Are the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL the Same?

The Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon might be twinning options. Both of these massive SUVs are pretty similar, but the 2021 Chevy Suburban and 2021 GMC Yukon XL have some differences to consider too. 

Are the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon the same SUV? 

Almost. The 2021 Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon could be fraternal twins. That means they aren’t identical, but they are pretty similar. The Chevrolet Suburban dates back to 1934, making it the longest continuously used automobile nameplate in production. Take that Jeep and Ford. 

The 2021 Chevy Suburban driving on the street
2021 Chevy Suburban | Andi Hedrick – Car And Driver

The first GMC Yukon came out in 1999. The GMC Suburban was sold until it was rebranded as the Yukon XL. This when the Suburban switched from the GMC brand to Chevy. Both Chevy and GMC are owned by General Motors. 

GM has made an effort to differentiate both of these large SUVs. However, they may only be different when it comes down to comfort and style. They are pretty close together on a mechanical level. 

What do the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL have in common? 

The 2021 Chevy Suburban and 2021 GMC Yukon ride on the same General Motors’ platform. They have the same engines, transmissions, and layouts, so space and power are very similar. However, the Yukon XL is a slightly more luxurious option. 

The standard 5.3-liter EcoTech V8 engine has 335 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 6.2-liter V8 engine for 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Also, the 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine pumps out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. 

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For some reason, we expected the Suburban to be stronger. But the Yukon XL and Suburban can both tow up to 8,300 lb. They can carry a payload of up to 1,714 lbs too. Both options are great for work. 

According to New Cars, the Chevy Suburban and Yukon XL have the same fuel economy. They both get an EPA estimated 21 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway.

Plus, they have the same turning radius, so they handle very similarly. The Suburban and Yukon both offer up to 41.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats with up to 144.7 cubic feet total. They both offer captain seats too. 

How are the Suburban and Yukon XL different? 

The 2021 Chevy Suburban begins at about $51,700, and the GMC Yukon XL starts at about $53,400. According to The Car Connection, the Yukon XL costs a bit more because it has more premium materials. 

While the Suburban offers three different trim levels, the Yukon XL has four options. The Yukon XL Denali is slightly more luxurious than the Suburban Premier trim.

The 2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali parked in the mountains
2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali | GMC

The Denali XL is also about $2,000 more than the luxurious Premier option. But picking the 6.2-liter V8 engine in the Primer costs about $3,525 more than the Denali, which includes that engine as a standard option. 

Aside from the Yukon XL, including a little more luxury, these SUVs are pretty similar. The 2021 Chevy Suburban and 2021 GMC Yukon XL have different faces. You should test drive them both to see which option best fits your needs and budget.