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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Chevrolet Suburban: What’s the Difference?

If you need a do-it-all vehicle that can haul your whole family, all their stuff and your boat, you’re probably considering the Chevy Tahoe and the Chevy Suburban. Stalwarts in the brand’s lineup for decades now, the Tahoe and Suburban are truck-like SUVs made for heavy-duty family use. Given that these two vehicles are virtually identical, despite wearing different nameplates, you might be wondering about what major differences there are between the two. Here, we’ll outline the major ways in which the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban differ from one another.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior


Chevrolet makes no effort to differentiate the Tahoe and Suburban from one another from a styling perspective. Aside from the Suburban’s longer wheelbase and longer rear overhang, these two vehicles wear identical styling. The Suburban is 20 inches longer than the Tahoe, which means you’ll want to verify that it can fit in your garage before you bring it home. See the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe models for sale near you

Overall, the Tahoe and the Suburban share relatively attractive, boxy styling. Both grilles have a rectangular shape and feature a large bow-tie emblem. The greenhouses are upright and the sides are slab-like. Around back, the Tahoe and Suburban wear blacked-out D-pillars, which help to differentiate them from the other full-size SUVs in GM’s stable. Special editions for both include the sporty RST model, the upscale Premier Plus, and the Midnight Edition, which has blacked-out features. See the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban models for sale near you

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior


Inside is the same story — the Suburban and Tahoe share interiors. As these vehicles have been on sale since the 2015 model year, things are starting to get a little dated inside, but overall, the Tahoe and Suburbans’ interiors are highly functional and designed to appeal to the modern day American family. Space is abundant, with storage cubbies and compartments all around.

Both vehicles come with an old-school column shifter but offer standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In addition, 4G LTE connectivity is an option if you pay for a subscription, allowing your vehicle to act as a Wi-Fi hot spot. There’s also an available head-up display. Both the Tahoe and Suburban offer room for eight passengers, unless you opt for the second row passenger chairs, which reduces seating capacity to seven.

Thanks to its 20 additional inches of overall length, the Suburban offers more interior space than the Tahoe. The Tahoe comes with 15 cu ft. of storage behind the third row, 52 cu ft. with the third row folded and 95 cu ft. with both the second and third rows folded. The Suburban adds to these figures rather significantly, with a massive 39 cu ft. behind the third row, 77 cu ft. with the third row folded, and 122 cu ft. with both the second and third rows folded. Needless to say, while the Tahoe itself is certainly a full-size SUV, the Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs you can buy.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Mechanicals


In case it isn’t obvious, the Tahoe and Suburban ride on the same platform and offer the same available engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. A 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque is standard, while a 6.2-liter V8 putting out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque is optional. The 5.3-liter V8 returns fuel economy of 15 miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg in combined driving with rear wheel drive, while all-wheel drive models lose one mpg on the highway and in combined driving. The 6.2 barely loses any efficiency, returning 14 city/22 hwy/17 combined with all-wheel drive. Given its added power, the 6.2 is clearly the more desirable engine.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety


Neither the Tahoe nor the Suburban have undergone crash testing by the third party Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In testing conducted by the government-run National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Suburban and Tahoe both earn four out of five stars. While none of this tech comes standard, the Suburban and Tahoe are both available with an array of active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic monitoring.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Reliability


Both the Tahoe and Suburban should offer average overall reliability. Chevrolet offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is on par with other mainstream automakers.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Pricing


As it’s slightly smaller, the Tahoe carries a lower base price than the Suburban. Ignoring any manufacturer discounts, the starting price of the Tahoe is $50,790, while the Suburban’s base price is $53,490. With options and packages, either SUV will approach $80,000. Options include the aforementioned 6.2-liter V8, leather seats, navigation, GM’s Magnetic Ride Control Suspension and more.


The differences between these SUVs are pretty cut and dry. The Tahoe is big, while the Suburban is super big — to the point where it might as well be referred to as the Tahoe XL (the naming logic GMC follows with the Yukon and Yukon XL). Both will seat up to eight passengers, both will tow your boat and both will haul a ton of stuff. But the Suburban will haul more of it. Just make sure it’ll fit in your garage before buying one. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale or Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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