2021 Chevy Suburban vs. Competitors for Sale in Johnston, RI


With its super-tough body-on-frame construction and seating for up to nine, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is not just an American classic but the ultimate utility vehicle as well. As the largest SUV on the market, the ’21 Suburban will be able to accommodate the entire family comfortably while still offering plenty of room for all types of cargo. That being said, the newest Suburban is rivaled by the related 2021 GMC Yukon, which is as expected a similar vehicle in many respects. They’ve both been redesigned for this model year and are built on the same General Motors platform, with the exciting development of an independent rear suspension that improves interior volume and ride quality. Despite the close competition, the ’21 Suburban is more than capable of holding its own against its full-sized counterpart. Read on if you’re curious to see how these two large-capacity domestic models stack up against one another.

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Interior Space

As we mentioned above, the Suburban and the Yukon are closely matched three-row SUVs. Both are capable of seating up to nine passengers comfortably; however, they’re slightly different with regard to their dimensions. While the Suburban and Yukon both supply 38.9 inches of second-row headroom, 42 in. of second-row legroom, and 64.8 in. of second-row shoulder room, the Suburban has the advantage with its 36.7 in. of third-row legroom. In contrast, the Yukon only provides 34.9 in. of third-row legroom, so passengers will likely find themselves a little more cramped and uncomfortable on longer rides.

The 2021 Suburban really shines with its substantial amount of cargo space, too. The Yukon only has 122.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 72.6 cu. ft. behind the second row, and 25.5 cu. ft. behind the third row. Meanwhile, the ’21 Suburban delivers quite a bit more cargo space overall, with 144.7 cu. ft. behind the first row, 93.8 cu. ft. behind the second row, and 41.5 cu. ft. behind the third row.

Power and Performance

As GM products in the large SUV category, the ’21 Suburban and the ’21 Yukon are pretty much identical when it comes to their sheer brawn. Their base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque) that pairs up with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both behemoths are eligible for a pair of powerplant upgrades. The 6.2-liter V8 produces 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, and the more efficient 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel puts out 277 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Four-wheel drive is available for those who prefer it to the standard rear-wheel drive.

While they’re the same power-wise, the 2021 Suburban has the overall advantage with its larger 28-gallon fuel tank. With the Yukon’s 24-gal. fuel tank, you’ll find yourself needing to make more frequent fuel stops than you would with Chevy’s full-sized vessel.

All About the Looks

What’s more subjective than appearance? As similar as these two vehicles are mechanically, they are more visually distinct than ever as they start their new generations. So, if you’re otherwise undecided based on their specs, your decision may come down to aesthetics. You may find that you prefer the Suburban’s less in-your-face, full-width grille adorned with the Chevy bowtie, rather than the huge and imposing GMC grille with its outsized headlights and fog lights.

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