The Consumer Guide Best Buy Awards aim to identify vehicles that not only offer a superior driving and ownership experience to their competitors, but are also good value for money. Consumer Guide says a vehicle “does not become a Best Buy based solely on objective ratings,” so it must stand out as being a great deal compared to direct rivals in its segment.
Consumer Guide’s panel of experts says GM’s new line of full-size SUVs “make great strides in ride quality, passenger comfort, and all-around refinement,” compared to the outgoing models that they replace. They also found the new T1-based SUVs are “surprisingly easy to drive for their size,” and offer “much-improved all-around refinement and a long list of nicely designed technology and convenience features.”
There were some pitfalls to the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban that Consumer Guide’s experts couldn’t leave unaddressed, however. The jury didn’t appreciate the SUV’s high MSRP and relatively poor fuel economy for the 5.3L L84 and 6.2L L87 V8 engines. They also said the vehicles’ “sheer size” can make parking them in tight lots and cramped parking garages a bit of a chore.
The 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and 2021 Ford Expedition also received Best Buy awards from Consumer Guide in the Large SUVs category.
The Chevy Tahoe and Suburban were completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. A long list of improvements set these next-gen models apart from the SUVs they replace, but a new T1 platform with independent rear suspension and a new available Duramax 3.0L LM2 inline-six diesel engine are among the most notable changes. A ten-inch infotainment screen, eight-inch digital driver’s display, available 15-inch head-up display and available rear seat entertainment system are just some of the new technologies found in these updated SUVs, as well.
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban are built at the GM Arlington Assembly plant in Texas. Pricing for the 2021 Tahoe starts at $50,295 for the base-model LS trim level, while the Suburban is priced from $52,995.