Test Driving the All-New 2021 Chevy Suburban

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to test drive the new 2021 Chevy Suburban. Chevrolet also gifted me a holiday gift card so we were able to do some Christmas shopping and enjoy a family holiday event! I thought it would be a fun experience for the kids, too. We’re a one-vehicle family and we’ve had our 2008 minivan since 2015 so it was nice to drive a brand new vehicle for a week!

At first, I was a little nervous to drive the 2021 Chevy Suburban because it’s so big. I’m not accustomed to driving an SUV, but after driving it a few times, I soon started to feel comfortable with it. Also, I’m 5’3” so the powered seat adjustment allowed me to sit at an elevated height so I could drive more comfortably.

We used the Suburban to go to a couple of holiday events, like the Big, Bright Light Show in Downtown Rochester and Light Up Beacon Park in Downtown Detroit. We also used the SUV to do some holiday shopping at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and the Eastern Market Holiday Market. I loved the ease of getting the kids in and out of the SUV. The spacious trunk was also convenient for storing our gift boxes and shopping bags.

2021 Chevy Suburban: What We Thought After Test Driving for a Week
2021 Chevy Suburban: What We Thought After Test Driving for a Week


  • Rear camera mirror: I found it easier to navigate the vehicle with the camera mirror versus using the standard mirror.
  • Front and rear parking assistance: This was a lifesaver for me with parallel parking!
  • Rear pedestrian alert: I really loved this feature since the Suburban is a large size. It helped me with knowing if there was a person walking behind the vehicle.
  • 10-speaker BOSE audio system: Not gonna lie– this was one of the first things I tested with the Chevy Suburban. LOL! I love the sound system! I had access to Sirius XM and local radio stations. But my absolute favorite feature was being able to connect my personal Spotify account to the Suburban. I was able to listen to all of my favorite playlists and albums while driving! Since I’m a big music lover, this was the coolest feature for me.
  • Heads-up display: I was able to see the speed limit, speedometer, and GPS on the driver’s side. It made it easier for me to keep track of my speed and follow travel directions.
  • Remote start: I loved this feature because in the cold weather I could warm up the SUV without going out to the vehicle. The doors remain locked and the Suburban wasn’t too cold for the kids when it was time to go. Also, the vehicle will automatically turn off after 10 minutes.
  • Trailer side blind zone alert: This feature startled me at first because I didn’t know about it. Once I got used to it, though, I really loved it. Whenever another vehicle is in your blind spot, a light alert will signal on the side mirrors. It helped me with knowing when it was safe to switch lanes.
  • Spacious interior: The 2021 Chevy Suburban is much more spacious than my old minivan. It made it easier for the kids to walk back to their seats and to help them get buckled. 

There is, however, one slight downside to the seating of the Suburban. It doesn’t fit our family size of eight. With two car seats and two booster seats, only one adult can fit in the back seat. We have this issue with our minivan, too.

However, the BIG difference with an adult sitting in the back seat of our van, along with two kids in booster seats, is that you can sit comfortably in the back seat of the Suburban. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze in our old vehicle.

Something else I noticed right away about driving the Chevy Suburban is how smooth the SUV drives. We could barely feel the bumps and potholes on the road. If you’re from Michigan, then you know how bad some of the roads are because of our winter weather. It was nice to not have a bumpy ride!

2021 Chevy Suburban: What We Thought After Test Driving for a Week
2021 Chevy Suburban: What We Thought After Test Driving for a Week

I loved test driving the 2021 Chevy Suburban and the kids thought it was the coolest thing to ride in a brand new vehicle. We were sad when our week came to an end because we had such a fun time. If the Chevy Suburban was a vehicle within our affordability means, then we would definitely love to have it as our family vehicle! 

Have you seen the new 2021 Chevy Suburban? What are your thoughts on the vehicle?



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