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2021 Chevrolet Suburban: First Look

  • The Chevrolet Suburban is all-new for 2021.

  • A new look inside and out helps make it a more upscale vehicle.

  • An independent suspension and an available diesel engine make the new Suburban extremely competitive with tough rivals.

The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in the automotive world, going all the way back to the 1930s. The legendary SUV is now about to enter its 12th generation starting with the 2021 model year, and it’s one of the biggest changes yet to the Suburban. It’s still a huge full-size SUV with three rows of seats and trucklike capability, but a wave of changes makes it more family-friendly without compromising on capability.

What Are the New Features?

The Suburban is famous for being a do-it-all vehicle that can carry the whole family plus all of their stuff while towing a boat without breaking a sweat. It appears that will still be true of the all-new Suburban, but it puts a greater priority on space and comfort for its passengers. This is achieved with a longer wheelbase, a slightly longer overall length and a new independent rear suspension replacing the solid axle of the outgoing model. This architecture equals more interior volume with a little more legroom in both the second and third rows.

Cargo space is up a little bit as well, and finally, the third-row seats of the Suburban truly fold flat into the floor like a minivan. Cargo space when all three rows of seats are up increases by 1.8 cu ft., but the new Suburban’s cargo space with the third row folded down is up 23 cu ft. compared to the outgoing model.

What Else Has Changed?

The new Suburban now has six trim levels rather than just three. Instead of just the base LS, mid-range LT and top-end Premier, the 2021 model adds the Z71, RST and High Country trims, which are new to the Suburban. Z71 and RST have been available previously as option packages that can be added, but now they’ve become their very own trims, with the Z71 having an off-road focus and the RST having a more sporty look. The High Country is the new top trim of the Suburban and uses tasteful chrome on the outside and premium brown leather on the inside.

The interior is greatly improved over the outgoing model, with higher-quality materials, a more premium design and a nice-looking tablet-style infotainment system in the center stack. One of the biggest improvements is a push-button gear selector replacing the outdated column shifter of the previous Suburban.

The new Suburban may be less trucklike on the inside, but it still has the muscle where it counts under the hood, keeping its trucklike capability. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines carry over into 2021 with revised cylinder deactivation systems. On top of those two trusty engines, there’s a new Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel option. That makes the Suburban and its Tahoe sibling the only full-size SUVs to offer a diesel engine. The Duramax makes the same amount of torque as the 6.2-liter V8 at 460 lb-ft.

Why Should the Suburban Be on My Shopping List?

The Chevy Suburban has always been an excellent all-purpose SUV, and the 2021 model will be an even better one. It’s still a huge family SUV with trucklike capabilities, but now it’s more family-friendly, with more space and a more comfortable ride. We also like the greater variety in the model range, with the three new trims available making it easy to find the perfect Suburban for you and your family.

When Is It Available, and How Much Will It Cost?

Look for the 2021 Suburban to arrive in mid-2020. We don’t have any official pricing yet, but we expect the new Chevy Suburban to have a similar starting price to the 2020 model in the low-$50k range. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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