The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Vs the 2021 GMC Yukon - two of the best SUVs go head to head
What a year 2021 will be for SUV lovers. With tons of redesigns and even a few new releases, there's certainly no shortage to choose from.
Two of the best SUVs to hit the market with brand-new 2021 looks are the Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon. Both redesigned from the ground up, they have a lot of things in common but each one comes with a distinctive look and feel, an unmistakable individual touch that will tilt the scale one way or another.
What do they share?
First are the powertrains, with both the 2021 Suburban and the 2021 Yukon sharing the same three options that cover a wide range of buyer needs and preferences.
- Standard for either model is the tried-and-true 5.3-liter V-8 that will deliver 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
- The available gas upgrade is a mighty 6.2-liter V-8 that can churn out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
- A bit later in the making comes the brand-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel that will belt out 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque, making it the definite choice for future owners than need plenty of towing power.
Chevrolet’s oldest nameplate, the ‘Burban, as well as the Yukon also share a passion for exceptional interior comfort. With plenty of legroom anywhere you sit, and lots of cargo space, future owners will never have to hear the word “cramped” again.
They also both come with loads of tech – Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, loads of charging ports, and a 10.0-inch color touch are all standard features.
With upper trims going for luxury-tech options such as wireless smartphone charging, premium Bose audio systems, and a suite of active safety features to boot.
Soft-touch materials and high-end finishes are standard on middle trims and up and there are plenty of new mechanical improvements such as the independent rear suspension or the air suspension to boost the quality of the ride.
Where are they different?
The Suburban is the largest out of all of Chevrolet’s SUVs, towering above the smaller, more compact Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Trailblazer, Traverse, and even the Tahoe. The Yukon, however, has an older sibling in the form of the Yukon XL, a version that adds 15 inches of car from bumper to bumper.
But the biggest difference between the two, by far, is their exterior look. With the GMC going for a very assertive, dominant Yukon that sports a huge front grille flanked by two big C-shaped LED lights.
It's almost as though GMC is actively trying to promote the huge size of the Yukon every chance they get, exterior design included.
The Suburban is quite the opposite. With a smaller front grille and squinting front LED lights, it looks to cut a bit of its massive size by way of optical illusion. Although comparable to the Yukon, it looks nimbler and slimmer, even a tad friendlier we’d say.
So there you have it, it’s a matter of personal preference to separate the two as both the Suburban and the Yukon come with great powertrain options, plenty of tech, and exceptional interior roominess and comfort.
Here at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Torrington, Connecticut, we keep both models in all trim levels and most available colors in our stock. Visit us today to see them up close and find out which one is more appealing to you.