The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Vs the Hyundai Palisade – an unfair matchup with a clear winner
Even though the two vehicles, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and the Hyundai Palisade, are supposed to be direct competitors and belong to the same car class, they’re actually worlds apart.
Starting with exterior looks, where both manufacturers tried to create an appealing shell for their vehicles, the Hyundai looks very polarizing as if it’s trying too hard and it's hard not to pick up on that.
Prospective buyers will either love it or hate it and that’s not a great way to position yourself, at the extremes. The 2021 Suburban, Chevrolet’s longest nameplate in continuous production for over 90 years, plays its cards better with a very modern, commanding, and sophisticated outer shell.
It sports a huge front grille that’s flanked on either side by a C-Shaped LED headlight that cuts into it, making the entire SUV look nimbler and more approachable as a result.
As far as dimensions go, what’s dubbed “the biggest Hyundai yet” falls way short of the generous size of the Suburban, sitting in at 196.1 inches bumper to bumper to Chevrolet’s incredible 225.7 inches. That difference translates into interior roominess where the Hyundai can only deliver 18 inches of cargo space behind the third row and 86.4 behind the first, while the Suburban offers 41 cubic feet behind the third row and 144.7 behind the front seats, for a difference of nearly 60 cubic feet. Amazing.
Under the hood, the situation is no different as Chevrolet drastically out-performs its competitor. It’s mainly because the Palisade comes with a single engine choice while the Suburban lets future owners pick one in three available options.
The Hyundai is fitted with a reliable 3.6-liter V-6 that will produce upwards of 291 horsepower which is peanuts compared to its considerable size. The Suburban comes with a 5.3-liter V-8 as standard and that will give future owners access to 355 horsepower, already a whopping 64 horsepower more than its competitor. But the offer doesn’t stop here as you can also fit the Chevrolet SUV with one in two available upgrades. First is the massive 6.2-liter V-8 that belts out a whopping 420 horsepower. Second is the class-only diesel engine, the Duramax I-6 turbodiesel that will churn out 277 horsepower and an impressive 460 pound-feet of torque, all so important when it comes to acceleration and towing power.
It’s not even worth going into all the other mechanical perks the Suburban is fitted with like the independent rear suspension or the superb 10-speed Allison automatic, or the optional air suspension that allows owners to lower or raise the height of their SUV for easier access. The Hyundai is behind on all accounts and that statement holds true in terms of standard features as well.
Base Palisade models come with an 8.0-inch color touch, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, cloth upholstery, and not much else. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban boasts a long list of standard features that would take an entire article to go through.
If you want to see just how exceptionally good the brand-new, 12th generation Suburban is, visit us here at O'Neill's Chevrolet Buick in Avon, CT where you’ll find all Suburban trim levels already n display. Our dedicated sales team can walk you through the options and we can even arrange for you to take the brand-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban out for a test drive.