds) out of the all the engine choices.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Chevy has given the Suburban automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, and a standard rear vision camera. Most trims also come with blind zone monitoring and lane departure warning, along with a few other systems that can keep the driver more aware of what's around the vehicle.
What's the Interior Like?
Total cargo capacity is nearly 145 cubic feet in the 2021 Suburban, so space really isn't an issue. Even when all the seats are in place, the cargo area has a volume of 41.5 cubic feet. For 2021, third-row comfort has been enhanced, and there's now 36.7 inches of leg room in the back. All of the seats can be easily rearranged if needed.
Chevy starts things off with cloth seats in the LS. Higher trims have leather or perforated-leather upholstery. Heating and ventilation in the front row is available, and second-row heating is available, too.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
There are a number of three-row SUVs. The Chevy Tahoe feels similar to the Suburban since they're made by the company. The Ford Expedition is another close competitor, and some other full-size SUVs are the Nissan Armada and GMC Yukon.
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