The Chevrolet Suburban is the granddad of all SUVs, first appearing in 1935 as an oversized station wagon body on a truck chassis. Though rugged, the early Suburbans were hardly built for off-road exploration; four-wheel drive wasn’t even available for the super-sized Chevy utility until the 1960s.
The redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is one of a handful of jumbo-sized SUVs that can comfortably carry seven to nine passengers and all of their luggage, and tow a trailer weighing more than 8,000 pounds. It’s available with rear- or four-wheel drive and shares its layout and most of its under-the-skin components with the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade ESV. The Suburban’s principal competitor is the long-wheelbase Ford Expedition Max. For 2021, the Suburban is slightly longer, taller, and wider than previous versions. The new model receives improvements in ride quality and third-row-seat room, and it expands infotainment, safety, and driver-assistive technology. The 2021 Suburban lineup consists of the base LS, volume-leading LT, well-equipped Premier, sporty-looking RST, off-road-enhanced Z71, and top-of-the-line High Country. Including the $1,295 destination charge, rear-wheel-drive 2021 Suburbans are priced starting from $52,995 and topping out at $73,595. Four-wheel drive versions cost $3,000 more except for the Z71 which has standard 4WD.