2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, Suburban RST Should Have This One Feature48
The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban officially debuted back in December during a special media event in downtown Detroit. In addition to fresh exterior and interior styling, the latest tech offerings, updated underpinnings, and a new diesel engine option, both models are offered in the sporty RST trim level. Unfortunately, both next-gen RST models fail to offer visible exhaust tips.
The lack of visible exhaust tips on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST is a rather strange omission, given how popular this relatively simple aesthetics feature can be with performance-flavored models. However, rather than visible pipes, the two SUVs instead come with a single tip that’s tucked up underneath the body with regard to the RST trim level.
This is particularly confusing when considering the quad tips and polished finish seen on the rear end of the Premier and High Country models, both of which have a more luxury-oriented approach compared to the sporty RST models. We provided a complete breakdown on the next-gen vehicle exhaust treatments in a previous post.
To note, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST are offered with a host of unique touches, including updated front fascias with a black ice finish for the grille, as well as 22-inch wheels and black/black-chrome trim bits. Moving into the cabin, the RST’d SUVs also come with trim-level-specific seating, complete with contrast stitching.
The RST models also include all the same content as the LT trims. GM’s 5.3L L84 V8 engine is equipped as standard, with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque on tap for motivation, and the GM 10-speed automatic transmission to handle the cog swaps.
What do you think, dear reader? Should the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST come with visible exhaust tips? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Suburban news, Chevrolet Tahoe news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
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Could be spare or exposed tips?
These is much less room to work there. They may just be in a spot that would not look right.
My thinking they should not only have dual exhaust tips but a little hotter 5.3 with around 380 thru 400 hp with the 10 speed. GM has been playing the all show and no go game too long. Sad that the only performance vehicles you can get from GM is a Camaro or Corvette.
It would cost too much to get 380 to 400 hp out of the 5.3 L. The engineering cost and emissions testing. There is a very low cost solution, the 6.2 L.
Are they going to offer the 6.2 in the RST? Would be nice if they offered all Engine options across the board.
Negative. Only the 5.3L.
The key here is RS. The RS was always a trim option when used say in conjunction with the Camaro.
If and when a 6.2 comes along it will be an SS model.
I have been watching and right now the Future of the Camaro is very cloudy as are all performance coupes.
I observed at the auto show this year Chevy only had two average Camaro’s. Even at the Mustang display they had cars but few lookers.
If these cars go away will they move the Camaro performance to the truck lines? Trucks as hot as ever and basing performance models off of them would help control the cost and increase profits. Also they would sell more.
I would not read too much into the RST packages for performance as RS was never a real performance option. It was a trim package you could get and ass an SS option to it for power.
It was a trim package you could get and ???????
they should offer a 5.7
bundy must have hit the lottery and moved on from the ole dart. $3000 is not low cost to me plus it costs you for premium at every fill-up. if a 5.3 is $1400 a 5.7 or 5.8 should not be more than $2000. there is too much mark-up on engines a 5.3 used to be $1000 more than 4.8 and a 4.8s pistons probably cost more than 5.3s that are flat top 4.8s are dished requiring more machining/finishing operations. the only other difference is the crank, think there is a big cost difference there? If dodge can give you 390 hp for $1500 cheapo gm should be able to do it for $2000 and run on 87
With all the morden technology like direct injection I would think the 5.3 which is only slightly smaller than the 5.4 from 60 years ago should have been able to improve on the HP per lither. They should have been able to improve on this without having to require premium fuel. I think the money could have better spent increasing the hp on the first option 5.3 rather than developing a second engine with the same HP and barley any change in gas mileage. I am sure they had to spend money on engineering and emission test for that engine. Speaking of the 6.2 I think it too should have increased the hp to at least what the Ford offer. Mind you this is just my openion because I am by no means an engineer or marketing person. Well I was an Engineer but not that type of Engineer. I drove a Fire Truck. lol
@ VCAT 60 years ago engines were tested different they used gross horsepower not net. They were tested without any accessories. Generally they did not run with an air cleaner did not have cast-iron exhaust manifold. Did not have an alternator. No mufflers. Today they are tested with all the accessory‘s that way it would be installed in the car or truck. Takeoff about 65 hp to 75 hp to convert gross to net.
Look at a 1971 Corvette with LT1 engine It was rated at 330 gross horsepower. In 1972 it was right at 255 hp. There were no changes to the engine. The only change was the way they tested it using net Horsepower. Testing it the way it would be installed in the vehicle with all accessories and a full exhaust system with mufflers.
Hopefully, the 6.2 V8 will be available at some point.
All it needs is 6.2 LT4 and a six speed manual….
You got issues you want to talk about, Scott? Why the totally uncalled for hostilities? You’re making a fool out of yourself.
What i said went over your head…
You missed the LOL …
I was joking…
However if the shoe fits ???
Oh, you mean before the “asshole” name-calling and the middle finger? Yeah, like I said…you’re making a fool out of yourself.
I left GM for decades. Now I’m back. My 2020 Silverado RST is good looking but ends there. GM can design exhaust tips easy. They go forward and then cut it short. Regain ur throne over Ram & Ford or at least perform equally! Keep up with market trends and demands. Come on man! Shake it up!
Bloggers are stunned over this one feature that could change General Motors forever! /s
It’s a 355 hp V8, we’re not talking Scat Pack stuff here.
Couldn’t agree with you more! These are three ton vehicles that with the 5.3 have issues getting out of their own way! Quad tips aren’t going to alter that scenario.
Now you know why I bought the Yukon Denali, 420hp and 470ftlbs and true 4 wheel drive. Done buying Chevrolet wanna be’s.
Z71 4×4 Tahoe ?
like it rather not see tailpipes
I never bought a vehicle worrying about the exhaust, let alone the exhaust tips. I’m trying to understand the market approach to the RST trim for this type of vehicle. 22″ rims are just too tall and leave little rubber between the wheel and ground making for a harder ride.
No one is saying that people will make purchase decisions based on having or not having the tips. But for something that is positioned to have sporty styling, it’s one thing that’s notably absent.
Let’s Just Face The Facts Of Life….We All Like Something Different…I Prefer The Quad Tips With A Camaro Sound But It’s Not Available So I’ll Sit On My 2017 Suburban For A Couple More Years. Also It’s About Time That The Interior Is Changing With A Larger LED OR OLED Screens That Other Manufacturers Have Had For YEARS!…GM Styling Is VERY SLOW To Meet The Times!
RST trim should have a performance look all around so exhaust tips should be visible.I don’t have a problem with the 5.3L V8,it powers my Custom Trail Boss Z71 very well but I did add a CAI,Silver Bullet throttle body spacer,FlowFX muffler and a React throttle optimizer(awesome by the way) like I do to anything else I buy and it transforms the 5.3L into a beast, something that GM can do in an RST trim.The results are impressive on mpg as well as acceleration.A performance trim needs to bring it big time,so at least a treatment like mine or a supercharger on anything that powers it should be standard as well.
See I was wondering about that v8… I have driven alot of the 5.3 and they almost feel like the right amount of power…it wouldnt take much….What are your increases?…the Mpg one is important… I’m looking at getting a 2019 tahoe…
I’ve never left anything stock, I try to buy the best bones I can find and fix the rest. I added Gibson exhaust so I get the sound and the chrome tip. Swapped the 22’s for 20’s and BFG All Terrain KO2’s along with a leveling kit. Did a tune on the 8 speed and the thing is a beast. Chevrolet doesn’t know how to package their vehicles very well at all.
Truthfully still do not understand why GM decided to give the Tahoe/Suburban/Silverado a “High Country/Premiere” trim. At this price point and a better value, you’re better off buying a GMC.
chevy dealers/fans would not feel that way
Am I the only one to notice the IRS looks like a full baby diaper?
At least it’s not an adult diaper.
I’m a car guy and it does matter if the car or truck has dual pipes out the rear. Why do you think the pickups have them. Come on guys they need dual tips and some noise behind them!
I would love to see Corvette style performance exhaust on GM SUV’s and trucks. Keep it quiet with the family and all out track mode when, I’m alone. Nothing like the exhaust note of a V8.
Does “RST” stand for Rally Sport Truck?
RS stands for Rally Sport. Either it’s truck or something worse… Like Rally Sport Trump.
If you’re going to get coy with dumb political statements, at LEAST do it intelligently in a way that can be perceived as remotely funny.
Now there’s some projecting for you. Referencing a politician sometimes isn’t positive or negative. It’s just funny.
“Rally Sport Trump?” That’s not even slightly funny, especially in the context you set about it being “worse.” If funny was your goal, you missed the mark by about 50 miles. Don’t quit your day job.
You’re such a positive influence with all those thumbs down you always get.
That must make you proud of yourself ?
You Must have small man complex syndrome. Or just something small.
You talking about being a positive influence is like Harvey Weinstein talking about chastity. Please lol. And btw, you have far more thumbs down than I do.
How nice of to keep score !!!
However ck yourself…
It’s still a joke…
Don’t take life so seriously…
That’s not a joke…
No cooled seats is a bummer as well. If it’s like the trucks and it appears to be. The RST models should be available in LTZ/Premeir interior trim packages. Some buyers like monochromatic exteriors and LTZ/Premeir interiors.
I’m sure it’s yet more cost cutting as usual. Note that GM took away the fog lamps on the Silverado RST for 2020 which is comical as it’s a sporty version. Now with no visible exhaust or performance engine option it’s obvious they are only half trying.
IMO fog lights are a basic safety item. all this fancy new safety systems why not put on fog lights so you have help seeing the road?
Which is crazy. I love GM but they’ve lost touch with what a performance model should be. Dodge/Jeep have the Durango/Grand Cherokee SRT and Ford has the explorer ST.
If you’re gonna make a “sporty” model, then make a damn sporty model. Don’t just add black trim and change styling and try to pass under the guise of “performance”
Just test drove the Premier Tahoe and liked the quad exhaust look, so it was very disappointing to find out the RST doesn’t give you a quad exhaust. Loved the RST comes with 22s, but it only has one interior color option – black. Also, no trim model comes with fog lights, what’s up with that, GM?!
It’s getting nearly impossible to find anything but black interiors from any manufacture. I have a truck with 20″ tires and I like them, 22″ are too tall for me and not much rubber to absorb the bumps. For me, I would not want 22″ but would want a interior as long it is not black. Therefore, the marketing folks always are trying to balance out the expected wants of the customer and to suck out as much money as they can. It’d be no problem if every model be carle blanc, let the buyer pick their options, not option groups by trim levels.