Chevy Suburban vs. GMC Yukon XL: Compare SUVs

The Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are purely American. This full-size three-row SUV has a lot to offer, including space, power, equipment and options.

The Chevrolet Tahoe 2023 and GMC Yukon 2023 are cousins ​​that share the base, powertrain, features and most of the options. The chrome-laden GMC Yukon Denali meets its match in the new Suburban High Country edition. Both pushed the pricetags to nearly $100,000.

The general difference between the two lies in how much you want to spend and how strongly you like the muzzle of your vehicle. Both get strong TCC Ratings, but which one beats the other? Let’s see.

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

Suburban vs. trim and pricing Yukon XL

  • Suburban starting around $57,000

  • Base Yukons costs $60,495—and requires OnStar

  • Best picks: Suburban LT and Yukon SLT

How much does a Chevy Suburban cost?

You’ll save money by buying a Suburban—more if you stick to the base model. The Suburban LS has a sticker price of $57,295, which includes powered front seats, remote start, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We love the Suburban LT for around $65,000 (plus $3,000 for four-wheel drive). March through the RST, Premier, and Z71 trims to get to the most expensive Suburban High Country, and you’ll be paying around $90,000 with several options.

How much does the GMC Yukon XL cost?

With a base price of just over $60,000, the Yukon XL comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen which is bigger than the Suburban, but the other way around. Big caveat: GMC forces shoppers to pick up a $1,500 OnStar connected vehicle service plan, which you may not want, use, or need. If you can take it, opt for the Yukon XL SLT for around $67,000 and save some money on the more expensive AT4 and the excellent but very expensive GMC Yukon XL Denali Ultimate.

Winner: Chevy Suburban

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

Suburban Performance vs. Yukon XL

What are the GMC Yukon XL and Chevy Suburban 4WD?

Most versions can be had with four-wheel drive. This is standard on high-end versions like the Denali Ultimate, and the available electronic limited-slip differential aids traction in snow, mud and rain. Protruding off-road tires and skid plates can be installed.

How fast is the GMC Yukon XL and Chevy Suburban?

Base versions of both vehicles sport a 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 engine with plenty of traction, mated to the sometimes fiddly 10-speed automatic transmission. For a more expensive but more powerful towing, the 3.0-liter inline-6 ​​turbodiesel gets better fuel economy, but is also more expensive on fuel. The top-line 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 has great acceleration and a great soundtrack too.

Excellent ride in both vehicles belies the bulky and bruised display. In both, the independent suspension can be upgraded with air springs and adaptive dampers that can raise or lower the vehicle for better off-road performance or highway efficiency — a good thing — and can offset the ride impact the big 22-inch wheels make. No SUV handles like a finely tuned crossover, but its mass dissolves at highway speeds thanks to precise steering.

Winner: Series

2023 GMC Yukon

2023 GMC Yukon

Suburban towing and hauling vs. Yukon XL

Whether in the Yukon XL or Suburban, towing can be a breeze—even though it ranks much lower than some full-size pickup trucks. The Yukon XL with the trailer-tow package can tow up to £8,400. The Suburban checks for 8,300 pounds when configured with rear-wheel drive and a 5.3-liter V-8. The overall tow rating may be lower, but vehicles with the more powerful V-8 and turbodiesel may feel less strained compared to the still strong base V-8.

Winner: GMC Yukon XL, 100 lb

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Suburban vs. utility and cargo space Yukon XL

Both the Yukon XL and Suburban can be configured to accommodate up to nine passengers, while still carrying a large amount of gear in their cargo hold. Utility is unquestionable—the main question is whether that’s too much room for the few people that crossover SUVs are better served.

Most of these SUVs come with a pair of front bucket seats, a set of captain or three-seater seats in the middle row, and folding bench seats in the third row. The option for the front bench seat carries a total capacity of up to nine, but adults shouldn’t count on more than two people riding on the back ramp—and getting back to it will require some gymnastics, though the middle row seats fold out.

By number, the Yukon XL and Suburban can fit over 41 cubic feet of cargo behind the third-row seats, or 145 cubic feet behind the front seats. The small items will find a home in the dozen or so pockets, bins, and consoles located throughout the cabin.

Winner: Series

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

2023 Chevrolet Suburban

Suburban vs. fuel savings Yukon XL

  • V-8 is fuel hungry

  • The price of diesel is more expensive and the price of fuel is also higher

No one would call this massive SUV fuel efficient, even with cylinder deactivation. The base model matches a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg. The most efficient versions get turbodiesel and a combined EPA rating of 24/23 mpg—but those versions cost extra not only for the powertrain, but for diesel fuel per gallon as well. At worst, the big V-8 models tip the EPA scale at around 16 mpg combined.

Winner: No

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Yukon XL vs. Suburban technology and features

Which GMC Yukon should I buy?

With prices starting at just over $60,000, the GMC Yukon XL has a Champagne taste, even in the base version with upholstered seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Suburbans cost a little less at around $55,000 for the LS model — but the GMC did come with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, while the Suburban was content with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Both displays feature Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.

We like the Yukon XL SLT — which costs around $65,000 and has leather, 20-inch wheels, wireless smartphone charging, and Bose audio — more than the AT4 edition and its rugged looks.

How much does a fully charged GMC Yukon cost?

It’s possible to spend nearly $100,000 on the Yukon XL Denali Ultimate and Super Cruise’s adaptive cruise control, 12-speaker Bose sound, and a nice leather interior.

Which Chevrolet Suburban should I buy?

The Suburban LS upholstery is fine, as are the touchscreen interface and powered front seats. However, we’d be spending more on the LT and the 10.2-inch touchscreen, which also uses GM’s new Google-based operating system, with Google Maps and Assistant. The LT also gets a power tailgate, heated front seats, Bose audio, and leather.

How much does a fully loaded Chevrolet Suburban cost?

Skip the RST, Premier, and Z71 trims to land in the Suburban High Country, which combines a luxurious interior with multiple options and asks for around $90,000.

All versions both carry a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty that comes with one free service promise.

Winner: GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Exterior and interior of Suburban vs. Yukon XL

  • High base price for both, but fabric interior is standard

  • Both have angles, handsome style

  • Polished interior—especially Denali and High Country

Is the GMC Yukon a handsome SUV?

It is handsome and stylish, in a simple way. The Yukon XL has a 15-inch stretch on its rear doors, which doesn’t affect how it carries itself. It’s a simple but well-done look — and the XL’s extra length compensates for its bulky front end and C-shaped accents. The AT4 model sports some off-road cues that may appeal to those who use it as a towing tool, first and foremost. Inside the Yukon has a calming and serene look, with luxurious touches of metal and leather trim.

Is the Chevrolet Suburban a handsome car?

It’s also good-looking, if a little more conservative on the inside. The sharp details on the front of the Suburban don’t compromise the balance and streamlined shape it presents from the sides and rear, even in the blacked out RST and ZL1 specs. The interior has push-button shifters, which we didn’t care about, but it has well-organized functions that clean up nicely in the High Country trim.

Winner: GMC Yukon XL

2023 Chevrolet Suburban with Super Cruise

2023 Chevrolet Suburban with Super Cruise

Suburban Security vs. Yukon XL

The Suburban and Yukon both carry standard automatic emergency braking, but both share NHTSA’s subpar four-star overall rating, especially for the new design. Options range from blind-spot monitors to active path control and surround-view camera systems; there’s also a rear-view mirror and Super Cruise, GM’s excellent driver-assist setup that allows hands-free driving around 300,000 miles of mapped North American roads. It’s not “self-driving”—it’s better than that misleading term.

Winner: Series

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali

Winner: GMC Yukon XL

Any SUV remains a solid choice for any driver who needs lots of space and lots of towing capacity. We give the 2023 GMC Yukon a TCC rating of 6.5 out of 10, with a standout score for style that only gets more convincing in Denali’s most expensive models. (Read more about how we rate cars.) The Suburban only lost to GMC in a TCC rating of 6.2 out of 10, with a lower style score but the same score. If its value is at the top of your list, the Suburban could be cheaper—and could be a better choice. Otherwise, GMC’s biggest SUV remains our favorite for the pair.

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