The range-topping Premier and High Country levels have so far accounted for 35 percent of sales of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV and its extended-length counterpart, the 2021 Chevy Suburban, GM Authority has learned from a presentation conducted by Steve Hill, head of Chevrolet.
Although Chevrolet’s fifth-generation Tahoe and twelfth-generation Suburban are priced to start at $50,295 and $52,995 respectively in LS form with rear-wheel drive and the 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline Ecotec3 engine, which makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, customers seem willing to pay a lot more.
|LS||2WD||5.3L V8 L84||$50,295||$52,995|
|LS||2WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$51,290||$53,990|
|LS||4WD||5.3L V8 L84||$53,295||$55,995|
|LS||4WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$54,290||$56,990|
|LT||2WD||5.3L V8 L84||$55,095||$57,795|
|LT||2WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$56,090||$58,790|
|LT||4WD||5.3L V8 L84||$58,095||$60,795|
|LT||4WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$59,090||$61,790|
|Z71||4WD||5.3L V8 L84||$60,495||$63,195|
|RST||2WD||5.3L V8 L84||$58,395||$61,095|
|RST||2WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$59,390||$62,090|
|RST||4WD||5.3L V8 L84||$61,395||$64,095|
|RST||4WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$62,390||$65,090|
|Premier||2WD||5.3L V8 L84||$63,895||$66,595|
|Premier||2WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$64,890||$67,590|
|Premier||4WD||5.3L V8 L84||$66,895||$69,595|
|Premier||4WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$67,890||$70,590|
|High Country||2WD||6.2L V8 L87||$69,395||$72,095|
|High Country||2WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$70,895||$73,595|
|High Country||4WD||6.2L V8 L87||$72,395||$75,095|
|High Country||4WD||3.0L I6 LM2||$73,895||$76,595|
As shown in the table above, Premier versions start at $63,895 for the Tahoe and $66,595 for the Suburban, while High Country models start at $69,395 and $72,095.
Both vehicles are also available with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. For most trim levels, diesel models cost $995 more than V8s. In the case of the High Country, the difference is larger at $1,500 because its gasoline engine is the 6.2L V8 L87, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive, when offered as an option, adds an extra $3,000. None of this applies to the Z71, which is fitted as standard only with the L84 engine and 4WD.
The Chevy Tahoe and Suburban are built at the GM Arlington Plant in Arlington, Texas. They are among the 15 GM models subject to a recall over an issue related to the seat belt fastener bolt, though only 470 vehicles of all types are involved in that campaign. More positively, they received a 2020 Consumer Guide Best Buy award in the Large SUVs category.
As previously reported, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban experienced substantial sales downturns in Q3 of 2020, dropping by 12.11 percent and 39.08 percent respectively. However, this was largely due to the changeover from the outgoing 2020 Tahoe and 2020 Suburban during that period. The Tahoe is expected to extend its lead over the Ford Expedition among mainstream full-size SUVs sold in the U.S. once supply and availability normalize.