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2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs. 2020 GMC Yukon XL: Compare SUVs

May 19, 2020
2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are pure America. We want what we want, when we want it, and a lot of it. These full-size three-row SUV provide plenty of everything, including space, power, equipment, and options.

Essentially the same vehicle, the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban and 2020 Chevrolet Yukon XL share a platform, engines, transmissions, and an interior layout that provides the same space for passengers and cargo. The only real differences are prices and equipment. Both earn a TCC rating of 6.0, but is there a distinguishing factor that makes one better than the other? Let’s take a look. 

The Yukon XL is a slightly upscale version of the Suburban and that’s reflected in the price and equipment. The Suburban starts at $52,995 for a rear-wheel-drive LS model with a 355-horsepower 5.3 V-8 and 6-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive adds $3,000. The Yukon XL SLE with rear drive and the same powertrain starts at $54,695, a difference of $1,700. For that money, buyers get a Bose 9-speaker audio system versus a 6-speaker unbranded system, push-button starting, fog lights, and both front and rear park assist instead of just rear park assist. 

More: Read full reviews of the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban and 2020 GMC Yukon XL

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2020 Chevrolet Suburban

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Angular Front Exterior View

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Angular Front Exterior View

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Open Doors

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Open Doors

Standard features common to both base models include cloth upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, a 4G LTE hotspot that provides in-car wi-fi, a limited-slip rear differential, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Suburban offers three models, while the Yukon XL is available in four, so GMC buyers have more trim and equipment options in the middle of the lineup. 

At the high-end, however, GMC’s Denali models are well known for being swathed in luxury, but the Suburban offers a similar model called Premier. It costs $69,795, which is $2,000 less than the Yukon XL Denali with rear-drive, but it comes with the base engine and transmission while the Denali gets GM’s 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 mated to a 10-speed automatic. Moving up to the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed in the Suburban bumps the price to $75,320, $3,525 more than the Denali. 

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Dashboard

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Dashboard

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Front Seats

2019 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door SLT Front Seats

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-door 1500 Premier Dashboard

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-door 1500 Premier Dashboard

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-door 1500 Premier Rear Seats

2020 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD 4-door 1500 Premier Rear Seats

At that level, the GMC is the clear choice. Not only does it cost less, it also has more equipment. It comes standard with an 8.0-inch driver information center, a head-up display, and an integrated brake controller that are all either optional or unavailable on the Suburban. 

Both top models, however, are very well equipped with such features as wireless charging, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable and heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable steering column, memory for the driver’s position, a hands-free power liftgate, HID headlights, magnetic dampers, and 20-inch wheels. They also come with a full safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and automatic high beams. The Chevy also gets GM’s Safety Alert seat, which vibrates in the direction of a potential hazard, but the GMC does not.

Both models are also available with options to increase their luxury and utility. They include a sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, power running boards, 22-inch wheels, four-wheel-drive with a 2-speed transfer case, and adaptive cruise control. 

The answer to the question of which is right for you depends on your budget. The Suburban costs less to start, though it has slightly less equipment. However, the Yukon XL can be configured in more ways to get the features you want and it’s the clear choice at the high end as it costs less and has more equipment. Either way, if a big SUV is what you want, you get a lot with the Suburban and Yukon XL. 

Summary

6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 GMC Yukon is a business-casual blue-collar SUV with truck-like capability, but many crossovers do it better, and cheaper.
6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban can haul the family and its gear in relative comfort and style, as well as tow the toys.

Styling

6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 GMC Yukon splits the difference between Chevy and Cadillac with a subdued sophistication.
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6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is an ageless classic, like the bowtie.
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Performance

7.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 GMC Yukon is proof that when it comes to hauling, hardly anything beats a V-8.
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6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has two V-8 engines for all the power you could possibly need, though it may not be as efficient as newer models.
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Comfort & Quality

8.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 GMC Yukon is well-equipped and outfitted, but cargo and passenger space leave something to be desired for the steep asking price.
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8.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban has one job to do, haul people and their things, and it does it well.
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Safety

The 2020 GMC Yukon can be had with some safety tech, but lackluster crash test scores are a concern.
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The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers ample crash safety tech, but a four-star rating from the NHTSA is concerning.
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Features

6.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 GMC Yukon is well-equipped from the start, while the Denali model is a downright luxury vehicle, with a price to match.
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7.0
Expert Rating
The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers full-size features at a full-size price.
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Fuel Economy

3.0
Expert Rating
While more efficient than it would seem, the 2020 GMC Yukon is still a massive, V-8-powered truck and drinks fuel like one.
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3.0
Expert Rating
Thanks to engines that can shut down four cylinders and a new 10-speed transmission, the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is reasonably efficient for its size.
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MSRP

from $50,600
from $51,700

Invoice

from $47,766
from $48,804

Fuel Economy - Combined City and Highway

18
18

Engine

Gas V8, 5.3L
Gas/Ethanol V8, 5.3L

Drivetrain

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