The driver’s side tail light contains the Chevrolet script, as might be expected. It would be reasonable to expect the same thing on the other side, but neither the Tahoe nor the Suburban has that symmetry. Instead, the passenger-side tail light has the famous bow tie logo. The tail lights therefore convey the same information, but by different means.
There is, of course, much more to these SUVs than the tail lights design. Both were completely re-engineered and redesigned for the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Tahoe – named after Lake Tahoe in the states of California and Nevada – represents the fifth generation of the nameplate, since it was created in 1994. Meanwhile, the the 2021 Suburban represents the 12th generation of the nameplate that initially debuted in 1934, marking the longest-running automotive nameplate. The Suburban is 15 inches longer than the Tahoe, but otherwise the two SUVs are mechanically the same.
Based on the T1 platform used by GM’s full-size pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra) and body-on-frame SUVs (GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade), the Tahoe and Suburban are offered with a choice of three engines:
- 5.3L Ecotec3 L84 V8 gasoline engine rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque
- 6.2L Ecotec3 L87 V8 gasoline engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque
- 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque
All three mate to GM’s Hydra-Matic 10L80 ten-speed automatic gearbox.
A total of six trim levels are on offer: LS, LT, Z71, RST, Premier and High Country, in ascending price order. Z71 models are focused on off-road driving and are available only with four-wheel drive. Incidentally, the Z71 models can not be had with the Duramax motor due to engineering limitations. The other five trims can be had with either rear-wheel drive or 4WD, though the 6.2L V8 is limited to the High Country models.
The 2021 Tahoe starts at $50,295 for the rear-wheel-drive LS model with the 5.3L engine. The equivalent model in the Suburban range has a base MSRP of $52,995.