The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban has grown up in all the right ways thanks to its recent makeover. While this has always been one hefty SUV — one of the largest on sale, in fact — the recent tweaks make Chevy’s long-running model a far more accommodating vehicle. It also helps give the Suburban the legs and, more specifically, the legroom to match its closest rival, the Ford Expedition Max.
We tested a Suburban in High Country trim to see how this full-size SUV fares, particularly compared with the highly regarded Expedition Max. You can find our complete review by following the related link above. Or, if you prefer a shorter recap on this big sport utility, continue reading.
More Passenger Space
Despite its substantial size, the Suburban’s third-row seating was never a particularly pleasant place for adults. This oversight has been improved in the updated model: Legroom increases by more than 2 inches, and the seats no longer make you feel like you’re sitting on the floor. Space in the second row gets a boost, too: There are now an added 2.3 inches of legroom and, like the third row, the seats are positioned higher for added comfort.
Notable usability gains have been made in the Suburban’s cargo area. The cargo floor is now more than 5 inches lower, which helps enormously when it comes to loading heavy and bulky items. In total, the Suburban has a cavernous (and class-leading) 144.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third-row seats folded, according to Chevrolet.
Supple Ride, Long-Distance Comfort
The Suburban is a great choice when it comes to long road trips, where passenger space and cargo volume are paramount. But none of this matters if the ride shakes and rattles everyone (and everything) to pieces along the way. Our test vehicle was fitted with the optional Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control, which did an admirable job smoothing out most bumps in the road.
The Suburban has an optional diesel engine. With 277 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque, it has the same amount of torque as the optional 6.2-liter V-8 — and should be noticeably better in terms of fuel economy. We have yet to test this diesel firsthand, but it makes for an intriguing addition to the Suburban.
Sometimes, even the best engine can be let down by a transmission that refuses to play along. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. The 10-speed automatic has quick reactions and operates seamlessly with either the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V-8 engines.